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NSC Reaffirms Commitment to a Stable& Peaceful Afghanistan

October 08, 2021

The National Security Committee (NSC) met to discuss national security, the situation in Afghanistan, and other pressing issues.

Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over the meeting, which was attended by senior cabinet members, the national security adviser, and the services and intelligence chiefs. The meeting was called to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).The National Security Council (NSC) is the highest level of coordination for security issues.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was briefed on the evolving regional security situation particularly recent developments in Afghanistan and their potential impact on Pakistan. Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable, and sovereign Afghanistan was reaffirmed by the NSC. The participants expressed their concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and stressed the urgent need for international assistance to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

During the meeting, the importance of international coordination on constructive political and economic engagement with the interim Afghan government was also emphasized.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction with Pakistan’s support for the international Afghan evacuation effort, saying that the entire world had recognized Pakistan’s positive contribution.

Members of the committee emphasized that the region’s evolving situation was extremely complex and that any instability in Afghanistan could have serious consequences for Pakistan.

Agreeing with this viewpoint, the prime minister emphasized the importance of a coordinated policy effort. The premier also directed the establishment of a dedicated cell to coordinate various streams of government efforts on Afghanistan, including international coordination for humanitarian aid and effective border management to prevent any negative spillover into Pakistan. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid told reporters after the meeting that it lasted nearly two hours and was attended by the entire political and military leadership, including the chiefs of the army, air force, navy, and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

All national issues were discussed extensively. The issue of Afghanistan was also brought up. “However, none of those things can be discussed in public,” he said. When asked whether the meeting was attended by ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed or newly appointed Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum prior to the release of the photograph and video footage of the meeting, Rashid said: The change of command will take 8-10 days. It was also confirmed that the outgoing Director General of the ISI was present at the meeting.

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