Bringing Pakistan back from the brink



  • Karachi operation started purely as a civilian affair, with Sindh Rangers assisting the Karachi Police, as per request from the Sindh government. To emphasize its civilian nature, Sindh Chief Minister was designated to be the Captain (in charge) of the operation. However, after operation at Nine Zero, Sindh Corps Commander rushed to congratulate the D.G. Rangers, thus dragging the army into it. In any case, the Rangers already have active service military personnel seconded to the force at officer level, so it does have close connections with the military anyway. And then the army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif also became involved in the Karachi operation, thus tying military prestige with it.

    It is indeed true that the Sindh Rangers, along with the Karachi Police are doing some really useful and much needed work in Karachi. However, there are some complaints from MQM, like the operations being a bit more MQM-centric than perhaps it need be. While the persons involved in criminal activities have to be subjected to due course of law, the arrest of MQM workers collecting voluntary donations for charitable work, arrest of sector and unit in charges just for being so, and without any evidence of their involvement in criminal activities, as well as alleged torture, extra-judicial killings and disappearances are definitely unwarranted.

    Even while the MQM, which holds the mandate of the people of Karachi, protested strongly about the discrimination against it, the ruling party mocked it insisting that the operation was being conducted in a completely unbiased manner and is not directed against any specific party. However, the minute Sindh Rangers caught some of its officials for corruption, and it was feared that the continuation of this sort of activity could lead to higher ups in Sindh, hell broke loose and Asif Ali Zardari made the much more than a strong speech. Not only that but the Sindh Chief Minister sent a strong letter to the D.G Rangers, asking him to operate within the mandate given to him. Sindh Chief Minister also complained to the Federal Interior Minister who promised to address his reservations, and perhaps fearing that if the move against corrupt Sindh Government officials is not stopped now, it could eventually endanger other provincial government officials and even the federal set up. So, perhaps a compromise was struck and the powers of Sindh Rangers have been extended only for thirty days instead of the usual four months and according to press reports, their area of operation has been restricted to Karachi division only. Thus the ageing Sindh CM who does not even seem to be sure of the Karachi population and describes it variously as twenty crore and even twenty two and a half crore has successfully turned the tables on Sindh Rangers, support of Karachi Corps Commander and army chief notwithstanding.

    All this comes as a great disappointment to the people of Pakistan who were beginning to hope that the army chief, who has the necessary power as well as full support of the masses, will conduct a large clean up operation, bring Pakistan back from the brink and put it on a sound foundation.

    It will be great shame if he were to hold back from the path he embarked on because such a step would take the over-confidence and arrogance of the crafty and corrupt politicians to new heights and dash all hope for the betterment of Pakistan for all times, because there may not be another chance.

    The people of Pakistan would request the military high command to liaise with the Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as other competent and concerned people of integrity and organize taking of the following steps which are quite within its capability, given the goodwill it has successfully created for itself through bold actions that it has taken recently:

    1-Arrange holding of a national population census on urgent basis and organize delimiting of constituencies according to it.

    2- Continue the anti-corruption drive in an impartial manner, in all provinces and not just in Sindh province.

    3- See to it that the corrupt elements are duly convicted by the courts.

    4- With the help of the superior judiciary, arrange to get clear interpretation of articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution which deal with the eligibility of the assembly aspirants, and get these developed in a checklist form for easy and unbiased application by personnel deputed to check the eligibility of the candidates for the assembly seats, as well as for other elections like those of local governments etc. In short, the army should ensure that the corrupt elements are not allowed to re-enter the assemblies by taking advantage of the weaknesses that exist in the vetting process presently.

    5- Reform the electoral process in consultation with concerned persons of repute, and consider doing away with the provision that requires senior election officers to be picked up from among retired judges. This restriction creates an unfortunate situation where aged persons are entrusted with the duty of completing a very strenuous exercise within a short time span which may well be beyond their capacity because of age.

    6- Arrange holding of free, fair and transparent elections and go back to the barracks, just keeping an eye on the state of affairs to ensure that things do not start deteriorating again in a big way.

    7- As much as possible, try to ensure that between now and the elections, competent persons of integrity are placed as heads of important government departments and state-owned entities.

    It looks like a tall order, but if the military is serious in putting the country on a sound footing, all this will have to be done, and it is not beyond its capacity to do, or to get done.

    However, the army should avoid getting involved in matters for which it has little training, temperament and capability, like taking over the government. Taking such a step would only mess things up, and bring a bad name to the army, like it did in the past. It should let the political process function in the normal way, cleaned of all the filth which makes the present political process not democracy but a coalition of various mafias disguised as provincial and federal administration, joining hands to protect and promote their selfish interests at the cost of hapless masses of Pakistan.

    Karachi



  • On the whole a very good write. The good thing is you tried to be on no-one side but still summed up almost all the pros and cons that this country is entangled with.

    The only flaw that I find is you have addressed Army to request Supreme Court for various reforms and corrections - wrong number. When Army is doing some fine jobs while remaining within its domain, its parlaiment members to stand up and deliver (like election reforms, redifination of article 62 & 63). One more thing, depoliticize and make entirely independent both Election Commission and Estesab Commission.



  • "The only flaw that I find is you have addressed Army to request Supreme Court for various reforms and corrections - wrong number"

    I concur. Army is rightful place is barracks. Its job is to defend the country when attacked by an external enemy. It can play a part in resolving a difficult domestic situation of law and order buy only if invited by the Civil Government to do so.

    Judiciary's job is to deliver justice efficiently and without prolonged delays.

    If Army and Judiciary are invited to interfere in almost every matter of the state then the result will be disastrous. There are plenty of signs of it already happening.

