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The stopping of Tehrik-e-Taliban: how the Pakistani military has fought back

From February and June 2009 respectively, the Pakistan Army led a series of ‘sub-conventional’ operations against Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) and other insurgent groups and factions through the valleys, ridges and townships of Swat and South Waziristan, in north-west Pakistan.

These operations presented some of the toughest tactical, mental and emotional challenges faced by the Pakistan Government and its military in recent years, against implacable opposition and amidst its own population and societies. This lecture by two serving Pakistan Army officers provides a unique insight at the organisational and personal level into the context and conduct of Operations Rah-e-Rast (the Path to Deliverance) and Rah-e-Nijat (the Path to Salvation) and the lessons learned.

Lieutenant Colonel Kashif Abdullah was commissioned into an Infantry Battalion of the Punjab Regiment in 1994. He has served on appointments, including Platoon Commander and Adjutant at the Pakistan Military Academy, General Staff Officer at the Prime Minister Secretariat and Second in Command of an Infantry Battalion. LTCOL Abdullah has also served in a United Nations’ Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti. Currently he is part of the faculty of Command and Staff College, Quetta.

Lieutenant Colonel Umar Farid was commissioned into an Infantry Battalion of the Punjab Regiment in 1994. He has served as Instructor at the School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, and Company Commander at the Pakistan Military Academy. His operational experience includes three years of service in Kashmir, Brigade Major of an infantry brigade in the South Waziristan Agency during Operation Al-Mizan and Second in Command of an Infantry Battalion in Swat during Operation Rah-e-Rast. LTCOL Farid has also served as a United Nations Military Observer in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is presently part of the faculty of Command and Staff College, Quetta.

Speaker/Host: Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, School of International, Political and Strategic Studies
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre, Building 130, corner Liversidge Street and Garran Road, ANU
Date: Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Website: http://tehriketaliban-es2...ite.com/?rank=1
Enquiries: Olivia Cable on 6197 0015

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