The meeting reviews internal and external security situation and the foreign policy imperatives in regional and global context. The National Security Committee reaffirms its continued commitment to pursue peace and stability in Afghanistan through an Afghan owned and Afghan-led peace process. The forum resolves to work at all levels with the people and Government of Afghanistan for removal of all irritants in Afghanistan for terrorist incidents in Pakistan. The Committee expresses satisfaction over the gains of anti-terrorism operations particularly Radd-ul-Fasaad and Khyber-IV and resolved to continue with these operations till elimination of the last trace of terrorist elements.

Meanwhile, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to strengthen institutional cooperation to effectively combat terrorism

The understanding came at a meeting between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai in Kabul. Speaking on the occasion, the Foreign Secretary underlines the need for strengthening border management and early repatriation of Afghan refugees. She reiterates Pakistan’s desire to expedite transit facilitation and infrastructure connectivity projects between the two countries.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Khan (Expert on Afghan Affairs)

Kabul administration is under strong influence of Indian lobby despite of knowing the fact that peace and prosperity in Afghanistan is not possible without the support of Pakistan. Islamabad provided shelter to a number of Afghan refugees during the Soviet Union war. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan share a long border line so an effective border management system is mandatory to prevent the illegal movement of the people. Fencing along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has commenced in an effort to improve the security situation along the international boundary which is good news. Terrorism in the country has reduced to a great extent as a result of precautionary measures taken by the security forces.

Pakistan's economy is stable and moving towards growth: PM

Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Business, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the country is poised to become a major player in the regional economy. Major policy reforms have been initiated to facilitate the business community. Laws relating to establishment of Special Economic Zones have also been formulated to attract investment in the country with complete freedom of transferring dividends and movement of capital. The government has also improved security ambiance, particularly in Karachi to help business community conduct trade in a peaceful environment.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Shahid Hassan Siddiqui (Economist)

The Prime Minister is making all out efforts to facilitate the business community of the country by utilizing all available resources in order to compete in international market. Certain incentives and benefits are also being provided to the foreign investors as well. It is unfortunate that foreign reserves of our country have decreased a bit because of political instability in the country as new foreign investors are hesitant to invest in such uncertain situation. The government should have to pay attention to improve exports in order to generate revenue.

Host: Umar

Co-host: Shahzad

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