Islamabad: Pakistan`s top military brass met on Saturday to review the national security situation and formulate
responses to "evolving internal and external challenges".
A meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, held at
the Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi, "undertook a
comprehensive review of the national security situation".
It also took stock of the "evolving internal and external
challenges and the contemplated response," an army statement
Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Tariq Majid
and the service chiefs expressed satisfaction at the
preparedness of the armed forces and discussed various
measures for effectively dealing with security challenges
The meeting, chaired by Gen Majid, was attended by army
chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, naval chief Admiral Noman
Bashir, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, the Defence
Secretary, Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Ahmed
Shuja Pasha and other senior military officials.
The deliberations also focussed on the ongoing army
exercise "Azm-e-Nau 3," which began today.
An exercise of this magnitude, combined with air force
exercise "High Mark 2010," is being held after almost two
decades to "practically validate the new war fighting
concept," the statement said.
The committee reviewed the anti-militancy operations in
the tribal areas and Swat valley.
It noted that "considerable space has been created for
the commencement of development works in the area, which are