Imran Khan fully authorises Pak Army to befittingly respond to all Indian misadventures

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Nation special report

ISLAMABAD: While denying once again the Indian allegations of involving in Pulwama attack, Prime Minister Imran Khan fully authorized Pakistan Army on Thursday to befittingly respond to any Indian misadventure.

Imran Khan also directed interior ministry and the security agencies to expedite crackdown against the extremist elements in the country. The security committee also vowed that strict action would be taken against elements involved in using Pakistani soil. 

The National Security Committee convened at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday for a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, during which the nation’s top decision-makers discussed the situation arising from the Pulwama incident in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, the geo-strategic and national security environment in particular came under discussion in light of the Pulawama incident and its aftermath.

The members of the meeting noted and established that “the state of Pakistan is not involved in any way, means or form in the said incident” and that it was “conceived, planned and executed indigenously”.

The statement asserted that Pakistan had made a sincere offer to investigate the incident and stands ready to enter into dialogue on the issue of terrorism and other disputed matters.”We expect India to positively respond to the offers,” it added.

It further stated that Pakistan “shall take action against anyone found using our soil [for terrorism]”. However, it called on the need for India to undertake “deep introspection to realise why [the] people of Indian-occupied Kashmir have lost [the] fear of death”.

“The violence by Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir is highly counterproductive. The global community needs to play its part in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue in accordance with UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris,” the statement stressed, urging action on the part of the international community.

Simultaneously, the NSC also gave formal authorisation to the armed forces “to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India”.

The statement also quoted the prime minister as saying that “this is a new Pakistan and we are determined to demonstrate to our people that the State is capable of protecting them and believes that monopoly of violence stays with State”.

“This will not come with commitment alone. We recognise that terrorism and extremism are top issues in the region and the whole region including Pakistan have suffered,” the press release stated.

It went on to highlight that Pakistan has endured casualties surpassing 70,000 in number, besides heavy losses to the national exchequer.”That is why the National Action Plan conceived and issued in 2014, outlined concrete sequenced measures with consensus of all political parties and institutions of Pakistan,” it further stated.

Moving on to a broader discussion on terrorism, the PM Office statement underscored the need “to move to ensure that militancy and extremism are routed from the society and the State never becomes hostage to extremists”.

The prime minister subsequently directed the interior ministry and security institutions to “immediately accelerate actions on ground” to ensure this.

Nation special report

ISLAMABAD: While denying once again the Indian allegations of involving in Pulwama attack, Prime Minister Imran Khan fully authorized Pakistan Army on Thursday to befittingly respond to any Indian misadventure.

Imran Khan also directed interior ministry and the security agencies to expedite crackdown against the extremist elements in the country. The security committee also vowed that strict action would be taken against elements involved in using Pakistani soil. 

The National Security Committee convened at the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday for a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, during which the nation’s top decision-makers discussed the situation arising from the Pulwama incident in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, the geo-strategic and national security environment in particular came under discussion in light of the Pulawama incident and its aftermath.

The members of the meeting noted and established that “the state of Pakistan is not involved in any way, means or form in the said incident” and that it was “conceived, planned and executed indigenously”.

The statement asserted that Pakistan had made a sincere offer to investigate the incident and stands ready to enter into dialogue on the issue of terrorism and other disputed matters.”We expect India to positively respond to the offers,” it added.

It further stated that Pakistan “shall take action against anyone found using our soil [for terrorism]”. However, it called on the need for India to undertake “deep introspection to realise why [the] people of Indian-occupied Kashmir have lost [the] fear of death”.

“The violence by Indian forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir is highly counterproductive. The global community needs to play its part in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue in accordance with UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris,” the statement stressed, urging action on the part of the international community.

Simultaneously, the NSC also gave formal authorisation to the armed forces “to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India”.

The statement also quoted the prime minister as saying that “this is a new Pakistan and we are determined to demonstrate to our people that the State is capable of protecting them and believes that monopoly of violence stays with State”.

“This will not come with commitment alone. We recognise that terrorism and extremism are top issues in the region and the whole region including Pakistan have suffered,” the press release stated.

It went on to highlight that Pakistan has endured casualties surpassing 70,000 in number, besides heavy losses to the national exchequer.”That is why the National Action Plan conceived and issued in 2014, outlined concrete sequenced measures with consensus of all political parties and institutions of Pakistan,” it further stated.

Moving on to a broader discussion on terrorism, the PM Office statement underscored the need “to move to ensure that militancy and extremism are routed from the society and the State never becomes hostage to extremists”.

The prime minister subsequently directed the interior ministry and security institutions to “immediately accelerate actions on ground” to ensure this.