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Pakistan Army News: Jan - Dec 2011

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Drama series ‘Faseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay’ launched

* Series to unveil real face of terrorists and militants that have been exploiting downtrodden in the name of religion

KARACHI: The launching ceremony of ‘Faseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay’- a drama series jointly produced by ISPR and CRS, was held here on Saturday night.

Speaker of the Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmad Khuro presided over the function, which was attended by media, social elite and celebrities.

Speaking on the occasion, Khuro dilated upon the importance and need of media in encountering extremism and educating the masses. He also appreciated the important role in projecting the national heroes who are not only committed in battles with evils but have restored the dignity and pride of the nation.

The Speaker lauded the sacrifices of brave soldiers, inhabitants of Mingora and troubled areas, which included civilians, children, women and civil servants. He encouraged and appreciated the joint endeavour of the ISPR and CRS in projecting nationalism.

Director General ISPR Maj Gen Athar Abbas welcomed the guests. He said that the drama serial ‘Faseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay’, showcases the courage of the Pakistani people, civil servants, civil and armed forces, which they exhibited during the operations against terrorists and militants in Mingora region.

Maj Gen Athar Abbas stated that the drama series is an epic journey of common people, civil servants, jawans and officers of the Pakistan Army who despite all odds stood by their conviction and showed firm resolve to weed out terrorism and rendered invaluable sacrifices in the line of duty.

He appreciated and thanked the hard work put in by the production company, the director and their teams for taking on this task and producing a high quality product that is both rich in technical as well as in terms of message.

Maj Gen Athar said that the military operation is an important part of the overall strategy but it is a part not the whole.

Military operations help in restoring the writ of the government and create an environment to bring back normalcy but for the sustainable peace the other institutions and organizations of the government must take part in the economic and development projects swiftly.

A former federal minister Javed Jabbar, Deputy Managing Director of PTV Shahid Mahmood Nadeem, and Khawar Ather of the CRS also expressed their views on the occasion.

During the event the audience was briefed about the project, the dimension of the issue it has covered and the heroes the glorious tribute is being paid to.

The theme song of this drama series, ‘Imtehan Hai Imtehan’ and promos were also shown.

According to organisrs, the drama series is based on 11 true stories of courageous Pakistanis who gave tough resistance to terrorists with their resilience and sacrifices. They said that the drama series would be televised by PTV Home on every Friday at 7:40pm from January 14.

It was further stated that the drama series ‘aseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay’ is aimed at depicting the courage of Pakistani people and armed forces that they exhibited during the operation against terrorists and militants in Mingora region.

The drama series is an epic journey in the lives of common people, jawans and officers of the Pakistan Army who despite all odds stood by their conviction and showed firm resolve to weed out terrorism and rendered invaluable sacrifices in the line of duty. They said that the series would unveil the real face of terrorists and militants that have bee exploiting the downtrodden in the name of religion. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\01\10\story_10-1-2011_pg7_1

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5000 Baloch youth to be inducted in Army

QUETTA , Jan 31 (APP) – Pak Army in collaboration with provincial government was committed to play its role in the development of Balochistan.

As many as 5000 Baloch youth from across the province would be inducted in Army in March, 2011, said Major General Tariq Javed during the concluding ceremony of ISSB classes here in Quetta Cant on Monday.

Home Secretary, Captain retired Mohammad Akbar Durrani, Army and civil officials were also present.

“In pursuance of the directives of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, Army, in collaboration with the provincial government has launched plenty of projects in education, health, and other sectors, he noted.

He added that conversion of Sui cant into Military college, training classes in Balochistan Institute of Technical Education (BITE), renovation and construction of damaged health and education structures in flood-stricken areas are some of the major steps taken by the Army for the development of the Balochistan.

Major General, while lauding the dedication of the Balohc youth during the training session, said that province is rich in talent and efforts are afoot to bring them on par with the students of other provinces.

Earlier, he gave away prizes among the students for their distinction.

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Pakistan army turns to war movies to counter jihad

Islamabad, Feb 14, (AP):

After a night of fighting off a Taliban attack on his remote outpost, the Pakistani soldier lies wounded, with one of the attackers crawling on top of him. He grabs the assailant by the neck, but cannot prevent him from firing seven shots into his chest.

The death of the soldier is the climax of "Glorious Resolve," one of several slickly produced, action-packed films produced by the army to rally Pakistanis against Islamist extremists and counter their propaganda videos.

Aired on private and public TV stations, the films are described as re-enactments of real clashes in the military campaign in northwest Pakistan, which began in earnest in 2009.

"The basic purpose is to highlight the true stories of those valiant heroes of Pakistan," said Brigadier Azmat Ali, executive producer of the series. "And also to let the people know what kind of atrocities they had come across and ultimately how we are guarding against further extremism that is coming on to us."

Although more than 2,000 soldiers have been killed in the fighting in the South Waziristan tribal region, some critics say the army is still not doing enough. However, that campaign and others has been praised by the United States, which is fighting a related insurgency just across the frontier in Afghanistan.

The 20-minute film begins with an insurgent giving a pep talk to his men around a campfire as they prepare to attack the outpost. He speaks in Urdu, using phrases similar to those on the militants' videos: "This unholy army has taken over our land, has made checkpoints on our roads and is frisking our women. "It fights for the white man, it fights for dollars. We don't want peace, we need the blessing of Allah."

The attack is then shown in blistering close-up. The insurgents fire rockets, then slowly advance. Blood from a slain insurgent splatters the camera lens.

"We are extremely outnumbered," a Pakistani officer shouts into a radio. "God willing we will not let anybody get away. We will make you proud, sir."

The film attempts to subtly undercut the appeal to religion by suggesting the insurgent chief is in it for money. As his men die under a hail of army bullets, he is shown on the phone demanding "more dollars" from his paymaster. The battle ends with the army killing some insurgents and repelling the rest.

Another film reinforces the mercenary element and suggests the insurgency is a foreign import. It features a militant speaking to someone apparently outside Pakistan who is paying him to produce suicide bombers.

Officers and politicians often hint at an "Indian hand" in the insurgency, though no evidence has ever been produced that Hindu-majority India, Pakistan's arch-foe, is funding violence. Most independent analysts think it unlikely, especially given the Islamist militants' history of attacks on Indian targets.

Opinion polls by the US-based Pew Research Center suggest about two-thirds of the populace disapproves of the Taliban and other extremist groups, but only about half support the army action against militants in the northwest.

It is harder for the Pakistani government to sell a war on insurgents who, while extreme, are still fellow Muslim Pakistanis. Islamist politicians who share much of the anti-American rhetoric and conservative beliefs rarely criticize the Taliban and other extremists, saying peace deals are the answer, not military offensives. They insist the militancy roiling the country would end if the American army would leave Afghanistan.

The army has ruled Pakistan directly or indirectly for much of the country's existence, and the media rarely criticize it or expose alleged corruption or brutality. A civilian-led government is now in power, but the generals still control defense and foreign policy.

The army's image is in competition with the militants' own propaganda on the Internet and DVDs sold in markets in the northwest. These feature real footage of attacks on army patrols, destruction inflicted by military operations and exhortations to jihad.

Last year, footage emerged of men in Pakistani army uniforms gunning down unarmed prisoners in Swat, a northwest region where the army staged a widely praised offensive against the Taliban. The footage was largely ignored by local media but is viewable on the Internet. The army has said it is investigating the incident.

Ratings for "Glorious Resolve" and the other re-enactments shown so far have not been tallied yet. Amjad Bukhari, director of programming for Pakistan Television, said earlier army productions, which included films on its peacekeeping role with the UN in Bosnia, were highly popular.

"It is a good attempt by the army," said Tauseef Ahmed, professor of journalism at the Federal Urdu University Karachi. "On the one hand, it is a good PR exercise, and on the other it is an attempt to tell people how religious extremism is badly affecting their lives and future."

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/137723/pakistan-army-turns-war-movies.html

Apologies to all compatriots that this news item is from an Indian Rag, but hopefully it is of interest.

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Pakistan Army's prisoner found alive after 41 years:

Dhaka/Islamabad, Monday, March 07, 2011: A Pakistani soldier, Abubakar, earlier declared as martyred during 1971 Indo-Pakistan war in (then) East Pakistan, has been found alive in prison after 41 years of passage.

Talking to a Private TV channel, brother of the Pakistan Army soldier, Ahmad Shah has said that his brother Abubakar had been earlier declared as a martyr. They had also been receiving his pension till 1995.

He said that after receiving the good news about his brother, he contacted the Bangladesh embassy officials, who confirming the news, assured him of his early release and return to Pakistan.

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Most of those killed in drone attacks were terrorists: military

Posted By From the Newspaper On March 9, 2011 @ 3:02 am

General Officer Commanding 7-Division Maj-Gen Ghayur Mehmood said in a briefing here: “Myths and rumours about US predator strikes and the casualty figures are many, but it’s a reality that many of those being killed in these strikes are hardcore elements, a sizeable number of them foreigners. –

MIRAMSHAH: In a rather rare move, the Pakistan military for the first time gave the official version of US drone attacks in the tribal region and said that most of those killed were hardcore Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists and a fairly large number of them were of foreign origin.

