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NSC decides to respond decisively to any aggression or misadventure by India

NSC decides to respond decisively to any aggression or misadventure by India
February 22, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The National Security Committee (NSC) presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan dismissed the Indian allegations about the Pulwama attack. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, services chiefs, ministers and other officials participated in the meeting. According to the declaration announced after the NSC meeting, the NSC in unequivocal terms said that the state of Pakistan is not involved in any way, means or form in the Pulwama incident and it was conceived, planned and executed indigenously. The forum said that Pakistan has sincerely offered investigation of the incident and dialogue on the issue of terrorism among other disputed issues with India. It said that they expect India to positively respond to these offers. The committee said based on the investigation or any tangible evidence provided, the state will take action against anyone found using their soil. However, India also needs deep introspection to realize that why people of Occupied Kashmir have lost fear of death. The violence by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir is highly counterproductive, it added. The NSC asked the United Nations to play its role for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that it is Naya Pakistan and the state will ensure protection of its people. “Extremism and terrorism are the biggest issues and they affected the region the most,” he said. Expressing the resolve to defend the motherland, he authorized armed forces of Pakistan to respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India. Regarding Pakisan's resolve against terrorism, he said: “Pakistan alone has endured over 70,000 casualties in the process besides heavy loss to the national exchequer. That is why the National Action Plan conceived and issued in 2014, outlined concrete sequenced measures with consensus of all political parties and institutions of Pakistan.” Having addressed direct threat to Pakistan, he said: “We need to move to ensure that militancy and extremism are routed from the society and the state never becomes hostage to extremists.” The prime minister directed both the Interior Ministry and the security institutions to immediately accelerate actions on ground. Participants discussed geo-strategic and national security environment and situation arising after the Pulwama Incident.
PM meets COAS Gen Bajwa
On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa held a one-on-one meeting before the NSC meeting. During the meeting, the country and region's security situation were discussed. Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had declared that there would be no comprise on the sovereignty of the country. Chairing a meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) parliamentary party at the Parliament House, the prime minister had said, “The message [Pakistan] had to give to India has already been given. We have given India a clear message on Pulwama attack.”