ex-Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua to be Appointed National Security Advisor

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 19 October 2015 12:24

ISLAMABAD: Lieutenant General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua is to be appointed to the post of National Security Adviser (NSA) soon but Sartaj Aziz will likely retain his post as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, well placed sources revealed.

The decision was made in principle during high-level consultations between Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week, but a notification is expected to be issued once the premier returns from the United States.

Janjua will be the second military official to hold the post after Major General (retd) Mehmood Durrani who was NSA during the PPP last government.

It is unclear as to why the sudden change in post is being made, though some military sources are speculating the decision was made so that Aziz could focus his attention entirely on foreign affairs.

Janjua will be sitting at the NSA office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.

His appointment follows cooling relations between Pakistan and India, who were due to hold talks in August but these were cancelled after India said it wanted to limit the scope of the talks to Pakistan's alleged support for militancy on Indian territory and Pakistan insisted on more wide-ranging discussions.

Lt Gen (retd) Janjua held the post of Southern Command Quetta before he retired earlier this month.

Before that, Janjua was president of the National Defence University, the military's higher education institute and premier think-tank on national security matters.

He also worked on 'Azm-e-Nau,' a military preparedness exercise that had a particular focus on India.

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