ISLAMABAD    -   National Securi­ty Committee, which met in Islamabad on Wednesday with Prime Minister Sheh­baz Sharif in the chair, has reiterated com­mitment that relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims will remain top priority as a national agenda.

The meeting decid­ed that the series of initiatives will contin­ue by maintaining the same spirit, attention and cooperation till the resettlement of the affected population.

The forum took view of the recent catastrophic floods, rescue and relief measures taken by the incumbent government, and the prevailing security situa­tion in the country. Express­ing grief and sorrow over the deaths due to recent coun­trywide floods, the partici­pants expressed sympathies and solidarity with the af­fected families. The commit­tee lauded the role of Paki­stan Army, Pakistan Navy and Air Force in saving the lives of the flood victims, shifting the affected persons to safer places and providing food and other items to the people surrounded by the floods. Paying tribute to the officers and men, who were martyred in the helicop­ter crash in Lasbela, Baloch­istan, the participants said that the nation salutes its martyrs and their families in true spirit. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood briefed the meeting on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recent par­ticipation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Uzbekistan and the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting was also given a detailed brief­ing on the security of Prime Minister’s House and other important places.