Pak Army decides
peace talks with TTP
to pursue according
to security strategy

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ISLAMABAD: A high-level military huddle on Friday discussed ‘peace talks’ with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and decided to pursue the matter in accordance with “comprehensive security strategy”.

The national security meeting, chaired by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Nadeem Raza, was attended by all three services chiefs — Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu —, ISI Director General Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Faiz Hamid, and other senior officials.

RAWALPINDI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza (centre0 chairs a meeting of the military top brass at the Joint Staff Headquarters (JSHQ) in Rawalpindi, on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Though the meeting carried the impression of a Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee session, it wasn’t one. A JCSC meeting would normally include the director general of Strategic Plans Division, and secretaries of ministries of defence and defence production, but none of them were there.

It was the first of such meetings, involving all the armed services, since the army-led talks with the militants in Afghanistan assumed a public profile with briefings for political leaders and the Parliamentary Committee on National Security on the issue by the army top brass.

“The forum was given a detailed briefing on review of national security situation specific to Western Border, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan,” the ISPR said about the meeting. It added that “fast-paced developments in the realm of strategic and conventional policies, the importance of peace in Afghanistan for sustainable development in the region and the operational preparedness of the armed forces” were also discussed.

CJCSC General Nadeem Raza presided over the meeting in Rawalpindi on July 22, 2022.

The participants, the ISPR said, resolved to respond to “entire spectrum of threats” in accordance with the “comprehensive security strategy”.

It apparently means that the approach would go beyond the usual ‘kinetic strategy’ — an apparent reference to the peace talks.

The military leadership had told the political leadership at the earlier briefings that it wanted to give peace a chance, but would respond with full force if the TTP did not abide by the agreement that may be eventually concluded.

The meeting noted its “complete satisfaction” and “full confidence” in the readiness of all the three services.

The participants, the ISPR said, while reaffirming the resolve of the armed forces to befittingly respond to the threats, “lauded the sacrifices of security agencies in the fight against terrorism”.

Sixth facility in world:

Bajwa inaugurates Tunneling Institute of

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Tunneling Institute of Pakistan (TIP). The COAS inaugurated state-of-the-art Tunneling Institute, an initiative of FWO, aims at promoting professional tunnelling expertise including research, development and synergize tunneling resources.

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa inaugurating Tunneling Institute of Pakistan (TIP).

TIP will provide a distinctive platform to encompass tunneling education through both tunneling academia and industry experts. TIP is only sixth such facility in the World which has been completed and operationalized within planned time frame of 10 months by FWO.

Later, the COAS visited National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC).

On the occasion, the COAS was appraised about the latest anti-polio campaigns conducted in the country and challenges being faced. The COAS directed to provide additional manpower/ resources in sensitive locations to ensure a safe and secure environment for polio teams for proper reach and effectiveness of polio Campaigns to achieve the objective of a polio free Pakistan.

Earlier on arrival at TIP, the COAS was received by Engineer-in-Chief (E-In-C) Lieutenant General Moazzam Ejaz and Director General Frontier Works Organization Major General Kamal Azfar.