In-camera session deliberates paradigm shift

Staff Report
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
ISLAMABAD: An in-camera meeting of the committee of whole “to prepare policy guidelines in the light of emerging regional realities” was held on Tuesday, to deliberate upon the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan, whereat senate chairman Razza Rabbani said, “Today’s exercise, first of its kind, is being carried out to ensure that Pakistan’s national security policy is in line with the emerging regional realities and the developing security paradigm for Pakistan;” an official statement said.

According to detail, Rabbani in his opening remarks welcomed the chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa to senate and gave a brief insight into the role of the committee with regards to issues linked with foreign policy and national security.

He stated that the parliament is mandated to oversee policies of the government and if required, provide guidelines to improvise the same.

Bajwa gave an overview which was followed by a detailed presentation by military operations (MO) director general (DG) major general Shamshad Mirza.

After the presentation, COAS personally answered the questions asked by members touching upon all areas of national interests and security, which lasted for well over three hours.

The meeting was also attended by military intelligence (MI) DG, inter services intelligence (ISI) DG and inter services public relations (ISPR) DG.