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Civil-military leadership resolve to counter hostile intelligence agencies

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RAWALPINDI: Civil and military leadership attended a high-level meeting at General Headquarters (GHQ) today, discussing China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and internal security matters, ARY News reported.

The meeting expressed its concern on 21 May US drone strike saying it was a clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty affecting mutual trust and undermined the spirit of Afghan Peace Process under mutually agreed Quadrilateral framework.

According to military’s public affairs wing, Inter Services Public relations, the meeting deliberated upon and internal and external security threats.


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“It was noted with satisfaction that successes of operation Zarb-e-Azb has been phenomenal and it was agreed that our achievements in bringing stability in the country will have to be sustained whatever it takes.”

The meeting also took cognisance of ongoing regional developments and inimical designs against our stability and prosperity.

Reaffirming Pak commitment to enduring regional peace, it was underlined that hostile intelligence agencies and their facilitators will not be allowed to foment trouble inside Pakistan.

The leadership resolved to protect the core national interests and effectively countering any negative outside influence.

The military group was led by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif along with DG Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar and others.

 

 

While Ishaq Dar represented the civilian side, flanking alongside defence minister, foreign affairs adviser and others.

Army chief had accused India of seeking to undermine his country’s $46 billion project to build an economic corridor to transport goods from China’s western regions through the port of Gwadar.

Gen Sharif, speaking at a development conference on the impact of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said the significance of a Pakistan-China economic alliance had “raised eyebrows” in the region.


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“In this context, I must highlight that India, our immediate neighbour, has openly challenged this development initiative,” Sharif told the conference in Gwadar.

“I would like to make a special reference to Indian intelligence agency RAW that is blatantly involved in destabilising Pakistan. Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan. Therefore, it is important for all to leave behind confrontation and focus on cooperation.”

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