ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the National Security Council today (Monday), in which the first national security policy in the history of the country will be presented for approval, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed on Twitter Sunday night.
وزیراعظم عمران خان نے کل نیشنل سیکیورٹی کونسل کا اجلاس طلب کرلیا ہے، اجلاس میں ملک کی تاریخ کی پہلی نیشنل سیکیورٹی پالیسی منظوری کیلئے پیش کی جائیگی۔— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 26, 2021
The meeting will be attended by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yousaf and other senior government and military officials.
The National Security Committee will be briefed on the latest situation in Afghanistan and focus on other national security issues during the meeting in Islamabad.
The session has been called less than a week after Pakistan hosted the extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers to discuss the situation in the neighbouring country.
The OIC session was held in Islamabad on December 18. Envoys from 57 Islamic nations as well as observer delegations participated in the session during which it was decided to set up a Humanitarian Trust Fund and Food Security Programme to deal with the rapidly aggravating crisis.
The national security policy being presented at the meeting will later be made public, quoting Fawad Chaudhry
On the salient features of the policy, the publication reported Chaudhry as saying that the policy will cover all internal and external security aspects, including the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on Pakistan, India, etc.
Earlier this month, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had regretted the opposition’s decision to boycott a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.
اپوزیشن کا پارلیمان کی قومی سلامتی کمیٹی کی میٹنگ کا بائیکاٹ افسوسناک ہے، سات دہائیوں میں پہلی بار کوئ حکومت اپنی سیکیورٹی پالیسی پارلیمان کو پیش کر رہی ہے یہ سیاسی معاملہ نہیں بلکہ قومی سلامتی کا معاملہ ہے، اپوزیشن اپنے فیصلے پر نظرثانی کرے اور سنجیدگی سے اجلاس میں شرکت کرے— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 3, 2021
“It is the first time in seven decades that a government is presenting its policy on national security in Parliament,” he said, adding that it was a matter of national security, not a political affair.