Government restores National Security Council of Musharraf’s era, with slight change of name as National Security Committee, private television JAAG TV reported.
Prime Minister of Pakistan will head the committee while Chairman Joint chiefs of staff committee and three services chiefs are member of it.
Federal Ministers of Finance, Foreign affairs and information will be members of this National Security committee.
The idea and inception of National Security Council was first conceived in 1969 under the President Yahya Khan, its functions were to advise and assist the president and prime minister on national security and foreign policies.
Since then, however, this idea of this institution remains highly debatable and controversial in Pakistan’s political science circles who argues that the NSC provides legal cover for expanding the role and influence of the military science circles in nation’s public and political affairs.
The National Security Council was re-created by then-President and former General Pervez Musharraf in April 2004 under the National Security Council Act. Although, the NSC remains to as a statutory body, the National Security Council is not active since 2008.
The council was revived under Nawaz Sharif, who presides over meetings of the council when there is an emergency, such as hostilities between India and Pakistan, or a chance to discuss events related to the insurgency.