ISLAMABAD: The services chiefs of three armed forces on Wednesday vowed to fight the menace of terrorism according to National Action Plan with full support of the people of Pakistan.
The meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, presided over by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood, was held at the Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
The first meeting of the year was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, secretary defence and senior military officers from the three services.
“Issues pertaining to National Security, emerging regional geo-strategic environment and progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb came under discussion,” said military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement.
The ISPR said participants expressed satisfaction over the standard of preparedness of armed forces to take on the challenges confronting the nation both on the internal and external fronts. “The participants reaffirmed their resolve to fight the menace of terrorism as per the National Action Plan with full support of the people of Pakistan,” it added.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is an apex forum of the three services to carry out the assessment and evaluation of operational preparedness of all three services, especially in the context of ‘jointness’ within the armed forces.
This was the first meeting of the forum since the new anti-terror strategy was approved to deal with the growing threat of terrorism in the wake of massacre at the military-run school in Peshawar on December 16.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 5th, 2015.