Oct 312017

PESHAWAR: The military is preparing to withdraw from numerous parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and planning is afoot to prepare civilian law enforcement agencies to pick up the slack. The Apex Committee of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the highest decision-making body of the province, will meet today (Wednesday) to start discussions on a strategy and a mechanism for the transition of law-and-order management in various areas from the military to civilian law enforcement agencies, particularly in Malakand division. Sources told The Express Tribune that the tasks may be assigned to a working group which would work on fixed timelines and deliver options to the committee. “It is due to the sacrifices of the security forces that we are now at a stage, where an area once infested by terrorists, can be handed over to the civilian law enforcement agencies,” a senior security official told The Express Tribune. He added that the transition plan would have to keep certain indicators, criteria, triggers that determine the outcome. K-P has invested immensely into the law enforcement apparatus as the incumbent government has increased investment in the law and order sector at a disproportionally higher percentage as compared to other sectors. The police alone has witnessed a 75 per cent increase in its budget during the tenure of the present government and falls third after Education and Health under the provincial government’s budgetary allocation. The future(s) of FATA The current deployment of police in Malakand Division stands at 2,351 in Buner, 2,249 in Upper Dir, 4,341 in Lower Dir, 1,815 [Read More…]

Oct 172017

Veteran politician and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa has accepted Asif Ali Zardari’s invitation to join the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Speaking to media at Khosa’s residence late on Tuesday night, Khosa said that he appreciated Zardari’s visit and that he had never heard of a federal party leader visiting the residence of a rival party’s leader. “I am very grateful that Zardari has shown confidence in me. If it were up to me, I would have announced that I am joining the PPP right now, but I will make a formal announcement after consulting other friends,” he said. “I have a long standing relationship with Zardari,” Khosa said, adding that owing to his strong connections in all provinces, Zardari will not be disappointed by his decision of extending the invitation. Khosa reiterated that this was not the same PML-N for which he had faced hardships or made sacrifices. “I sidelined myself from the party’s affairs after the general elections in 2013. I have suffered and struggled for the party more than even the Sharifs themselves. I was facing jail time while they were living in palaces abroad. They still pushed me out of the party,” he said. NRO implementation case: Zardari invites allies ahead of PM’s court appearance Zardari, said he wanted to work with Khosa and use his experience for the country’s best interest. “I do not want to speak against anybody but the damage being done to the country will be difficult to repair. [Read More…]

Oct 142017

PESHAWAR / RAWALPINDI: Chief of General Staff of the UK Army General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter visited Khyber Agency on Saturday for a briefing on army’s anti-terror operations. “During his visit to a forward post at Khyber Agency, he was briefed on the achievements and culmination of Operation Khyber IV and Pak-Afghan border fencing,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. Later, the ISPR added, General Nicholas, who arrived in the country on Friday, also visited historical Khyber Pass and witnessed the traditional legacy of tribal culture. The UK army chief also called on Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt at the Corps Headquarters Peshawar. He was given a detailed briefing on Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, border management, temporarily displaced people’s return and the mega development and rehabilitation projects undertaken by Pakistan Army for the uplift of tribal people in different parts of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the ISPR statement added. UK army chief arrives on official visit to Pakistan, meets COAS On arrival at Corps Headquarters, General Nicholas laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada to pay tribute to the martyred of the Pakistan Army. On Friday, General Nicholas met army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. Both the army chiefs had discussed matters of mutual interest, including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two armies. Chief guest Meanwhile, the UK army chief was the chief guest at the passing out parade of 136th PMA Long Course, Graduate Course 36th, Technical Graduate Course [Read More…]

Sep 282017

In a major reshuffle on key posts, army chief General Qamar Bajwa on Thursday transferred and posted three lieutenant generals, including Aamer Riaz and Asim Bajwa. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), IG Arms at GHQ Lt Gen Bajwa has been named as the Commander Southern Command in Balochistan, replacing Lt Gen Riaz, who has been given the charge of Lahore corps commander. Bajwa earlier served as the chief of ISPR from 2012-2016. Similarly, the serving Lahore corps commander, Lt Gen Sadiq Ali, has been appointed as IG Arms at GHQ. The high-level transfers came almost 10 months after army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa relocated 10 top commanders in December 2016. The post Bajwa replaces Riaz as Commander Southern Command appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 072017

Chairman JCSC Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat attended the 2017 Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference at Victoria, Canada from Sepetmber 4-6 on “The Future Security Environment, Challenges, Complexity and Cooperation,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. According to a statement, the conference was attended by chiefs of defence staff of 25 countries from around the world. “The core areas discussed during the conference included ‘Trends in the Indo-Asia Pacific, Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism and Peace Support Operations’,” it said. During the discussion on ‘Trends in Indo-Asia Pacific’, three major concerns, i.e. demography, water security and climate change were identified. “Chairman highlighted the stresses being faced by Indus Waters Treaty and the challenge being faced by existing mechanisms to resolve water issues,” the communiqué read. On the sidelines of the conference, Gen Zubair held bilateral meetings with chiefs of defence staff of seven different countries. The post CJCSC attends defence conference in Canada appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 072017
Remembering the martyrs: ‘Pak Army will foil nefarious designs of enemy’

LAHORE: Pakistan Army officials have sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty of the country and to protect the lives of the citizens. Their sacrifices have been written in golden words in history. These views were expressed by Lahore Corps Commander Lt Gen Sadiq Ali, a press release issued by ISPR stated on Thursday. He was addressing an event which was held in connection with the 1965 war at Yaadgar-e-Shuhuda, Lahore Garrison. General Sadiq Ali welcomes war veterans at Fortress Stadium Lahore on the eve of Defence Day. PHOTO: ISPR Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and other officials were also present on the occasion. PM, President extol 1965 war heroes While addressing the participants, the corps commander added that army will foil the nefarious designs of the enemy and was committed to achieve its goals. He maintained, “Pakistan is our identity and part of our faith. We will defend it at any cost.” Meanwhile, the participants offered prayers for the martyred officials. Later, famous singers, including Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, Sanwal Ataullah, Sairah Naseem, Memoona Sajid and others presented national songs. Thanks to the Def & Martyrs Day team & national icons for being part of our show expressing solidarity with Shuhada and Ghazis of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/MaxbezyiZP — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) September 7, 2017 The post Remembering the martyrs: ‘Pak Army will foil nefarious designs of enemy’ appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 112017
Independence Day celebrations in Balochistan

RAWALPINDI: Balochistan blossoms with hosts of Independence Day celebrations being organised by the provincial government and Pakistan Army. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 102017

Army chief General Qamar Bajwa has appreciated the role of Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment for country’s defence and security. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, Gen Qamar visited on Thursday the Sindh Regimental Centre in Hyderabad, where he laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada to pay homage to martyrs of the regiment for defence of the motherland. He also spoke on the occasion. COAS renews commitment to defence of holy mosques The COAS also pinned ranks to Lt Gen Nadeem Raza as the regiment’s Colonel Commandant. The ceremony was attended by large number of serving and retired officers and soldiers of Sindh Regiment. The post Gen Qamar commends Sindh Regiment’s role in country’s defence, security appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 022017

A group of students and faculty members from University of Central Punjab visited Army Garrison in Lahore. According to ISPR, the programme was specifically organized to enlighten the students on routine functioning of Pakistan Army, its organization and defence capability. The students visited military units and field formations and had an informal interaction with officers and soldiers. They applauded the state of morale, commitment and professional competence of Pak Army.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

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