General Officer Commanding 7-Division Maj-Gen Ghayur Mehmood said in a briefing here: “Myths and rumours about US predator strikes [2] and the casualty figures are many, but it’s a reality that many of those being killed in these strikes are hardcore elements, a sizeable number of them foreigners.

“Yes there are a few civilian casualties in such precision strikes, but a majority of those eliminated are terrorists, including foreign terrorist elements.”

The Military’s 7-Dvision’s official paper on the attacks till Monday said that between 2007 and 2011 about 164 predator strikes had been carried out and over 964 terrorists had been killed.

Of those killed, 793 were locals and 171 foreigners, including Arabs, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chechens, Filipinos and Moroccans.

In 2007, one missile strike left one militant dead while the year 2010 was the deadliest when the attacks had left more than 423 terrorists dead.

In 2008, 23 drone strikes killed 152 militants, 12 of them were foreigners or affiliated with Al Qaeda.

In 2009, around 20 predator strikes were carried out, killing 179 militants, including 20 foreigners, and in the following year 423 militants, including 133 foreigners, were killed in 103 strikes.

In attacks till March 7 this year, 39 militants, including five foreigners, were killed.

Maj-Gen Ghayur, who is in-charge of troops in North Waziristan, admitted that the drone attacks had negative fallout, scaring the local population and causing their migration to other places.

Gen Ghayur said the drone attacks also had social and political repercussions and law-enforcement agencies often felt the heat.

About the cross-border movement of terrorists along the Pak-Afghan border, he said: “Well we have over 820 checkposts along the border to stop militant movement and there is strict vigilance, but unfrequented routes are an exception for which alternate means, including intelligence-sharing between coalition troops and the army, are in place.”

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Rawalpindi – Tuesday, March 22, 2011: The President of Pakistan has been pleased to grant the Military awards to the following officers and men of Pakistan Armed Forces:

Following officers and men have been conferred Sitara-i-Basalat:

01) Captain Safar Khan (Shaheed), Baloch,

02) Lieutenant Faiz Sultan Malik (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

03) Lieutenant Jamshaid Anwar Warraich, Sind,

04) Lieutenant Sajjad Khan (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

05) Naib Subedar Fazal Rehman (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

06) Havildar Muhammad Zubair, Baloch,

07) Havildar Allah Ditta (Shaheed), Special Services Group,

08) Sepoy Muhammad Majid (Shaheed), Punjab,

09) Sepoy Jamshaid Ali (Shaheed), Punjab,

10) Signalman Muhammad Imran (Shaheed), Signals,

11) Sepoy Muhammad Ahsan (Shaheed), Baloch,

12) Sepoy Rashid Aslam (Shaheed), Baloch,

13) Vice Admiral Tayyab Ali Dogar, Navy,

14) Rear Admiral Waseem Akram, Navy,

15) Captain Muhammad Waris, Navy,

16) Commander Muhammad Farhat Abbas, Navy,

17) Lieutenant Commander Jawad Haider Khawaja, Navy,

18) Lieutenant Commander Ghulam Shabeer, Navy,

19) Lieutenant Commander Khurram Shahzad Akram, Navy and

20) Air Commodore Muhammad Ashraque, PAF.

Following officers and men have been awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat:

01) Major Syed Ali, Punjab,

02) Major Zubair Aurangzeb (Shaheed), Sind,

03) Captain Muhammad Bilal Sunawar (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir Regiment,

04) Captain Riaz Ud Din Mengal, Armourd Corps,

05) Captain Kaleem Ullah Khan, Artillery,

06) Captain Qadir Ahmed (Shaheed), Punjab,

07) Lieutenant Waqar Ashraf, Sind,

08) Lieutenant Riaz Ali, Punjab,

09) Subedar Maqbool Ur Rehman (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

10) Naib Subedar Farid Hussain (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir,

11) Naib Subedar Muhammad Khan (Shaheed), Artillery,

12) Naib Subedar Hidayat Ullah (Shaheed), Punjab ,

13) Naib Subedar Salah Ud Din (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

14) Naib Subedar Niaz Manan (Shaheed), Northern Light Infantry,

15) Naib Subedar Sher Muhammad Turi (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

16) Havildar Ghulam Sher (Shaheed), Punjab,

17) Havildar Abdul Sattar (Shaheed), Punjab,

18) Havildar Khair Muhammad (Shaheed), Punjab,

19) Havildar Asghar Hussain (Shaheed), Baloch,

20) Havildar Mashmad Gul (Shaheed), Frontier Corps ,

21) Havildar Irshad Hussain (Shaheed), Artillery,

22) Havildar Muhammad Sarfraz (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

23) Havildar Abdul Hamid (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

24) Havildar Hinayar Khan (Shaheed), Sind,

25) Havildar Ghulam Rasul Abid (Shaheed), Sind,

26) Havildar Riaz Hussain, Baloch,

27) Havildar Roshan Ali (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir Regiment ,

28) Lance Havildar Muhammad Aslam (Shaheed), Special Services Group,

29) Lance Havildar Rehman Gul (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

30) Lance Havildar Muhammad Rashid (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir Regiment,

31) Lance Dafidar Gulzar Khan (Shaheed), Armourd Corps,

32) Naik Abid Hussain (Shaheed), Punjab,

33) Naik Azmat Hayat (Shaheed), Punjab,

34) Naik Bahadur Sher (Shaheed), Punjab,

35) Naik Muhammad Saeed (Shaheed), Punjab,

36) Naik Masood Jan (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

37) Naik Shabbir Akhtar (Shaheed), Artillery,

38) Naik Khurshid (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

39) Naik Akhtar Parvez (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

40) Naik Yasin Ur Rehman (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

41) Naik Muhammad Asif (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

42) Naik Muhammad Shafique (Shaheed), Sind,

43) Naik Safdar Hussain (Shaheed), Sind,

44) Naik Ghulam Qadir (Shaheed), Sind,

45) Lance Naik Khan Zeb (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

46) Lance Naik Sajjad Hussain (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

47) Lance Naik Muhammad Ashraf (Shaheed), Punjab,

48) Lance Naik Mukhtar Ahmed (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

49) Lance Naik Muhammad Akram (Shaheed), Signals,

50) Lance Naik Shahzad Alam (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir Regiment,

51) Lance Naik Imdad Hussain Shah (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir Regiment,

52) Sepoy Shahid Akbar (Shaheed), Punjab, Sepoy,

53) Umar Hayat (Shaheed), Punjab,

54) Sepoy Muhammad Ismail Khan (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

55) Sepoy Din Rehman (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

56) Sepoy Adam Khan Bangash (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

57) Sepoy Faiz Muhammad Yousafzai (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

58) Sepoy Gul Jamal Khattak (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

59) Sepoy Hazrat Nabi Khattak (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

60) Sepoy Fakhar-e-Alam Yousafzai (Shaheed), Frontier Corps,

61) Saper Manzoor Hussain (Shaheed), Engineers,

62) Saper Muhammad Imtiaz (Shaheed), Engineers,

63) Saper Muhammad Maroof (Shaheed), Engineers ,

64) Sepoy Ghulam Murtaza, (Shaheed), Punjab,

65) Sepoy Riaz Ahmad (Shaheed), Punjab,

66) Sepoy Asif Shehzad (Shaheed), Punjab,

67) Sepoy Imtiaz Hussain (Shaheed), Punjab,

68) Sepoy Muhammad Sharif, Punjab,

69) Sepoy Pervaiz Hashim (Shaheed), Punjab,

70) Sepoy Mian Mehboob (Shaheed), Punjab,

71) Sepoy Muhammad Sarfraz (Shaheed), Punjab,

72) Sepoy Imtiaz Hussain (Shaheed), Punjab,

73) Sepoy Muhammad Ali Sheeran (Shaheed), Punjab,

74) Sepoy Atta Ullah (Shaheed), Punjab ,

75) Sepoy Muhammad Rafaqat (Shaheed), Punjab,

76) Sepoy Ahmed Nawaz (Shaheed), Punjab,

77) Sepoy Sajwar Hussain (Shaheed), Punjab,

78) Sepoy Mahir Sultan (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

79) Sepoy Atiq Ur Rahman (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

80) Sepoy Muhammad Irshad (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

81) Sepoy Zafar Khan (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

82) Sepoy Dilbar Khan (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

83) Sepoy Muhammad Asghar (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

84) Sepoy Muhammad Arif (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

85) Sepoy Anwar Khan (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

86) Sepoy Amjad Ali (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

87) Sepoy Muhammad Luqman (Shaheed), Frontier Force ,

88) Sepoy Muhammad Basharat (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

