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NSC meets to approve ‘guidelines’ on economy, national security

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  • Sources say NSC to approve action against terrorists.
  • Meeting is continuation of the one held last week.
  • PTI questions KP CM’s exclusion from NSC meeting.

ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee (NSC) meeting is underway to deliberate on the proposals shared in its last meeting and give approval to a guideline on economic and national security amid rising terrorism cases, sources told Geo News.

Officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the meeting is expected to grant approval of decisive action against terrorists.

The meeting is a continuation of the one held last week.

Senior civil and military officials are attending the meeting that is being chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

PTI slams centre for KP CM’s exclusion from NSC

Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that the government did not invite Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan for the NSC meeting.

In a statement, Chaudhry said that the Taliban leadership only trust former prime minister Imran Khan. 

He added that elections are the need of the hour as it is Pakistan’s need, saying that there is a need for consensus for the betterment of the economy and the elimination of terrorism.

‘Pakistan’s interests to be secured at all costs’

On Friday, the NSC meeting decided to turn up the heat on militancy with relentless counter and preemptory measures to neutralise the threats present in the country in any form.

In a statement, the PM Office said the participants of the NSC meeting unequivocally resolved that Pakistan’s national interests would not be compromised and no one would be allowed to undermine national security.

The meeting came after the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) announced an end to the ceasefire with Pakistan and ramped up attacks on security forces, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

During the meeting, the participants took stock of the country’s economic and security situation, the statement said.

The government and state institutions resolved that Pakistan’s fundamental interests for existence, security and progress will be well-protected with bravery and lasting strategy. 

“Unequivocal opinion was expressed to defend the country’s national interests and not allow anyone to undermine the key concept of national security.”

Participants of the meeting also paid tribute to the great sacrifices of martyrs and extended their condolences towards their families.

It was determined in the meeting that terrorists are Pakistan’s enemies and the entire nation is united on the single narrative of standing against terrorism.

“Those challenging writ of the state will get a full force response.,” the statement read.

A spate of terror attacks

For the past few weeks, Pakistan has witnessed a fresh wave of terrorism with the most recent spate of terror attacks carried out in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

On December 28, Pakistan Army’s top brass resolved to uproot terrorism “without any distinction” as the country battles a fresh wave of insurgency, which has left many soldiers martyred and several others injured.

PM Shehbaz had also reiterated his resolve to uproot the menace of terrorism by using all available resources.

The premier said he would take all possible steps to control terrorism in all its forms in the country.

In seven separate blasts across districts in Pakistan’s southwestern province, five soldiers were martyred and more than a dozen others were injured.

Last month, militants also took over a Counter-Terrorism Department’s (CTD) compound in KP’s Bannu area, which was cleared by the Pakistan Army soldiers three days later. However, four soldiers embraced martyrdom and 10 sustained injuries.

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Maj. Jamal Sheeran gave his life as one of the Immortal Martyrs in defence of the homeland

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Major Jamal Sheeran Shaheed, a Balochstani, gave his life while serving to defend the homeland from terrorists’ hateful plans.

July 17, 2017, marked the acceptance of martyrdom by Major Jamal Sheeran Baloch.

In the Kech District of Balochistan, he was from Turbat Area.

The martyr’s family, as well as officers and troops from FC Balochistan and the Pakistan Army, paid tribute to the martyr’s heroic sacrifice by reciting Fatiha and laying flower wreaths.

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Resham replies to criticism about her charitable activity, saying, “Let Allah decide.”

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Resham addressed her haters in an interview, refuting their claims that she uses money obtained illegally to support charitable causes.

Apart from her exceptional acting abilities, Resham is also renowned for her empathy.

Her significant charitable activities are well known.

Online criticism has been directed at Resham, despite her commendable attempts to promote poor areas.

Nevertheless, she decides to keep an optimistic outlook and is unmoved by the disparaging remarks.

“People on social media say all kinds of things, like she’s making food for charity out of ill-gotten money,” the woman said in response to the criticism. “But I say, let Allah decide.”

Regardless of the doubts she faces, her steadfast faith and fortitude enable her to carry on her charitable activities.

Resham has been cooking and giving food to the underprivileged for the past 20 years on her own.

In order to underscore the duration of her dedication, she said, “This has been going on continuously for the past six years, all 12 months.”

Her declaration demonstrates her steadfast support for the less fortunate and emphasises her continuous commitment to charitable activity.

Her supporters encouraged Resham to keep doing her good deeds and expressed gratitude for her charity endeavours.

That’s the cruellest remark, someone said. Do not let such hurtful remarks get to Resham’s feelings.

You are an amazing person, and Allah will bless you for all of your good deeds.

“Your work is much appreciated. It is the people of this globe that you are considering.

Another said, “No matter what one does, people will always criticise.” Other than that, they are unemployed. Resham, you’re doing amazing. Allah is indeed more knowledgeable.

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Moody’s says the IMF programme will increase Pakistan’s foreign financing.

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Moody’s, a reputable international rating agency, has stated that Pakistan’s chances of acquiring funding will increase as a result of the recent agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which offers dependable sources for that purpose from both friendly countries and international financial institutions.

According to a recent Moody’s analysis on Pakistan’s economy, social unrest and tensions could result from Pakistan’s ongoing inflation. The country’s economic reforms may be hampered by increased taxes and potential changes to the energy tariff, it continued.

Moody’s, on the other hand, agrees that the coalition government headed by Shehbaz Sharif of the PML-N is in danger of failing to secure an election mandate, which may potentially undermine the successful and long-lasting execution of economic reforms.

The government’s capacity to proceed with economic changes may be hampered by societal unrest and poor governance, according to Moody’s.

In order to appease the IMF by fulfilling a prerequisite for authorising a rescue package, the government raised the basic tariff on electricity, which coincided with the most recent increase in fuel prices announced on Monday. This report was released by Moody’s.

Food costs have increased in the nation, where the vast majority is experiencing an unprecedented crisis due to the high cost of living, following the government’s earlier presentation of a budget that included a large increase in income tax for the salaried classes and the implementation of GST on commodities like milk.

The most recent comments were made following Islamabad’s achievement of a staff-level agreement for a $7 billion contract that spans 37 months and is contingent upon final approval by the IMF Executive Board.

It states that Pakistan will need foreign financing totaling about $21 billion in 2024–2025 and $23 billion in 2025–2026, meaning that the country’s present $9.4 billion in reserves won’t be sufficient to cover its needs.

Therefore, according to Moody’s, Pakistan is in an alarming position with regard to its external debt, and the next three to five years will be extremely difficult for the formulation and implementation of policies.

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