Rule of merit

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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

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