The Armed Forces are the guardian of national integrity and a symbol of unity of Pakistan and with the support of the people are fully capable to meet all challenges to security of the country, said General Tariq Majid, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee meeting while chairing Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee here on Thursday.
This was the first meeting chaired by him after assuming the appointment of CJCSC. Meeting was attended by Secretary Defence, Services Chiefs and senior military officials from the three services. The participants reviewed the overall security environment with special emphasis on evolving geo-political dynamics. Detailed briefings were given to the participants with a focus on developments in Afghanistan, Iran-US nuclear stand off, situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and along the Line of Control (LoC), progress in war against terrorism and internal security situation.
The meeting also reviewed the long term Armed Forces Development Plan and charted a way forward.
While dilating upon the situation, CJCSC General Tariq Majid said that the country was faced with daunting external challenges and a complex internal situation.
He emphasized that instability in Afghanistan, US-Iran stand off, insinuations by some vested interest groups in the west about the vulnerability of our nuclear assets and growing Indo-US strategic partnership, especially in the nuclear field continue to negatively impact on the regional stability as well as security of Pakistan.
He underscored the necessity of safeguarding the image and prestige of the armed forces and building their integrated capabilities to deal with all perceived existing and evolving security challenges, while remaining geared to reinforce the governmentâ€™s efforts towards national progress.
While speaking on the need to strengthen the tri-services framework, General Tariq Majid said that there is a need to harmonize individual capacities of the services so that efforts are synergized within a framework of jointness and inter-operability to meet present and future challenges.
Other matters of professional interest were also discussed during the meeting, which lasted for over five hours.
Taking serious note of vitriolic and malicious propaganda being unleashed by vested interests against security of Pakistanâ€™s nuclear assets and capability, the CJCSC General Tariq Majid said that our nuclear and strategic assets are well protected with robust safeguards and very elaborate security system. Any irresponsible act by any one against it will be responded very strongly at all levels, he emphasised.
Earlier, participants of the meeting congratulated CJCSC, General Tariq Majid and COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on their promotion and assumption of their appointments.
Story first published: 13th December 2007