For a fresh start

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of Pak­istan and per­haps Pervaiz Elahi would be prime min­is­ter. He re­moved all uni­formed per­sons from civil ad­min­is­tra­tion. At the same time, the mil­i­tary de­cided that all ex-ser­vice­men who had joined any po­lit­i­cal party must at­tend mil­i­tary func­tions only in the ca­pac­ity of politi­cians. The main com­plaint of the mil­i­tary seems to be that above and be­yond all its pos­i­tive moves, its past neg­a­tive ac­tions are not be­ing treated as those of other state in­sti­tu­tions. The me­dia, ju­di­ciary, civil so­ci­ety and politi­cians seem to be pun­ish­ing the mil­i­tary for Mushar­raf's sins.

And in­deed all this anger of the mil­i­tary is not only due to the criticism lev­eled against it. The anx­i­ety of the mil­i­tary is also a re­flec­tion of the com­par­i­son, when it comes to de­liv­er­ing on prom­ises, be­tween mil­i­tary and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. The po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship failed to mod­ify our poli­cies on Afghanistan and Kash­mir. It also failed to ini­ti­ate any vi­able po­lit­i­cal process that may re­sult in the with­drawal of sol­diers from Fata and Balochis­tan. Be­sides this, the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship is also re­luc­tant to own mil­i­tary ac­tions in those ar­eas.. The in­abil­ity of the civil­ian gov­ern­ment in Balochis­tan is treated as busi­ness as usual, but the FC, oper­at­ing in the prov­ince on the or­ders of the civil­ian gov­ern­ment, is the tar­get of heated de­bate.

When it is time to act, the Supreme Com­man­der of Pak­istan's Armed Forces and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Fata, Asif Ali Zar­dari has so far felt no need to step on a sin­gle inch of these ar­eas. In­deed all the mess in the coun­try, es­pe­cially in Fata, Balochis­tan and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, is a re­sult of our in­cor­rect Afghanistan and Kash­mir poli­cies. As­fand­yar Khan Wali is chair of the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee and Maulana Fa­zlur Rah­man of the Kash­mir Af­fairs Com­mit­tee in par­lia­ment. They en­joy all the perks and priv­i­leges of a min­is­ter, but can they pro­vide any ev­i­dence of what they have achieved so far in these very im­por­tant com­mit­tees?

It seems the Swat op­er­a­tion ended cen­turies ago. But to this date the civil­ian gov­ern­ment has failed to take charge of af­fairs in Swat or pro­mul­gate their promised ju­di­cial sys­tem in the val­ley. The trial of ex-gen­er­als can be bet­ter un­der­stood when looked at through this larger per­spec­tive. The mil­i­tary feels that, while politi­cians are cel­e­brat­ing a fresh start, exser­vice­men have to face the mu­sic. Within the mil­i­tary, the same level of scep­ti­cism can be found about the me­dia.

Hav­ing stated all the com­plaints of the mil­i­tary, I re­quest our ju­di­ciary, politi­cians and the me­dia to ad­dress the is­sue and con­sider the valid com­plaints.

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