Leave the mil­i­tary alone

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Ja­mal Noor Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

SouthAsia’s cover story on the pos­si­bil­ity of a mil­i­tary takeover was well worth a read. All the ar­ti­cles car­ried in-depth anal­y­sis of the sit­u­a­tion and reached the same con­clu­sion: the army has its hands full and can’t af­ford any dis­trac­tion given the enor­mity of the task it is bur­dened with. It was equally heart­en­ing to note that this view was up­held by both civil­ians and mil­i­tary per­son­nel. Among other things, it shows that our po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary lead­er­ship has ma­tured over time. The politi­cians have re­al­ized, al­though quite be­lat­edly, that they are re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the coun­try. It is their job to pro­vide the masses with the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties and ameni­ties. They have to run the econ­omy.

The mil­i­tary, on its part, seems to have has re­al­ized that its ac­tual job is to guard the ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty of the coun­try. It can as­sist the civil­ian ma­chin­ery if its help is re­quired in any sec­tor but it is not sup­posed to in­ter­fere in the af­fairs of the civil­ian govern­ment. The coun­try has a chance to come out of the morass it finds it­self in if both in­sti­tu­tions work with each other but within their re­spec­tive am­bits.

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