No compromise on security and sovereignty: PM


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that there will be no compromise on national security and sovereignty.
The Prime Minister said this during his visit to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters here on Wednesday along with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The Prime Minister said that no effort will be spared on national security and sovereignty. He appreciated the sacrifices and tireless efforts of the ISI for the defense of the country.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister was given a comprehensive briefing encompassing complex regional and domestic challenges with special focus on Pakistan’s efforts for restoration of peace and stability.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives Asad Umar and Special Assistant on National Security Moeed Yousuf were present on the occasion.
Earlier, Director General ISI, Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid received the Prime Minister on his arrival at the ISI headquarters.
The Prime Minister’s visit to ISI headquarters comes at a time when he has been repeatedly saying that Indian government’s policies are seriously threatening peace and security in South Asia. He has expressed his concern over the continuing “double lockdown” in occupied Kashmir, intensification of military crackdown by occupation forces in occupied Kashmir, and changes in domicile law, which would enable non-Kashmiri Indians to settle in the disputed area.
He has said on many occasions that India is altering the demographic structure of the occupied territory in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention. He has said that India’s relations with all of its neighbours including Pakistan, China, Nepal and others are tense.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday took notice of increasing prices of commodities despite reduction in oil prices.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the provincial governments to monitor the prices of essential commodities on daily basis and make every effort to pass on the benefits of fuel price reduction to the common man.
A letter, addressing the issue, was sent from the PM’s Office to chief ministers, chief secretaries and chairman of the National Price Monitoring Committee of the four provinces.
“Prices of basic necessities should have come down after the reduction in petroleum products,” the letter stated while quoting PM Imran. “Essential commodity prices are rising instead of falling.”
Why did the prices of flour have increased after the new wheat crop reached the market? the letter raised the question.
The Prime Minister took serious view of the fact that while the federal government has reduced petroleum prices drastically in the past few months, there is no corresponding reduction in the prices of essential commodities; rather these are showing upward trend. He said there is no logic as to why flour prices should increase when harvesting of wheat crop has just recently been concluded.
The Prime Minister directed the provincial chief ministers and chief secretaries to personally look into the matter and make every possible effort to ensure that the impact of reduction of fuel prices must correspondingly reflect in the prices of essential commodities.
The Premier has ordered all the provincial governments not to abstain from taking any strict action against inflation and directed the price monitoring authority to report commodity prices on a weekly basis. – TLTP