Islamabad: Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari said the hysteria about hybrid warfare is not a new phenomenon rather old with changing tools such as fake news, disinformation and propaganda with the purpose of going beyond the truth to disrupt the society. She said strategic coercion in the realm of hybrid warfare imposed by the United States of America (USA) on various countries through economic and military mean has no bases in international laws, whether it was breach of nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) with Iran or backing out from the international agreements (Paris Agreement).
She stated this during the seminar titled “Understanding Strategic Coercion in the Realm of Grey Hybrid Conflict-Way forward for Pakistan”, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), here on Thursday at Islamabad.
Executive Director, SDPI Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri said countering grey hybrid warfare is imperative to achieve sustainable development, as it has direct link to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets such as strengthening communities, ensuring peace and justice, building strong institutions and building partnership. He said the recent campaign against polio in Peshawar was based on disinformation which was used as a tool of grey hybrid warfare for nefarious motives. Pakistan is facing strategic coercion through various means, such as economic coercion in the shape of IMF and FATF conditions, trade sanctions from powerful countries, he remarked. Engaging people, building their capacity and promoting the culture of thinking and analysing in the society amid the dynamics of coercive diplomacy and grey hybrid war is need of hour, he recommended.
Director Policy, SDPI, Dr. Shafqat Munir said we need to make aware our people on the dynamics of coercive diplomacy and grey hybrid war in order to build their understanding about the modern war doctrine, methodologies and tactics of the enemies. He said Pakistan is facing the 4th and 5th generation hybrid war in which the enemies of Pakistan through various means are trying to create chaos in the country, which is weakening very social fabric of the society.
Rana Athar Javed, Director General, Pakistan House urges all the countries to call off the strategic coercion through the negotiations and talks, which is the only way forward. Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Andleeb Abbas, Chairman, National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice Riaz Fatyana, Director General, the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI), Dr Maria Sultan, Leonid Savin, Editor-in-Chief, Geopolitica said the Russian Federation, Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum, Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Head of Department, Mass Communication, and International Islamic University. Khalid Jamil, defence correspondent, analyst and Executive Director Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) also spoke on the occasion.