ISLAMABAD: Leadership of Pakistan has agreed that Parliament will decide matters concerning to national security whereas institutions will implement it as national unity is essential for survival and security of the country.
After the briefing session between the cabinet and General Ashfaq Kiyani the Prime Minister decided that situation will be analyzed in light of the briefing of COAS. He added that for tackling terrorism and extremism a political strategy will be decided after going into details. He said that the strategy or policy, which the parliament will decide, will be supported by the military.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kyani briefed the ruling alliance and federal cabinet on national security at Prime Minister House. The ruling alliance was briefed on national security, matters of defense, situation of law and order and FATA, Pak-Afghan relations, role of Pakistan in war against terror, and other matters concerning to security of the country.
Sources said that in the briefing the military chief explained Pak army’s priorities as well as strategy regarding restoration of peace in Swat and FATA. It was agreed that in future parliament will decide strategy and it would be implemented, the sources informed.
All political parties agreed that use of power was not effective and matters would be settled through dialogue. The sources revealed that two other such meetings with military leadership will be held. They informed that it was decided that PDA will decide its priorities regarding next meeting after consultation. Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Maj. Gen. Shujaa and DG Military Intelligence (MI) Maj. Gen. Nadeem Ejaz were also present with the Army chief during the briefing.
Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, Asfandyar Wali of Awami National Party (ANP) and JUI’s Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Advisor of Interior Rahman Malik, PML-N Chief Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan envoy in Washington Mehmood Ali Durrani and the Minister for Frontier Regions Najmuddin Khan attended the briefing at Prime Minister House.-SANA