4th meeting of the Inquiry Commission on Abbottabad Operation held

Islamabad: The 4th meeting of the Inquiry Commission on Abbottabad Operation was held on 20th August, 2011 in the Committee Room of the Cabinet Division under the Chairmanship of Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Former Senior Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the President of the Commission. The meeting was attended by Mr. Abbas Khan, I.G. (R), Mr. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, and Lt. Gen. (R) Nadeem Ahmed Members of the Commission.

Lt. Gen (R) Syed Athar Ali, Secretary M/o Defence gave a detailed statement to the Commission explaining the salient features of the Defence Policy of Pakistan. He stated that the Defence Policy of Pakistan was approved by the Defence Committee of the Cabinet which is headed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

He explained that the Defence Policy directs Joint Staff Headquarters (JSHQ) to formulate the Joint Strategic Directive. The Joint Strategic Directive (JSD) was issued in 2007 following extensively debated within the Armed Forces at JSHQ and acts as a main document for the Armed Forces for everything including their composition, structuring, development plans, training, methodology, employment strategy, etc. The JSD in turn issues specific instructions to the Armed Forces to prepare for countering the identified threat.

He also apprised the Commission that none of the Govt departments, neither Ministry of Defence nor even Joint Staff Headquarters or any Military service has ever considered USA or Afghanistan as a direct threat.

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