Pakistan to unveil the National Security Policy

Pakistan to unveil the National Security Policy

ISLAMABAD - The sixteenth meeting of the National Security Committee was held in Islamabad on Monday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.

The National Security Committee condemned the terrorist attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, terming it to be against the fundamental tenets of peace and tolerance taught by Islam.

The Foreign Secretary briefed the meeting on the OIC Extraordinary Summit and Council of Foreign Ministers Meetings on Al Quds Al-Sharif held in Istanbul.

The Committee emphasized that the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State remained a major objective of the Muslim Ummah.

It said Pakistan cannot accept the unilateral decisions taken by the Trump administration, and that it would continue to impress upon the United States its moral and political responsibility towards a just and fair resolution of the issue, and the need to revoke the steps taken.

The National Security Committee also reviewed the rapidly evolving security situation in the Middle East as well as the latest developments in Pakistan's relations with the GCC States and Iran.

The meeting reaffirmed that Pakistan would continue to work for the unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah. The Secretary Interior apprised the Committee of the progress made in each of the twenty areas of the National Action Plan.

The Committee observed that while fair progress had been made in the implementation of the NAP, certain areas, such as policy and institutional reform, needed more commitment and attention.

The Committee also observed  that Pakistan would continue to fulfill its obligations under the Financial Action Task Force framework, which would be shared in due course with the FATF.  

The National Security Committee tasked the National Security Advisor to finalize the National Security Policy at the earliest after taking all stakeholders on board.