India Today Online New Delhi, June 17, 2013 | UPDATED 13:02 IST
Pak military exercises, Azm e Nau.
The concluding ceremony of the war games named ‘Azm-e-Nau 4’ took place in Pakistan on Sunday. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the war games were meant to operationalize new strategies against evolving threats in the country.
According to a Pakistani daily, security officials said at the conclusion of four years of war gaming and exercises that Pakistani military has now adopted a ‘new concept of war fighting’ aimed at preempting India’s ‘Cold Start Doctrine’. The new concept seeks to improve troops’ mobilisation time and to put up a joint Army, Navy and Air Force response to any conventional threat.
Speaking at the conclusion of two-week long war games, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani sought people’s support to counter foreign military aggression against the country.
The Azm-e-Nau exercises, which started in 2009, were part of the army’s new concept of war fighting in response to India’s Pakistan specific Cold Start Doctrine. The Indian military, however, has publicly denied the existence of any such doctrine.
The Cold Start doctrine is intended to allow India’s conventional forces to perform holding swift and unexpected attacks in a manner before international pressure could come to bear on India and before the Pakistani military could react i.e. in under 72 hours. The Indian military, however, publicly denies the existence of any such doctrine.
Pak military officials said under the new concept, in case of war, the Pakistan Army could mobilise in far less time as compared to India.