89) Sepoy Zafar Khan (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

90) Sepoy Muhammad Riaz (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

91) Sepoy Muhammad Imran (Shaheed), Frontier Force,

92) Sepoy Farhad Khan (Shaheed), Sind,

93) Sepoy Abid Ali (Shaheed), Sind ,

94) Sepoy Mazhar Ali (Shaheed), Sind,

95) Sepoy Fiaz Ahmad Khan (Shaheed), Sind,

96) Sepoy Rab Nawaz (Shaheed), Sind,

97) SW Asif Adeel (Shaheed), Sind,

98) Sepoy Mureed Hussain (Shaheed), Sind,

99) Sepoy Saddam Zaheer (Shaheed), Sind,

100) Sepoy Noor Bakhsh (Shaheed), Baloch,

101) Sepoy Muhammad Muneer (Shaheed), Baloch,

102) Sepoy Shafi Muhamamd (Shaheed), Baloch,

103) Sepoy Muhammad Fiaz (Shaheed), Baloch,

104) Sepoy Muhammad Ajmal (Shaheed), Baloch,

105) Sepoy Asif Ali (Shaheed), Baloch,

106) Sepoy Altaf (Shaheed), Baloch,

107) Sepoy Hafiz Atif Nauman (Shaheed), Baloch,

108) Sepoy Tariq Mehmood (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir,

109) Sepoy Saad Ud Din Khan (Shaheed), Azad Kashmir,

110) Sepoy Muhammad Nadeem (Shaheed), Defence Services Guard,

111) Sepoy Riasat Ali (Shaheed), Defence Services Guard,

112) Captain Irfan Nazir Malik,

113) Lieutenant Commander Ali Hassan, Navy,

114) Lieutenant Commander Jawwad Aman Toor, Navy,

115) Lieutenant Jahanzaib Ali, Navy,

116) Lieutenant Faisal Riaz, Navy,

117) Lieutenant Ali Khan Khattak, Navy,

118) FCA-I Saddique Ali, Navy,

119) FCPO MAR Muhammad Qazafi, Navy,

120) LCT Shahid Bashir, Navy,

121) PO (MAR) Munir Ahmed, Navy,

122) MAR-I Rashid Nisar,

123) L/MAR Jamil Ahmed, Navy,

124) MAR-I Muhammad Raziq, Navy,

125) CDT-I Ejaz Ahmad,

126) WEM ®-I Muhammad Ajmal, Navy,

127) WIT-I Pervez Iqbal,

128) CT-I Sher Baz Khan, Navy,

129) STD-II Ghazanfar Sajjad, Navy,

130) Wing Commander Sabih Wali Ur Rehman, PAF,

131) Squadron Leader Shazib Mehmood, PAF,

132) Squadron Leader Muhammad Mansoor Iqbal, PAF,

133) Flight Lieutenant Asim Farooq, PAF,

134) Wing Commander Asher Ihsan, PAF and

135) Wing Commander Muhammad Kashif, PAF.

Following officers have been awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military):

01) Major General Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry, Artillery,

02) Major General Wasim Sadiq, Baloch,

03) Major General Javaid Iqbal Nasar, Artillery,

04) Major General Naweed Zaman, Punjab,

05) Major General Muhammad Nawaz, Frontier Force,

06) Major General Raza Muhammad, Sind,

07) Major General Khawar Hanif, Punjab,

08) Major General Maqsood Ahmad, Frontier Force,

09) Major General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Artillery,

10) Major General Furrukh Bashir, Punjab,

11) Major General Syed Wajid Hussain, Armourd Corps,

12) Major General Najeeb Ullah Khan, Engineers,

13) Major General Zafar-Ul-Islam, Army Medical Corps,

14) Rear Admiral Khalid Amin, Navy,

15) Rear Admiral Muhammad Shfaiq, Navy,

16) Air Marsahl Asim Suleiman, PAF and

17) Air Vice Marshal Syed Najam Ul Asar, PAF.

Following officers have been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military):

01) Brigadier Muhammad Naeem, EME,

02) Brigadier Mansoor Ahmed, EME,

03) Brigadier Azhar Ghori, EME,

04) Brigadier Zaman Nasrullah Khan Niazi, Frontier Force,

05) Brigadier Javed Akhtar, Corps of Military Intelligence,

06) Brigadier Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Awan, Artillery,

07) Brigadier Syed Shaukat Ali, Armourd Corps,

08) Brigadier Shahid Afzal, Baloch,

09) Brigadier Syed Tahawar Ali Shah, Air Defence,

10) Brigadier Azhar Manzoor, Artillery,

11) Brigadier Ejaz Ahmed, Army Service Corps ,

12) Brigadier Naeem Abdul Baqi Malik, Air Defence,

13) Brigadier Amin Ullah Khan, Azad Kashmir Regiment,

14) Brigadier Shahid Manzoor, Engineers,

15) Brigadier Kazim Mustehsan, Armourd Corps,

16) Brigadier Hamid Abdullah, Sind,

17) Brigadier Shahzad Sami Qurrashi, Signals,

18) Brigadier Muhammad Mumtaz, Corps of Military Intelligence,

19) Brigadier Syed Tahir Akbar, Sind,

20) Brigadier Nadeem Aslam Khan, Aviation,

21) Brigadier Sajid Naeem, Baloch,

22) Brigadier Iftikhar Ul Wahab, Signals,

23) Brigadier Syed Agha Hussain Imam Naqvi, Frontier Force,

24) Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmad, Artillery,

25) Brigadier Syed Kausar Hussain Shah, Baloch,

26) Brigadier Nasir Hussain Kazmi, Ordnance,

27) Brigadier Munir Ahsan, Aviation,

28) Brigadier Muhammad Shoaib Murtaza, Azad Kashmir Regiment,

29) Brigadier Adnan Azim, Armourd Corps,

30) Brigadier Imtiaz Hussain Shahzada Khurrum, Army Service Corps,

31) Brigadier Shahid Riaz, Artillery,

32) Brigadier Khalid Shaheen, Corps of Military Intelligence,

33) Brigadier Syed Sohail Bokhari, Armourd Corps,

34) Brigadier Shahid Aziz, Army Medical Corps,

35) Brigadier Najmul Hassan, Army Medical Corps,

36) Colonel Zahid Sohail, Signals,

37) Colonel Shafqat Nazir, Engineers,

38) Colonel Tahir Nadeem Khan, Artillery,

39) Colonel Muhammad Arshad Javaid Kasana, Frontier Force,

40) Colonel Zawar Hussain, Punjab,

41) Colonel Malik Shahid Mahmood, Air Defence,

42) Colonel Khalid Shahbaz, Armourd Corps,

43) Colonel Syed Tabassim Raza Kazmi, EME,

44) Colonel Nasir Hussain Bhatti, Ordnance,

45) Colonel Muhammad Naeem, Army Service Corps,

46) Colonel Ikhlaq Hussain, Punjab,

47) Colonel Waheed Akhtar, Azad Kashmir Regiment ,

48) Colonel Tariq Mahmood Malik, Corps of Military Intelligence,

49) Colonel Bashir Ahmad Malik, Army Medical Corps,

50) Colonel Pervaiz Ahmed Aftab, Army Medical Corps,

51) Commodore Khalid Masood, Navy,

52) Commodore Sajid Wazir Khan, Navy,

53) Commodore Ayaz Nabi Dar, Navy,

54) Commodore Ch. Aftab Ahmed, Navy,

55) Commodore Raja Qamar Nawaz, Navy,

56) Commodore Muhammad Isa Khan, Navy,

57) Lieutenant Commodore Azhar Majeed Khan, Navy,

58) Air Commodore Junaid Ahmed Siddiqui, PAF,

59) Air Commodore Asad Abdur Rehman Khan Lodhi, PAF,

60) Air Commodore Nadeem Shujaat Khan, PAF,

61) Air Commodore Arshad Zia Gondal, PAF,

62) Group Captain Irfan Ul Haq, PAF,

63) Group Captain Waqar Munir, PAF,

64) Group Captain Syed Zia Ul Haq, PAF,

65) Group Captain Omer Sani, PAF,

66) Group Captain Jawad Ahmad Toor, PAF,

67) Group Captain Fawad Yunus Hussain, PAF,

68) Group Captain Qaiser Ishaque, PAF and

69) Group Captain Sohail Naeem, PAF.

