Pakistan’s Fight Against Terrorism: Myths and Realities

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Militancy in Pakistan is transforming itself and taking new shapes and forms based on shifting allegiances and on recent national, regional and global developments.

In 2014 a massive military operation, known as Zarb-e-Azb, in North Waziristan, the intensification of the Sino-Pakistan relationship and the devastating attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, where 148 were killed (mostly school children) have together resulted in unprecedented national support for confronting terrorists.

These events took place against a backdrop of changing regional and global dynamics where conflicts in the Middle East and the Afghan factor featured heavily. RUSI is pleased to welcome Colonel Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty, Army and Air Adviser to the Pakistan High Commission, to talk about Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.

Colonel Bhatty joined the Pakistan Army in November 1992 as Gentleman Cadet in the Pakistan Military Academy. He then proceeded to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he completed his cadet training. He also attended Advanced Command and Staff courses at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, UK.  His key appointments in the Pakistan Army include Platoon Commander at the Pakistan Military Academy, Brigade Major of both an Infantry and an Armoured Brigade and Commanding Officer of an Armoured Regiment.  Colonel Bhatty served as Chief of Staff of an Infantry Brigade in North Waziristan in 2007 and commanded his regiment in operations in Lower Dir on the Afghan border in 2012-13, prior to taking up post in his current role in July 2013.

The event will consist of a 45 minute presentation given by Colonel Bhatty on Pakistan’s current approach to fighting terrorism, followed by a Q&A session.

For more information about this event, please contact Duncan Rogers at

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