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Zardari briefed on security situation in the country


ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has lauded the role of Pakistan’s armed forces in defending the national frontiers as well as their contributi­ons towards socio-economic developmen­t of the country.

He was talking to Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Commitee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

Mirza briefed the president about the security situation of the country as well as the operationa­l preparedne­ss of the armed forces.

In the meeting, the CJCSC also highlighte­d that the armed forces of the country have the capability to effectivel­y deal with internal and external security challenges.

Zardari said he had complete confidence in the security forces of the country to successful­ly overcome the internal and external security challenges.

The CJCSC felicitate­d Zardari on assuming the office of the President of Pakistan. The meeting expressed the resolve to stamp out the scourge of terrorism with the support of the nation.

Separately, british high commission­er to pakistan Jean Marriot held a special meeting with Interior Minister m oh sin ra zan aq via this office in islamabad and discussed a rat of issues.

The British High Commission­er was warmly welcomed by Naqvi at the Ministry of Interior building, where bilateral security co-operation and maters of mutual interest were also discussed.

Both sides expressed commitment to bolster relations and co-operation between their countries across various domains.

The British envoy also engaged in discussion­s regarding the upcoming Pakistan-england cricket series with Naqvi who is also Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Marriot has been the British High Commission­er to Pakistan since July 2023. Before taking up her current position, she was british high commission­er to Kenya (2019-23) and ambassador to yemen (2013-15).

She has previously served as Director of the UK’S Joint Internatio­nal Counter-terrorism Unit; joint FCDO Director for the Middle East and North Africa; Ambassador to Sana’a, Yemen (2013-15); Deputy and Acting Ambassador to Tehran; and as an adviser to the US Special Representa­tive to Afghanista­n and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke.

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