PM sacks his min­is­ter un­der 'no rift with army' pol­icy

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - Javed Mah­mood

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has got res­ig­na­tion from one of his min­is­ters, Sen­a­tor Mushahidul­lah, who gave a con­tro­ver­sial in­ter­view about the ex-DG ISI's role in last year's sit-ins that he claimed were aimed at top­pling the PML(N) gov­ern­ment and Chief of Army Chief Gen. Ra­heel Sharif. Sen­a­tor Mushahidul­lah, who was given the port­fo­lio of Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change gave an in­ter­view to BBC last week in which he said the Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif showed an au­dio to the army chief in which Gen­eral Za­heerul Is­lam was giv­ing in­struc­tions to PTI, PAT lead­ers and oth­ers to takeover the PM House dur­ing the decisive phase of 'dharna', etc.

Mushahidul­lah fur­ther told BBC that the army chief called the DG ISI Za­heerul Is­lam dur­ing meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter in which DG ISI con­firmed his voice in the au­dio tape and then Gen. Ra­heel Sharif asked him 'you can go now'.

This state­ment of the Fed­eral Min­is­ter Mushahidul­lah heated up con­tro­versy and the ISPR im­me­di­ately is­sued a de­nial of the au­dio tape and termed base­less the claims of the min­is­ter. Like­wise, Prime Min­is­ter spokesman also is­sued a strong worded de­nial of au­dio tape and said the state­ment of Mushahidul­lah was base­less and that the au­dio take that he talked about does not ex­ist.

On the other hand the PM sought ex­pla­na­tion from the min­is­ter about his in­ter­view and then got res­ig­na­tion from him to send a mes­sage that if any other min­is­ter or PML(N) leader dared to cre­ate a rift be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the army would meet with the same fate.

The Prime Min­is­ter, how­ever, did not take any no­tice of the sim­i­lar state­ments of Khawaja Asif, who holds dual port­fo­lios of Min­istry of De­fence and Wa­ter and Power. Khawaja Asif was the first min­is­ter who raised the is­sue of au­dio tape and coup con­spir­acy, but the PM and the PML(N) over­looked it.

The PM be­came sud­denly ac­tive and en­raged when Sen­a­tor Mushahidul­lah once again raised the is­sue of coup plan of ex-DG ISI against the gov­ern­ment. It is be­cause Sen­a­tor Mushahidul­lah was quite a weak min­is­ter as com­pared to Khawaja Asif and the Prime Min­is­ter found it easy to sack him to end un­easi­ness in the army's cir­cles and to fore­warn his min­is­ters and party lead­ers of a strict ac­tion.

Many po­lit­i­cal cir­cles are of the opin­ion that Nawaz Sharif had taken a right de­ci­sion by sack­ing Mushahidul­lah, be­cause rift with army was nei­ther in the in­ter­est of the gov­ern­ment nor in the coun­try.

Pak­istan Army is fight­ing the decisive phase of war against the mil­i­tants and at this time any rift be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the army could dam­age the on­go­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion and can harm the democ­racy and peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts be­lieve that Prime Min­is­ter is now en­joy­ing good un­der­stand­ing with the Army Chief and both are work­ing to­gether to achieve the goals of the war on terror. The gov­ern­ment-army rift that was at its peak dur­ing PTI-PAT's sit-ins has van­ished like ' dharnas' and like those who were giv­ing in­struc­tions to the PTI-PAT lead­ers to oc­cupy PM House and cre­ate an­ar­chy in Is­lam­abad.

Pak­istan is now mov­ing to­wards eco­nomic growth, sta­bil­ity and peace and this trend cou­pled with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the China-Pak Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor Pro­ject is ex­pected to change the shape of the coun­try in com­ing years.

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