Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting of National Security Committee in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The meeting reviewed the security situation of the country. The prime minister also apprised the participants about his recent visit to China.

The meeting concluded that the progress and prosperity of Pakistan lie in peace, stability and rule of law.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Hussain, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and senior officials.

Earlier today Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the National Security Council to review the peace and security situation in the country, sources familiar with the matter said.

The prime minister, along with his high-level delegation of ministers and advisers, returned to Pakistan on Monday from his first official trip to China since assuming charge as the country’s premier.

The meeting also discussed the prevailing security situation in the country following a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Asia Bibi – a Christian woman who had been on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case.

The Supreme Court on October 31 ordered Bibi’s immediate release stating that blasphemy charges could not be proven against her. The judgement triggered countrywide protests by religious parties, bringing the country to a standstill for three days before the government reached a deal with the demonstrators on Friday.