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NSC meeting reviews internal, external security situation

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC) discuss internal and external security situation.
The meeting was attended by key federal ministers, three services chiefs including Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa as well as other officials.
“The forum discussed geo-strategic environment with special reference to recent developments in the region,” said an official statement. The forum reiterated that Pakistan shall continue all its efforts towards regional peace and stability. The forum discussed and fully supported ongoing efforts towards a sustainable and lasting resolution of country’s economic issues.
In a separate session, the forum discussed Gilgit-Baltistan reform. The prime minister directed that the aspirations of people of Gilgit-Baltistan especially the youth must be given preeminence during the decision making process.
On the internal security, the committee reviewed the progress of the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism and extremism, sources told. The participants discussed recent measures to further tighten noose around the proscribed organisation, they added.
The current situation in Afghanistan particularly the ongoing effort seeking a political solution was also on the agenda. Other issues include the current state of Pakistan-India ties and rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region were also part of the discussions.
The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah, Law Minister Mohammad Farogh Naseem, Minister for Kashmir Affairs & GB Ali Amin Gandapur, Finance Adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, CJCSC General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, COAS General Qamar, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, DG ISI Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir Ahmed Shah, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, DG MO Maj Gen Nauman Zikria and Federal Secretaries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Law, Kashmir Affairs & GB and National Security Division.