ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reiterated that Pakistan wants peace in the region and does not want to enter into an arms race; however, maintained that Pakistan will continue to follow the strategic capability, which is based on the policy of minimum credible deterrence.
He said during his visit to the National Command Center (NCC) of the National Command Authority (NCA), and a weapons storage site on Friday.
Minister for Finance Mr Ishaq Dar, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wynne, Director General Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lt. Gen (R) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, other senior military officers, scientists and engineers were also present on the occasion.
Welcoming the Prime Minister, DG SPD highlighted that the NCC is a highly secure and fully protected facility. The Prime Minister was also briefed on the indigenously developed strategic command, control and support system, which is designed to facilitate decision making at the NCC.
PM was given a demonstration of the state-of-art connectivity of country wide strategic assets which is an exclusive network ensuring effective control over the strategic assets by the NCA.
The Prime Minister commended the skills, expertise, professionalism and dedication of individuals as well as the organizations involved in the development of the NCC and the requisite support systems.
The Prime Minister later visited a technical site where he was briefed by Commander Army Strategic Force Command. Prime Minister expressed complete satisfaction over the safe, secure and fool-proof security architecture in place for the physical safety and security of Pakistan’s Strategic Assets.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with General Khalid Shamim Wynne, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar visited the Kahuta atomic plant. They were briefed about the nuclear and missile program. According to a private TV channel prime minister was invited on special visit of KRL.
Prime minister was briefed about the nuclear program and the steps taken for the security of the nuclear programme. Prime minister was also briefed on the required funds to KRL. Prime minister was briefed about the mode of protection of Pakistani nuclear assets.
It is worth mentioning here that it was the first visit of the prime minister to KRL after taking charge of his office. Sharif also reviewed the performance of the atomic plant.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani discussed various matters pertaining to national security.
According to sources, Prime Minister Sharif and COAS Kayani discussed the government’s decision to hold talks with the Taliban which was taken during the All Parties Conference (APC). The meeting was also attended by DG ISI and DG Military Intelligence.
The appointment of a new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee came under discussion during the meeting, sources said, adding that a name for the post is likely to be announced in next couple of days as serving CJCSC General Khalid Shameem Wynne is retiring on Oct 8th.
The two high-ups also exchanged views over PM’s upcoming visit to the United State, border situation along the Line of Control, peace talks with Taliban and Pak Army’s professional matters, sources said.
No successor has been named as yet because of which speculations have mounted.
The decision appears to have narrowed down between two choices; a joint chief from either the army or the navy.
If the army retains the office, the next CJCSC will most likely be Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, currently the most senior general in the army, while Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila could be the next man if the position goes to the navy.