National Assembly to be given in-camera briefing on security today: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said that the members of the National Assembly would be given an in-camera briefing on the matters of the National Security on Friday.
The prime minister, responding to a point raised by a parliamentarian from Waziristan, said during the in-camera briefing, the parliamentarians would also be able to put their respective questions on the relevant subject.
He assured the MNA that all of his reservations would be listened and responded positively to satisfy his concerns.
“This will be a healthy interaction,” the prime minister remarked.
He assured the House that there will no discussion to spoil the situation rather it would be an attempt to rectify the matters.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Iran in all areas of mutual interest, particularly trade, energy cooperation, security and regional stability.
During a telephonic conversation with President of Iran Seyed Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday, the PM expressed satisfaction on the recent operationalization of Polan-Gabd Electricity Transmission Line and appreciated the Iranian government’s cooperation in that regard.
The Prime Minister also emphasized the need for enhancing people-to-people contacts, including cultural and educational exchanges, to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the two nations.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif lauded the Iranian leadership’s efforts in promoting peace and stability in the region and congratulated President Ebrahim Raisi on the historic development of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Prime Minister called for an immediate end to Israel’s human rights violations in the occupied territory and stressed the need for a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the two-state solution, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and international law. Both leaders reiterated their commitment to maintain close contact on all matters of mutual interest.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said that Pakistan was looking forward to the continued support of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in further promoting capacity building for climate resilience and disaster management.
The prime minister, in a meeting with President and CEO of IRC David Miliband, who called on him here, also underscored the importance of the Committee’s valuable support for reconstruction and repair of the damaged schools and hospitals in the flood affected areas.
Lauding the valuable and long-standing partnership of IRC with Pakistan, he noted with appreciation IRC’s timely assistance in the aftermath of last year’s devastating floods.
He briefed the visiting dignitary about rehabilitation and reconstruction of the flood affected areas.
David Miliband appreciated the Government of Pakistan for the commitment and dedication by taking timely steps to minimize the effects of last year’s devastating floods.
He also re-affirmed IRC’s desire to further deepen collaboration with Pakistan in disaster and climate change management.
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Special Assistants to PM Dr. Jehanzeb Khan, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lt. Gen. Inam Haider Malik and senior officials of the relevant ministries also attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said that through his lies and the lust for power, Imran Khan had imperiled the vital foreign policy interests of Pakistan.
The prime minister, in a tweet, said that from accusing the United States of toppling his government to now wooing the US to mend fences, Imran Niazi’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.
“From accusing the United States of toppling his government to now wooing the US to mend fences, Imran Niazi’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. In the process, his lies & lust for power have imperiled Pakistan’s vital foreign policy interests,” he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi Thursday called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and delivered an invitation to him from his country’s leadership to attend COP28, which is scheduled to be held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023.-APP