New Troika of Chiefs Suits the Chief Executive
(Tariq M Javed) http://tariqmjaved.blogspot.com
Dec 11, 2013
With new leadership in the Presidency, at the GHQ and the Apex Court, maybe, the chaotic national scenario is up for a drastic change in any undetermined direction. The president though elected, yet is a favourite of the N-league.
The Chief Justice has been appointed based on his seniority rights, while appointment of Chief of the army staff is the result of superseding , as the seniority rule has been infringed altogether; thus policy of pure merit has been ignored.
Gen. Haroon Aslam’s seniority in this case has been violated; hence the senior most general had no option but to step down.
In other words, traditionally, the tendency in the past has been to ignore seniority rights to oblige the favourite ones through hand picking, indeed. Since President Ayub Khan’s time, mostly handpicked generals have been appointed as the army chiefs. Generals including Musa Khan, Yahya, Gul Hassan, Zia ul Haq, Asif Nawaz, Waheed Kakar, Pervaiz Musharraf, and Pervaiz Kayani, all had superseded their seniors.
Gen. Jahangir Karamat, however, remains an exception. In 1995, the late Prime Minister Ms Benazir Bhutto had appointed him as the Army Chief purely on seniority basis.
In the Current case, the expert analysis suggests that Gen. Raheel Sharif has been given preference mainly for two reasons: Number one is his experience of being in-charge of “Training and Evaluation of Army,” and secondly, he has been recommended for the post by two dignitaries i.e. former President of Pakistan Justice Rafiq Tarrar, and a retired Baloch General Abdul Qadir, who is now a cabinet member.
General Sharif, a soft-spoken gentleman, comes from a dignified family with a long military history: his father and brothers were all military officers. His elder brother, Major Shabbir Sharif shaheed, was among the country’s most decorated officers, winning both its highest military AWARDS, the Sitara-i-Jurret in 1965 and the “Nishan-i-Haider” for his brave role in the 1971 war. It’s worth mentioning here that Major Aziz Bhatti shaheed was his maternal uncle.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef has been suffering in past at the hands of military, he preferred to avoid another head on collision with any commando as head of the GHQ.
This paved the way for General Sharif, a downright professional soldier to get what otherwise belonged to his senior. So. he is the most lucky soldier for having been chosen for heading one of the most professional armies of the world for next three or more years.
JUDICIARY: Finally, one of the most competent judges, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary has already retired on December 11, 2013 after having served for seven years with utmost integrity, of course.
The current chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani will be in office for a few months before he retires as well, so he won’t be as aggressive as his predecessor has been.
Apparently, PM Shareef is now in more control of the situation after the new favourite troika of chiefs is in.
Resultantly, the stress level of the Chief Executive/Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must have already been in the mode of “easing off” by now.
However, the question remains whether the ‘improved comfort level’ would be any good enabling him to deliver as he promised during his election campaign?
Obviously, the top-level appointments in the military and judicial sectors should help curb corruption and improve overall picture of governance. Nevertheless, the PM must apply budgetary constraints to control financial crisis.
The fact is, unless those involved in corruption are held accountable and punished severely, PM Shareef stands no chance to cling to power for long.
The nation is fed up with status quo already. Moreover, due to the chronic nature of the ongoing scenarios, the hope for improved governance tends to be fading away faster than it was thought initially.
It’s highly disappointing that the civilian administration is still unable to adapt to the “changed scenario,” and the negative development only adds to the misery allowing the sub standard governance.
Unfortunately, the current regime is viewed as followers of the path of its predecessors, not good news, is it?
Surely speaking, only quick solutions to the problems afflicting the country would let the current regime led by Nawaz Shareef complete its tenure.
The clues are many, but some are more convincing enough to be tried at the earliest to pull the country out of the ongoing quagmire of debt.
Sooner the painful challenges are dealt with at a faster pace, better it is for the interests of Pakistan: A “Pakistan Friendly Foreign Policy,” elimination of terrorism, stopping brain drain, discouraging capital flight, measures to control mega corruption, reversal of hyper inflation, kick starting the stalled economy are all essential challenges to be prioritized.
“Trade not Aid” should be implemented in letter and spirit. Re-opening of the flood gates of foreign investment would only be facilitated once the Rule of Law is respected and the Constitution is strictly followed at all levels.
A viable military strategy and good diplomacy approach is the key to successful ties with all neighboring countries.
Most of all, each and every member of the civil society, media at all levels, government functionaries, military, and of course, the politicians have to share the pain together and help the country to stay afloat for years to come.