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May 13, 2014

Nawaz calls meeting to discuss security tomorrow

 
May 13, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a high echelon security meeting here at the PM House on Wednesday (tomorrow), the first of the kind in the current month where sensitive security issues including the dialogue process with the Taliban would top the agenda and recent incidents of violence would be discussed threadbare. A new strategy would be evolved in the face of the developments for dealing with the untoward situation. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Zaheer-ul-Islam, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director General Aftab Sultan, Prime Minister’s Special Secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad, Interior Secretary Shahid Khan, Secretary National Security Secretariat Muhammad Sadiq Khan and senior officials will attend the meeting.
Fawad Hasan Fawad is also a member of the government dialogue committee that had maiden direct talks with Shura representatives of Taliban. The sources hinted that time-frame of final direct talks with Taliban Shura would be finalised in the meeting, since the agenda for talks was also being worked out.
The government isn’t prepared to enter into dialogue with the Taliban at the senior military and government level. The present level of talks wouldn’t be enhanced as long as some tangible progress isn’t made. The demand for bringing the military commanders in the dialogue would be rejected outright by the meeting since the quarters concerned have already been informed about the decision. The Taliban earlier demanded for such talks, the sources said.
The sources pointed out that it would be the first meeting of the stature dealing with security during this month. In between the previous meeting, a number of high level visits

from the United States have taken place on political and military level both, including Assistant Secretary of State William Burns and US Central Command (USCENTCOM) Commander General Lloyd Austin.
The meeting will also discuss what had been transpired in the interactions in question. The outcome of the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz to Iran would also figure in the meeting, the sources said.