Defence Seminar from Aug 8 to 10
Pakistan’s Defence Secretary here today
Pakistan’s Defence Secretary Lt Gen (Retd) Asif
Yasin Malik, will be in Sri Lanka from August 7 to 11. Lt Gen (Retd)
Malik will hold discussions with Lankan defence hierarchy, a Pakistan
High Commission release said.
The Defence Secretary will also address Defence
Seminar 2012. Major General Ghulam Qamar and Brigadier Hamayun Aziz of
the Pakistan Army will also attend the seminar. During the seminar, two
Pakistani defence equipment manufacturing firms will exhibit their
All arrangements have been finalised for the Defence Seminar 2012
which will be held in Colombo from August 8 to 10 under the theme
‘Towards lasting peace and stability’. Resettlement, Reconstruction,
Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Reconciliation will be the subjects
covered under the given theme.
Local and foreign politicians, diplomats, academics and military
officers are due to address the audience.
Over 100 foreign participants, including embassy staff based in Sri
Lanka representing 42 countries are due to attend the seminar along with
about 150 local invitees.
Several defence advisors based in Sri Lanka and India will be the
Three foreign military chiefs are also due to attend. Military
Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said there has been a good
response from the international community this year and over 40
countries will be represented. Speakers from the US, UK, India and
Pakistan will make presentations while politicians, bureaucrats, local
as well as foreign intellectuals and serving and retired local and
foreign military personnel will deliver speeches.
Rehabilitated ex- combatants are also due to perform dance acts. One
of them will also speak on his life experiences during the seminar.
Participants from Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, China, Iran, Kenya,
Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Thailand,
Uganda, UK, USA, Vietnam and Senegal are among those who have confirmed
participation , the military spokesman said.
The programme on the first day starts with the welcome address by
Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya while the keynote
address will be by Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary
There will be a documentary on the ‘five Rs ‘-reconstruction,
resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration and reconciliation followed
by a speech by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris.