Parliament receive a briefing on security from military
ISLAMABAD: The military leadership is briefing MPs today at the Parliament House during an in-camera meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security to discuss a variety of critical matters, including the situation in Afghanistan.
Apart from the domestic situation, the in-camera session is being briefed on the situation in Afghanistan, India, and Indian-occupied Kashmir (IIOJK), according to sources.
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is briefing the parliamentary committee, as are General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), and Major General Babar Iftikhar, Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR).
According to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, prominent leaders of the Opposition parties in Parliament have been called to the meeting because they would be held in confidence regarding recent developments in Afghanistan and national security issues.
These opposition figures include Shehbaz Sharif, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Senator Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, JUI-F Parliamentary Leader Maulana Asad Mahmood, and ANP leader Ameer Haider Azam Khan Hoti.
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, will not attend.
Because it is against the rules to bring mobile phones into the conference room, all attendees’ phones have been confiscated.
Before the Speaker, the meeting’s audio and video recordings will be sealed.
Bilawal Bhutto expresses his appreciation for the briefing.
Bilawal has previously stated his intention to attend the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting on Afghanistan, praising National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser for convening the meeting.
I had demanded on the floor of the house that the Parliament be briefed on the Afghanistan situation by the relevant departments & institutions. We welcome Speakers decision and will participate in NSC committee meeting on the topic.
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) June 28, 2021
On Monday, Bilawal stated on Twitter that he had urged in the National Assembly that the Parliament be briefed on the Afghan situation by the necessary agencies and institutions.
“We applaud the Speaker’s decision and will participate in the National Security Council’s committee meeting on the subject,” the PPP’s chairperson tweeted.
Pakistan has highlighted the issue of resolving the Afghan crisis peacefully on numerous occasions and asked all parties to convene and resolve their disagreements.
In his engagement with the US press, Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized that there is no military option and that Pakistan has no preference.
Since the withdrawal of foreign soldiers began, violence has escalated in the war-torn country.
National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf echoed similar worries in a recent interview, stating that “the situation in Afghanistan is not good.”