Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high level meeting to review the overall security situationin the country. -File Photo
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high level meeting to review the overall security situationin the country. -File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that national security is the top most priority of the present government and all resources would be utilised to ensure it.

He was chairing a high level meeting here to review the overall security situation of the country.

The meeting discussed issues pertaining to national security including the internal and external threats being faced by the country.

The prime minister further said that all political forces must rise to the occasion so that national consensus is evolved to address the problems faced by the country.

He said that broad based national consensus among all stakeholders would enable the government to find enduring solutions to the problems being faced by the country.

He also said that terrorism will not be tolerated in any way in the country.

During the meeting, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent visit to Pakistan was also discussed, along with issues related to opening dialogue with the Taliban.

Previously, Information Minister Pervez Rashid had said that ‘backchannel’ talks between the government and Taliban were taking place and official contacts would be made soon.

Rashid had said on Friday that all options were being explored by the government for restoring peace in the country and contacts had been made with the Taliban at different levels.

On Sunday Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the government had not yet initiated ‘formal’ talks with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), although he did not deny reports that backchannel negotiations were already under way.

Minister for Interior, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Special Assistant to the PM, Tariq Fatemi and Director General ISI, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Zaheer ul Islam attended the meeting.


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I. Ahmed
Sep 02, 2013 10:05pm

After nearly 3 months still “chairing high level meeting to review”?? And why a party who had a landslide victory in the elections need ‘national consensus’ to evolve the strategy? They have the mandate of the people of Pakistan during election and it is clear that people want PML-N to take action immediately (and they have the support of over half the parliament). Let’s get some action done, time for talk is over Mr. Prime Minister! Or is he still NATO - No Action Talk Only!

Mustafa
Sep 02, 2013 10:28pm

"Talk, talk, talk and no action" will continue until last breath.

Salman
Sep 02, 2013 11:31pm

If it is a priority, then why is there no policy even after 3 months in office?

He blamed IK for leaving the country for medical tests for the delay in the APC. IK has been back for over a month....maybe he is looking for IK to go on another o'seas trip and blame the delay on IK again.

SHAMEFUL!

PKP
Sep 03, 2013 12:22am

So far the current PM is pure talk. He is not walking the walk. He needs to take action to protect the lives of innocent people.

Abdul Malik
Sep 03, 2013 02:02am

That is what all successive governments have been saying. The PM is giving nothing but lip service. Nothing will happen. The situation will get from bad to worse because these people like Nawaz and most of his predecessors don't have the guts nor the wherewithal to tackle this serious problem that has not become almost an incurable cancer.