Pakistan won't tolerate any foreign intervention: Nawaz
16 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The top political and military leadership on Tuesday took serious note of incidents of terrorism in the country as well as aid and funding by the neighbouring India and Afghanistan to subversive elements in Pakistan, saying that any foreign intervention in Pakistan's affairs would not be tolerated.
A high-level meeting was held in the capital with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair. The meeting was attended by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and ISI Director General Lt Gen Zaheerul Hasan. The meeting was held to review the national security and took key decisions.
Sources said the political and military leadership was unanimous in their view that any foreign intervention in Pakistan's affairs would not be tolerated. Held a few days before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's proposed visit to the United States, the meeting discussed threadbare agenda of the visit, key national and regional issues, and strategy for talks with the Taliban.
Sources said that the Adviser to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz gave a detailed briefing to the participants about the recently concluded visit of US Special Representative to Afghanistan-Pakistan James Dobbins.
Sources quoted Sartaj Aziz as saying that during the meeting with Dobbins, detailed deliberations were held regarding the prime minister's visit to the US. He further said that Pakistan's reservations on the US policies in the region were openly expressed. The political and military leadership expressed its resentment over the allegations by India and Afghanistan involving Pakistan in terrorism, Indian and Afghan intervention in Pakistan and violations of ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC).
They expressed their firm resolve not to interfere in the internal affairs of the neighbouring countries and not to allow them to meddle in Pakistan's internal affairs. They expressed their determination to foil any attempt with full force by any country in the region to dominate Pakistan. The meeting decided to make it clear to the United States administration that it would be unacceptable for Pakistan to give the role of "policeman" to India in the region as it would adversely affect the already strained ties between the two neighbourly countries.
The meeting also deliberated upon the proposed US-Afghanistan bilateral Security Agreement under which the Afghan government could seek US assistance for intervention in Pakistan in the event of any terror incident in Afghan soil. The participants declared that Pakistan would not accept this kind of agreement and if the country is made target of any such intervention it would be considered as an attack on the country.
It was decided that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during his meeting with US President Obama, would forcefully raise issues regarding Afghan and Indian involvement in terror activities in Pakistan and would make it clear to him that the centres of terrorism are located in the two countries and not in Pakistan.
A military official informed the meeting that Afghan intelligence agency was engaged in terrorism in the entire country, especially Balochistan, and it was also funding banned outfits, including Tehreek-e-Taliban for their subversive activities.
Officials said Sunday the long-delayed security deal on the future of US forces in Afghanistan is close to being completed, after marathon talks in Kabul between President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Both sides said that the issue of US troop immunity remained a sticking pointing after intense efforts to hammer out a deal that would allow between 5,000 and 10,000 US soldiers to remain in Afghanistan after 2014.
US officials travelling with Kerry said that only details of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) had not been agreed, and that the US and Afghan teams would now review the draft document.