Let’s Call the Army



The Army’s role has been criticized at all levels in the recent years for being unfair with the political fiber, blamed for not having given the democratically elected governments a fair chance to excel; in the past, they have thrown out  many elected governments, even the judiciary was ousted. The Army, being the ‘Big Daddy’ of the country, has been on the roll in most of the country matters, whereas the political parties have got in power many times to perform but never succeeded at any level to get popularity among the masses to retain the power. Eventually, the Army was asked to rescue the country from the deteriorating situation on several occasions.

Army – the most powerful and effective institution in the country – should keep playing its role to keep the country rolling on the right track. The elected people are time bound and are elected after every 5 years; so every time they come, they start from the scratch, and  devise new policies for their tenure. But for any country to prosper, consistency of policies is very important.

With a democratically elected government being in power for the last 5 years, let me hit some dots to see the way they are taking us to. The last government, with their allies, ruled the country for the whole 5 years, and other than lauding “democracy is the best revenge”, they have done nothing to strengthen its pillars. The institutions had gone to hopeless levels, where corruption rules. The economy has been gutted, the rupee value hitting its lowest point ever. Power outrages were on the high; the power being with the civilian government, they should have worked for the betterment of the people and their security, they should have given people the opportunities to excel, they should have created jobs for them, made education available for all to uplift the living standard of the people, to call them back from poverty if democracy is the solution as the world portrays. But, unfortunately, it was the other way round; they proved to be self-centered people, agents of the West, ignoring the Nation’s interests, and they all worked to fulfill their own desires, fill their own pockets, increase their bank balances multiple times, and ultimately,created property here and abroad. Consequently, they were rejected in the May 2013 General Elections. Still, the people, forced to believe in democracy and wanting it to flourish, move out to vote, and this time, it is the previous Opposition that gets the power.

With the new Government’s stance of ‘friendly neighborhood is beneficial for the region’, the PM insisted on good brotherly working relations with India countless times, and urged India to come to the table and resolve the issues through dialogue; but India, in the madness of power, seems ruthless, creating disturbance at the LoC by violating the  ceasefire at various sectors, killing our soldiers and civilians to provoke the tension, violating the water treaty, allowing water to create havoc in the rivers flowing to Pakistan, destroying vast acres of agricultureal land, the Indian media playing its role as usual, bombarding news and views against Pakistan to derail the process of dialogue that was  scheduled for the coming month.
On the other front, the Afghanistan conflict – an issue yet to be resolved asks a lot to keep things moving on the right directions, the Army has been immensely involved on that front as well. In a situation charged with internal instability, insurgency, conspiracies and what not, the Army plays a pivotal role to secure the national interest of the country.

The Army is also always called for rescue efforts, be it earthquakes or floods, the Local Administrations fail every time everywhere. The successive Governments have even failed to strengthen the local government system, and have kept on fighting to decide on what should be the right local government system.

Keeping in view all these engagements of the Army, some people are still not convinced by the Army’s role; the traitors on media, in particular, constantly raise voices against the Army to create hatred between the people and their soldiers. The Government, rather than backing the Army and standing with them shoulder to shoulder, creates hindrance in their way.

Now Karachi, a metropolitan port city that is a trade and economical hub of the country, faces serious concerns; the city raises its eyebrows on the current law and order situation. Target killings, extortion (Bhatta Mafia) mafia, kidnap for ransom, drug mafia, land mafia, foreign hand involvement,* and influx of weapons in the city has made things worst. The politicized Police has miserably failed to get control over the situation. Traders are threatened by bullets sent to them in packets with the slip forced to pay the sum or get ready to face the consequences. Keeping in view the situation in the metropolitan city, traders/ associations have raised their concerns to the government authorities at all level, but the Government did not respond effectively, and the traders at last resorted to publish an advertisement in the newspaper regarding the (Talaash e Gumshudgi e Hukumat) “Search for the Missing Government”. The political parties having stakes in the city: all have their militant wings operational. The most popular party of the city, being in the government for the last 10 years, did nothing to resolve these issues; because as you dig deep, you will find their hands at the back of these mafias.

