This is with reference to your cover story “The Search for the Next Army Chief”. The year 2013 has been remarkable for Pakistan for a number of reasons. This year, Pakistan witnessed a transfer of power from one government to another, the chief justice of the Supreme Court will soon complete his term and the COAS and CJCSC will soon hand over charge to the next persons.
On many occasions during the last five years, the political situation became so critical that a military coup seemed inevitable. In fact, there were calls from some quarters to overthrow the government. But the military showed restraint. This was a welcome change from the past. The term of Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ends next month. It is hoped that his successor will follow his example and will not derail democracy in whatever form we have it.
Wameed Rafiq Mississauga, Canada