US policies in the region to be monitored, says DG ISI

Parliamentary Committee on National Security expressing its reservations over government policies with regard to terrorism has said that the police should be reviewed and the discretion power whether to start an offensive in North Waziristan lies with Pakistan and no external pressure would be tolerated.

The meeting chaired by Chairman Committee Raza Rabbani ON Thursday was briefed by ISI Chief Ahmed Shuja on regional situation with special focus on Afghanistan.

In this regard, sources told that Ahmed Shuja Pasha in his briefing told the committee that foreign elements are involved in increasing terrorism incidents in the country.

He also told that Pak-security forces were also vigilantly monitoring American policies against the war on terrorism in the region. He said we would also review our policy on terrorism from time to time keeping in mind national interests.

DG, ISI sources told also emphasized that policies against the war on terrorism would be translated into national interests and Pak-security forces were committed to crush the terrorists from the country.

He also categorically pointed that some key foreign elements were responsible behind increasing terrorism incidents across the country; however, Pakistan’s intelligence forces were alert and monitoring these activities with vigilance.

Sources told that Member committee said that US policies are changing with regard to terrorism and now US is coming towards dialogue and in this changing world scenario it is imperative that Pakistan too should change its viewpoint.

Later briefing the newsmen Raza Rabbani said that this is the fourth session of the committee and various aspects of US policy in Afghanistan were discussed. He said that the resolutions, which were passed by the parliamentarians its recommendations, have been implemented to some extent. The committee has sought a report in this regard. The interior Ministry would brief the committee on 2nd August, Defense Ministry on 3rd August, Foreign Ministry on 4th August.

Raza Rabbani said that the meeting that will be held on Friday (today) will be participated by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who will give a detailed briefing.

He said that after August 4, committee meeting will be held on routine basis adding all homework is being done to have an overview view of recommendations.

He went on to say that all the political forces of the country must be united to tackle extremism and terrorism adding they must refrain from blaming each other.

Petty differences between politicians must be eliminated, he said.

He said that committee has reservations over government policies on war against terrorism.

He further added that situation concerning missing persons is grave adding a commission has been set up which will include retired judges for the safe and swift return of the missing persons at the earliest.

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