NSC decides to issue
strong demarche to
unnamed country over
‘threat conspiracy’ letter

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ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee on Thursday while calling the communication of a foreign country’s senior official a “blatant interference” in the internal affairs of Pakistan, decided that Pakistan would issue a strong demarche to the country in question.

The 37th meeting of the NSC chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan decided that the demarche would be issued both in Islamabad and in the country’s capital through proper channel in keeping with the diplomatic norms.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs the meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Thursday. (Photo courtesy Prime Minister’s Office)

The meeting was attended by federal ministers of defence, energy, information & broadcasting, interior, finance, human rights, planning, development & special initiatives, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, services chiefs, the national security adviser and senior officers.

The National Security Adviser briefed the Committee on the “formal communication” of a senior official of a foreign country to Pakistan’s Ambassador in the said country in a formal meeting, which was duly conveyed by the Ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

“The Committee expressed grave concern at the communication, terming the language used by the foreign official as undiplomatic,” said a PM Office press release.

The Committee concluded that the communication amounted to blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan by the country in question, which was unacceptable under any circumstances. 

The participants also endorsed the Cabinet’s decision in the special cabinet meeting held on 30th March, 2022 under the prime minister’s chairmanship to take the parliament into confidence through an in-camera briefing of the National Security Committee of the parliament.

The meeting of the NSC, which is the highest forum for coordination on security issues, was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. It was attended by ministers for defence, energy, information and broadcasting, interior, finance, human rights, planning, development and special initiatives, chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, services chiefs, national security adviser and senior officers.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), NSA Moeed Yusuf briefed the committee about the “formal communication of a senior official of a foreign country” to Pakistan’s ambassador in that country in a formal meeting which was subsequently conveyed.

“The committee expressed grave concern at the communication, terming the language used by the foreign official as undiplomatic,” the statement said, adding that the meeting concluded that it amounted to “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan by the country in question”.