Army chief, DG ISI call on PM ahead of In­dia talks

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE -

Pak­istan has in­cluded on the top of its agenda the is­sue of In­dian in­ter­fer­ence in Pak­istan, in­clud­ing that coun­try's al­leged sup­port for ter­ror­ists ac­tiv­i­ties in the up­com­ing talks with In­dia that are sched­uled to take place in New Delhi on Au­gust 23 and 24.

Fol­low­ing yesterday's in­depth con­sul­ta­tions be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his close aides, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ra­heel Sharif and Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral In­ter-Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence (ISI) Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar called on the Premier on Tues­day at the Prime Min­is­ter House to dis­cuss the up­com­ing visit of Ad­viser to the Prime Min­is­ter on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz to New Delhi.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Sar­taj Aziz and Prime Min­is­ter's Spe­cial As­sis­tant Tariq Fatemi.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the mil­i­tary lead­er­ship gave its in­put on the sub­ject of al­leged In­dian in­ter­fer­ence and em­pha­sised that Pak­istan must present its view point on core is­sues dur­ing the talks in a force­ful man­ner.

The meet­ing also de­cided to keep ' un­pro­voked' In­dian fir­ing at the Line of Con­trol (LoC) and Work­ing Bound­ary and the killing of Pak­istani civil­ians on the agenda of the up­com­ing meet­ings in New Delhi. High­ly­placed sources con­firmed that Pak­istan will stress on lay­ing out a counter-ter­ror­ism mech­a­nism be­tween the two coun­tries dur­ing next week's talks.

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