Is the shift in Pakistan’s military doctrine a case of too little, too late?
For the last 66 years, India has been Pakistan’s enemy number one — but this now seems to be changing, with military leaders and policy makers suggesting that internal security threats such as religious and ethnic militancy and the worsening law and order are posing a greater challenge to the country. Even the Green Book, which sets out the Pakistan’s Army’s strategic doctrine, has – for the first time – included a chapter titled “sub-conventional warfare” in its latest edition. On January 16, at 7:30 pm, the Herald invited two panelists to discuss the consequences of this ostensible change in doctrine.
A renowned researcher on South Asian political and security issues, Stephen P Cohen is the editor of The Future of Pakistan, a collection of analytical essays.
Brigadier (retd) Shaukat Qadir is an analyst who writes frequently on security issues.
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