Terrorism won’t be allowed to take roots again: PM Shehbaz

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PM, COAS discuss ‘important issues’ of national interest

The National Security Committee on Friday took stock of the security situation in the country after terrorists attacked a school van in Swat, leaving the driver dead and a student injured.

The NSC met at the Prime Minister’s Office under the chairmanship of PM Shehbaz Sharif, with federal ministers, lawmakers, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and heads of intelligence agencies also participated in the meeting.

In the meeting, officials of the country’s security apparatus gave a briefing on the security situation in light of the recent terrorist activities.

The meeting praised the armed forces, rangers, police officers, and personnel from other law enforcement agencies for sacrificing their lives in the line of duty.

The meeting declared that the nation and the state institutions stand united for the protection of the citizens’ life and property and for protecting the country.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, addressing the meeting, said that terrorism would not be allowed to flourish again as peace was restored in the country after rendering great sacrifices.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the sacrifices of the security forces in ending terrorism are unparalleled and the sacrifices of security personnel and other people cannot be forgotten. According to the sources, the defense minister, interior minister, foreign affairs minister also participated in the meeting. The situation of Swat and the issues related to negotiations with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were discussed in detail. The security agencies presented their recommendations in the meeting.

Another meeting was held with PM Shahbaz in the chair. The Army Chief, Director General ISI Lt.-Gen. Nadeem Anjum and Corps Commander Peshawar participated in the meeting. The security issues related to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and western borders were reviewed.

 

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