Following officers have been awarded Tamgha- i-Imtiaz (Military):

01) Lieutenant Colonel Ayub Akram Tareen, Armourd Corps,

02) Lieutenant Colonel Shahid Hussain, General List,

03) Lieutenant Colonel Nasir Kamal, Engineers,

04) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Asgher Ali Shah, EME,

05) Lieutenant Colonel Nayyar Sajjad, Armourd Corps,

06) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Ali, Army Education Corps ,

07) Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Rauf, Air Defence,

08) Lieutenant Colonel Waqar Hussain Jafri, Punjab,

09) Lieutenant Colonel Maqbool Ijaz, Baloch,

10) Lieutenant Colonel Tanveer Iqbal, Frontier Force,

11) Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Wahid, Artillery,

12) Lieutenant Colonel Mazhar Masood, Sind,

13) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Shafiq Ahmad Shah, Artillery,

14) Lieutenant Colonel Salman Ahmad, EME,

15) Lieutenant Colonel Amjad Iqbal, Azad Kashmir Regiment ,

16) Lieutenant Colonel Wasim Ul Haq Malik, Baloch,

17) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Tahir Hussain Shah, Signals,

18) Lieutenant Colonel Azfar Bilal Qureshi, Artillery,

19) Lieutenant Colonel Amer Siddique, Artillery,

20) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Khalid, Punjab,

21) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Saqib Ashfaq, Ordnance,

22) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Saleem, Artillery,

23) Lieutenant Colonel Kaiser Aurang Zeb, Armourd Corps,

24) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Anjum, Frontier Force,

25) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Tayyab Farooq, Army Service Corps,

26) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Attique Butt, Frontier Force,

27) Lieutenant Colonel Shafi Akeel Mufti, Artillery,

28) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Rafiq, Signals ,

29) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Ali Khan, Azad Kashmir Regiment,

30) Lieutenant Colonel Khalid Masood Raja, Artillery,

31) Lieutenant Colonel Shafqat Taimur Satti, Punjab,

32) Lieutenant Colonel Khalid Mustafa, Army Service Corps,

33) Lieutenant Colonel Arslan Farooq Ghias, Corps of Military Intelligence,

34) Lieutenant Colonel Zafar Iqbal, Punjab,

35) Lieutenant Colonel Ishtiaq Aziz Kayani, Aviation,

36) Lieutenant Colonel Fawad Akram, Frontier Force,

37) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Abid Hussain, Signals,

38) Lieutenant Colonel Shahzad Afzal, Air Defence,

39) Lieutenant Colonel Qaiser Rehman, Corps of Military Intelligence,

40) Lieutenant Colonel Zahid Mahmood, Corps of Military Intelligence,

41) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Haseeb Ashar, Baloch,

42) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Haider Hussain, Baloch,

43) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Amanullah Khan Raja, Aviation,

44) Lieutenant Colonel Waqar Zaheer, Engineers,

45) Lieutenant Colonel Iftikhar Hussain, Engineers,

46) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Toqir Abbas Zaidi, Sind,

47) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Taqi Ahmad, Electrical Mechanical Engineering,

48) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Saleem, Army Medical Corps,

49) Lieutenant Colonel Abdus Sattar Aleem, Army Medical Corps,

50) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Moiz Ud Din Uppal, Army Medical Corps,

51) Lieutenant Colonel Syed Arsalan Haider Bukhari, Army Medical Corps,

52) Lieutenant Colonel Saadat Ali Janjua, Army Medical Corps,

53) Lieutenant Colonel Farrukh Saeed, Army Medical Corps,

54) Lieutenant Colonel Azhar Iqbal, Army Medical Corps,

55) Lieutenant Colonel Khadim Hussain, Army Medical Corps,

56) Lieutenant Colonel Mrs Nusrat Parveen, AFNS,

57) Major Himat Nabi Khan, Baloch,

58) Major Mukhtar Ahmad Bhatti, Engineers,

59) Major Jawad Qadir Qureshi, Signals,

60) Major Malik Asad Zahoor, Ordnance,

61) Major Badar Rizwan, Air Defence ,

62) Major Muhammad Tahir, Sind ,

63) Major Iftikhar Hussain, Armourd Corps ,

64) Major Muhammad Ali, Frontier Force,

65) Major Sana Ullah Siddiq Khan Tanoly, Punjab,

66) Major Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Aviation,

67) Major Wasim Afzal, Armourd Corps,

68) Major Muhammad Umair Faisal, Artillery,

69) Major Pervez Ashraf, Baloch,

70) Major Muhammad Sajid Tanveer, Azad Kashmir,

71) Major Iftikhar Manzoor, Frontier Force,

72) Major Hassan Raza, Artillery,

73) Major Tanvir Aslam, Punjab,

74) Major Muhammad Bashir Khan, Corps of Military Intelligence,

75) Major Nadeem Iqbal, Army Service Corps,

76) Major Mezhar Mahmood, Frontier Force,

77) Major Amjad Mahmood, EME,

78) Major Muhammad Imran Ashraf, Army Medical Corps,

79) Major Muhammad Khalid Rafi, Army Medical Corps,

80) Major Mrs Naheed Sarwar, Army Medical Corps,

81) Commander Sameer Hafeez Abbasi, Navy,

82) Commander Muhammad Shafique, Navy,

83) Commander Muhammad Shafiq Khan, Navy,

84) Commander Zahid Iqbal, Navy,

85) Commander Muhammad Jahan Zeb Ahsan, Navy,

86) Commander Kashif Munir, Navy,

87) Commander Asim Zaman Malik, Navy,

88) Commander Kahlid Suhail, Navy,

89) Lieutenant Commander Syed Muhammad Khurram Gillani, Navy,

90) Lieutenant Commander Muhammad Javaid Iqbal, Navy,

91) Wing Commander Haider Ali Shah, PAF,

92) Wing Commander Muhammad Imran Pervez, PAF,

93) Wing Commander Zaffar Aslam, PAF,

94) Wing Commander Raja Viqar Ali, PAF,

95) Wing Commander Kahlid Mehmood, PAF,

96) Wing Commander Hassan Riaz, PAF,

97) Wing Commander Muhammad Adnan Siddiqui, PAF,

98) Wing Commander Muhammad Shuaib, PAF,

99) Wing Commander Syed Sabahat Hassan Shah, PAF,

100) Wing Commander Syed Mohsin Ali and

101) Wing Commander Shakil Ghazanfar, PAF.

Following officers and men have been awarded Imtiazi Sanad:

01) Brigadier Pervez Iqbal Malik, Punjab,

02) Brigadier Farooq Azam, Sind ,

03) Colonel Tausif Akhtar, Punjab,

04) Lieutenant Colonel Sheraz Ali Khan, Artillery,

05) Lieutenant Colonel Rafi Ullah, Corps of Military Intelligence,

06) Major Abrar Hussain, Punjab,

07) Major Muhammad Wasi Ud Din, Artillery,

08) Major Afzaal Mahmood, Artillery,

09) Major Ahmad Anwar Baig, Aviation,

10) Major Asif Hayat, Aviation,

11) Captain Ali Uzair, Punjab,

12) Lieutenant Muhammad Iqbal, Punjab,

13) Lieutenant Muhammad Waqas Haider, Artillery,

14) Lieutenant Sharoon Paul, Artillery,

15) Lieutenant Maddasar Raza, Punjab,

16) Subedar Imtiaz Hussain, Artillery,

17) Subedar Ghulam Haider, Punjab,

18) Subedar Muhammad Ashraf, Sind,

19) Subedar Fazal Ahad Khan, Frontier Corps,

20) Naib Subedar Ijaz Hussain, Frontier Corps,

21) Havildar Tanveer Ahmed, Punjab,

22) Havildar Amjad Javed, Baloch,

23) Havildar Maroof Ahmed, Sind,

24) Havildar Khan Zaman, Azad Kashmir,

25) Havildar Asrar Ahmed, Azad Kashmir,

26) Lance Havildar Nawaz Ahmed, Azad Kashmir,

27) Naik Muhammad Sabir, Frontier Force,

28) Naik Muhammad Ismaeel, Frontier Force,

29) Lance Naik Zar Wali Yousafzai, Army Medical Corps,

30) Lance Naik Amir Daraz Khan, Frontier Force,

31) Lance Naik Abdullah, Signals,

32) Sepoy Nasrullah, Sind,

33) Sepoy Roman Gul Afridi, Frontier Corps,

34) Sepoy Faisal Saeed, Baloch,

35) Sepoy Fasial Bashir, Baloch,

36) Sepoy Muhammad Qasim, Baloch,

37) Sepoy Jahangir, Punjab,

38) Sepoy Sahar Gul, Army Service Corps,

39) Sepoy Ubedullah, Sind,

40) Sigalman Ali Haider, Signals,

41) Sepoy Shah Nawaz, Baloch,

42) Sepoy Abdullah, Baloch,

43) Sepoy Muhammad Saeed Zia, Baloch and

44) Sepoy Muhammad Waseem Khan, Azad Kashmir.

