Nation special report
ISLAMABAD:The top level briefing on security affairs has been rescheduled and now the meeting at GHQ would be held on Monday (April 8). Earlier, it was reported that the meeting would be held at Army headquarter on Thursday and legislators of both the houses of Parliament will attend.
Though, no reason of changing the date was officially stated in Islamabad, Azam Swati, head of Senate Committee told the media persons that certain Members of Parliament were not available to attend the meeting on given date so now the meeting will be held on 8th April.
In Islamabad, the security meetings are being held on regular basis to discuss the overall law & order situation and volatile and uncertain situation on borders. A meeting was held at PM House on 20th March in which all chiefs of armed forces were present. Tense relations with India, Afghanistan and Iran and other issues related to religious organisations, and Masood Azhar case were among main topics of discussion. Another meeting of similar nature was held on 27th March at PM House and COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, ISI Chief Lt Gen Asim Munir, senior IB official and Cabinet members attended the moot.
Earlier it was reported that in wake of ongoing tussle between Pakistan and India, thePak Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will brief lawmakers belonging to both houses of parliament on the recent tensions between India and Pakistan at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on coming Thursday. ISI Chief and some other senior army officers will also be present.
According to informed sources, the legislators will be briefed about Pakistan’s preparedness to tackle any possible Indian attacks and other odd situation. They will also be taken into confidence on actual situation on LoC, eastern and western borders. The parliamentarians will also be apprised regarding military’s response to provocations by India in the bordering areas. The army chief will take the defence committee into confidence over matters relating to the armed forces. The committee will also pay a visit to the Yadgar-e-Shuhada.
The National Assembly Secretariat has released a notification to this effect which says that the briefing will be attended by the members of standing committees of the National Assembly on Defence. The opposition parties leaders, including former ministers, led by committee chairman Amjad Ali Khan will attend the briefing, said a statement released by the National Assembly Secretariat.
Other members of the committee include Tahir Sadiq, Chaudhry Farrukh Altaf, Syed Faizul Hassan, Barjees Tahir, Ijaz Ahmad Shah, Riazul Haq, Mohammad Khan Daha, Aurangzeb Khichi, Alam Dad Laleka, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Ghous Bux Mahar, Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Aftab Shaban Mirani, Amer Ali Magsi, Jamil Ahmed Khan, Syed Aminul Haque, Salahuddin Ayubi, Rubina Irfan and Ramesh Kumar Vankwani.
Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has also been invited as he is ex-officio member of both standing committees. Meanwhile, Senate Secretariat also issued a list of members who will attend the briefing. A notification issued by the Senate Secretariat says that Chairman of Senate standing committee on defence Azam Swati will lead the members. The members who will be attending the briefing include Rehman Malik, Sherry Rehman, Anwarul Haq Kakar, Chaudhry Tanvir Khan, Khushbakht Shujaat, retired Lt Gen Abdul Qayyum, Kabeer Ahmed Mohammad Shahi, Javed Abbasi, Talha Mahmood, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Mushtaq Ahmed and Sajjad Hussain Turi.
This is the time second in this year that the army chief is briefing parliament on ties with India, that have significantly worsened after 44 Indian paramilitary personnel died in Pulwama bombing on Feb 14.
Meanwhile, 220th Corps Commanders’ Conference presided by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) held at GHQ on Tuesday.
Forum reviewed geo-strategic environment and ongoing situation along Eastern Border. Forum expressed strong will, resolve and determination to defend the motherland against any misadventure or aggression.
Forum reiterated to continue its efforts for bringing enduring peace in the country while supporting all initiatives towards regional peace. Forum also expressed its resolve to support government and all stake holders in implementation of National Action Plan.
Having achieved stability against terrorism, Pakistan is on positive trajectory of becoming a state where prerogative of use of weapons rests with the state alone and socio-economic development is taking pre-eminence COAS concluded.