ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Defence has lauded the state of preparedness of the armed forces to respond to any threat in a befitting manner and acknowledged the sacrifices made by the troops during their fight against terrorism.

Led by its Chairman Mushahid Hussain Syed, the committee made its observations after a comprehensive briefing at the Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

During the visit, the committee was briefed on the matters of security and professional interest.

General Rashad Mehmood along with his team briefed the committee members on various facets of national defence, particularly the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) and in particular, the different dimensions of the nuclear and missile programme by the Strategic Plans Division (SPD).

Senator Mushahid said that they must learn lessons from the experiences of the 1965 and 1971 wars, and he specifically stated the need for greater inter-services coordination terming it pivotal for national security.

He also said that it was imperative that the Parliament should play its due role in formulation of national security.

He also underlined the need for institutions of national security like the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) and National Security Committee (NSC) to meet regularly as it would not only promote better civil-military harmony but also lead to efficient implementation of policies on security and defence.

At the briefing, there was appreciation by the JCSC of the role of the Senate Defence Committee in pro-actively promoting the issue of cyber security and in formulating the principles of a cyber security strategy. The briefing was attended by senators Farhatullah Babar, Lt-Gen (R) Abdul Qayyun, Lt-Gen (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Brig (R) John Kenneth Williams, Attaur Rehman, Javed Abbasi and Sehar Kamran, Secretary of the Committee Maj Syed Husnain Haider and Director Staff Riaz Ahmad Khan.