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NSC concerned over role of hostile agencies in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee (NSC) of the Federal Cabinet has expressed its concern over the activities of hostile intelligence agencies working in Pakistan working to destabilize the country.

The meeting of the NSC, held here with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair and also attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, decided to raise the issue of the activities of hostile agencies in Pakistan with the world community.

The meeting was briefed on the steps being taken for national security in the country and expressed satisfaction over counter terrorism efforts of the security institutions which have drawn wide and broad appreciation from the international leadership.

The meeting also discussed at length, the deliberations at the recently held nuclear security summit and expressed satisfaction over international acknowledgement of the safety and security standards of Pakistan’s nuclear security regime and the National Command Authority.

The armed forces development programme, including the procurement of F-16 fighter jets from the US, was also discussed in the meeting.

The meeting was also attended by Ministers for Finance, Defence, Interior and Information, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Director General ISI, National Security Advisor and other senior officials.

The meeting came as an Afghan intelligence officer plotting terrorist attacks in different parts of Balochistan was arrested by security forces in Chaman.

Security personnel recovered a large amount of explosives and bomb-making instruments from the intelligence officer, who was shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation.

Balochistan government spokesman Anwarul Haq Kakar said the arrest of the Afghan intelligence officer was a link in the chain of events that started with the arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav, an officer of Indian spy agency RAW, from Balochistan last month.

During investigation and a later video confession, Yadav revealed that he was a serving officer of the Indian Navy and was operating in Balochistan to facilitate separatist movement at the behest of RAW.

Yadav revealed that RAW maintains presence of a network of operatives in Balochistan and Karachi as part of its plan to destabilize Pakistan.


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