Chief of Pakistan Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has warned the world of threats from ‘supra individuals’ having a capacity to trigger instability and conflicts within states, saying the nations are now embattled with such particular entities. Addressing a conference titled “Security Outlook 2025: National Security and Defence Transformation’ organized by South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) at a hotel here, he said that security does not only refer to external threats but is a concern in terms of politics, human rights, economy, water security, terrorism and insurgency.
Army Chief said that Pakistan’s current enemy ‘lives within us and looks like us’ and also that the definition of the term security has transformed with the passage of time and has become renown in recently. He also said that due to increased polarisation, governments are unable to protect their people and national security.
He further said trends of globalisation and regionalism will affect in terms of security and bring instability, as conflict is interest and value based today and also that the act and focus of war has become difficult to define. “In contemporary geopolitics, the battles are no longer between state and non-state actors but are with supra-individuals, those individuals who exploit both the national and international space for their desired objectives. These supra-individuals have the capacity to manipulate networks, organisations and state institutions to create waves of instability and create discord at the center of the state institutions. Explosions are still a viable tool of war, but implosions are the new defeat mechanisms,” he added.
He also highlighted the Palestine and Kashmir issues and said that there must be a conflict resolution in these areas. The Army Chief said that security could not be achieved by securing borders alone, but also by protecting ways of life, culture, ideas and sensitivities. Lieutenant General Mohammad Ahsan Mahmood, Chairman Pakistan Ordnance Factories Board, POF also gave a speech and said “Pakistan’s defence industry is diverse and is developed by government funding, which is acting like a force behind the forces for Pakistan.”
The event was also attended by Pervaiz A Rashid, Minister for Information and Broadcasting. In his address, he said that the “Defence Industry is one of the most significant industries world-wide. With new and emerging threats and trends in terrorism, defence transformation is taking place. Now war is not limited to the battlefield only but it includes latest trends like cyber warfare, kinetic warfare, etc, to deal with the emerging threats, new methods, technology and ideas need to be produced at the same pace as that of the emergence of new threats”. The Federal Minister appreciated the armed forces, security agencies, police and public servants for their resolute fight against terrorism.
SOURCE: BUSINESS RECORDER