Civilian and military leadership review overall security situation at ISI headquarters


Nation special report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday visited the Inter-Services Intelligence headquarters alongwith Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Federal Ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and Special Assistant on National Security (SAPM) Dr Moeed Yousuf.

Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence received the Prime Minister on his arrival at Headquarters. A comprehensive briefing was given to the Prime Minister encompassing complex regional and domestic challenges with special focus on Pakistan efforts for restoration of peace and stability.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chairing high level meeting at ISI headquarters on Wednesday. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Federal Ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Special Assistant on National Security (SAPM) Dr Moeed Yousuf and DG-ISI Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed participating the meeting.

While reviewing the overall regional situation particularly at LoC and other border areas, Imran Khan emphasized that no effort would be spared for national security and sovereignty. Sacrifices and tireless efforts of the Inter-Service Intelligence were deeply appreciated by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

This was second of visit of Prime Minister to ISI Headquarters in less than two months time. He had paid a visit on March 23 along with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Jawed Bajwa.

On May 6, Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Faiz Hamid had called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the PM Office and matters pertaining to national security were discussed during the meeting, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

According to informed sources, the Prime Minister’s visit to ISI Headquarters comes at a time when tension with India is mounting day by day and Imran Khan and Gen Bajwa believe that India is trying to seek an opportunity to stage a false flag against Pakistan for extending political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had already written a letter to the UNSC President and UN Secretary General to highlight Pakistan’s concerns. On the other hand, there is no let up in ceaseless violations of ceasefire on LoC.

Imran Khan recalled the participants of the meeting that he has been repeatedly saying that Indian government’s policies are seriously threatening peace and security in South Asia. He also expressed his concern over the continuing what he called the “double lockdown” in Jammu & Kashmir, intensification of military crackdown by Indian forces there, and changes in domicile law, which would enable non-Kashmiri Indians to settle in the disputed area.

The Prime Minister stated on many occasions that India is altering the demographic structure of the occupied territory in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention. He also stated that India is following expansionist policy as a result its relations with all of its neighbours including Pakistan, China, Nepal and others.