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Leav­ing a legacy, not for cow­ards

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - PRO­FES­SOR ALYA ALVI

What Gen Ra­heel Sharif has done dur­ing his just three-year term as Pak­istan’s Chief of Army Staff, it leaves a clear di­rec­tion for his suc­ces­sors to take along his legacy in the name of “the Ra­heel Doc­trine”. He has changed the con­cept of war, both at home and on borders. A per­for­mance lesser than his, would prove to be counter-pro­duc­tive and detri­men­tal to the Pak­istan Army’s se­cu­rity doc­trine. The Armed Forces of the coun­try have emerged the strong­est.

This im­pres­sion will have to be main­tained at all costs. Asif Zar­dari’s re­cent meet­ing with John MCain and other US of­fi­cials must be taken as a warn­ing. The chal­lenges are huge, keep­ing in view Pres­i­dent Obama’s forecast that the South Asian re­gion will re­main in tur­moil for at least an­other 10 years, must be taken as an agenda next. Gen Ra­heel, if doesn’t get an ex­ten­sion, will hope­fully leave a lead­er­ship of his size to get the job fin­ished. — Rawalpindi

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