ISLAMABAD -  Categorically refuting the ‘so-called terrorist sanctuaries on Pakistan soil’, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday that the country had made remarkable achievements against the menace of terrorism.

Addressing the participants of the National Security and War Course here at the National Defence University, the prime minister said that the tide had been turned against terrorists and their capacity to conduct activities had been immensely curtailed.

He said the state was fully conscious of the challenges relating to national security as it was tackling both internal and external problems.

He mentioned that after the success of operation Zarb-i-Azb, now operation "Raddul Fasaad "against terrorists was underway to purge the society of sleeper cells and sympathizers of extremists.

He said that there had been a paradigm shift not only from state-centric focus to societal security concerns but also in the concept and understanding of the national security.

The premier said that the current security environment was increasingly fluid and was shaped by a dynamic mix of continuing and emerging challenges and opportunities.

Congratulating the graduates, the prime minister urged them to take steps in complimenting the national response to the threats faced by the country.

He also appreciated the contribution of the NDU in refining and defining national security concepts and enabling civilian policy-makers to acquire a better understanding of issues concerning the national security.

Later, Prime Minister Abbasi gave away certificates among the graduates. The graduation ceremony marked the culmination of National Security and War Course which commenced in August last and was attended by 29 selected participants from Civil Service of Pakistan along with members of the armed forces.

The event was attended by Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua and other military and civil officials.

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COMPLETING CPEC PROJECTS

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday reviewed progress on various projects being undertaken under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with a special focus on energy, roads and railway infrastructure development.

Chairing the meeting of Cabinet Committee on CPEC at his office, the prime minister also reviewed preparation for the visit of the senior-level official delegation to China in pursuant to the 7th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting held in Islamabad on November 21, 2017.  The meeting reviewed progress on various projects including the M-1 project, Karachi Circular Railway and establishment of Special Economic Zones in various parts of the country.

Secretary Power Division briefed the meeting about various power sector projects including 300 MW Gwardar Power Project to be set-up for catering to the power needs of Gawadar and the adjacent areas. The meeting was also briefed about the progress on the establishment of transmission lines to off-take power from various generation sources.

The NHA chairman briefed the meeting about progress on various road infrastructure projects including construction of Raikot-Thakot road, Khuzdar-Basima road, upgradation of DI Khan-Zhob road and other projects.

The prime minister directed that besides expediting work on ongoing projects, modalities for mutually-agreed future projects be finalized in consultation with Chinese to ensure their timely implementation.

The prime minister directed that Chinese side be proactively engaged in the speedy establishment of prioritized Special Economic Zones. He directed that various factors including connectivity, availability of human resource and requisite raw material should also be taken into account while prioritizing setting up of these zones.

The prime minister said that early implementation and completion of CPEC projects remains the foremost priority of the government in view of their huge socio-economic benefits for the country.

He also directed that the Board of Investment and other federal government departments should actively engage provincial governments for ensuring timely completion of various CPEC-related projects.