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Pak army brass examines new doctrine
NEW DELHI: Presentations at the Pakistan formation commanders conference apparently focused on how Pakistani front-line formations can quickly prepare themselves for battle in the event of a surprise attack by India.

The FCC is usually held annually or biannually and brings together to GHQ in Rawalpindi some 50 lieutenant and major generals. It is less important to the day-to-day decision-making process of the army than the smaller, more select corps commanders conference, usually held every two months.

However, this year’s FCC assumes special significance because it comes at a time when there is still uncertainty over when Musharraf will demit office as chief of army staff. Under the terms of a deal worked out with the opposition in the national assembly, President Musharraf should cease being COAS by the end of the year. But already, an orchestrated clamour has started from certain quarters that he continue as army chief even after that deadline.

On October 7, the army’s two four-star generals — chairman joint chiefs of staff committee Gen Muhammad Aziz Khan and VCOAS Gen Muhammad Yusuf Khan — will retire and Musharraf must name their successors. In addition, as many as five Lt Generals will also retire before December. Filling these positions with generals who will themselves retire after serving a few months, say Indian officials, is one way Musharraf will continue to call the shots even after he is no longer the army chief.



Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 2:41 PM

 

Army's jungle school a global hit
The Indian Army's unique Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School here is fast becoming a "hot" destination for foreign armies keen to sharpen their skills in terrorist combat.


The 9/11 attacks in the US have forced armies around the world to reorient their soldiers into learning how to fight an unconventional war or low-intensity conflict operation. And the Indian Army, with over 50 years' experience in fighting insurgencies, is attracting attention.

Over 20 nations like France, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uganda and Vietnam are now sending their soldiers to CIJWS to learn and imbibe its motto "Fight the guerrilla like a guerrilla."

Soldiers from neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal have, of course, already passed through the CIJWS portals for realistic on-the-ground training in tactical counter-terrorism operations in jungle, rural, semi-urban and urban terrains.

The Americans are already here, participating in the ongoing joint exercise Yudh Abhyas. "You can never learn too much," says Lt Col David Wisecarver.

CIJWS commandant Brig B K Ponwar, in turn, says the school — which has as many as 12 reflex shooting arenas ranging from the "reaction course-cum-counter-ambush range" to the "counter-terrorist encounter range" — will soon be upgraded into a "college" with much more advanced facilities.

"We are also starting a specialised counter-terrorism course in August which will include training in more interventions in multi-storey buildings, buses and aircraft," he says.

"Terrorism is today's war and will stay in some form or the other. Orchestration of a politico-military-socio-economic-psychological counter-insurgency campaign is required," he adds.

Established in 1970, CIJWS has trained over 2.4 lakh Indian soldiers in spot interrogation, counter-ambush drills, cordon-and-search operations, etc.



Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 3:55 PM

 

 
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