Be­lit­tling politi­cians

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

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.

Nida Sul­tan

Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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