ISLAMABAD - A high-level meeting under the chair of Prime Minister Nawaz reviewed the overall security situation in the country and also discussed the post-elections scenario in neighbouring India and Afghanistan and its expected fallout in the region.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif briefed the participants on his recent visit to Kabul and the issues taken up in the trilateral meeting held with Afghan military top-brass and ISAF commanders.

He also briefed the meeting on the assistance and support sought by Afghan officials in the run-off Afghan presidential elections due next month.

Sources added that the meeting reviewed the security situation along the Pak-Afghan border and pondered over the future strategy after the possible withdrawal of Nato forces from Afghanistan.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, DG ISI Lt General Muhammad Zaheerul Islam, Chief of General Staff Lt General Ashfaq Nadeem, DG MO Maj General Amir Riaz, the Secretary to PM and the Additional Secretary to PM.

Interestingly, Defence Minister Kh Mohammad Asif was conspicuous by his absence in the meeting relating to the national security. A source in the Prime Minister House informed that Kh Asif also skipped the previous meeting held in Prime Minister’s House.  The committee discussed a number of issues relating to internal and external security with long-term implications for the country.

The committee agreed that the national security was of paramount importance for consolidating the economic gains that the government had achieved through sound macroeconomic policies and hard work of the economic team.

Sources further informed that the law and order situation in Karachi and Balochistan was also discussed. Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan gave a detailed view of the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi and the political and military leadership expressed their resolve to continue with the operation to purge the port city of miscreants.

Agencies add: Pakistan has urged Kabul to take steps for stopping cross-border attacks by the Afghan security forces, otherwise Islamabad reserves its right to retaliate such territorial violation.

A media report attributed this statement to the COAS, but a statement from the PM’s media office later issued a denial, saying nothing of this sort was discussed at the meeting.

However, scores of incidents of cross-border rocket firing in Pakistani territory have been reported in the recent past in which several casualties took place.

The PM also took notice of kidnapping of a Chinese tourist from Dera Ismail Khan district. He directed the authorities concerned to take immediate steps for recovery of the abducted Chinese national at earliest.