A meeting of the Executive Council of Veterans of Pakistan was held on Saturday 22 July 2017 at Rawalpindi Cantt. Meeting was chaired by Acting president, Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim. Following attended;
1. Vice Admiral Haroon (Retd) 2. Brig Mian Mahmud (Retd) 3. Former Ambassador Salim Gandapur 4. Brig Samson Sharaf (Retd) 5. Brig Muhammad Riaz (Riaz) 6. Maj Maqsood (Retd) 7. Capt/Dr Babur Zahir uddin (Retd) 8. Maj Farouk Hamid Khan (Retd) 9. Mr Nawaz Ali 10. Brig Masud ul Hassan (Retd)
Various national and international issues affecting Pakistan were discussed. Members were of the view that the issues linked with Panama Papers appear to have crossed the climax and ball is now in the court of Supreme Court. It is hoped that our media will now have time to discuss other serious issues facing the nation.
Members expressed deep concern over the US government and Congress continuing to blame Pakistan for facilitating the so-called Haqqani Network in attacks on American troops in Afghanistan without any solid evidence. It amounts to making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failure in subjugating the people of Afghanistan.
In actual fact, the most likely safe havens for cross border movement of terrorists could be the camps housing more than 3 million Afghan refugees, whom their government is not ready to take back. We expected US and Afghan governments to support Pakistan’s efforts to build fence along the international border. America should have offered latest equipment to make the barrier more effective.
American authorities also need to explain facts about a report in New York Times of 14 June 2017 that about 1,000 ISIS fighters have occupied Tora Bora caves by pushing out Taliban. Being close to the international border, they pose a direct threat to Pakistan. Hazrat Ali, a member of Afghan Parliament and a prominent warlord from the area who helped the Americans capture Tora Bora from Al Qaeda in 2001, is reported to have asked government forces to target them, but they did not pay attention.
They supported the general demand that we must now develop closer relations with Russia andChina. They gave full support to the project of One Belt One Road.
Members demanded ban on Indian television programmes and films as our younger generation is being targeted by India’s cultural invasion. On the other hand, there was a need to launch a more aggressive foreign policy to expose Indian atrocities in India held Jammu and Kashmir and RAW’s involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.