According to foreign press reports; the Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari, has rejected a proposal by the powerful Army Chief, Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, to remove some[so called] “corrupt” ministers who happen to be the close aides of Mr Zardari.
Islamabad, Oct. 10: The Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari, has rejected a proposal by the powerful Army Chief, Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, to remove some “corrupt” ministers who happen to be the close aides of Mr Zardari, a media report said.A report in the Time magazine said that the situation is not in the favour of the government following the differences between Gen. Kayani and the President Mr Zardari.The report said that the civilian government in Pakistan is at a loss and once again the Army is flexing its muscles to install a new civilian setup.What got the rumour mills going on this time was a leak that Gen. Kayani, in a meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr Yousaf Raza Gilani, and Mr Zardari, demanded the removal of several Cabinet ministers because of alleged corruption.But fears are that the military was positioning itself to install a new civilian government because Mr Zardari did not agree to the suggestion of the Army Chief to remove his close aide from the Cabinet. The report said that the rumours of a pending coup were a popular dinner-party topic. It said that the military, after all, had directly ruled Pakistan for more than half of the 63 years. The report also quoted a senior Western diplomat as saying that extreme depression was being expr-essed due to the corruption of the present government.
Pakistan is a democratic parliamentary federal republic state-and we as a nation don’t need the army for keeping checks and balances in the state and society.
It is not the army chief’s prerogative to suggest or direct/dictate civilian elected government, Chief of Army staff’s role and limitations are clearly defined within the constitution. So therefore I view that demand unconstitutional, indecent or offensive to democratic moral values. Functions of Armed forces and their boundaries are clearly defined within the Constitution.
Lets say hypothetically or suppose, if the stories and accusations [of corrupt ministers] are true, it doesn’t mean that army or it’s Chief intrude in the civilian domain. It’s simply Prime minister or government’s prerogative to drop or induct any minister.
In a democratic dispensation, its traditional norms and practices that if some group have any reservations or objection they can raise the issue in parliament through their representative. It’s purely legislature/parliament domain.
Armies are formed for a very important task to defend and guard the borders.That is the only task which the armies are performing through out the world, they are not doing politics and checking democratic process, as it’s not their duty, right and privilege. We have to keep in mind that the army is certainly not the solution to the political and democracy related challenges as we have tried several militiary regimes and dictators in the past as well and we all know that they dismantled and obliterated our social, economic, political and cultural fabric.
This time the whole world is keenly and closely watching democratic process in Pakistan, so my suggestion is, in light of the present circumstances Army and it’s chief should avoid playing the favourite game [in the 90’s style fashion]
“pulling the strings from behind the scenes to achieve favorable ends” .
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