Asad Durrani’s case and alleged transfer of money to India were also discussed but not mentioned in official news. PM Abbasi also refuses to tell about proceedings
Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee (NSC) Tuesday observed that Pakistan would continue to make diplomatic and political efforts for peace and stability in the face of geopolitical situation which was evolving rapidly. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the meeting held at PM House which reviewed in detail the recent global and regional developments and their implications for Pakistan. For this purpose, the committee emphasised the need for a much more proactive diplomacy, PM office media wing said in a press release.
According to official sources, the National Security Committee condemned the terror unleashed by Indian occupation forces on innocent Kashmiris and resolved that Pakistan would continue to play its role in realizing the right of the people of Kashmir to self-determination.
The committee also condemned the brutal repression of the Palestinians by the Israeli state and reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the people of Palestine in their just cause. Expressing satisfaction over the transformational reforms introduced by the government with regard to FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan, it observed that the mainstreaming of FATA and its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the grant of the same rights under the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan as are available to the people in the rest of the country have gone a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of these regions with far-reaching outcomes for national life.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Defence & Foreign Affairs Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval StaffA dmiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Director General ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.
The Ministry of Interior briefed the committee on the basic features of the new visa policy aimed at making Pakistan a tourist and business friendly country. While appreciating the efforts of the ministry, the committee observed that it must also be ensured that all supportive systems, databases and verification networks were in place and fully operational, in view of which it was agreed that the ‘visa on arrival’ facility should be initiated as a pilot project in the first instance.
It is learnt through reliable sources that Lt.Gen (r) Asad Durrani’s issue and alleged transfer of money by Nawaz Sharif to India were also came under discussion but none of the issue was mentioned in official news. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday refused to comment about the outcome of National Security Committee, saying he was bound by his oath.
Briefing media about the power projects undertaken by the PML-N government, Prime Minister Abbasi said that more than 11, 000 megawatts of electricity was added to the national grid over the last five years. Asad Durrani case Pakistan’s military Monday took the unprecedented step of preventing a former spy chief from leaving the country, after he ignited a storm by co-authoring a book that touches on Pakistan’s alleged roles in Afghanistan and Kashmir. Retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani, who headed Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from 1990 to 1992, was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) stopping him from leaving the country, according to the military spokesman.
Durrani has been mired in controversy since last week’s release of “The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace”. He wrote the book with A.S. Dulat, who headed India’s Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency – arch-rivals of the ISI. It is based on a series of discussion between the two on various subjects including tense relations with India and Pakistan’s alleged interference through proxies in Afghanistan and Kashmir.
The US has long accused the ISI in particular of backing militants in Afghanistan, including the Taliban. Islamabad denies the claims. Criticism of the military, especially its use of proxies in regional conflicts, is seen as taboo in the country. The military is the most powerful institution in Pakistan, ruling the country for roughly half its history and operating largely with impunity. The book also suggests that the Pakistani authorities may have known about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden — an extraordinarily sensitive topic for the military — and may have later handed over information to the US resulting in the 2011 raid that killed the Al Qaeda supremo.
Earlier Monday Durrani was summoned to the Pakistani military headquarters for allegedly violating the institution’s code of conduct over comments he made in the book. The military did not specify which comments had prompted the meeting. It then announced a court of inquiry into Durrani’s alleged misconduct and said he had been placed on the ECL, marking the first instance such controls have been placed on a former spy chief. The controversy comes weeks after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif sparked a similar firestorm at home and in India by suggesting Pakistani militants were behind the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai.