NSC for more proactive diplomacy in face of geopolitical situation

Recent global and regional developments and their implications for Pakistan reviewed

Islamabad: The National Security Committee on Tuesday observed that Pakistan would continue to make diplomatic and political efforts for peace and stability in the face of geopolitical situation which was evolving rapidly.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the meeting which reviewed in detail the recent global and regional developments and their implications for Pakistan.

For this purpose, the committee emphasised the need for a much more proactive diplomacy, PM office media wing said in a press release.

The National Security Committee condemned the violence by Indian forces on Kashmiris and resolved that Pakistan would continue to play its role in realising the right of the people of Kashmir to self-determination.

The committee also condemned the brutal repression of the Palestinians by the Israeli state and reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the people of Palestine in their just cause.

Expressing satisfaction over the transformational reforms introduced by the government with regard to FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan, it observed that the mainstreaming of FATA and its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the grant of the same rights under the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018 to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan as are available to the people in the rest of the country have gone a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of the people of these regions with far-reaching outcomes for national life.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Miftah Esmail, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Director General ISI Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.

The Ministry of Interior briefed the committee on the basic features of the new visa policy aimed at making Pakistan a tourist and business friendly country.

While appreciating the efforts of the ministry, the committee observed that it must also be ensured that all supportive systems, databases and verification networks were in place and fully operational, in view of which it was agreed that the ‘visa on arrival’ facility should be initiated as a pilot project in the first instance.

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