ISLAMABAD A high-level meeting on evolving strategy to tackle terrorism stressed the need for more coordination and intelligence sharing among the law enforcement agencies operating at federal and provincial levels and to move a step ahead of the non-state actors to frustrate their terrorist designs. The meeting to evolve comprehensive strategy to tackle the menace of terrorism was mainly attended by Chief of Army Staff, Chief Ministers of Balochistan, Sindh and NWFP, several federal ministers, police chiefs of all the four provinces and heads of sensitive departments and the other relevant departments. Ahead of the meeting, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Minister for Defence, Interior Minister, Minister for Information and Chief Ministers of Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan held a separate meeting with the Prime Minister. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif was represented by his Finance Minister Sardar Zulifqar Ahmad Khosa in the meeting to evolve a comprehensive strategy on law and order situation at the Prime Ministers Secretariat here on Friday afternoon. The sources privy to the deliberations of the meeting disclosed to TheNation that the Army Chief gave a detailed briefing to the political elite on the ongoing military operation in South Waziristan and its possible fallout in the settled areas of the country. It was decided in the meeting that to isolate the militants hiding in the rugged mountainous area of South Waziristan, the political initiative was direly needed to woo the support of the peaceful tribes, mainly Mahsud and Wazir, inhabiting in the area. The political leadership appreciated the letter written by the Chief of Army Staff to Mahsud and Wazir tribes thanking them for supporting the Armed Forces of the country in flushing out the foreign militants hiding in these areas. It was pointed out in the meeting that one of the main reasons behind failure to contain terrorists attacks in settled areas of the country was lack of coordination and information sharing between the secret agencies operating at various tiers of the governance and all the participants were unanimous in the view that a central control and command system on the pattern of US Homeland Security be set up here to have a more vigilant eye on the terrorists activities. Later, addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the whole nation was united against evil forces, which were out to terrorise the society for getting their demands accepted. The Prime Minister said that failure was not an option despite the ferocity of these attacks. He assured the nation that the government would not allow the terrorists to continue their cowardly acts and is committed to uprooting militancy and intolerance from the society and all those who challenged the writ of the state would be dealt with an iron hand. The meeting discussed the immediate as well as long-term measures presented by various agencies towards eliminating the scourge of terrorism and extremism from the soil. The Prime Minister reiterated that the military operation in South Waziristan would continue till its logical conclusion. The meeting reviewed immediate strategy formulated by various intelligence and law enforcement agencies to make South Waziristan operation a success. While lauding the role of media in formulating public opinion against terrorism and extremism, the meeting urged them not to glorify the terrorists and acts of terrorism in any form and avoid live coverage of such incidents as it created panic and despondency in the public and strengthened the motives and evil designs of the terrorists. The Prime Minister also implored the political forces, public representatives and opinion leaders to mobilise public opinion for the national unity on the most significant challenge to the national security. He assured that requirements of all agencies actively involved in combating against militants would be meted out on priority basis. The Prime Minister said that there was a nexus between the militants and some of the terrorist organisations. He directed the provincial and federal intelligence agencies to strengthen their intelligence network and closely monitor and watch the activities of these organisations as country could not afford to be complacent. The Prime Minister directed to reopen education institutions after ensuring full security arrangements. Referring to successful military operation in Swat and Malakand division, he said that despite a difficult terrain and the loss of valuable lives of officers, Jawans and paramilitary forces, the government was able to restore peace and tranquility to the beautiful valley of Swat, within the shortest possible time. The Prime Minister emphasised that the success of Malakand operation was due to complete consensus and the political will displayed by all parties including the opposition across the board. The need for such a consensus is also vital today, as we tackle the militants in their own area i.e. South Waziristan, he said. He assured that the affectees of the military operation in South Waziristan would also receive similar assistance. Simultaneously the Special Support Programme for the IDPs is fully underway to facilitate the resettling of the stranded families to safer places, he added. In his briefing, the Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that the ongoing military operation in South Waziristan was moving ahead successfully toward their desired objective while trying to ensure minimum collateral damage. Minister for Interior Rehman Malik also gave an overview of the law & order situation. Governor Gilgit-Baltistan, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Prime Minister AJK, Raja Farooq Haider and heads of various law enforcement agencies also briefed the meeting about the various immediate measures taken by their respective department to thwart any future terrorist attacks. The meeting was attended by Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar, Minister for Defence, Senator Rehman A Malik, Minister for Interior, Mr. Shaukat Fayyaz Ahmad Tarin, Minister for Finance, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider, Prime Minister of AJK, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa, Acting Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, Mr. Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, Chief Minister NWFP, Nawab Aslam Raisani, Chief Minister Balochistan, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Major Gen Muhammad Khalid, COS- Southern Command, Maj Gen Muhammad Zaheer ul Islam, DH(c) ISI, Maj Gen Masood ul Hassan, DG PS, Maj Gen Athar Abbas, DG ISPR, Maj Gen Muhammad Asif, DG MI, Maj Gen Javed Iqbal, DG MO, Maj Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, DG SD, Maj Gen. Liaquat Ali, DG Rangers Sindh, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Yasqoob Khan, DG Rangers Punjab, Maj. Gen. Saleem Nawaz, IGFC Balochistan, Maj. Gen. Tariq Khan, IGFC NWFP, DG ISI, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Mustafa Khan, Chief of General Staff, Brig Javed Ashraf, COS-ASFC, Brig Muhammad Maqsood Ashmed, COS-AAD Comd, Brig Ikramul Haq, COS -31 Corps, Brig Ali Abbas Haider, COS-30 Corps, Brig Aamir Riaz, COS-11 Corps, Brig Iqbal Asi, COS-10 Corps, Brig Sohail Ahmad Khan, COS-5 Corps, Brig Tariq Ghafoor, COS=5 Corps, Brig Sadiq Ali, COS-2 Corps, Brig Asim Saleem Bajwa, COS-I Corps Mrs Nargis Sethi, Principal Secretary to PM, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Secretary Interior, Mr. Javed Mahmood, Chief Secretary Punjab, Mr. Javed Iqbal, Chief Secretary NWFP, Mr. Nasir Mahmood Khosa, Chief Secretary Balochistan, Mr. Tariq Saleem Dogar, IG Punjab, Mr. Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak, IG Sindh, Malik Naveed Khan, IG NWFP, Syed Javed Ali Shah Bukhari, IG Balochistan, Mr. Javed Noor, DG, IB, Mr. Tariq Mehmood Khosa, DG, FIA, Mr. Khalid Sultan, Chief Secretary AJK, Mr. Nadeem Hassan Asif, Home Secretary, Punjab, Mr. Javed Iqbal, IG AJK, Mr. Arif Ahmad Khan, Home Secretary Sindh, Mr. Fayyaz Ahmad Toru, Home Secretary, NWFP, Mr. Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan, Capt (Retd) Muhammad Usman Younis, Home Secretary B&G and WG CDR (Retd) Tariq Ahmed Lodhi, DG NCMC. Syed Kalim Imam, IG Islamabad, Mr. Fazeel Asghar, Chief Commissioner, Islamabad, Mr. Saeed Tehsin Anwar Ali Shah, IG Gilgit- Baltistan, Mr. Akbar Durrani, Home Secretary, Balochistan.