Following officers and men have been awarded COAS Commendation Card:

01) Brigadier Syed Muhammad Sibtain Jaffery, Punjab,

02) Brigadier Gulzar Ahmad, Army Medical Corps,

03) Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mubarak Shabbir, Engineers,

04) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Saleem, Artillery,

05) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Munir Khan, Sind,

06) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Tufail, Azad Kashmir,

07) Lieutenant Colonel Sajjad Bashir, Corps of Military Intelligence,

08) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Afzal Ahsan, Signals,

09) Lieutenant Colonel Umar Khalid, Signals,

10) Lieutenant Colonel Naeem Alam Khan, Baloch,

11) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Tahir Iqbal Malik, ICTO,

12) Lieutenant Colonel Naeem Nasr, Azad Kashmir Regiment,

13) Lieutenant Colonel Farhan Saqib, Punjab,

14) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Ossman, Sind,

15) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Badr Malik, Engineers,

16) Lieutenant Colonel Ajmal Ijaz Tarar, ICTO,

17) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Shahab Aslam, Sind,

18) Lieutenant Colonel Nasir Latif, Frontier Force,

19) Major Khawaja Sameer Ahmed, Punjab,

20) Major Tanveer Hussain Awan, Air Defence,

21) Major Syed Kamran Hashmi, Punjab,

22) Major Kamran Khalil, Northern Light Infantry,

23) Major Aftab Hussain, Frontier Force,

24) Major Waheed Muzaffar, Azad Kashmir,

25) Major Muzzamil Noor, ICTO,

26) Major Ghazi Kamal Kiani, Punjab,

27) Major Inam Ul Haq Emanuel, Azad Kashmir,

28) Major Abdul Khaliq, Artillery,

29) Major Akhtar Hussain, Artillery,

30) Major Muhammad Arshad, EME,

31) Major Muhammad Wasim Akhtar Mirza, Sind,

32) Major Muhammad Bilal Abbas, Azad Kashmir,

33) Major Muhammad Sharif, Sind,

34) Major Nauman Asad Sheikh, Punjab,

35) Major Rab Nawaz, Armourd Corps,

36) Major Mazhar Iqbal, Sind,

37) Major Fawad Anwar Khan, Sind,

38) Major Omair Javed Butt, Corps of Military Intelligence,

39) Major Umar Mushtaq, Aviation,

40) Major Shahid Mehmood Akhtar, Engineers,

41) Major Aamir Shahzad, Baloch,

42) Major Ihsan Ullah Khan, Army Service Corps,

43) Major Muhammad Rizwan Yousaf, Signals,

44) Major Muhammad Usman, Air Defence,

45) Major Ammar Karim, Baloch,

46) Major Muhammad Usman, Sind,

47) Major Muhammad Shahid, Sind,

48) Major Muhammad Mushtaq Hussain, Signals,

49) Major Muhammad Naveed Iqbal, EME,

50) Major Ch Sajjad Ahmed, ICTO,

51) Major Asim Waqas, ICTO,

52) Major Qamar Zia, Army Medical Corps,

53) Captain Saqib Ahmed, Engineers,

54) Captain Hameed Ahmed, Sind,

55) Captain Muhammad Saqib Khan, Baloch,

56) Captain Junaid Ali, Azad Kashmir,

57) Captain Muhammad Naveed Abbas, Punjab,

58) Captain Peter Sean Christie, Artillery,

59) Captain Taimur Rahat, Armourd Corps,

60) Captain Jauhar Ayub, Aviation,

61) Captain Muhammad Khalid, Frontier Force,

62) Captain Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, Punjab,

63) Captain Muhammad Ali Hashmi, Azad Kashmir,

64) Captain Qasim Abbas Malik, Armourd Corps,

65) Captain Shah Faisal Piri, Armourd Corps,

66) Captain Khalid Muhammad, Sind,

67) Captain Shafqat Hussian, Artillery,

68) Captain Atif Mahmood, Artillery,

69) Captain Usman Ahmed, Armourd Corps,

70) Captain Simon Shafique, Azad Kashmir,

71) Captain Muhammad Zeeshan Nizami, Air Defence,

72) Captain Jehandad Khan, ICTO,

73) Captain Ali Hassan, Artillery,

74) Captain Haroon Rashid Khan, Baloch,

75) Captain Aqif Iqbal, Frontier Force,

76) Captain Mudassar Iqbal, Azad Kashmir,

77) Captain Israr Hussain, Artillery,

78) Captain Muhammad Badar Munir, Engineers,

79) Captain Waqas Amjad, Punjab,

80) Captain Faisal Abbass, Artillery,

81) Captain Saadia Khan, ICTO,

82) Captain Raja Mudassar Munaf, Engineers,

83) Captain Miss Sobia Jabeen, Armed Forces Nursing Staff,

84) Lieutenant Muhammad Qasim, Artillery,

85) Lieutenant Kashif Aslam, Punjab,

86) Lieutenant Jahandad Khan, Air Defence,

87) Lieutenant Adnan Khan, Ordnance ,

88) Lieutenant Raja Muhammad Atif, Artillery,

89) Lieutenant Zuhaib Muhsin, Punjab,

90) Lieutenant Ali, Baloch,

91) Lieutenant Malik Muhammad Bilal Arshad, Armourd Corps,

92) Lieutenant Saud Ayaz Wali, Punjab,

93) 2/Lieutenant Zohaib Maroof, Punjab,

94) Subedar Rasam Khan, Frontier Corps,

95) Subedar Iftakhar Khalid, Punjab,

96) Subedar Mehboob Alam, Punjab,

97) Naib Subedar Muhammad Aslam, Punjab,

98) Havildar Muhammad Hassan, Punjab,

99) Havildar Umar Daraz, EME,

100) Naik Zafar Ahmed, Azad Kashmir,

101) Naik Shoukat Khan, Defence Services Guard ,

102) Lance Naik Ghulam Ali, Engineers ,

103) Lance Naik Khalid Iqbal, Baloch,

104) Sepoy Muhammad Rafique, Defence Services Guard ,

105) A/XES Mussarat Hussain, Military Engineering Services,

106) Lieutenant Colonel Suhail Sadiq, Tamgha-i-Jurrat, Aviation,

107) Major Kafeel Ahmed Ch, Aviation,

108) Captain Shayan Manzoor Abbasi, Aviation,

109) Colonel Arshad Amin, Aviation,

110) Lieutenant Colonel Raja Khalid Majoreed, Aviation,

111) Major Naveed Zafar, Aviation,

112) Colonel Mehmud Ul Islam, Aviation,

113) Lieutenant Colonel Shahid Latif Chaudhry, Aviation,

114) Lieutenant Colonel Zahid Haleem Qureshi, Aviation,

115) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Alam Hashmi, Aviation,

116) Lieutenant Colonel Khezar Hayat, Aviation,

117) Major Aamer Pir Zada, Aviation,

118) Major Bilal Sarwar Kawish, Aviation,

119) Major Arsalan Attique, Aviation,

120) Lieutenant Colonel Naeem Masood Khan, Aviation,

121) Lieutenant Colonel Jahanzeb Ahmed Satti, Aviation,

122) Major Kafeel Ahmed Ch, Aviation,

123) Major Najam-Us-Saqib Minhas, Aviation,

124) Major Khawer Rasheed, Aviation,

125) Major Irfan Aslam, Aviation,

126) Major Zahid Qayyum, Aviation,

127) Major Khalid Rashid Maooz, Aviation,

128) Major Shahzad Alam Awan, Aviation,

129) Major Maraj Ali, Aviation and

130) Major Bilal Ahmed, Aviation.

Following officers and men have been awarded Chief of General Staff Green Endorsement for 1,000 Safe Flying Hours:

01) Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Nasheed Iqbal, Aviation,

02) Major Shahzad Faisal Masood, Aviation,

03) Major Naveed Zaffar Abbasi, Aviation,

04) Major Ali Irtaza, Aviation,

05) Major Kashif Fayyaz Bhatti, Aviation,

06) Major Tallat Mahmood, Aviation,

07) Major Muhammad Haroon Zeb, Aviation,

08) Major Omer Arshad, Aviation,

09) Major Imran Ahmed Fareed, Aviation,

10) Major Badar Ul Duja Ahmed, Aviation,

11) Major Shair Abbas, Aviation,

12) Major Ahmed Junaid, Aviation,

13) Major Mian Waqar Ahmed, Aviation,

14) Major Amir Azam, Aviation,

15) Major Omer Jamal Kayani, Aviation,

16) Major Mehmood Faisal Malik, Aviation and

17) Major Babar Younus, Aviation.

ISPR

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Anti-terrorist trilateral exercise begins in Turkey

ISLAMABAD (March 26, 2011) : A week-long Trilateral Joint Military Exercise among forces of Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan commenced at Tuzla, Turkey, says a press release received here on Friday. Three countries decided to hold joint exercises at the conclusion of the 5th Trilateral Summit in December 2010. The joint Exercise involves military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) against terrorists.

The events include basic and battle order training, MOUT demonstration by the Turkish army, combat order, training controls, fighting in built up and handmade explosives training sessions. Specialist teams of three countries comprising sniper and anti-tank detachments are undergoing the exercise. The purpose of this training is to share military knowledge, to reinforce and maintain co-ordination among the three countries. It is pertinent to mention here that this is the first time that a Trilateral Exercise among the three countries is being conducted on the Turkish soil, which will play a pivotal role in cementing close military ties between the countries in the realm of combating the menace of terrorism and extremism being spearheaded by the inimical forces.-PR

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colonel sheraz ali khan has been made shaheed -

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Naimas dream takes to the skies

Thalassaemia patient becomes first honorary female pilot in Pakistan army.

