ALL'S NOT WELL - Civil-military ties set to worsen in Pak


Sep 7, 2015
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Omer Farooq Khan

Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat), an independent think tank focusing on democracy , governance and public policy in Pakistan, has claimed in its report for July that “all is not well with civil-military relations in Pakistan“.

The report, released on Wednesday, focused on the disqualification of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case judgment, predicting that relations between civilian and military authorities may worsen in the coming days.

According to Pildat Monitor, the supreme court judgment has evoked mixed reactions at home, while the outside world seems to have used a singular lens to view and interpret the developments.“That lens is that of civil-military relations and its impact on consolidation of democracy in Pakistan,“ it said.

“International media comments range from opinions that corruption is not the main reason for Sharif 's predicament but instead it is crossing the military by pursuing conciliatory policies towards India as well as Afghanistan and by reportedly demanding that Inter-Services Intelligence end its use of militant groups as tools of foreign policy,“ the report said.

It observed that the comments also allege that the PM's ouster was the result of the Pakistan supreme court collaborating with the army against civilian rulers.

“According to international media, lopsided civil-military relations in Pakistan have been at the heart of woes about democratic order in the country: civilian governments have always been hamstrung by the machinations of Pakistan's security forces, with their obsession over India, their aggressive investment in nuclear weapons and their double-dealing in Afghanistan,“ the monitor said.

It added that media analyses also raise concerns about consolidation of democracy in Pakistan after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, saying that the supreme court weakens the country's tenuous democracy and allows its all-powerful army to grab power without having to formally seize it.

Talking to Dawn about the report, Pildat president Ah med Bilal Mehboob said Nawaz Sharif 's statements against the military establishment have become more pronounced after his disqualification. On the other hand, the Pakistan army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, has also issued a statement towards upholding the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution.

He said the army did not give that sort of statement, and that such statements were issued usually by the foreign office or other ministries.

“I believe that civil-military relations will go from bad to worse and may create a crisis-like situation in the coming days. Moreover, there is a big difference in the civil-military points of view over relations with India and Afghanistan,“ Mehboob said.

Well, the bane of Pak is the military with their obsession with India. The new foreign minister Khawaja Asif is pretty anti Army. Can we expect more fireworks or will he be made to shut up by the Khakis? Security and foreign affairs are the domain of the Islamic Paki Army/ISI. Will Asif be able to wrest control from them? Seem highly unlikely.
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Jun 17, 2009
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This report is total nonsense , all that exists and controls Pakistan is the military backed by china and USA to some extent.

There is no such thing as civilian democratic power set up in Pakistan, every thing is controlled by military.


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Jul 23, 2014
Interesting report and comment. Thank you.
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