Rule of merit
Lt. Gen. (R) Talat Masood briefly touched on the subject of appointment of the new Chairman Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee (CJCSC). He rightly said that rotation on this position will encourage better integration and coordination between the three Services. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is the highest-ranking military officer in the armed forces. However, he does not have any authority over the combat forces. The post was created in 1976 when the military became aware of the importance of joint warfare after its experiences of the 1971 and 1965 wars.
Since then, the post was mostly held by officers of the army. From 1976 to 2013, only three officers from the air force and the navy – two admirals and one air chief marshal – held the post. Fairness demands that the principle of rotation be followed again.
Sabeeh-uz-Zaman Islamabad, Pakistan