Performance of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet

March 2012 to March 2013


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Publication No: CMR-072

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The Citizens report on Performance of Defence Committee of the Cabinet during the period of March 2012 to March 2013 is prepared by PILDAT in the backdrop of principle of democratic oversight of national security. It is the continuation of PILDAT’s previous report which examined the performance of DCC during March 2008 to March 2012. The report closely examines the publicly-available data, reports in the media regarding the meetings and performance of Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC). The Military wing of Cabinet Division, which acts as secretariat of DCC, also confirmed the dates of the meetings held during this period. The objective of the report is not to offer a critique of the work of DCC but to analyse the performance in the backdrop of peculiar security needs of Pakistan and the role DCC is playing with respect to defining and influencing policy and principles of defence and national security. The report is part of PILDAT’s larger focus on improving civil-military relations in Pakistan in the light of the Constitution of Pakistan and assisting Parliament, Cabinet and other institutions in undertaking well-researched, objective and non-partisan control and oversight of defence and security sector.