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Federal Cabinet approves National Security Policy

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has approved the National Security Policy, tightening measures to deal with terrorists, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

The Federal Cabinet meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, also asked the Taliban to announce unilateral and unconditional ceasefire, or face action. The formal announcement in this regard will be made by Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan during the National Assembly session tomorrow (Wednesday, February 25).

The National Security Policy will comprise three phases, while the first phase is not disclosed, and the second phase will deal with strategic move. 

It was also decided to form a strong intelligence network to deal with terrorists, while secret agencies of four provinces will work under Joint Intelligence Directorate. The provinces will be provided 65 vehicles of Bomb Disposal Squads (BDS), which will form Rapid Response Force under Joint Intelligence Directorate. Around 500 commanders will be inducted in this force in Islamabad. While 2,000 personnel each will be inducted in this force in all the four provinces.

A modern command and control room for security will also be formed. It is planned to achieve the security policy targets in a year.

Federal Cabinet has also consented to continue dialogue and ‘targeted operations’ both, to reach a decisive end.                                      

In this connection, the government decided to appoint federal minister Abdul Qadir Baloch as focal person to look after internally displaced persons (IDPs) emigrating Waziristan areas. The decision was also taken to provide compensation, accommodation and food to the IDPs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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