Friday, March 31, 2023

‘Pakistan won’t compromise on sovereignty at any cost’ – PM Imran


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday chaired a high-level meeting with top civil-military brass in presence and reviewed security situation of the country.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, secretary foreign ministry and other high officials were also present.

Sources privy to the meeting said PM Imran stated that Pakistan wished for peace, stability and development in the region.

“However, sovereignty and autonomy of Pakistan will be on first priority and the bilateral ties will not be made at the cost of any damage to the interests of Pakistan,” he said.

The Prime Minister House spokesperson said different points of agenda about the foreign minister’s upcoming one-day visit to Kabul were discussed and consensus was evolved on Pakistan’s desire for friendly relations with all the neighboring countries on equal basis.

“Stability and peace in Afghanistan is guarantor of peace in Pakistan and we are ready for cooperation in this regard,” the meeting decided.

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The top forum also reviewed recent visits of ministers from China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States and exchanged views on ties with the countries.

The meeting also discussed relations with India.

On Sep 12, the premier had visited the headquarters of the ISI where he was briefed on the national security.

The prime minister was briefed in details on various strategic intelligence and national security matters at the agency’s headquarters. He also laid a floral wreath at the martyrs monument.

Imran lauded contributions of ISI towards national security especially in the ongoing counter terrorism effort. “ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as the best intelligence agency of the world,” said PM Khan.

He further said that government and people of Pakistan firmly stand behind the armed forces and intelligence agencies, and greatly acknowledge the unprecedented achievements of these institutions.

On August 30, Prime Minister Khan had visited the General Headquarters (GHQ) along with several cabinet members to get briefing on security matters.


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