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PM-led NSC links national security to economic security

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The National Security Committee (NSC) on Monday agreed on undertaking concrete steps including imports rationalisation, as well as preventing illegal currency outflows and Hawala business to strengthen the economy.

The 40th meeting of the NSC concluded on Monday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif.

The meeting was attended by relevant Federal Cabinet members, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, all Services Chiefs, and heads of intelligence services.

According to the official statement, the forum underscored that comprehensive “National Security” revolves around economic security and that sovereignty or dignity comes under stress without self-sufficiency and economic independence.

The forum undertook a comprehensive view of the ongoing economic situation vis-à-vis challenges being faced by the common people of Pakistan, particularly the lower and middle income classes.

The finance minister briefed the forum about the economic stability roadmap of the government including the status of discussions with international financial institutions, exploring other financial avenues based on mutual interests as well as relief measures for common people.

In order to strengthen the economy, the committee agreed on undertaking concrete steps including imports rationalisation as well as preventing illegal currency outflows and Hawala business.

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