PM Khan, COAS discuss matters of national security

ISLAMABAD: Taking into account recent efforts to stoke violence in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that entire nation is united against the cowardly acts of the enemy.
The Prime Minister was talking to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa who called on him here on Thursday.
They discussed professional matters pertaining to the Pakistan Army as well as internal and external security situation.
The Prime Minister paid tributes to personnel of Pakistan Army, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and other law enforcement agencies, who sacrificed their lives for the defence of the motherland.
The meeting comes a couple of days after a bomb ripped through a seminary in Peshawar, killing at least eight and injuring more than 1o0 others.
Visiting the injured on Wednesday last, the Army Chief said whether it was the APS attack of 2014 or the latest seminary bombing, the enemy is the same. Although the Army Chief did not name the enemy, Advisor to PM on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf revealed in a recent interview to an Indian journalist that the mastermind of the APS attack had been in contact with an Indian consulate in Afghanistan throughout the methodical killings of schoolchildren.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has shared a quote of French writer and poet Alphonse de Lamartine about the last Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
PM Imran Khan said in his Twitter message on Thursday the Alphonse de Lamartine’s citation is one of his ‘favourite quotes’ about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The quote read, “If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws, and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples, dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and the souls.”
Earlier on Wednesday, PM Imran Khan had raised the issue of the publication of blasphemous caricatures on the international level and asked the leaders of the Muslim states to act collectively for countering the Islamophobia; attacks on Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) in Western countries especially Europe.
The Prime Minister has written a letter to the heads of the Muslim states, urging for unity and clarity to bring an end to Islamophobia and attacks on Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) by the Western states especially Europe.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government has given top priority to the development of Balochistan so that this region should make development and progress like other parts of the country.
The Prime Minister said this while chairing a meeting on development projects for backward areas of South Balochistan here on Thursday.
Imran Khan said that South Balochistan was neglected in the past, due to which people of this area faced poverty and backwardness. He said Gwadar port is of paramount importance which will prove to be an important milestone for the development of the country.
The Prime Minister further said that he will soon visit South Balochistan and announce a comprehensive development package for the area and also inaugurate projects under this announcement.
The meeting was apprised of the proposed development package for the backward districts of South Balochistan, especially Khuzdar, Awaran, Chaghi, Kharan, Washik, Lasbela, Gwadar, Panjgur and Turbat.
A detailed briefing was also given on roads, energy, dams for water storage, education, health, agriculture, livestock, fisheries and other projects for the South Balochistan.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that peace in Afghanistan will be beneficial for the entire region by enhancing regional connectivity and providing new opportunities for economic cooperation.
Talking to Minister for Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani here on Thursday, the Prime Minister remarked that Pakistan and Afghanistan have untapped economic synergies and complementarities, which could only be realized through cooperation in the economic and trade spheres.
The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support to peace and stability in Afghanistan and emphasized the need for a negotiated political settlement.
The Afghan Commerce Minister appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in facilitating the Afghan peace process and desired for enhanced economic and trade ties between the two countries.
Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood was also present on the occasion. – TLTP

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