NSA discusses regional cooperation with Tajik delegation


ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt General (r) Nasser Khan Janjua on Thursday discussed matters pertaining to regional security and cooperation with a Tajik delegation.

According to details, a delegation from Tajikistan, led Hakim Abdulohi Rahnamo along with Tajik ambassador to Pakistan Sherali Jononov, met Nasser Janjua on Thursday morning.

Besides discussing bilateral relations, matters pertaining to regional security and prospects of connectivity were discussed. NSA welcomed the guests and thanked them for coming over to Pakistan.

Subsequently, NSA gave them a detailed presentation, highlighting the common challenges and opportunities for Pakistan and Central Asian Republics (CARs). NSA explained that the emergence of CARs after the war in Afghanistan was a unique blessing.

“Our co-location is a gift and part of divine management,” he said while referring to CARs, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. He added, “We are a blessed region with great people of same faith. We have a shared past and common future. Together, we will be a region of progression and prosperity as we will multiply each other’s economic prosperity.”

The delegation shared the vision and discussed ways and means to overcome the challenges and convert them into opportunities. Both sides identified areas of cooperation to develop the relationship further.

Later on, Nasser Janjua chaired the inaugural meeting of the advisory board of National Security Division (NSD). The formal beginning of working with the board was marked.

Besides NSD Secretary Iftekhar Hussain Babar, the meeting was attended by Ambassador Riaz Mohammed Khan, former NSD Secretary Muhammad Sadiq, Institute of Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis (ISSRA) staff and others.

The board collectively decided to work on security challenges faced by Pakistan combined with the opportunities on offer. The board will meet regularly to provide their input for the consumption of National Security Committee.