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COUNCIL FOR DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY (CDNS)

COUNCIL FOR DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY (CDNS) The Council for Defense and National Security was established by President Farooq Leghari in December 1996 It had ten members, four from the armed forces and six from the civilian realm, including the president, who was its chairman The armed forces were represented by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the chiefs of staff of the army, air force, and navy The civilian side was represented by the prime minister and the ministers of defense, finance, foreign affairs, and the interiorThe CDNS was created to provide a formal mechanism for the senior military officers to keep a watch on all matters concerning national security Its establishment sought to formalize the “troika” arrangement, which had existed since the death of President Zia ulHaq The CDNS met three times during the tenure of the caretaker administration but was not convened by Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif See also MILITARY

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