Janjua discusses security issues with Nawaz

LAHORE – Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security Lt-Gen (r) Nasir Janjua yesterday met former premier Nawaz Sharif and discussed with him internal and external security matters.

No official statement was released on the meeting which was held for about five hours in the presence of Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Ch Munir, say the media reports.

The meeting discussed the matters relating to the national security and the region, particularly, Afghanistan and the situation on the eastern border having a direct bearing on Pakistan. According to the reports, the meeting also reviewed the terror situation and terrorist activities. The current relations of the country with the neighbouring states also came under discussion. The reports say Nawaz Sharif highlighted the importance of peaceful and cordial relations with the neighbouring countries, particularly Afghanistan.

On this occasion, the security adviser said all the state institutions are united on curbing terrorism in the country and check the terror from across the border. He said some neighbouring states support terrorism and provide funds to terrorists, which is not acceptable to Pakistan, adding this factor is being watched very closely. He said Pakistan rendered innumerable sacrifices in terms of human lives and material while fighting terrorism and the world must admit this fact. He vowed to continue the war till the end of the last terrorist.

It may be mentioned that after the recent threats by the US president and other ministers of his administration to Pakistan, the security issue has once again got limelight in the country. Pakistan has lost lives of over 50,000 civilians and 10,000 army and security personnel in the war against terrorism and uprooted this scourge in the Fata and other areas of the country. Pakistan is facing militancy by Taliban and IS from Afghanistan. Pakistan wants America to admit its sacrifices in the war on terror while the latter wants it to ‘do more’ after its failure to rout the Taliban and IS in Afghanistan and now overlooks the huge contribution Pakistan has made to root out terrorism.

Pakistan has decided to reject the US pressure which the experts say will increase in the times to come as Islamabad had played a leading role in voting out America at the General Assembly on the question of Jerusalem. America has warned the countries which ditched it at the international forum to strictly deal with them. America has recently announced to slash the UN’s annual operating budget for 2018-19 by $285million which was $1.2 billion for the year 2017-18.

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