Civil-military leadership discuss national, regional security

Published October 16, 2014
COAS General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — Photo courtesy: Press Information Department
COAS General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — Photo courtesy: Press Information Department

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting comprising the country's civil and military leadership to discuss national and regional security at the Prime Minister House.

The meeting's agenda was to discuss the ongoing military operation, Zarb-i-Azb, along with the situation at the country's eastern and western borders.

Recent incidents of firing at the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary also came under discussion.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence Zaheerul Islam and Rizwan Akhtar, who will take over from Zaheerul Islam in the near future, attended the meeting.

At least 20 people have lost their lives on both sides of the LoC and the WB in recent skirmishes.

The Himalayan territory of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored de facto border of LoC but is claimed in full by both countries.

Ceasefire violations along the LoC and WB between Pakistan and India continue intermittently, with casualties reported on both sides.

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