This refers to a very well-written article by Shamshad Ahmed. Although I agree with most of what he’s written, I take exception to his argument in favor of the military’s dominance in foreign policy issues because, according to him, “our civilian setups are devoid of any strategic vision or talent in their political cadres”. Even if his statement is true, why, may I ask, is it so?
Simply for the reason that recurring military interventions stunted the growth of political institutions in the country. Perhaps what our politicians lack the most is the experience of running the country. If democracy is allowed to take root, we’ll see that our politicians will deliver. It may take years, even decades, but they will learn from their failures. And more than anything, the fear of rejection by their voters will keep them on their toes.