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Best national security body surveys CPEC ventures

ISLAMABAD: Amid Beijing’s growing concerns about the safety of two of its abducted nationals, the National Security Committee (NSC) on Wednesday reviewed the security of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects and Chinese nationals based in the country.

A meeting of the NSC presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was briefed about the efforts being made for the recovery of two Chinese-language instructors, who were kidnapped from Quetta’s Jinnah Town last week. A press statement issued by the PM Office on the committee’s meeting did not give the details except for noting that “security for CPEC projects also came under discussion”.

The committee, which besides the prime minister as its head has foreign, defence, interior and finance ministers, National Security Adviser and services chiefs and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff as its members, was specially attended by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and Director General FWO Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal, both of whom are related to CPEC projects.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that,

“The Chinese government atta­ches great importance to the safety of overseas Chinese citizens and condemns the abduction of personnel in any form,”

The NSC, in addition, examined inward and outer security circumstance of the nation, the press explanation stated, including that it communicated fulfilment over the managed picks up accomplished from antiterrorism operations, especially Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. The NSC communicated genuine worry over the abominations by Indian strengths against blameless individuals of possessed Jammu and Kashmir and made plans to proceed with its good and discretionary support to the Kashmiris.

Earlier, Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on the prime minister and discussed matters pertaining to operational preparedness of the Pakistan Army.