Pakistan to unveil new anti-terror policy: Gilani

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Islamabad, Apr 15: Pakistan's government will shortly devise a counter-terrorism policy for the country's intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has said. Attending an intelligence briefing at the ISI Headquarters yesterday, he said the government would financially support ISI's efforts to combat the menace of terrorism.

''No compromise would be made on national security and the defence of the country,'' the Daily Times quoted him as saying. However, he said that force was not the only answer, supporting President Pervez Musharraf's policy that dialogue would be initiated (with militants) after considering all the political aspects.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the organisation's role in the fight against terrorism and informed about its success. According to a private Online news agency, the premier was also briefed on the intelligence agencies' co-operation with the CIA. He was also apprised of the strategies currently in place to counter threats to security.

According to insiders, ISI's political cell head, Major General Nusrat, and Counter-terrorism wing chief, Major General Rashid, briefed Mr Gillani on matters related to national security.


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