New security policy: PM Nawaz visits interior ministry

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar briefs Nawaz on the newly proposed draft of national security policy.

Zahid Gishkori July 12, 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Just a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a rare visit to the head office of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the premier visited the interior ministry on Friday.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed Nawaz on the newly proposed draft of national security policy.

The 33-page long draft was compiled by the National Counter Terrorism Authority.

Officials told The Express Tribune that the new policy will focus on causes of terrorism, nature and extent of terrorism, evaluation of state responses and discussion on policy options.

On June 11, the premier – along with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other senior officials – visited the ISI HQ and was reportedly informed by the agency’s top brass about all internal and external security challenges faced by the country.

The prime minister asked for a well thought out and operational plan to be prepared to achieve the necessary security.

He said that all security agencies needed to coordinate amongst themselves in order to ensure national interests.

He assured the provision of adequate funds for law enforcement agencies to facilitate them in their duties.

The prime minister, however, demanded that they must deliver to the expectations of the people and the government.

Nawaz Sharif asked the Ministry of Interior to extend its complete support to the provincial governments in their endeavors to fight anti-state elements.

Speaking about the situation at the borders, Nawaz Sharif stressed that efforts should be made to stop the influx of aliens into FATA and other areas of the country.

The Secretary Ministry of Interior informed Nawaz Sharif about the overall security paradigm and the steps that had been taken by the Interior Division to strengthen the liaison between provinces.


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