Prime Minister Chairs Defence Committee of the Cabinet Meeting

Islamabad: The Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) met under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani here today which was attended by Federal Ministers, members of the DCC, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs and senior officials.

The Prime Minister in his opening remarks said that DCC was the highest forum to address matters relating to Pakistan’s national security. It is the Government’s strong desire to see all institutions play their role affectively and with high degree of coordination to safeguard and promote Pakistan national interests. The Prime Minister said that in our last meeting it was decided that the DCC should meet regularly to review and take decisions on all matters relating to security and national defence. Ensuring security of the citizen is the primary responsibility of the Government as issue is of paramount importance and needs to be addressed comprehensively, the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister said that consultations, cooperation and coordination between all arms of the Government most notably among the intelligence agencies and law enforcing bodies was a pre-requisite for ensuring national security.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan was passing through a difficult period and issues pertaining to criminal justice system and terrorism particularly suicide attacking had seriously affected the lives of our citizen. Both aspects that criminal justice and terrorism need to be addressed effectively in a comprehensive manner, the Prime Minister observed.

The Prime Minister said, we need to clearly identify the threat posed by terrorism including the underlined factor such as ideological and motivational, funding, weapon supply, training, organizational support for terrorism groups and those aiding and abetting the terrorists. He said that our intelligence and security agencies have been tested to the limits.

The Interior Ministry gave presentation on internal security situation to the DCC meeting’s participants.

It may be stated that the Committee deliberated on all aspects of law and order situation and noted that special and immediate action was required employing all stringent security measures to combat militancy and extremism.

It was decided in the Committee that special attention shall be given to de-radicalization programme to motivate youth to engage and isolate them from militancy and terrorism and bringing them back to peaceful living.

The Prime Minister apprised the Committee that he has asked the Balochistan Government to bring the Baloch leadership in the mainstream of national politics.

The Committee also decided to strengthen mechanism between the provinces and the federal Government on security issues. It was also decided to establish a National Crime Database at the Centre and the Ministry of Interior has been directed to make it functional on urgent basis.

The DCC extensively reviewed the security issues and decided to keep the situation under constant review with a view to comprehensively and effectively addressing the security issues on regular basis.

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