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Pakistan Army Hosts First Counter Terrorism Exercise With Sri Lanka and Maldives

On February 4, Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif witnessed the first ever trilateral counter terrorism exercise “Eagle Dash-I” involving special forces from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The two week-long exercises were held at Pakistan Army’s renowned National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in Pabbi. The centre’s geography which includes hills and jungles offered participants the perfect environment to simulate operations against a fictitious terrorist group which could employ

A Review of General Raheel Sharif’s Service

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had formally appointed General Raheel Sharif as the 15th Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) on November 27, 2013. The armed forces’ PR wing ISPR recently quoted General Sharif saying that he doesn’t believe in extensions and plans on retiring on due date. This will be a historic precedent for Pakistan, as previous army chiefs either pushed their way to maintain their dictatorships or accepted “extensions”

A New Dawn in Pak-Russia Security Ties

In what appears to be a significant step forward in Pak-Russia security ties, Commander-in-Chief of Russian Land Forces Col Gen Oleg Salyukov announced on January 22 that his troops will be participating in the first ever army exercises in Pakistan. The yet unnamed exercises with Pakistan, according to Salyukov, are “special mountain drills”, a probable reference to high-altitude warfare training involving special forces from both countries. It is yet unclear

Pakistan Security Review 2015

The Worldfolio, a renowned global content service provider, released a report in October acknowledging the increased political and economic stability in Pakistan. The report specially noted that terrorist incidents had declined by 70% in 2015 as compared to 2014. Pakistan Insider presents a timeline of the most prominent events from the previous year which showcases improvements in domestic and foreign-assisted programs to counter terrorism, violence and extremism. The timeline will

Scrutiny Of Statement By Mr Sartaj Aziz On Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

On December 21, Mr Sartaj Aziz, the octogenarian Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, issued a detailed statement before the Senate of Pakistan on ‘Foreign Policy of Pakistan: Achievements and Challenges’. Mr Aziz highlighted the difficult challenges Pakistan has faced as a member of the world community while also mentioning what he said were the current government’s ‘achievements’ on this crucial domain. Before I embark

Is India Dragging Asia Into A Nuclear Armageddon?

The race for nuclear technology in South Asia began as early as 1944 when Dr Homi Jehangir Bhabha (known as the father of India’s nuclear program) founded the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) devoted to nuclear studies. Efforts by Bhabha and his associates were gaining attention of statesmen such as Jawaharlal Nehru, founder of an otherwise dialogue-centric Nehruvian school of thought which prioritizes talks over military might. On June

Will Modi use Special Forces for regional incursions?

Special Forces are unconventional forces used to execute irregular warfare in terrains which are otherwise difficult to operate in for conventional troops; they are almost always used for strategic objectives. Selection in such units across the world are very difficult as they have strict recruitment criteria. States which are known to exert regional and global influence tend to employ Special Forces as tools of exerting state policy abroad. Some notable

India irked by growing Pak-Russia military ties

On 12 June 2015, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced in its press release that the first ever Pakistan-Russia Staff Talks in military history were being held in Rawalpindi. To be more precise, with the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Leading the visiting delegation is Vice Admiral Volozhinskiy Andrey Olgertovich, Deputy Chief of Main Operations and Director of the General State Armed Forces of Russian Federation. To clarify further,

Proposal for a Citizens’ Vigilance Task Force

In developed countries, law enforcement agencies and citizens who are mindful of their social obligations form liaison committees to share useful information with each other; especially during investigations. In Pakistan, the most famous example quoted in the media is that of Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) in Karachi. Unfortunately, this forum became heavily politicized by a certain political party which is known to have militant leanings. Its presence in just