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January 5, 2013

Corps commanders finalise terror war strategy

January 5, 2013

RAWALPINDI: In view of the Pakistan Army’s new doctrine of focusing on sub-conventional warfare, top military commanders conducted a comprehensive review of the terror war strategy on Friday.
Chaired by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Corps Commanders Conference was held here at the General Headquarters (GHQ).It was the last-time the Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Waheed Arshad attended the corps commanders conference.
Lt Gen Waheed Arshad is due to retire from the Pakistan Army tomorrow (Sunday) following his illustrious career as soldier. Lt Gen Arshad is son of late Ch Muhammad Arshad (a politician who was right hand of late Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan), and his mother, Qudsi Arshad, is a sitting PML-N parliamentarian.
“The conference undertook a comprehensive review of the routine professional matters and security environment in the country,” said ISPR in a statement following the conference.
Though the army’s new doctrine of focusing as well on sub-conventional warfare was put into practice in May 2012 and it created waves with its reporting in the international media.“A professional army like the Pakistan Army has to review its doctrine with adding of new subjects/matters, as in the present case,” a retired general told The News.
He said army publishes/disseminates “Green Book” every year and it carries particular strategic papers written by professional soldiers to give their own solutions on particular subject.
Such Green Books are often found available for the public and one can buy old Green Books from Sunday’s temporary old books bazaars opened on the footpaths of Rawalpindi Saddar Bazaar. There is nothing secret or special about this as projected by some international media, which tried to give a twist to the story.
“The doctrine of a professional army is put into practice following a review of the situation after every five to seven years,” said the general.
The Pakistan Army’s

doctrine was entirely focused on conventional warfare keeping in view the threat matrix coming from eastern borders in the pre-nuclear testing period. However, it changed when Pakistan became a nuclear power.
The general dispelled the impression that with this new doctrine to counter the threat generally perceived as “low-intensity conflict” or “sub-conventional threat”, the conventional threat is put on the backburner. “The threat matrix of conventional and now sub-conventional threat will be addressed simultaneously and no one has forgotten to counter the conventional threat being faced by the country,” said the well-informed retired soldier.
Pakistan is currently pitted against irregular warfare and being a professional army it has to counter this kind of threat and that compelled to have new doctrine to be based on sub-conventional threat matrix.
India also introduced “Cold-Start Doctrine” in the past keeping in view its own assessment of threat.
Since the new doctrine to counter sub-conventional warfare or low-intensity conflict has already been put into practice, many defence officials foresee army’s operations to be conducted in the areas underlined for that purpose. “We are hopeful that amazing successes will take place by adopting this new doctrine, while addressing the conventional threat as well at the same time,” said a defence official.

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