By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter

Published: 00:00 March 26, 2011

Thalassaemia patient Naima Gul prior to her flight. Naima became the first lady pilot (honorary) of the 9 Squadron in the Pakistan Army.Image Credit: Supplied Dubai: It was a dream comes true for the 12-year-old thalassaemia patient, Naima Gul, resident of Mingora, Swat when she became the first female pilot and flew a Lama chopper.

Naima, a grade-4 student, was inducted in the Pakistan Army Aviation Academy after she wrote a letter to Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan, who promptly responded and gave approval to grant her wish taking her as a first aviation lady pilot (honorary) of 9 squadron in Pakistan's Army history.

"I don't know about how long I live but today is the dream day for me" soft-spoken Naima said with great confidence. "I will live for my country and will die for it," she added.

"In whatever capacity my beloved country needs my services I'm ready to perform despite suffering from a killer disease," Naima said.

"I'm lucky to have prompt reply as it gave courage to me and others like me to fight against this deadly disease," added Naima who wants to help patients suffering from the disease by establishing Naima Gul Foundation'.

"I will not be there but through the foundation I want to help out free medication like provision of disprol injection, she said. Naima herself takes this injection once a day for five days a week.

"With my induction as the first lady pilot of Pakistan Army Aviation will certainly give me a chance to create awareness to the thousands of mothers and fathers who didn't know how to face these challenges, she said.

Naima was taken to the simulator room that had a saying inscribed on the wall "He who learns but does not thinks is lost, and he who thinks but does not learn is in great danger." Her instructor Major Zahid briefed her about map marking before she embarked on a mock drill to help rescue and evacuate an injured man during her flight of five nautical miles (9.6km).

Naima was also taken around the base where she was briefed about operational system of the squadron. She also met with the engineers.

In his speech Corps Commander Lt Gen Yasin Malik, Commander 11 Corps, said, "Today we gathered here for a unique aim to fulfil the cherished dream of a Thalassaemia patient, Naima Gul, daughter of great Swat valley, for her induction into Army Aviation."

The wish of Naima Gul is a clear reflection of the respect, recognition and high reverence of people of Swat have towards Pakistan's army. In the recent past, Swat, a place known for its matchless beauty, had suffered in the clutches of terrorists and the people had faced cruelty and brutality.

He said women's role are not only increasing in Pakistan but also in the army where they are working in different departments and are proving their mettle.

Naima Gul's father Zabat Ullah Sohail, her mother Shabana Anjum, her younger sister Roqia Manal were also there and saw Naima while flying the Lama chopper. "I'm a proud man today, as my daughter got the honour of becoming the first lady pilot in Pakistan Army, which has brought peace for the people of Swat," said Sohail.

Shabana, her mother, thanked the Army chief for helping her daughter realise her dreams.

Now with her enrolment as honorary aviation pilot for a day, her treatment would also be free along with her education. "We are happy that Army would carry out all medication and education expenses of Naima," her father said.

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May Allah grant him paradise and grant his family sabr-e-jameel.

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We are aware of this news for some time. But surprising news is that Shamsi will not be a PAF air base but will be under Pakistan Army control. Army aviation assets will reportedly be based at this base now.

Shamsi Air Base taken back from CIA, US forces

Ansar Abbasi

Friday, April 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has stopped all US operations from the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan, an airport which was given to American forces for use after 9/11 and drone attacks were launched from the base on targets in the tribal areas, military sources have confirmed. It was also used extensively in 2001 when thousands of US sorties took off to bomb Afghanistan a few weeks after the 9/11 attack in New York.

As the relations between Islamabad and Washington have strained due to latter’s mounting interference and repeated breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty, the US Embassy spokesman, Alberto Rodriguez, confirmed that there are no US forces at the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) spokesperson, when approached about his version on the vacation of US forces and the deadly drones from Shamsi airfield, explained that the airfield does not belong to the PAF while the Pakistan Army sources confirmed that the airfield was free from the American forces.

No one was prepared to share with The News the dates or the time period when the Shamsi airfield was vacated by the Americans although the sources insist that it is a recent development.

Almost a year back, Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar spoke on the topic of the Shamsi Air Base confirming that it was being used by American forces for logistical purposes but, he added, the government was not satisfied with payments for the use of the facility.

Mukhtar, however, did not go into the nature of airfield’s use by the American forces. Prior to Shamsi, Pakistan had also got vacated from the US forces the Jacobabad Air Base and Pasni, which were used for its operations in Afghanistan.

The US has been using the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan province to station unmanned Predator drones that have been used to attack terrorist targets inside Pakistan’s tribal areas. Shamsi airfield, also called Bandari, is a small airfield and air station located about 200 miles southwest of Quetta near the town of Washki.

In 2009, media reports revealed that the airfield was used by the United States Central Intelligence Agency as a base for Predator drone attacks on so-called militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas but ended up killing several hundreds innocent people. On January 9, 2002 a US Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft reportedly crashed on approach to Shamsi. All seven crew members were killed in the crash.

In February 2009, The Times of London had announced that it had obtained Google images from 2006 which showed Predator aircraft parked outside a hangar at the end of the runway of the Shamsi airfield. Before that, a US Senator Dianne Feinstein said that the CIA was basing its drone aircraft in Pakistan. The US company Blackwater was also reported to have a presence there, hired by the government to arm the drones with missiles.

It was General Musharraf who had permitted the US to use its airbases not only to attack Afghanistan but also to launch drone attacks on the people of Pakistan in the name of the so-called war on terror. The present regime also continued with Musharraf’s policies and allowed much larger number of drone attacks than before.

WikiLeaks had revealed that Prime Minister Gilani had endorsed the drones’ policy. Gilani was reported to have even said to the US officials that his government would raise hue and cry over these drone attacks for the sake of countering the public pressure.

However, of late and after the Raymond Davis episode, things became extremely tense between Washington and Islamabad with the CIA insisting to carry on with its operations, including the drone attacks inside Pakistan, while the ISI is adamant to restricting the Americans from crossing the red-line.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=5458&Cat=13&dt=4/22/2011

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somewhere in Balochistan?

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Shamsi Air Strip. Incorrect to call it a base. There are little or no permanent buildings

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Gen Wynne cancels US visit

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Khalid Shameem Wynne, has cancelled his visit to the US, a military official said on Friday. Wyne was scheduled to visit the US from May 22 to 27. Alluding to the fallout from a unilateral US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, the senior official told AFP the visit had been cancelled “in view of the prevailing environment”. “Wynne contacted his counterpart in the US, Admiral Mike Mullen, and informed him about the cancellation of his visit to the US that was scheduled from May 22 to 27,” the official said. Wynne is the ceremonial head of Pakistan’s powerful military establishment that is effectively run by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani. The Pakistani official told AFP that the visit to the United States had been at the invitation of Mullen and was scheduled a couple of months ago.According to reliable sources, the CJCSC has informed his US counterpart that owing to the prevailing situation in the country, it is not possible for him to carry out his scheduled visit. Under growing domestic pressure to punish Washington for the bin Laden raid, Pakistan’s civilian government said on Thursday it would review counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States. agencies

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Gen Wynne cancels US visit

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Khalid Shameem Wynne, has cancelled his visit to the US, a military official said on Friday. Wyne was scheduled to visit the US from May 22 to 27. Alluding to the fallout from a unilateral US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, the senior official told AFP the visit had been cancelled “in view of the prevailing environment”. “Wynne contacted his counterpart in the US, Admiral Mike Mullen, and informed him about the cancellation of his visit to the US that was scheduled from May 22 to 27,” the official said. Wynne is the ceremonial head of Pakistan’s powerful military establishment that is effectively run by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani. The Pakistani official told AFP that the visit to the United States had been at the invitation of Mullen and was scheduled a couple of months ago.According to reliable sources, the CJCSC has informed his US counterpart that owing to the prevailing situation in the country, it is not possible for him to carry out his scheduled visit. Under growing domestic pressure to punish Washington for the bin Laden raid, Pakistan’s civilian government said on Thursday it would review counter-terrorism cooperation with the United States. agencies

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Villager killed in shelling by Indian forces

By Abid Mehdi | Dawn May 16, 2011

SIALKOT: A villager was killed and three Rangers personnel and 12 civilians were injured in firing by Indian security forces in the Sialkot Working Boundary area on Sunday morning.

According to senior security officials based here, it was the second time in 12 hours that the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) had resorted to shelling in the Suchetgarh and Bajra Garhi sectors.

They said the BSF used small mortar shells and G-2 gun ammunition during the shelling that lasted two hours.

“The Chenab Rangers retaliated and gave a befitting response on both the occasions,” an officer said. He said the first exchange of fire occurred on Saturday night and continued for 50 minutes.

He said that 16 Pakistanis were injured on Sunday morning. They were taken to the Combined Military Hospital in Sialkot, where one of them, Mohammad Khalid, a 38-year-old civilian, died.

