ISLAMABAD - Reviewing the existing coordination measures on security in the wake of repeated terrorist attacks, the military command has chalked out specifications for enhanced field intelligence cooperation between the army and its intelligence and paramilitary units.

Following this development, the new intelligence coordination measures have become functional with immediate effect, according to informed security sources. These measures reportedly focus on field-to-field intelligence communication between the Pakistan Army, Inter Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Rangers and Frontiers Corps with the input integration from the respective field intelligence units (FIUs). 

The 162nd Corps Commanders Conference was held a day after the Abbottabad Commission's report on the United States Navy Seals successful operation to hunt down Osama Bin Laden in the May 2 operation (in 2011) saw the daylight. The matter, however, was not discussed in the commanders' moot, which is said to have focused on the internal security in addition to taking stock of the security scenario at the Western border and drawing contours of the military's operational course in the conflict areas. In addition to corps commanders, principal staff officers (PSOs), field formations heads, spymasters and the heads of paramilitary forces attended the event chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. 

According to a military statement, the conference was part of the routine monthly meetings. "The forum dwelt at length on various professional matters. The meeting also under took a comprehensive review of prevalent internal and external security situation of the country," the brief media release added.

In the story headlined, "Military to review internal coordination measures," The Nation last Wednesday had reported that General Kayani was to hold a meeting with his commanders in the coming days to review the security coordination measures. Regarding the reviewing of the security measures, sources were quoted as saying in the particular story that the issue might be taken up either in the monthly corps commanders meeting (as held on Tuesday) or a special corps commanders or formation commanders moot could be called, as per the COAS discretion.

The new field intelligence coordination measures, a security official informed, allow integration of the inputs from the FIUs at the FC and Rangers with the MI and ISI intelligence updates in KP and Balochistan in the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. "This has been done to keep a vigil on the internal activities in the security agencies.

The FIUs closely and secretively monitor and report the developments taking place within a security organisation. The intelligence agencies operate on a much broader level. The information integration from the FIUs would assist the intelligence agencies to a great deal in their drive against terrorism and insurgency," he commented. –SIKANDER SHAHEEN

On the operational side, the field coordination arrangement between the security agencies has largely been unchanged, the source said adding that the field intelligence mechanism had been given a 'revamp.' Already, the FC and Scouts commands in Balochistan and KP and Rangers in Sindh operationally work in coordination with the general officers commanding (GOCs) concerned under the supervision of the corps commanders.

As part of operational adjustments apparently linked to the new coordination measures, the positions of Inspector General Balochistan Major General Obaidullah Khattak and GOC 37th Division (Kharian) Major General Ejaz Shahid had been swapped recently. 

Apart from the incumbent and former IGs FC Balochistan, IG FC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Major General Ghayur Mehmood and Director General Military Operations Major General Ishfaq Nadeem also participated in the Tuesday commanders moot and gave respective briefings, reportedly. 

Also, the moot discussed modalities about the expected visit of Pakistan's military delegation to Afghanistan some time in the near future. The matter was purportedly discussed during the meeting between the Pakistani COAS and Commander ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) General Joseph Dunford.