Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Fact Sheet August 23, More information about Pakistan is available on the Pakistan Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. We have a multi-faceted relationship with Pakistan in areas ranging from counterterrorism to energy to trade and investment. Pakistani forces have made significant sacrifices in recent years to reclaim parts of the country previously held by militant groups. In line with the South Asia strategy announced by the President in Augustthe United States continues to encourage Pakistan to take decisive action to prevent all militant and terrorist groups from using its territory.
George Washington When nature laid its wrath on Pakistan in Julyengulfing major parts of the country with devastating floods, it demanded that the nation stand tall. This led to emergence of the Pakistani army as the dominant national player in rescue missions.
The army conducted and participated in numerous life-saving operations, and reinvented itself during one of the toughest times faced by this war-struck country.
It involved itself in every aspect of the job, and rendered full support in terms of resources and rescue efforts. It helped in controlling the damage to a large extent thereby saving not only lives, but also the means of livelihood.
In some ways, these events led to a shift in the previously held negative international opinion of the Pakistani armed forces.
This achievement of the Pakistani army is narrated as a case study that describes and compares the role of armed forces in disaster management and nation-building activities, across the globe.
The importance of cooperation between civil administration and military is also discussed, especially with regard to such events where all the national organisations of a country need to work together to bring back peace and stability in the internal environment. Natural calamities can strike any continent or country at any point of time.
The events of July in Pakistan only reinforce the importance and need for us to get our act together and use this experience to create an efficient framework to ensure effective disaster management. The views expressed in the paper are those of the author. Climate and environmental change are together considered to be a major cause of this alarming situation.
Disasters can either be environmental or man-made in nature. Environmental disasters or natural disasters are a result of natural phenomena and drastic changes in weather patterns whereas man-made disasters occur due to excessive human intervention and activities, which constantly damage the natural environment causing shifts in its regular patterns.
The results of such events are destructive not only for human life but also for the economy and growth of the affected country and its surrounding areas. Nevertheless, once the loss has occurred, a country needs to make efforts towards mitigating the impact of disasters, i. With the increasing frequency of disasters, the role of government and of the civil society has become critical in rescue and recovery activities.
The armed forces and civil society have to work in tandem with each other in order to prevent the aggravation of the existing problems, rendered in by the chaotic civil order situation in a disaster-struck country.
But there are several areas that are beyond the reach of civil society and other organs of civil administration. Here, the role of the armed forces and paramilitary is considered to be vital as, since time immemorial, these have been playing an active part in rescue and relief operations.
To maintain stability in a crisis, one needs to segregate the challenges faced by a country in a more coherent way to estimate its vulnerabilities. The three components of a Disaster management program are as follows: Reinforce, Rescue and Recovery.
Reinforce stands for preventive measures where the countries take adequate measures to be able to prevent or cope up in case of a natural disaster. Rescue deals with the provision of assistance to the victimized in the most efficient manner, and lastly Recovery implies the measures taken during the time of crisis in order to stabilize the situation in a given time.
These functions have to be performed by the government, society, the private sector and the media to fight natural disasters even in the most adverse situation, to be able to help the needy and restructure the functioning of the government and society most efficiently.
These involve providing food, shelter, clothing, and medical assistance to internally displaced people. For such a system to work effectively, there is a need for stable governance mechanisms, economic stability, and a peaceful society. When a state like Pakistan, which is on the verge of being declared as a failed state by the international community; which is known to provide a safe haven for terrorists; limited resources to support its economy independently; and with largely damaged civilian-military relations limiting the scope for cooperation, is hit by such a disaster, its successful efforts for mitigating this situation deserve some level of attention.
One such disaster were the major foods in Pakistan in This was considered to be the worst flood sincewhich also caused large scale devastation and displacement. The swollen waters then poured across the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest before flowing south into Punjab and Sindh.
Estimates of the death toll of the floods range from 1, to 1, In some cases, the flooding had wiped out entire villages beyond reconstruction.
Depending on topography, land use, population density, and other factors, the primary effects of the floods and their implications in terms of the nature, severity, and expected duration of damage varied.
Many of these activities are producing effects comparable to the natural forces that influence the climate. Changes in land use through activities such as deforestation, the building of cities, the storage and use of water, and the use of energy are all important factors.
Almost 14 million people were affected by the torrential rains in Pakistan. It is the unusual climate-change-led seasonal cycle of land temperature in Pakistan that has exacerbated the monsoon rainfall and produced the hugest volume of water in the northern mountainous region of the country ever recorded in the history, causing floods in the Indus river basin.
The Pakistan army is considered to be the centre of power in the country and it holds extensive decision-making powers. This organisation functions at both Federal and Provincial Levels. According to several media reports, the Pakistan army deployed over 40,—60, troops and roughly plus helicopters in the wake of the floods.
Several military doctors were sent to affected areas to treat the victims. Where helicopters were unable to access, troops carried relief goods on their backs and were able to reach those in need. Helicopters were instrumental in providing relief supplies, and several army relief camps were set up to help people who had lost their homes and livelihood in the floods.General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the U.S.
Army, arrives to speak at the National Press Club, July 27, in Washington, DC. Milley fielded questions regarding President Trump's recent. According to the ISPR, the ambassador acknowledged Pakistan Army’s role and efforts towards regional peace and stability and expressed desire that his country wishes to play a role .
Nonetheless, the role of Pakistan Navy in the Indo-Pak war of is highly appreciable. While, securing Pakistan’s coasts, it played a vital role in defeating India in the war. Therefore, this 8th September is a special day due to the golden jubilee-ceremony of Pakistan Navy’s victory.
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A new Pakistani political party controlled by an Islamist with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election on Sunday, in what a.
The ISI Role in Pakistan's Politics. Dr. Bidanda M. Chengappa, Senior Fellow, IDSA The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate has over five decades of nationhood emerged into a powerful institution in Pakistan. It has been active as an organisation both under military rule and civilian regimes.
The meeting, he said, also touched upon the US plan to give a role to India in Afghanistan, whereas Pakistan’s stance was quite clear that India had no role to play in Afghanistan, and Islamabad.