Pakistani political and military leaders are meeting to finalize a new national action plan on counter-terrorism.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif summoned the heads of political parties and army and intelligence chiefs in the capital Islamabad on December 24.
The meeting comes a week after Pakistani Taliban militants massacred 136 school children in the northwest city of Peshawar.
It was the deadliest militant attack in the country's history, with a total of 148 dead.
Sharif told participants at the start of the meeting that "the time has come to take tough decisions."
Information Minister Pervez Rashid told dpa ahead of the meeting that they would discuss a set of military, administrative, and legal measures aimed at confronting militancy head on.
Based on reporting by dpa and Geo TV