He added that three Chenab Rangers personnel — Shah Nawaz, Tariq and Ikram — were admitted to the CMH in critical condition.

The hospital sources identified the injured civilians as Kaneez Bibi, Naheed Bibi, Ahad, Tauqeer, Iqra, Tanzeela, Maria, Nayab, Sameena Kausar, Ghulam Raza, Ali Qasim and Ghulam Hussain.

Reports said that several houses had been badly damaged by the shelling. A PML-N legislator, Zahid Hamid, visited the affected villages.

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Pakistan, China discuss joint military drills

DAWN.COM

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China decided on Thursday to conduct joint military exercises in China’s Xingjian province, DawnNews reported.

Xingjian’s deputy chief of staff met with Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani at the GHQ today and exchanged dialogue on the nature of the military drills.

Kayani said that Pakistan and China will further increase their defense cooperation and that these military exercises will help Pakistani troops learn professional expertise from the Chinese forces.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/19/pakistan-china-discuss-joint-military-drills.html

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No PR131/2011-ISPR Dated: June 6, 2011

Rawalpindi - June 6, 2011:

General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) along with senior leadership of Pakistan Armed Forces visited National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad and attended presentations on Exercise Maarka-e-Haq which is high mark of the professional pursuits at the NDU combining all levels of policy planning and strategy formulations for a conflict situation. Basing on the national security and defence policies formulated by the participant’s Course presented their strategies and plans, which will be war gamed with special focus on Pakistan Army’s New War Fighting Concept.

General Khalid Shameem Wynne appreciated the quality of strategic and operational concepts presented by the members of the course. He also complimented the NDU faculty for providing realistic framework for the Exercise ensuring good civil military interface for future leadership. Chairman JCSC while addressing the participants emphasised the need to focus on all forms of threat to the national security today. Present environment demands meticulous analysis of the threats being faced and development of a consolidated strategy to ensure national security.

Earlier on arrival at the NDU, General Khalid Shameem Wynne was received by Lieutenant General Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq, President NDU.

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No PR134/2011-ISPR

Rawalpindi - June 9, 2011:

139th CORPS COMMANDERS’ CONFERENCE

139th Corps Commanders Conference was held at the GHQ on 9th June 2011. COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chaired the meeting. The participants were given a comprehensive briefing with special reference to internal security, terrorism, role of the media, the society, and all organs of the state to comprehensively address the ongoing challenges that the Country faces, and military to military relationship with the US. COAS also apprised the Forum about his interaction with various foreign visitors, military as well as civilian, who met him after the Abbotabad incident.

While reviewing the internal security situation, the participants voiced their concern on the blowback of the Abbottabad incident which has resulted in the upsurge in terrorism and consequent loss of innocent lives. It was concluded that all law enforcement agencies, though trying their best to cope with the situation, need to be more focused and proactive and Army will be there to extend all possible support. The participants noted with regret that despite briefing the Joint Session of the Parliament and deferring the ultimate findings to the Commission appointed by the Government, some quarters, because of their perceptual biases, were trying to deliberately run down the Armed Forces and Army in particular. This is an effort to drive a wedge between the Army, different organs of the State and more seriously, the people of Pakistan whose support the Army has always considered vital for its operations against terrorists. COAS noted that in order to confront the present challenges, it is critical to stand united as a Nation. Any effort to create divisions between important institutions of the Country is not in our national interest. The participants agreed that all of us should take cognizance of this unfortunate trend and put an end to it.

The Forum was informed by the COAS that military to military relationship with the US has to be viewed within the larger ambit of bilateral relations between the two countries. It had to be assessed afresh in the backdrop of 2nd May incident as well as the dictates of the Joint Parliamentary Resolution passed on 14th May 2011. In this regard, aspirations of the people of Pakistan also need to be taken into account. In line with the demands of these important factors, Army has drastically cut down the strength of US troops stationed in Pakistan. It needs to be clarified that Army had never accepted any training assistance from the US except for training on the newly inducted weapons and some training assistance for the Frontier Corps only. Even that has ceased now. The Forum was informed by the COAS that economic rather than military aid was more essential for Pakistan. In line with the position taken in Pak-US strategic dialogue in Mar 2010, it is being recommended to the Government that the US funds meant for military assistance to Army, be diverted towards economic aid to Pakistan which can be used for reducing the burden on the common man. Paying tributes to the resilience and sacrifices of valiant people of Pakistan, the participants assured the Nation that Army will do its utmost and continue to sacrifice for the security and well being of the people.

The participants were also informed about the extent of intelligence cooperation with the US. It has been decided to share intelligence strictly on the basis of reciprocity and complete transparency. It has been clearly put across to US intelligence officials that no intelligence agency can be allowed to carry out independent operation on our soil.

News about military operations in NWA also came under discussion. COAS informed the participants that the Army was following a well thought out campaign plan and is under no pressure to carry out operations at a particular time. Future operations, as and when undertaken, will be with political consensus. He, however, called upon the brave people of NWA to evict all foreigners from their soil and take charge of their land and destiny once again. He emphasised that it was wrong, in principle, to allow others to use our land for fighting their battles. This must not be allowed. Army in NWA is committed to supporting the people of NWA in this effort. As far as drone attacks are concerned, Army has repeatedly conveyed to all concerned that these are not acceptable under any circumstances. There is no room for ambiguity in this regard. Government is making necessary efforts in this direction.

COAS also informed the forum that the often quoted figure of US $ 13-15 Billion utilised by the Army in last ten years is misplaced. Under the head of Coalition Support Fund (CSF), against a total sum of US $ 13 Billion expected from the US, only US $ 8.6 Billion have been received by the Government of Pakistan. The Government has further made available only US $ 1.4 Billion to the Army over last ten years. A relatively smaller amount has gone to Navy and PAF as well. The rest i.e. approximately US $ 6 Billion, have been utilised by the Government of Pakistan for budgetary support which ultimately means the people of Pakistan (The figures quoted here have been reconciled with the Ministry of Finance).

Participants of the Conference voiced extreme respect and appreciation for the sacrifices rendered by the troops for the security of the Country. They are putting their life at stake for the noble cause of defending their Motherland. Nothing should distract them from the job at hand. Their reward lay in the hands of Almighty Allah and in the prayers of people of Pakistan. The participants paid special tributes to the Shuhada, their families and the children. They reiterated their resolve to complete their mission and secure future of Pakistan, which undoubtedly lies in an Islamic Republic with a tolerant society in the true spirit of Islam, having no room for terrorism.

Pakistan’s internal situation is the most important factor and it cannot be relegated in priority. Army leadership reaffirmed its resolve to continue supporting the democratic system without any preference to any particular political party. It is also determined to lead the fight on terror in partnership with other law enforcement agencies and in line with the Constitution.

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Pak Army one of the best, says Kayani

Published: June 17, 2011

RAWALPINDI (Online) - Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday again made it clear that the Pakistan Army is one of the best armies of the world, adding the people of Pakistan would not hesitate to render every sacrifice for the sake of their country and to eliminate militancy tooth and nail.

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani expressed these views during the 5th Annual Conference of Subedar Majors held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Thursday. According to military sources, the COAS said that the military leadership is taking gigantic efforts for the welfare of jawans and education of their children.

General Kayani said that the Pakistan Army is fully aware of the internal and external threats faced by the country.

“In the war against terrorism, our officers and soldiers have made great sacrifices and have achieved tremendous success.“

He said that the sacrifices of the Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism are unforgettable. He said every soldier of the Army is ready to defend the country.

He further said that the Pakistan Army is highly talented and none of its soldier will step even an inch backward defending the motherland. He said that the Army would not forget its martyred who laid down their lives for the country.

With the able support of the people, the COAS said, “we will defeat terrorists”.

Later, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani interacted with the Army/Formation Subedar Majors during the 5th Annual Conference. Later, the Subedar Majors had a discussion with the COAS.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/17-Jun-2011/Pak-Army-one-of-the-best-says-Kayani

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In November 2007, General Ashfaq Kayani took over a demoralized, dysfunctional Pakistan army, which had no faith in its leadership and was not respected by the Pakistani people. In August of the same year, 208 soldiers under the command of a lieutenant colonel surrendered to a handful of Taliban, without firing a shot. In an op-ed, explaining the incident, I emphasized that it was an act of moral courage.

Under general Pervez Musharraf and his ambivalent policy, particularly post the disastrous Lal Masjid episode, they were not convinced that they were justified in killing their fellow citizens.

Within a year, General Kayani had turned the army on its head, remodeled it into an efficient fighting force. He restored not only the self-respect of the soldiers, he restored their respect in the eyes of the citizens; what is more, he succeeded in convincing his officers, as well as the rank and file that the threat from terrorists who targeted us was an existentialist threat, the greatest that we had faced. No mean achievement, by any standards.

By 2009, the peoples of Pakistan stood unified behind a military, they once again respected and backed the decision to use force against these militant extremists amongst us.

