The Defence Committee of Cabinet (DCC) has decided to keep Nato supply route closed and also rejected the US inquiry report on the Salalah checkpost attack.
The committee met here Saturday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to review the defence issues and the state of relations with US and Nato/Isaf in the backdrop of proactive attack on Pakistani troops and the steps taken in response by Pakistan. Among others it was attended by all the three services chiefs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, ministers of defence, foreign affairs, finance, interior and information and senior minister for industries and defence productions.
Military Operations director general gave the committee a detailed briefing on the US Centcom inquiry report on Nov 26, 2011 Nato attack on Pakistani border posts in which 26 army personnel were martyred. Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that the DCC with voice vote rejected the report as biased and one-sided and also recommended that the ban on Nato supplies from Pakistani routes should not be lifted.
It was also a consensus view of the committee that United States should made to realise that the continued breach of the country’s territorial sovereignty would not be tolerated. It also decided that relations with US and Nato should be redefined in the light of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security soon to be placed before the Joint Sitting of the Parliament for discussion.
The committee expressed serious concern over the resumption of the drone attacks after the break of well over six weeks. The internal security situation also came under sharp focus with special reference to the recent suicide attacks and terrorist activities in various parts of the country in which scores of innocent people have lost their lives. The defence committee stressed the need of enhancing the coordination and intelligence sharing between the law enforcement agencies to check the resurgence of terrorism.
Addressing the meeting, PM Gilani said the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would not be compromised at any cost and that all the state organs were united to bring forth the best in promoting interests of the state and the people. “It has been our consistent endeavour to safeguard Pakistan’s supreme national interests in a most effective and inclusive manner and all state institutions work toward this end remaining within their defined constitutional domain,” he said.