In­volv­ing the Army

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Khalid Za­man Karachi, Pak­istan

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.

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