For a fresh start
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.