It was this situation that made possible the two remarkably swift victories by our military to retake Swat and South Waziristan (SWA) from the terrorists/extremists. This was a different army; a well-oiled, well-led, professional army, fighting for a just cause; one they all believed in.

It was at this stage that the entire US administration fell in love with General Kayani.

Among the encomiums General Kayani received:

“There had never been a chief like him.”

“He could work miracles.”

“He was indispensable.”

Under the unrelenting US pressure, Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zardari, who had been prepared to offer General Kayani a year’s extension, offered him another complete tenure; an extension of three years.

In fact, appreciation for the Pakistan military extended to include the ISI and, sometime after general Pasha took over as DG ISI, recriminations and accusations against the ISI suddenly ceased. Of course, these too were destined to recommence, but that comes later.

What changed it all? Why should the US administration now be determined to bring the Kayani/Pasha duo down?

If I were to attempt to identify the watershed event that began the change in the US outlook, I would probably identify the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue 2010. During this visit to Washington, General Kayani was granted the distinction of being invited to the White House, for a one-on-one with President Obama.

Apparently, during their 30-minute meeting, Mr. Obama did most of the talking, listing US demands and expectations of the Pakistan army. However, General Kayani is never unprepared. Getting up to take leave, he handed over a folder to President Obama and told him that the folder contained his analysis of where and why US policy in Afghanistan was in error and why the Pakistan army would not be able to meet American demands.

According to media reports, Mr. Obama was “completely taken aback” (shocked, would have been my choice of adjectives), but he assured General Kayani that this document would receive his personal and most serious attention.

Yes, I think that was the watershed. That was when it was driven home to the US administration that this soft-spoken, laid-back, easy-going general, far from being overawed by the privilege of meeting President Obama, would still give back better than he got.

In my article, “Why Joe Biden rushed to Pakistan”, carried by Counterpunch, I explained the series of events, clearly approved of and, perhaps, manipulated by General Kayani, which were intended to lead into an Afghan solution for Afghanistan. While facilitated by Pakistan, it successfully excluded the US, a situation that could hardly be acceptable to the US, causing Vice President Biden to hurriedly program a day’s visit to Pakistan.

But things might still have dragged on without reaching the level that they have, had it not been for the Raymond Davis affair.

Raymond Davis’ brazen murder of two Pakistani intelligence agents in broad daylight hit the headlines and caught the attention of the entire country and everybody was baying for Mr. Davis’ blood.

The US was so desperate to have him released that even the US president publicly lied, claiming Mr. Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity! On the other hand, neither the Pakistan government nor the military/ISI was prepared to let him go, without due process. It was at this delicate juncture of a serious impasse, that Admiral Mike Mullen and General Kayani met somewhere offshore in the Middle East to find a military-diplomatic solution to this impasse.

In “How Pentagon arranged Raymond Davis’ release and the CIA took revenge,”, again carried by Counterpunch, I explained how General Kayani turned this fiasco into an opportunity by ensuring that all the rogue CIA (and affiliated) agents were ousted before the question of “Blood Money,” in accordance with Pakistani laws could be broached to release Davis.

However, if his meeting with President Obama was the watershed of his amiable relations with the US, his use of this opportunity to turn a potential fiasco into a singular achievement, was the last straw. It had finally been brought home to the US establishment that, if the Pakistani government was unable to use the word “No” in responding to the US demands, General Kayani could and frequently would.

From here onward, relations could not but have deteriorated. The Washington Post reported a “slanging match” between Leon E. Panetta, Director of Central Intelligence, and General Pasha, in which the latter more than held his own. Recriminations, accusations, and demands to “do more” recommenced.

And at about this stage, the US administration, read Pentagon/Langley, since US policies for this region are made there, not at the White House or Capitol Hill, just as ours are made in GHQ, decided that the army’s stranglehold over Pakistan’s US foreign policy had to be broken. General Kayani and the military had to be cut to size!

Given the benefit of hindsight, I think the manner of Osama Bin Laden’s execution has to be viewed against this backdrop i.e. that the Pakistan military and the ISI have to be cut down to size.

I have no intention here, of dwelling on “conspiracy theories” or suspicions that surround Osama’s death. I intend to accept the official US version at face value, and proceed from there.

The history of Pakistan-US relations is full of crests and troughs, but one thing has been constant: during even the lowest of troughs, as a matter of policy, the US has encouraged the Pentagon to keep lines open to GHQ. As a result, during the most acrimonious of relations between the two countries, the militaries have remained friendly.

With this background, the Pakistan military would not have had unrealistic expectations of a timely warning that the US had information regarding a “High Value Target” in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and were planning to take it out. The US decision not to share this with the political government makes eminent sense, since our political government leaks like a sieve!

Had the Pentagon shared this information with GHQ, Pakistani troops could have arrived while the operation was in progress and GHQ (General Kayani/ISI) would not have been as embarrassed as it was. But, if the purpose was to ensure maximum embarrassment, it succeeded beyond US imagination.

The attack on PNS Mehran targeting P3 C Orions, and the foul murder of the journalist Saleem Shahzad further compounded the Pakistan military’s misery and the alleged murder of a robber by Rangers personnel let the cup overflow. Incidentally, the last incident has been called into question and a video representation questioning the authenticity of the video which originally accused the Rangers of the murder can be viewed here: http://www.nidokidos.org/threads/53031-Conspiracy-Revealed-against-Pakistan-Armed-Forces.

Even though Mr. Obama, in his original speech announcing Osama’s execution, acknowledged, the contribution of Pakistani intelligence services, our government’s failure to pick that up resulted in further recriminations and accusations of either complicity or incompetence. Mr. Panetta was, in fact, publicly baying for General Pasha’s blood, which did seem a little odd since the CIA’s failure permitting the occurrence of 9/11, did not result in anybody being held to account. In fact, from the Bay of Pigs fiasco, Vietnam, drug smuggling, Iran-Gate, Guatemala, Venezuela, to date, no Director CIA has resigned or been fired for obvious failures and/or deliberate misdeeds, violating the US constitution.

It is an unfortunate military that is forced to declare war on a misguided segment of its own people. That, in itself, is an enormous challenge for military commanders at all levels. But, with the support of a united nation, the challenge reduces in intensity.

Events of the recent six weeks since May 2, have resulted in a phenomenal reduction in the, virtually unanimous, support that the nation offered its armed forces. Not just that, there is a deep-rooted resentment even within the armed forces resulting from the US execution of Osama.

Without mincing words, irrespective of rank, from general to soldier in the Pakistan military is equally filled with a deep anger; Pentagon deliberately chose to insult the Pakistan military where it hurts the most. In effect, telling them, “we can violate your territorial sovereignty and do what we want to with your citizens (or residents) and there isn’t a damn thing you can do about it.” That really, really hurts. It hurts even more when the country doing this calls itself an ally.

Obviously, General Kayani is in the eye of the storm; he has to be. Everybody in and outside the military, Pakistan, and beyond Pakistani borders, knows he was the Pentagon’s darling! Post May 2, he has gone round all garrisons, addressing officers and troops, facing their wrath and fielding all kinds of questions. He has expressed his sense of “personal betrayal” and stated that “military-to-military ties between the US and Pakistan need to be redefined.”

But that is not all. Everybody in the country, in or out of uniform, is aware that if American demands are not acceded to, it is only by General Kayani. That is why there is no possibility of a “colonels coup.” While the soldiers, of all ranks hold him responsible for whatever has gone wrong, they are also fully aware of his contributions and the fact that he is equally responsible for bridling the US. No, there is no threat of a colonels coup.

The real challenge that General Kayani faces is in winning back the entire respect of the soldiers that he commands, but far more importantly, in again uniting the nation behind him. While still doable, the latter poses a far greater challenge, considering how much ground he, personally, has lost. But he will need to re-establish himself more through his deeds than actions; and those deeds will have to be transparently public.

Personally speaking, I was not comfortable with the three-year extension to General Kayani; three years means two tenures and implies indispensability. Another year would have been appropriate and would not have given rise to the negative speculations that followed his extension.

In General Pasha’s case, I have long held the view that a two-year tenure as the DG of the premier intelligence agency is sheer bureaucratic stupidity. Just as he learns the ropes of the intricate intelligence business, he is replaced by another novice who, in turn, hands over to another novice. It is of no importance to me as to who is selected for this sensitive assignment, Pasha or another, a military officer or civilian, it is highly unfair to the institute and the individual, to give him/her a tenure of less than four to five years!

However, I now base my support for both, on totally different grounds. If the US so desperately wants to get rid of this pair, that they will go to any lengths to achieve this end; it can only be because, in the American perception, these two pose a threat to their (US) interests (designs). If that be so, I say, they must stay and foil American designs before we are sold out for dollars that line the pockets of powerful individuals who have no loyalty to this country and its people.

(Shaukat Qadir is a prominent analyst based in Pakistan. He can be reached at: shaukatq@gmail.com)

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