After break up of former USSR, strengthening defence ties with former soviet states is a way forward for the strategic interests of both the countries.

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Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. – File Photo

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army would help Tajikistan in building its defence institutions including training to its armed forces personnel, according to a report on Thursday.

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in his meeting with visiting Tajik Defence Minister Colonel-General Sherali Khairulloyev, at GHQ expressed satisfaction over signing of the defence pact between the two countries.

Colonel General Khayrulloev Sherali informed Kayani about his meetings and visit to the defence institutions including POF, Wah and Kamra.

He said Tajikistan would like to send the trainees to these institutions and will consider procurement of defence equipment from them in the future.

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This response is to the Indian Army Chief who was day dreaming … Now he should read this with open eyes!

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Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani. — APP Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, said on Friday that peace and stability in South Asia (and beyond) was the logical and fundamental principle underlining the security paradigm of Pakistan.

Addressing senior officers at the General Headquarters here, Gen Kayani said that the army was alive to the full spectrum of threat that continued to exist both in conventional and unconventional domains.

He said that Pakistan Army stood committed and prepared to respond to any existing, potential or emerging threat. An army supported by 170 million people, with faith in Allah, is a formidable force to be reckoned with.

“Proponents of conventional application of military forces, in a nuclear overhang, are chartering an adventurous and dangerous path, the consequences of which could be both unintended and uncontrollable,” he said.

He said Pakistan was not oblivious to the unprecedented acquisition of sophisticated military hardware, synergised with an offensive military doctrine.

However, as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan army would contribute to strategic stability and strategic restraint as per the stated policy of the government.

He said peace and stability in South Asia was the logical and fundamental principle underlining the security calculus of Pakistan.

The recent statement by Indian Army Chief Gen Kapoor about the two-front war strategy on which India was at present working, targeting China and Pakistan, had sent shockwaves among those aspiring for peace and stability in the region.

Commenting on Gen Kayani’s observation, a defence analyst observed that India had to be reminded from time to time that Pakistan was a nuclear power, fully capable of deterring any external aggression.

He pointed out that Pakistan could fire missiles at only 10 minutes’ notice on all Indian cities.

Pakistan is the fourth country in the world possessing cruise missiles which are considered to be capable of accurately hitting targets in India.

The maximum range of Indian missiles is 1500 kilometres while Pakistan’s Shaheen has a range of 3500 kilometres.

US, NATO supplies through Pakistan are not welcomed.


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At least two people have been killed and two others have been injured when militants attacked a NATO oil tanker in southwest Pakistan, officials say.

Police officials told Press TV on Thursday that unknown militants opened fire on a NATO oil tanker in Qalat area in Balochistan province late Wednesday.

The oil tanker was passing through Chaman Pass from Karachi to supply fuel to NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan.

The Pakistan-Afghanistan High Way on Chaman Pass has been closed to traffic due to bad weather, suspending NATO supply line to Afghanistan.

Earlier this week, militants attacked three NATO trucks carrying supplies for the alliance’s forces in Afghanistan in the outskirts of Quetta city in southwest Pakistan.

The trucks were on their way from Karachi to Afghanistan through Chaman Pass when militants opened fire on them. No human loss was reported.

Suspected pro-Taliban militants frequently attack oil tankers and trucks transferring goods from the port city of Karachi to NATO bases in Afghanistan.

USA are not like Russian … Russians proudly accepted their defeat but USA wants to shift all of its failure on the shoulders of Pakistan.

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The US is stepping up pressure on Pakistan to widen the scope of an offensive against the Taliban.—File photo

NEW YORK: The success of the troop surge in Afghanistan hinges to a significant extent on whether US officials can persuade Pakistan to crack down on Afghan insurgents on its side of the border, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing senior US officials.

The American officials also seek strong military action against what they call the Quetta Shura of Taliban which Pakistan has not acknowledged so far.

But while the US is stepping up pressure on Pakistan to widen the scope of an offensive against the Taliban, Pakistani officials say the militants attacking their own people must be their focus.

“…Pakistan’s military leadership needs to act against the Quetta Shura” and the Haqqani network, one American official told the newspaper. “We’re trying to make them realise you can’t eliminate one and leave the other in place.”
Despite the rancour, US and Pakistani officials insist relations at the highest levels remain good, noting that cooperation has increased dramatically in the past two years, WSJ said.

For the past two months, Pakistan’s military has been driving against the Pakistan Taliban — an offshoot of the Afghan movement — in the tribal area of South Waziristan, in what US officials describe as a welcome campaign. But Afghan Taliban havens in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas and southwestern province of Balochistan haven’t been attacked.

To change that, “there will be a concerted diplomatic effort to address the sanctuary problem,” said another senior US official in Afghanistan.

“It would be very helpful if additional pressure could be put [by Pakistan] on the leadership elements that are causing problems in Afghanistan,” Gen David Petraeus, the chief of the US Central Command, said in Bahrain on Sunday.

But Pakistan so far has no plans to move against Afghan Taliban havens in its territory. Pakistani officials say their first priority is to consolidate control in South Waziristan — and that doing so will weaken the Afghan Taliban taking refuge in neighbouring areas.

They also fear the surge could further destabilise Pakistan by angering the 27 million ethnic Pakhtun who straddle the border.