Involving the Army
It was a refreshing to see a new perspective on the everlasting issue of the degree of freedom allotted to the military to involve themselves in affairs of the state in the article, ‘Take Them IN to Keep Them OUT’. I agree with the author wholeheartedly as, with the help of the analogy of the camel and the Bedouin, he eloquently talks about the government’s need to arrive at a settlement with the army rather than indulge in this endless tug of war.
As a professor of history at a local college, I have studied various incidents in the past in which the Pakistani government has continued to maintain a love-hate relationship with the military; banishing it to the barracks when things are under control and sending it an SOS every time a problem has reared its ugly head. I think it’s about time the Pakistan government and the army reach an agreement to ‘live and let live’ for the sake of sanctity and sovereignty of Pakistan.