Nation’s Saviours

Centre of Gravity

The love affair between Pakistan’s armed forces and
the people is based on mutual affection and respect.

By Dr. Ahmed Saeed Minhas | July 2020

Clausewitz (Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz, a 19th century Prussian general and military theorist) viewed the centre of gravity of a country in an all-encompassing fashion. The Pakistan Armed Forces are the country’s centre of gravity. The decision of the Pakistan Army to not seek an increase in budget truly reflects their confidence in their potential to combat multi-dimensional security threats. The Pakistan Armed Forces have always been at the forefront to mitigate challenges faced by the country, whether kinetic or non-kinetic. Our enemies know fully well that if Pakistan is to be subjugated, this will not materialize until such time that its armed forces remain in high esteem and enjoy the respect of the nation. Pakistan’s security agencies have relentlessly sacrificed their lives with bravery and passion to guard the country’s sovereignty.

War has changed its dimensions and is not restricted to the conventional platform anymore. Duels between armies along the borders using conventional weapons is a phasing out. War has crept into our bedrooms and sitting rooms in the form of hybrid war and even our children are lured by security-related issues. From the early decades of their lives, they question the probability of success of security challenges posed to Pakistan. It is too early for these young people to worry about their future, yet in this era of advanced communications and information technology, much more heed needs to be paid to the issue. We need to put their thinking on the right track and guide them about being optimistic.

The Pakistan Armed Forces lead from the front and yet set an example of austerity for other institutions. Our army spokesman has proudly claimed that the surrendered increase in budget was a gift for the people of Balochistan and FATA for their social development, including education. The army, after mopping up FATA and Balochistan, focused on the rehabilitation process to provide all basic amenities to terror-affected communities through initiating and supervising development projects. They made an effort to mitigate the development gap which occurred due to the Global War on Terror that was fought in those areas. New schools and colleges were built and were run by the army to ensure quality education.

The Pakistan Armed Forces are now successfully developing new methods of hybrid warfare and security planners are taking all measures to refine their techniques in order to identify all likely enemy options and to prepare for contingency responses.

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The writer is Pro-Vice Chancellor at DHA Suffa University, Karachi. He can be reached at ahmedsaeedminhas81
and @DrAhmedSaeedMi1

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4 thoughts on “Centre of Gravity

  • July 2, 2020 at 6:04 am

    An excellent article focusing the Leadership and devotion of Armed Forces in Nation Building.

  • July 2, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Very effective writing on an important subject. Please keep it up!

  • July 2, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Very apt description of the Hybrid Nature of the problems facing Pakistan which are being catered for by Pakistani Armed Forces effectively. Very rightly identified CoG.

  • July 2, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    No doubt that Pak Army is center of gravity.