ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called a meeting of Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) today (Thursday) to discuss overall national security with specific reference to Taliban’s decision not to extend the ceasefire and its impact on the ongoing peace parleys.
The meeting would be attended by PM’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, all the three services’ chiefs, the ISI DG and the IB DG.
The meeting has acquired special significance as it would be the first face-to-face encounter between the prime minister and the chief of the army staff following the caution call by the latter on provocative statements by some cabinet members after the indictment of former military dictator Pervez Muharraf in the high treason case. Sources aware of the situation informed The Nation that the talks with Taliban would be on top of the agenda.