Political leadership decides to reinstate National Security Committee

Political leadership decides to reinstate National Security Committee

Pakistan’s political leadership gathered to mull different options and eventually decided to revive the National Security Committee. In the wake of heightened tensions over Indian-occupied Kashmir and the Uri attack that followed India’s declination to attend the SAARC Summit.

On Tuesday, Nawaz Sharif will preside over a session of committee, which would be attended by the ministers of Interior, Finance and Information, Defence, chief ministers of all four provinces.

The session will also be attended by Rashad Mahmood, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General and the chiefs of the armed forces.

The committee’s basic aim was to present comprehensive recommendations to the government after consultation with the intelligence agencies, army and and other concerned institutions over national security affairs. The parliament’s National Security Committee was constituted in 2008.

It comprised members from both the houses of the parliament. The committee was the brainchild of Senator Raza Rabbani.

The committee functioned for five years, Under Raza Rabbani, but went inactive some time after the Pakistan People’s Party-led government completed its tenure.

The DGMO appeared before the committee twice and the DG IB and Secretary Interior also attended the sessions. Senior defence and intelligence officials have briefed the committee on different instances in the past.

Now with consensus of national political leadership it is coming to formation once again.

The significance of the committee can be understood from the fact that it held sessions following Swat operation, Abbottabad and Salala incidents.