What is National Command Authority, and why PM Imran has called its meeting after Indian incursion into Pakistan?

11:53 PM | 26 Feb, 2019
What is National Command Authority, and why PM Imran has called its meeting after Indian incursion into Pakistan?
ISLAMABAD - In the wake of aggression by the Indian air force, Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened the meeting of National Command Authority on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that the top security-related body would meet in the backdrop of violation of Line of Control by the Indian air force (IAF).

Tension between Pakistan and India escalated as Indian aircraft violated the Line of Control in the wee hours of Tuesday and Pakistan Air Force in a timely response whisked away Indian aircraft.

Pakistan will respond to Indian aggression at ... 03:34 PM | 26 Feb, 2019

ISLAMABAD – A meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) with top civil and military leadership in attendance ...

The violation stirred a series of high-level meetings in Pakistan as Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over a meeting of National Security Committee which categorically clarified that  Pakistan will respond to Indian aggression at time and place of its choosing.

The NSC meeting, chaired by the premier in the wake of India’s violation of the Line of Control (LoC), was attended by the top civil and military leadership, including Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa and ministers of defence and foreign affairs.

The committee, according to a statement read out by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a press conference in Islamabad, “strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot as well as the claim of heavy casualties”.

National Command Authority

NCA is the apex civilian-led command to oversee the employment, policy formulation, exercises, deployment, research and development, and operational command and control of  Pakistan's nuclear arsenals.

The NCA - presided over by the prime minister - comprises an Employment Control Committee and a Development Control Committee, as well as the Strategic Plans Division which acts as its Secretariat; it takes a detailed review of the Nuclear Security Regime.

The meeting is generally attended by the Federal Ministers of Defence and Interior, Chairman JSC, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Director General Inter Services Intelligence, Secretary Foreign Affairs and other senior officials.

The convening of 'extraordinary' meeting of NCA confirms that Pakistan is gearing up for a befitting response to any misadventure by India which is continuously whipping up war hysteria in the wake of Pulwama attack.

Indian jets tried to violate Pakistani airspace ... 10:25 PM | 26 Feb, 2019

RAWALPINDI – Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the director general (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday ...

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, also detailed the developments happening in Pakistan in the aftermath of 'fake' surgical strike inside Pakistan.

“There is a joint session of parliament and then the prime minister has summoned a meeting of the National Command Authority. I hope you know what the NCA means and what it constitutes,” Ghafoor added in his press conference on Tuesday.

Wednesday's meeting would be the first one to be chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan since he assumed office in July last year.