ISLAMABAD - A high-level security meeting yesterday stressed the need of establishing seamless coordination among the law-enforcement agencies and proactive intelligence sharing to frustrate the terrorists’ designs and check Quetta-like incidents in future.

The meeting, held under the chair of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, reviewed the internal security situation, overall implementation of National Action Plan and the flaws within the system that led to the massive terror attacks across the country.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting said lack of coordination among the law-enforcement and intelligence agencies was the major reason for the security breaches while the coordination between the federal and provincial law-enforcement agencies was also found lousy.

The meeting discussed at length the internal security situation of the country and different aspects of the National Action Plan. Interior Minister Ch Nisar and National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (r) Nasser Khan Janjua briefed the premier on how terrorist organizations were attacking soft targets.

“The meeting observed that after achieving successful results from operation Zarb-e-Azb in Fata, terrorists are now changing their targets other than the state institutions.”

The issue of activation of National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) once again figured in the meeting with some of the participants strongly advocated its optimal utilisation for monitoring and checking the movement of militants across the country.

The sources said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had expressed his serious concern over the security breaches and the law-enforcement agencies’ inability to check the movement and activities of the militants.

National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua who had served the restive Balochistan for several years in various capacities briefed the participants on the involvement and penetration of foreign elements in the area and the measures the government should take to normalise the things.

The meeting was satisfied over the achievements of the law-enforcement agencies in the ongoing war against terror and resolved to move with the same spirit to smash these disruptive elements.

The prime minister decided to call another meeting on the issue in a day or so at which the top civil and military leadership would discuss the whole situation and devise a foolproof strategy to counter the non-state actors.

The prime minister said: “We are in a state of war with the ideology that wants to change our way of life. The government is committed to taking all steps necessary to ensure that the blood of the Quetta carnage martyrs does not go waste.” He stressed the need for a seamless coordination among the law-enforcement agencies as well as among the provincial governments and the federal government to achieve optimum results within a short period of time.

The PM expressed his resolve to make Pakistan secure from terrorism and extremism. “The country has embarked upon a right track and we will enable every citizen to reap the benefits of a secure, stable and prosperous Pakistan,” the prime minister stated.

“The terrorists think they can sow the seeds of disharmony and disunity in the nation. The nation is united and supports the government to stay on the course of completely eliminating the terrorists from Pakistan,” the premier added.

The meeting was attended among others by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.

In a meeting with ANP’s Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Nawaz said terrorists are attacking the pillars of democracy; their attack in Quetta is an indication that they hate and target every institution which is integral part of our polity. Terrorists want to attack our state and society through their perverted ideology, he added.

They must know that as state and as government, the process of elimination of terrorism through Zarb-e-Azb and NAP is irreversible, the Prime Minister stated.