The Decade of War on Terror: a perspective from Pakistan

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Wednesday 25 September 2013


Leonard Huxley Theatre (56), Mills Road, ANU


Brigadier Zahoor Ahmed (DA Pakistan)


Kerrie Hogan
+61 2 6125 2170
Speakers: Brigadier Zahoor Ahmed (DA Pakistan), and two members of the Pakistan Army Command & Staff College delegation (both just returned from Peshawar and service in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas)


As the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan begin their long-anticipated drawdown, the nations who through geographic fate cannot disengage from this arena remain resolved to continue the struggle. Of these, Pakistan remains an undeniable player in the future security calculus of South Asia and indeed the globe. For Pakistan, the insurgencies along its northern and western frontiers remain a visceral contest for Pakistan's Government, its peoples and its Army and security forces. Simultaneously, Pakistan's future development confronts an array of challenges of growth, security and resources provision as the world's sixth largest population, second largest Muslim democracy and the only one declared as a nuclear power. In this not-to-be-missed two-part lecture, the speakers will discuss the challenges and dilemmas confronting modern Pakistan, and then reveal the current situation concerning the insurgent presence in Pakistan and along its borders.


Brigadier Zahoor Ahmed was commissioned in Infantry in 1984. He has commanded an infantry battalion in glaciers/ mountains and an infantry brigade in the desert. He has been an instructor in Pakistan Military Academy and was on the faculty of Command & Staff College Quetta. He has been a Brigade Major of an Infantry brigade, General Staff Officer €“ 1 (GSO1) to the Chief of General Staff (CGS) of Pakistan Army and Deputy Military Secretary in GHQ. An avid reader has flare for music. Plays hockey, golf, badminton and tennis. Married to Najjia and they have one daughter and two sons. Is posted in Canberra to Pakistan High Commission as Defence Adviser since 23 Sep 2010. Is also concurrently accredited to New Zealand.

Lieutenant Colonel Habib is an Infantry officer from the renowned Baloch Regiment with eighteen years service, including in the prestigious appointment of Platoon Commander at Pakistan Military Academy. Besides completing the regular array of professional military courses in Pakistan, Habib is a graduate of the Bangladesh Staff Course. He has seen several years of active service in sub-conventional warfare environments in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as well as in Swat, Siachin and Kashmir. He was also part of the United Nations mission at Sierra Leone in year 2002/03. His civil qualifications includes a Masters in Art and Science of Warfare. Lieutenant Colonel Habib is presently serving on the Faculty of Command and Staff College, Quetta.

Major Muhammad Bilal is an infantry officer of thirteen years service, mostly in mechanised infantry units and formations. He also has served as a staff officer in Operations and Intelligence in an Armoured Brigade, and as an instructor in Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. His operational experience includes Operation Al Mizan in FATA, and deployments to Siachin, Cholistan Desert and in the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission (Congo). He has completed the regular array of infantry and armour professional courses, including Platoon Leader's Course in the United States, and most recently graduated from Command and Staff College, Quetta. His civil qualifications includes a Masters in Art and Science of Warfare. Presently Major Bilal is serving as the Brigade Major of an infantry brigade in Rawalpindi (Punjab Province).

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