PM, army chief discuss role of hostile foreign intelligence agencies in Pakistan

Published: February 4, 2016
File photo of a high level meeting in Islamabad. PHOTO: PID

File photo of a high level meeting in Islamabad. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif discussed on Thursday the role of hostile foreign intelligence agencies and their collaborators in fomenting instability in the country.

According to the ISPR, in a high-level meeting at the ISI headquarters, the army chief emphasised the need for continued efforts across the country to consolidate gains of Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

“The role of hostile [foreign] intelligence agencies and their collaborators in fomenting instability in Pakistan and undermining Pakistan’s interests was discussed in detail,” the statement added.

“Management of Pak-Afghan border including way forward was also discussed during the meeting.”

The high level huddle also reviewed the internal and external threat spectrum, including terrorists’ network and their linkages.

The prime minister appreciated the efforts and achievements of Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies in achieving major breakthroughs and bringing a noticeable change in the security environment of the country.

Global response needed to defeat terrorism: General Raheel

PM Nawaz said the entire nation was proud of its premier intelligence agency, reiterating that the government and the nation stood behind its armed forces.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and NSA Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua also attended the meeting.

Earlier during the day, General Raheel said terrorism was a global phenomenon and required a coordinated, global response.

He visited the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) to witness exercise “Eagle Dash-I” between Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives in Pabbi, Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Malik Saab
    Feb 4, 2016 - 8:20PM

    Every top Intelligence of the world have two important divisions to counter enemy threats. One is the Anti-Sabotage Unit” and the other is “Counter intelligence Unit”. Kindly discuss weather these two units exist in ISI and IB. If not then why?.
    Also one more question that why We do not have any Civilian run Intelligence agency?. CIA is a civilian run and the best in the world. Simialrly MI6 and Mosaad works on the same model. But why we do not have any?Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 4, 2016 - 10:02PM

    Where is proof of foreign involvement? The world is still waiting for any concrete evidence.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Feb 4, 2016 - 10:22PM

    Findings and names of hostile agencies must be made public. We all are aware that there are foreign elements involved. Once public is made aware of it, we can strengthen our voice against them. Its a voice of 250 million people and that must matter.Recommend

  • Feb 4, 2016 - 10:41PM

    only Army is doing some good for PakistanRecommend

  • Jibran
    Feb 4, 2016 - 11:35PM

    A joke at the highest level. The biggest threat to Pakistan are the Saudi agents. But then they are sitting at the very top.Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Feb 4, 2016 - 11:35PM

    What about the role of ISI in foreign countries as a hostile intelligence agency??? Recommend

  • Defiant
    Feb 5, 2016 - 12:05AM

    RAW has pushed things too far.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 5, 2016 - 12:23AM


    We all are aware that there are foreign elements involved.

    No none of us is aware as there is no evidence. Its only propaganda which some choose to paddle for their own interest and cover up.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 5, 2016 - 2:11AM


    only Army is doing some good for Pakistan

    Really? How? Do you see any security in the country?Recommend

  • irfan
    Feb 5, 2016 - 2:40AM

    The biggest threat is Iran with its hands in BalochistanRecommend

  • Babloo
    Feb 5, 2016 - 3:30AM

    You see , India does not speak in coded duplicitous language. It clearly states agents from Pakistan state are responsible. Why does Pakistan use such hazy, ambigious, duplicitous language ? Maybe they have no substance ?Recommend

  • curious2
    Feb 5, 2016 - 3:50AM

    Seems to me the govt/military have a full plate without getting distracted with conspiracy theories. Pakistan’s greatest threat is the TTP and the religious zealots who support them – that’s a home grown issue.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Feb 5, 2016 - 5:53AM

    Once again the government reissues the same old tired “Foreign Hand” delusions to fool the public! ALSO without any credible proof as usual!
    These press releases are only for domestic consumption to deflect blame!Recommend

  • MJ
    Feb 5, 2016 - 6:59AM

    When in 2011 Taliban attacked a Naval base in Karachi and destroyed only the two Orion submarine detection aircrafts out of dozens of others on the base, Pakistan even then was not able to use diplomatic means to show the Indian involvement in that attack or get the attention of the world. Why would Taliban, who have no access to the seas and operate no submarines specifically target those two planes. The only country that viewed those two planes as a threat was India. Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Feb 5, 2016 - 7:50AM

    @Malik Saab:
    Don’t make a fool of yourself by posting such comment which expose your total lack of knowledge. First improve your knowledge then speak.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Feb 5, 2016 - 7:52AM

    Your real name must be Hameed Doval.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Feb 5, 2016 - 8:04AM


    the army and gov’t have shared the role of foreign intel agencies and these governments are sympathetic to pakistan and know what india and other countries are doing. pakistan is not burma or some small country. gov’ts around the world listen and respect what the army says. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Feb 5, 2016 - 8:05AM

    @Srinivasulu Mekala:
    thats the job of your gov’t to stop :DRecommend

  • Naim
    Feb 7, 2016 - 10:34AM

    Sir I m sorry I don’t have faith in PMLN government, can our Prime Minister chair a high level meeting?i have my doubts, we don’t even know his level of education, there are foreign agencies working in Pakistan, you don’t have to go far TTP working for a foreign country, we have sardars in Baluchistan, we have MQM, we have Molana Aziz and we have some politicians in the government and a simple answer who ever is against KALA BAHGH DAM is working for a foreign country. I would even close Qatari Algazeera TV offices in Pakistan soon as. Recommend

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