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Civil & military leaderships on one page

While dealin­g with variou­s issues facing the countr­y, the govern­ment and milita­ry seem to be on the same page

LAHORE: The impression of late is that the Nawaz Sharif-led government in Islamabad and the General Raheel Sharif-led military leadership in Rawalpindi are not on the same page; there is a difference in perceptions, ways of working and modus operandi to fight terrorism and deal with matters of foreign policy. Analysts mince no words saying that Nawaz and company are only providing a facade of a democratic dispensation, with the establishment dictating the terms of governance and actually ruling from behind the scenes.

I cannot understand why these analysts find the entire political scenario to be stage-managed. There is no high-level government meeting where the army chief and other military leadership are not present. Likewise, the prime minister and the army chief both visit and attend, simultaneously, events of national importance. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the government’s initiative and the outcome of the prime minister’s vision, and General Raheel Sharif is also seen owning it and vowing to protect it at all costs. While dealing with the various issues facing the country and even holding the by-elections, the government and military seem to be on the same page. Both the government and military leaderships must not get affected by all the propaganda trying to portray the military as the only arbiters of national policy. They must continue working in harmony in the national interest. There must not be any kind of ambiguity in the relationship, so that rumour-mongers do not waste the nation’s time.

Marya Mufty

Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2015.

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