Friday, May 30, 2014

High level huddle reviews security situation in Fata, Balochistan

May 30, 2014 
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs a high level meeting with Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, DG ISI Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam among others.  

ISLAMABAD: With the Hafiz Gul Bahadar group in North Waziristan advising locals to evacuate the area on Friday in light of a possible military offensive, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a high level huddle in Islamabad to review the situation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan.

The high level meeting, attended by army chief Gen Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Ashfaq Nadeem, was given a briefing by interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Nisar updated Nawaz on the status of raising a rapid response force at the federal and provincial level.

Nawaz appreciated the improved coordination with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, crediting them for improved law and order situation in Balochistan.

Defence minister Khawaja Asif was not present in the meeting, nor the prime ministerís adviser on national security and foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz or his special secretary Tariq Fatemi. Other members of the federal cabinet were also missing.

Strategy chalked out to tackle anti-talks Taliban
PM chairs high-level meeting of civil, military leadership; commends improved coordination within law-enforcement agencies; security situation in Balochistan also discussed

Saturday, May 31, 2014 

ISLAMABAD: The government has prepared a strategy to tackle the Taliban who are not willing to take part in the peace talks.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting of the civil and military leadership here on Friday to review the security situation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Balochistan.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Zahirul Islam, Chief of the General Staff Lt General Ashfaq Nadeem, Secretary to PM Javaid Aslam and Additional Secretary to PM Fawad Hasan Fawad.

The meeting prepared a strategy to deal with the Taliban unwilling to hold the peace talks with the government.The meeting also discussed the recent military action in North Waziristan, split within the Taliban leadership and prime minister’s visits to India and Afghanistan.

The interior minister briefed the meeting on the status of the Rapid Response Force being raised at the federal and provincial levels.The prime minister appreciated the improved coordination within the law enforcement and intelligence agencies in Balochistan, which has led to an improvement in the law and order situation there.

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