The Army operated against the biggest political party of the city in the 90s, the same party is now calling the Army again for surgical operations. Do they want to make a Syria-like situation here as well? Knowing the massive engagements of the Army in the current regional situation, the political parties, rather than dismantling their mafias, taking responsibility of their people and working closely with them for restoring peace of the city, want to open another chapter for the Army to deal with. I doubt their intent.
I leave a question for you, – If the Army has all the solutions, what is the use of the democratically elected government if they are not capable of anything? Even the elected government calls on the Army for everything. Why are the people against the martial law  then?

is a business graduate, working as a professional banker. He takes keen interest in the economics and socio-political affairs of Pakistan. Moiz Khan tweets @moizkhans

Discussion7 Comments

  1. Until we have the next Liaqat Ali Khan or ZAB we must be prepared to live under martial law if we want:

    1. Real Security
    2. An end to corruption
    3. Breathing space for real patriots of the nation

    We also must be prepared to allow the Amry to round the enemies of the state and send them tot he gallows and clean our nation.

    Allow the Army to complete a term, allow new political patriotic parties to be born from the ashes of a corrupt era in Pakistan’s politics.

    We do not care if the world turns their face away from us we know this will not be the case in reality because Pakistan is strategic for the growth and prosperity of not just the region but the world.

    We know our real friends will never turn their back from Pakistan and will appreciate such a move.

    However, we must ensure the Army is to complete this monumentous task within a term, 2 years or 4 years and MUST transition to a civil government.

    Do not make the mistakes of Musharraf and Zia Ul Haq but we as ordinary people also must work towards a better Pakistan and hold those who we put forward as representatives to run the nation be competent loyal patriots.

    This is the only solution that I see to take Pakistan out of the darkness and restore security and progress.

    The army is filled with loyal patriots, ordinary jawaans who are willing to die for this nation and are sacrificing for this nation & we should put our trust completely into them.

    We as the people of Pakistan will need to set important milestones for the Army to work too and when transition to a propserous, secure and peacefule Pakistan is reached = The Army must dissolve all powers and transition to a civilian government under their watchful eye.

    Like a child taking baby steps we need to mature as a nation again and pick up from where we were in 1960’s.

    The crux of our policy will be to distant ourselves from India, trade, people to people, any dialogue until they meet our conditions.

    Do not be afraid of finger pointing if such bold steps are taken because damned if we do and damned if we do not. “They” our enemies will damn us if we do take steps to correct ourslef as a nation or damn as if we do not – therefore why rely on them when we as a nation are self sufficient and more than capable to do what it takes to put destiny back on course.

  2. I think everyone should be confined in their own role rather than indulging others’ ones. We know the situation of the country needs to be improved but this does not means that army should take over everything.

    We realize that democratically elected governments didn’t performed well as compared to the army ruled ones but again……this is due to indulgence of the army in the politics. Had the democratically elected government prevailed from the very beginning since the establishment of Pakistan, the situation might be better than it is today . We took around 9 years to make our constitution compared to India who implemented their own within an year. This created instability and this continued with the passage of time.

    If you go through the entire history there was haphazard changing of system from democracy to martial law to democracy and so on. If the one system might have remained since beginning than situation might be better. The problem is the people of Pakistan don’t even have sense of election. They don’t know who to vote. But this election sense will come with the passage of time provided if this situation remained.

    The problem with us is that we expect the results within no time. Remember, Rome was not build in a day. The democratically elected person are among from us and so is army. I agree that performance of army rule was better in some cases but who says that army rule was totally clean and clear?? Take the example of last army rule in which corporations like Pakistan Steel and PTCL were privatized with the amount which was quite low with their actual worth. I am not saying that democratic leaders might have dealt it in a better or I am against privatization. If I was in the government I may have sold some shares (not all) to the public rather than selling these profitable organizations to the companies outside Pakistan.

    We should be patient and should not expect the results within no time. I you think that current government did not performed well then vote for other party in next elections or stand up in politics by yourself if you think you are capable enough to win the elections and make the situation better. But again…. change comes with the passage of time which you realize if you are in the government by yourself. But the system should be stable i.e. it should not be like democracy to army rule to democracy etc

  3. Writer represents the true break-up in the minds of the youth, until the politicians keep playing dirty behind the veil of democracy, all faith in democracy will be lost,,

    good effort, keep it up…

  4. The picture drawn here seems to be sad yet true! And what is even sadder is that our protectors usually do not even get their due respect from us. The question at the end also makes lots of sense!

    Good effort, Brother! Keep it up!

  5. pakistan’s political situation broadly thru his words… da article is written wid maturity keeping in vision dat no words used are harsh to dishearten reader’s view…
    i must congratulate for writing clearly da political situation wid positive intervention of army in such situations and especially da common man role in all in these situations

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