National Security Adviser of Pakistan Nasser Janjua resigns

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National Security Adviser (NSA) of Pakistan Lt. General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua has tendered his resignation from his post.

His resignation has been accepted by the Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk.National Security Adviser of Pakistan Nasser Janjua resigns

In a statement, the Spokesperson of Lt General (retd) Nasser Janjua said “Lt Gen Nasser Janjua’s resignation is to morally coincide and principally support the process of democracy upon completion of the tenure of the previous government.”

Nasser Janjua, a retired three-star rank general in Pakistan army, had been serving as the national security adviser since October 23, 2015 after he replaced Sartaj Aziz for the Office.

Prior to his retirement from Pakistan army in October 2015, Nasser Janjua held the post of Southern Command Quetta.

While being in military services, Lt General (retd) Nasser Janjua was appointed as the Vice-Chief of General Staff at army’s general headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi in 2011. He was also appointed in 2012 as the president of the Islamabad-based National Defence University (NDU), the military’s higher education institute and premier think-tank on national security matters.

Nasser Janjua also worked on ‘Azm-i-Nau,’ a military preparedness exercise that had a particular focus on India.

Following his appointment as the Country’s National Security Adviser, Nasser Janjua played a very proactive role with reference to further strengthening Pakistan’s bilateral relations with Central Asian Republics (CARs). He also held the first ever conference of Central Asian States in Islamabad to tap regional opportunities.

General Janjua during his tenure made the National Security Division (NSD) an institution by forming its first ever Advisory Board comprising of top think tanks of the Country. The inaugural meeting of board was held on April 5, 2018.

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Lt General (retd) Nasser Janjua would be remembered for breaking ice with the Afghan leadership and for regaining mutual trust between Islamabad and Kabul. He kept on emphasising to bring the use of force to an end to ensure perpetual peace in war-torn Afghanistan. He was of the view that instead of fueling the conflict in Afghanistan by employing more forces, talks must be given a chance.

Janjua was of the view that unending Afghan conflict may not be won with vengeance or mere power but through seeking closure of conflict instead of winning it.

While giving an interview to Dispatch News Desk (DND) News Agency in October 2017, General Janjua stated that sometimes prolonged use of force gets diminishing returns. He said that closure of conflict can, however, help to end sufferings of Afghanistan and its poor people who have (had) seen nothing else but war since decades.