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PM Abbasi to chair National Security Committee meeting today

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair National Security Committee (NSC) meeting on Thursday (today) to prepare a strategy in response to United States (US) new regional policy and President Donald Trump’s accusations of harbouring terrorists on Pakistan.

Cabinet members, top brass of civilian and military leadership including chiefs of armed forces will attend the meeting and discuss the new US policy for South Asia and Afghanistan.

The attendees are also expected to contemplate a strategy with regard to US policy for region and further deployment of American troops in Afghanistan.

The officials are expected to discuss taking other countries including China on board relating US new policyby asking these countries to raise their concerns over the policies of Trump administration.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has scheduled trip to the US in the coming week to discuss the matter with the US administration.

This would be the second NSC meeting within the month being chaired by Prime Minister Abbasi. The first NSC meeting was held on August 16 discussing Indian atrocities in held-Kashmir besides unprovoked cross-border firing by Indian forces.

Abbasi on Wednesday held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman after dashing to Saudi Arabia for a day-long visit.

Read also: Pakistan rejects ‘disappointing’ Trump criticism over alleged terror support

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa – in a meeting with United States Ambassador David Hale at General Headquarters (GHQ) – on Wednesday said that peace in Afghanistan is as important for Pakistan as for any country.

The US envoy also briefed about the new US policy amidst criticism by President Donald Trump.

“We have done a lot towards that end and shall keep on doing our best, not to appease anyone but in line with our interest and national policy,” said the COAS.

He asserted that Pakistan is not looking for any material or financial assistance from US but trust, understanding and acknowledgement of our contributions. “Collaboration and synergy of effort between all stakeholders is the key to success to bring this long drawn war in Afghanistan to its logical conclusion,” he added.

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