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We will defeat every threat to our motherland: COAS Raheel Sharif



RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited Kotri Ranges to witness field firing and the battle inoculation exercise of Karachi Corps on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by the government.  

On his arrival, he was received by Karachi Corps commander lieutenant general Sajjad Ghani.

These exercises are aimed at training troops in various tactical operations under a battlefield environment. Fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and armoured fighting vehicles of the mechanized division also participated in live firing maneuvers as part of the field firing.

The COAS commended the standard of training of the participating troops and lauded their skills. He specifically commended their precision and accuracy in engaging the targets and said that strenuous training along with strong vigilance are the only guarantors of peace.

Army chief Raheel Sharif took the opportunity to go over the resolve of the armed forces and stressed that the army will accomplish their mission of defeating “every threat to our motherland in accordance with the expectation of the people of Pakistan”.


COAS Raheel Sharif visits LoC

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited the troops deployed in localities along the Line of Control (LoC).    

He appreciated the high state of morale, operational preparedness and vigil being maintained by troops on the front line.

He also paid a tribute to the sacrifices made by officers and Pakistan Army along the LoC, an ISPR press release stated.

Earlier, on arrival at the LoC, General Sharif was briefed by the local formation commander on the prevailing security situation at the LoC.

Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Corps commander accompanied him during his visit to the Line of Control.


New COAS Gen Raheel Sharif holds his first Corps Commanders meeting

RAWALPINDI: Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif chaired his first Corps Commander meeting at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Friday.

According to a release from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Sharif chaired the 167th Corps Commander Conference.

The conference is part of routine monthly meetings but the 167th meeting comes just over a week after the 166th meeting which was chaired by the outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

According to the ISPR, Friday’s meeting dwelt on various professional matters of the army.

The commanders also under took a comprehensive review of prevalent internal and external security situation of the country.


Kayani’s term as COAS should not be extended: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s term as Chief of Army Staff should not be extended any further, while speaking in an interview on Express News.

Talking to anchorperson Javed Chaudhry in a show called “Kal Tak”, PTI chairman said he appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for calling the All Parties Conference (APC) to devise counter-terrorism strategies.

He, however, added that in order to curtail crime, national institutions needed to be strengthened, as opposed to individuals and therefore General Kayani’s tenure should not be extended.

Asserting that the tenure of former president Pervez Musharraf had also weakened institutions, he said that he wanted cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari to re-open.

“Just because someone is in good terms with the leading party does not mean that they should not be made answerable to their actions,” he said, signalling towards improving ties between former president Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Earlier, Asif Ali Zardari had said in a press conference in Lahore that he won’t let Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s government falter because he was committed to strengthening democracy.

While speaking about the ongoing security situation in Karachi, Khan said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was the first political party to initiate extortion, and other parties followed in their footsteps.

Taliban talks

On the subject of peace talks with the Taliban, Imran Khan said a ceasefire between the two sides was imperative if talks are to succeed and peace given a chance.

“Ceasefire should be immediately imposed,” he said, “especially since it has already been decided in the APC to pursue dialogue as the first option.”


Military appointments: Petition seeks bar on PM from naming COAS

ISLAMABAD: 

With the term of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Ashfaq Parvaiz Kayani expected to end later this year, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to stop the prime minister from appointing a new chief of the army.

The petition, filed by a resident of Rawalpindi Shahid Orakzai, seeks a stay on the crucial appointment pending a decision by the apex court on an earlier case challenging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s stated policy of appointing the senior most general as the next COAS.

Criticising the premier’s earlier record of appointing army chiefs, the petitioner stated that two former army chiefs, Jehangir Karamat and Pervez Musharraf, had been removed by Nawaz– with the last dismissal plunging the country into eight years of dictatorial rule.

Citing Sharif and the election commission as respondents, the petitioner has urged the apex court not to allow the prime minister to appoint a new army chief strictly on the basis of seniority, a policy pronounced by Sharif earlier.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had dismissed Orakzai’s petition saying that the petitioner had no locus standi to challenge the powers vested in the prime minister to appoint services chiefs and that only an army officer could approach the court against an appointment if he felt aggrieved.

However, Orakzai had appealed against the IHC verdict by approaching the apex court with the plea that an ordinary citizen could raise the fundamental issue of appointment of services chiefs.

According to the petition, the policy of military appointments based on seniority contravene military laws and the constitution arguing that no member of parliament, including the prime minister, can devise a policy which is against the constitution.

The stay application, if considered, will restrain the prime minister from exercising his power to appoint the next army, navy and airforce chiefs until a ruling on the main petition.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2013.


Allegations by Gilani against COAS, DG ISI very serious: ISPR

In a deepening civil-military divide, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has taken notice of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s interview to a Chinese newspaper in which he said that the army chief and DG ISI gave statements to the Supreme Court without the government’s approval.

