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Prof. Khurshid concerns over change of Military Doctrine in Pakistan

Lahore: Naib Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and Ex-Senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmad has expressed his serious concern over the BBC’s Report that the Military Doctrine in Pakistan has been radically changed by shifting focus from external threat to internal threat. “While there is no denying that terrorism has become a serious challenge the counter-terrorism strategy suggested by the Parliament in the form of two Resolutions (October 2008 and May 2011) and a detailed Report of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (2009) has been totally neglected by the Government”, he pointed out. Prof. Khurshid has emphasized that the suggested paradigm shift in the Military doctrine has to be carefully reviewed to assess how far it is in keeping with the suggested guidelines of the Parliament and to what extent it represents a departure from that?

Prof. Khurshid has expressed his serious apprehension that the Government and the Parliament are failing in their duty to lay down clear parameters for the military doctrine in the light of the Constitution and Resolution of the Parliament and is leaving such vital matters to the Armed Forces whose professional input is essential, but the decision must be made by the civil authority as laid down in the Constitution. He has demanded that the threat perception from India as also from the supposedly ‘friendly ally’ of USA must not be eclipsed or marginalized despite the serious losses faced and lapses recorded in fighting America’s imposed war on terror.

Prof. Khurshid has expressed his serious concerns about both the contents of the proposed change in the Security Paradigm and also the processes and procedures through which it is taking place. He has appealed to all the political and religious parties and the Parliament not take this situation lightly and respond to this with the seriousness and urgency it demands.

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