Islamabad, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired the 41st meeting of the National Security Committee held at the Prime Minister House.
The federal ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs and high ranking officers of departments concerned attended the meeting.
The meeting of the committee was continuation of the meeting held after the terrorist attack on the Peshawar Police Lines on January 2, 2023.
At the start of the meeting, the participants paid tribute to those who were matryred in Gayari sector tragedy on April 7, 2012.
Emphasizing on comprehensive national security, it was declared that relief to the people was of central importance. The forum was told that the government was taking measures in this connection.
The meeting acknowledged the sacrifices and efforts of the security forces for ensuring permanent peace for the nation.
The forum reiterated the resolve to continue operation till eradication of terrorism from Pakistan.
The committee proclaimed that the recent wave of terrorism was the result of soft corner and absence of well thought out policy against Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which was declared a terrorist organisation. However, against the public expectations and wishes, under the previous policy terrorists were allowed to return without any hindrance. In the name of confidence building, dangerous terrorists of TTP were released from jails, it added.
The committee noted that due to return of these dangerous terrorists and support of different terrorist organisations to them from Afghanistan, peace and stability which was the result of innumerable sacrifices and continuous efforts, was affected.
It was agreed that in the new multi-pronged and comprehensive operation, combined efforts at diplomatic, security, economic and social levels will be undertaken for the elimination of the menace of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
A high level committee was formed which within two weeks would present its recommendations for implementation of the policy and to draw its parameters.
The leadership appreciated the successful operation of the leading intelligence agency during which a highly wanted terrorist Gulzar Imam aka Shambay was arrested. The terrorist was founding leader of Baloch National Army and was involved in different terrorist activities for a long time.
The committee strongly condemned the increasing hatred and division in society and attempts to spread foreign sponsored poisonous propaganda on social media against the state institutions and their leadership to achieve hidden targets and stated that these attempts were affecting the national security.
While expressing resolve to fail the heinous designs of the enemies of the country, the committee said every effort would be made to maintain peace which was achieved with the supreme sacrifices and constant endeavours of the martyrs.