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A high level meeting expresses satisfaction on the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb

A high level meeting between civil and military leadership was held in Rawalpindi today to discuss issues related to National Security. Federal Ministers Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, National Security Advisor, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary attended the meeting. Meeting was also attended by Chief of Army Staff, DG ISI and other senior military officials. Participants of the meeting dwelt at length on various issues related to external and Internal Security situation of the country including CPEC. The meeting expressed satisfaction on the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. It was agreed that our achievements in bringing stability in the country will have to be sustained whatever it takes. The meeting also took cognizance of ongoing regional developments and inimical designs against our stability and prosperity. Reaffirming Pakistan commitment to enduring regional peace, it was underlined that hostile intelligence agencies and their facilitators will not be allowed to foment trouble inside Pakistan. The meeting expressed its concern on US drone strike in Balochistan and added that it was a clear violation of Pakistan's sovereignty affecting mutual trust and undermined the spirit of Afghan Peace Process under mutually agreed quadrilateral framework. The leadership resolved to protect the core national interests and effectively.    

Analysts 

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal (Analyst):

“In South Asia, there is Indian and US alliance on one side and Pakistan and China’s on the other. These alliances reflect a cold war like situation. Many global powers have set their sight on CPEC and they don’t like the friendship between Pakistan and China to further prosper. The interdependence and globalization of the world has shifted the focus from geo-politics to geo-economics. China’s economy is further strengthening and some countries are raising the South China Sea bogey to involve China in global conflicts. One Belt One Road is not an economic project only. Rather, it is a project that will also strengthen the defence and defensive capabilities of a country. It is the main reason that India does not want this project to succeed.”

Tahira Bukhari (Leader, PML-N): 

“Our civil and military leadership are on one page regarding the timely completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. We want this mega project to be successful as it is going to bring an economic revolution in the country. Some forces have been trying to create hurdles in the completion of CPEC but they will remain unsuccessful and with the help of Allah Almighty Pakistan will be included among the developed countries of the world. Whenever, there is sensitive time in Pakistan, our civil and military leadership stands on the same page.” 


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