PM Imran Khan praises ISI as ‘world’s best, first line of defence’

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has called the country’s premier intelligence agency the world’s best and Pakistan’s first line of defence during his visit to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Prime Minister Khan, who was accompanied by members of the federal cabinet, was received by army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Director General General Naveed Mukhtar.

He was briefed on strategic intelligence and national security matters in the top civil-military huddle. PM Khan chaired the meeting, said a statement issued by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The prime minister and members of the federal cabinet were given an eight-hour-long briefing by the army and ISI chiefs, the PTI’s statement added.

The government delegation was briefed on internal and external challenges being faced by the country in the meeting also attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and State Minister for Interior Sheharyar Afridi.

PM Khan lauded the contributions of the intelligence agency in the war against terrorism.

“ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as the world’s best intelligence agency,” he is quoted as saying by the military’s media wing.

Imran Khan added that the government and people of Pakistan firmly stand behind their armed forces and intelligence agencies, as well as, greatly acknowledge the achievements of these institutions.

PM Imran also laid a floral wreath at Yadgare Shuhada after which he offered fateha.

On September 3, Imran met the Gen Qamar to discuss the US-Pakistan relations in the backdrop of recent spat between Islamabad and Washington.

 

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