National Security Adviser Janjua Resigns; Former Defense Secretary Lodhi Joins Caretaker Cabinet

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JUN 27, 2018: National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua resigned from the post on Wednesday.

A notification issued by the Cabinet Division confirmed his departure saying Janjua’s resignation was accepted by Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk.

A statement released by Janjua’s office stated that his resignation “is to morally coincide and principally support the process of democracy upon completion of the tenure of the previous government”.

Lt Gen (r) Janjua, who had replaced Sartaj Aziz on Oct 23, 2015, was accorded the status of minister of state. His appointment was part of efforts to revitalize the national security division, since during Aziz’s approximately two-and-a-half-year tenure, the National Security Committee had met just four times.

The military too had reportedly been pressing the then government for bringing in a new NSA.

Janjua’s replacement has not been announced so far but the resignation coincided with the induction of retired Lt Gen Khalid Naeem Lodhi on Wednesday in the Cabinet. Lodhi is a Former Defense Secretary during Pakistan Peoples’ Party tenure and was relieved of his position by former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani during memogate scandal in 2012.

Janjua is the second military official to hold the post after Major General (r) Mehmood Durrani who was NSA during an earlier PPP government.

Janjua held the post of Southern Command Quetta before he retired from the army. Before that, he was president of the National Defense University, the military’s higher education institute and premier think-tank on national security matters.

He also worked on ‘Azm-i-Nau’, a military preparedness exercise with particular focus on India. His military career also saw active service in Siachen against the Indian army.

In 2006, he was posted as director-general of Military Operations (MO) and served under Lieutenant-General (retired) Ahmad Shuja Pasha (later DG ISI). He also took part in military negotiation with Indian Army on 23 May 2006 to avoid military accidents at the LoC.

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