A statement released on the ISPR website on Wednesday said that the allegations leveled against Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Ahmed Shuja Pasha were very serious and had “very serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences for the country”.

It stated that Gilani gave the interview to The People’s Daily Online at the time when Kayani was also on an official visit to China.

“The Honourable Prime Minister inter alia termed the responses given by COAS and DG ISI in the alleged Memo Case to the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan as unconstitutional and illegal.” However, it added, that Gilani’s statement did not take into account the fact that the COAS and the DG ISI were cited as respondents in the Memogate scandal by the Supreme Court and were served notices directly.

It also highlighted that in an earlier meeting between the prime minister and Kayani, the PM had publicly stated that the replies submitted by the respondents were “in response to the notice of the Court through proper channel and in accordance with the rules of business” and no objection was raised at that time.

The statement said: “COAS and DG ISI in their response to the Honourable Supreme Court were obliged to state facts as known to them, on the Memo Issue. The issue of jurisdiction and maintainability of the Petitions was between the Honourable Supreme Court and the Federation.”

No new PM, says Shah

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that his party has contacted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and discussed the matter.

“Contacting different political parties is our duty and our right,” the federal minister said.

Shah, while speaking to media in Islamabad, categorically denied any possibility of a new PM, saying that Gilani was appointed unanimously by the parliament.

He further said that PM statements were not hostile in nature.

Pointing at media’s role, Shah said that the media was creating unnecessary hype about the issue. “It is the media which is presenting the ISPR statements as a serious warning,” Shah said.

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Allegations by Gilani against COAS, DG ISI very serious: ISPR

In a deepening civil-military divide, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has taken notice of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s interview to a Chinese newspaper in which he said that the army chief and DG ISI gave statements to the Supreme Court without the government’s approval.

A statement released on the ISPR website on Wednesday said that the allegations leveled against Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Ahmed Shuja Pasha were very serious and had “very serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences for the country”.

It stated that Gilani gave the interview to The People’s Daily Online at the time when Kayani was also on an official visit to China.

“The Honourable Prime Minister inter alia termed the responses given by COAS and DG ISI in the alleged Memo Case to the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan as unconstitutional and illegal.” However, it added, that Gilani’s statement did not take into account the fact that the COAS and the DG ISI were cited as respondents in the Memogate scandal by the Supreme Court and were served notices directly.

It also highlighted that in an earlier meeting between the prime minister and Kayani, the PM had publicly stated that the replies submitted by the respondents were “in response to the notice of the Court through proper channel and in accordance with the rules of business” and no objection was raised at that time.

The statement said: “COAS and DG ISI in their response to the Honourable Supreme Court were obliged to state facts as known to them, on the Memo Issue. The issue of jurisdiction and maintainability of the Petitions was between the Honourable Supreme Court and the Federation.”

No new PM, says Shah

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that his party has contacted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and discussed the matter.

“Contacting different political parties is our duty and our right,” the federal minister said.

Shah, while speaking to media in Islamabad, categorically denied any possibility of a new PM, saying that Gilani was appointed unanimously by the parliament.

He further said that PM statements were not hostile in nature.

Pointing at media’s role, Shah said that the media was creating unnecessary hype about the issue. “It is the media which is presenting the ISPR statements as a serious warning,” Shah said.

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COAS presides over Formation Commanders meeting in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani presided over a meeting of the Formation Commanders at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi, Express 24/7 reported Thursday.

The meeting was held just hours before US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s arrival in Islamabad.

Pak-US ties and security threats to Pakistan were discussed in the meeting.

The Formation Commanders were also briefed about the resolution passed at the All Parties Conference.

An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that the forum was given comprehensive briefings on the security environment and professional matters.

The participants expressed satisfaction over operational preparedness of the army.


COAS presides over Formation Commanders meeting in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani presided over a meeting of the Formation Commanders at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi, Express 24/7 reported Thursday.

The meeting was held just hours before US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s arrival in Islamabad.

Pak-US ties and security threats to Pakistan were discussed in the meeting.

The Formation Commanders were also briefed about the resolution passed at the All Parties Conference.

An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that the forum was given comprehensive briefings on the security environment and professional matters.

The participants expressed satisfaction over operational preparedness of the army.


COAS presides over Formation Commanders meeting in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani presided over a meeting of the Formation Commanders at the military headquarters in Rawalpindi, Express 24/7 reported Thursday.

The meeting was held just hours before US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s arrival in Islamabad.

Pak-US ties and security threats to Pakistan were discussed in the meeting.

The Formation Commanders were also briefed about the resolution passed at the All Parties Conference.

An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said that the forum was given comprehensive briefings on the security environment and professional matters.

The participants expressed satisfaction over operational preparedness of the army.