ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was given a thorough briefing during his three hour long visit to the headquarters of a sensitive intelligence agency Friday along with the Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Both the leaders remained in the compound for three hours where the agency big guns gave a detailed briefing of the situation in the tribal area and Balochistan province. It is also pertinent to note that Prime Minister had condemned the drone attack on a house in Damadola in Bajaur Agency.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik also accompanied the prime minister. The prime minister had visited the ISI headquarters a few days back but on Friday his second visit in the company of party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari. According to an official press release, the prime minister expressed his views by saying that the government was committed to maintain a minimum credible deterrence through conventional and strategic capabilities, “Pakistan had a major role to play for peace and stability in the region”, he added. “We, however, believe that peace is achieved through strength and not weakness,” he said, adding the government would continue to provide all necessary support to further enhance the capabilities of the armed forces.
According to sources these meetings are a routine matter and heads of intelligence agencies brief new government functionaries on the security situation to help them formulate future policies. The nature of such briefings is so sensitive that the president or the prime minister is required to go to the headquarters for first hand information, and non-government functionaries and low-grade intelligence officials are not invited.
Furthermore Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Tariq Majeed and DD-SPD Strategic Planning Division Lt-Gen (retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai also visited the PM House and briefed him on the country’s strategic assets and various projects undertaken by the division to make the country’s defence impregnable.