NSC meeting on Trump’s new policy under way

NSC meeting on Trump’s new policy under way

Islamabad (Staff Report): A meeting of the National Security Committee is under way under chair of newly appointed prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today (Wednesday) to advance a comprehensive strategy regarding the recent threatening speech of US President Donald Trump relating to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Chairman Joint Chief Staff Committee (CJCSC), heads of armed forces and other Pakistan Army officials are attending the meeting.

According to details, the meeting is held to discuss the policy of Pakistan following the Donald Trump’s statement and announcement of the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Earlier, the prime minister chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet on Wednesday, which was the first cabinet meeting following Trump’s ‘anti-Pakistan’ comments during his South Asia policy speech last week.

While talking to media Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif clarified that he will not be visiting US, adding that at this time it is not appropriate for any US official to visit Pakistan and vice versa

Last week, a meeting of the NSC has already rejected Trump’s policy statement. It was decided during the meeting to contact other friendly countries and take all stakeholders into confidence regarding Pakistan’s reservations over the new US policy.

On Monday, the PM, in an interview to a foreign news outlet, made clear that there is only a political solution to the Afghanistan issue. 

He observed that Trump’s new policy for the region, as it stands, is bound to be unsuccessful.

Trump in his speech last week came down hard on Pakistan, blaming it for providing safe havens to terrorists and threatening Pakistan with a demand of “do more”.