On the occasion of 45th anniversary of the Navy Day on 04 Dec 2016, we were privileged to get an interview with Admiral Lanba. In a freewheeling QA session with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat), the CNS was forthcoming with answers to our queries in a frank and forthright manner. The questions were wide ranging, covering a large canvas, as would befit the occasion. Excerpts from the interview:
I wrote an introductory assessment on General Raheel Sharif when he took over as the Pakistan Army Chief in 2013, for South Asia Defence and Strategic Review. Analyzing the personality and his work by placing the Indian Army matrix on a Pakistan situation and personality is usually quite simple. Doing it from a realistic Pakistani angle is more challenging. In the last three years, I have met several Pakistani Generals as part of Track 2 diplomacy and perhaps understood a bit more of Pakistani psyche.