NSC Disappointed Over US Leadership’s Statements; Reaffirms Pakistan’s CommitmentTo Playing
Constructive Role For Regional Peace
ISLAMABAD (APP):Expressing its deep disappointment over the recent statements by the American
leadership, Pakistan on Tuesday reaffirmed that its people held dear their national pride and were
capable of defending their country.
This resolve came during the 17th meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here to review the emerging strategic situation in the region and beyond.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prof Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior, Khurram
Dastgir, Minister for Defence, General Zubair Mehmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Committee, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of the Army Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief
of the Naval Staff, Air Chief Marshall Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Miftah Ismail, Advisor to the
Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Lt. General ® Nasser Khan Janjua, National
Security Advisor, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, and senior civil and military
officials attended the meeting.
According to a press release issued by the PM’s Media Wing after the NSC meeting, the Committee
noted its deep disappointment with some of the recent statements articulated by the American
“The Committee reaffirmed that Pakistanis are a people who hold dear their national pride, who are
capable of defending their country, and who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to counter
terrorism and to work for regional peace and stability.”
“The Committee reached a consensus that despite all unwarranted allegations Pakistan cannot act in
haste and will remain committed to playing a constructive role towards an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned
peace process, not just for the sake of its own people, but also for the peace and security of the region
and international community.”
The NSC observed Pakistan could not be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan and
that blaming allies certainly did not serve the shared objective of achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan
and the region.
The Committee observed that the close interaction with the US leadership following the initial
pronouncement of President Trump’s policy on South Asia had been useful in creating a better
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The visits of Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis were also seen by the Committee as robust and
The Committee observed that given this positive direction of progression, recent statements and
articulation by the American leadership were completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts
manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and
negated the decades of sacrifices by the Pakistani nation – a nation that has contributed so significantly
to regional and global security and peace.
The participants noted that over the past several years, Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign had
served as a bulwark against possible expansion of scores of terrorist organizations currently present in
Afghanistan – a fact acknowledged by the US authorities at the highest levels. Most of these terrorists
have repeatedly launched cross border attacks against innocent Pakistanis with impunity by exploiting
presence of millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, a porous Pak-Afghan border and large tracts of
ungoverned spaces inside Afghanistan.
The Committee observed that Pakistan had fought the war against terrorism primarily out of its own
resources and at a great cost to its economy, and that even more importantly the huge sacrifices made
by Pakistan, including the loss of tens of thousands of lives of Pakistani civilians and security personnel,
and the pain of their families, could not be trivialized so heartlessly by pushing all of it behind a monetary
value – and that too an imagined one.
It further observed that even today Pakistan was firmly supporting the US-led international effort in
Afghanistan; that it was continuously facilitating this through vital lines of communications for smooth
counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan by the international coalition; that as a result of Pakistan’s
counter-terrorism cooperation, Al-Qaeda had been decimated from the region; and that it was mostly
because of this support that Pakistan was suffering a brutal backlash, including the killing of hundreds of
its schoolchildren by terrorists based in Afghanistan.
The Committee was of the firm view that the real challenges in Afghanistan were political infighting,
massive corruption, phenomenal growth of drug production and expansion of ungoverned spaces inside
Afghanistan full of sanctuaries for multiple international terrorist organizations, posing a serious and
direct threat to Afghanistan, its neighbours and the entire region.