    @SRH Hashmi

    If MQM holds the mandate for Karachi, it does not mean that the Provincial or Central Government cannot take action to remedy a law and order situation. If a political party is only interested in one city of the country and does not contest elections in the rest of the country, then I would submit that, that party is not interested in the country but just one city.

    We have example of PPP not contesting a single sear in then East Pakistan and then not conceding other party's election victory. The result was "Udhar Tum, Idhar hum" and so on....

    Karachi cannot be made a "No Go Area" for someone MQM does not like. Reminds me that Imran Khan was not allowed to enter in Karachi once and had to return from the Airport. What a mandate!!!



  • "The only flaw that I find is you have addressed Army to request Supreme Court for various reforms and corrections - wrong number"

    I concur. Army is rightful place is barracks. Its job is to defend the country when attacked by an external enemy. It can play a part in resolving a difficult domestic situation of law and order buy only if invited by the Civil Government to do so.

    Judiciary's job is to deliver justice efficiently and without prolonged delays.

    If Army and Judiciary are invited to interfere in almost every matter of the state then the result will be disastrous. There are plenty of signs of it already happening.

    @SRH Hashmi

    If MQM holds the mandate for Karachi, it does not mean that the Provincial or Central Government cannot take action to remedy a law and order situation. If a political party is only interested in one city of the country and does not contest elections in the rest of the country, then I would submit that, that party is not interested in the country but just one city.

    We have example of PPP not contesting a single sear in then East Pakistan and then not conceding other party's election victory. The result was "Udhar Tum, Idhar hum" and so on....

    Karachi cannot be made a "No Go Area" for someone MQM does not like. Reminds me that Imran Khan was not allowed to enter in Karachi once and had to return from the Airport. What a mandate!!!





  • Would you kindly always provide the source of the news, a web link please!!





  • ایک نیک نیتی سے کیا گیاسطحی سا تجزیہ اور غیر عملی تجاویز

    جب ہم اشتیاق احمد کی انسپکٹر جمشید اور کامران مرزا کے جاسسوسی نوولس پڑھتے تھے تو معاملات کو ایسے ہی سادے سے انداز دیکھتے تھے جو بات سمجھنے کی ہے وہ یہ کہ امن و امان کا حصول اوراقتصادی ترقی کرنا کویی انہونی نہیں ہے خاص طور پر کم مدّت کے لئے تو بلکل بھی مشکل نہیں ہے جیسا کہ ایوب خان اور مشرف کے ادوار میں ہوا ہے اور دونو ہی فوجی ادوار تھے مگر پایدار اور طویل مدتی ترقی کے لئے آپ کو پھییا ایجاد کرنے کی ضرورت نہیں ہے اور محب وطن جورنیلوں کی ضرورت تو بلکل بھی نہیں ہے ملک کو ترقی کی راہوں پر گامزن کرنے کے لئے جورنیلوں اور عدلیہ کی رہنمائی کا نہ تو آئینی کردار ہے، نہ انکا منصب اور تربیت اور نا ہی انکی استطاعت.چڑیا گھر میں پلا بڑا رحم دل بھیڑیا اگر جنگل میں جاکر ہرن کو شکار ہوتا دیکہ کر جنگلاتی زندگی کے قدرتی توازن کو چھڑنے کی کوشش کرے گا اور شیر کے لئے رکاوٹ پیدا کرے گا تو طویل مددت میں جنگل تباہ ہوجاے گا

    تمام لوگوں کو خصوصاً پنجاب کے لوگوں کو جو کہ باقی ماندہ پاکستان کے ٦٠% پر مشتمل ہیں معاملات کے تجزیہ اور ھل تجویز کرتے ہویے چوهتے صوبوں کی خود مختاری کا احترام کرنا چاہیے جب سپاہ، سیاسی قیادت، عدلیہ، میڈیا، تجزیہ نگار، صحافی،بلاگر وغیرہ کا تعلق ٩٥% ایک صوبے سے ہو اور یہ سب اتفاق کرلیں کے مسلہ چوہٹے صوبہ جس میں اکثریت کا کویئ مینڈیٹ نہیں ہے سے ہے اور ڈنڈے کے زور پر مسلہ ھل کرنا ہے تو یہ تعمیر نہیں بلکے بربادی ہوگی.

    سوال یہ پیدا ہوتا کیا ان ظالم اور کرپٹ سیاست دانوں کو ملک لوٹنے کی اجازت دے دی جائے؟ جی ہاں بلکل حضور آپ اس سلسلے کو چلنے تو دین، آپ کیوں قدرت کے کے نظام میں ٹانگ اڑانے کی کوشش کرتے ہیں زرداری نے پیپلز پارٹی اور الطاف حسین نے متحدہ کو پچھلے کچہ سالوں میں شدید نقصان پہونچایا ہے حالت یہی رہے تو ٢٠١٨ کے انتخابات میں پیپلس پارٹی اندروں سندھ کا مینڈیٹ بھی کهو سکتی ہے مگر فوجی آپریشن اس میں مصنوی جان ڈال دےگا اور عوام ٢٠٣٥ تک بلاول اور آصفہ سے زرداری اور بیبی کی لازوال داستانیں سنتے رہیں گے



  • I think Orya Maqbool Jan has analyzed it in a better way.

    When a primary care Doctor cannot treat your medical condition, you have to go under the care of a specialist. The cancer of corruption (in every shape or form) is so deep rooted now that it needs a long term (a generation) plan and treatment.



  • We are entangle in a web of quagmire. We copy/paste or produce excerpts of media's magic rabbit coming out of hat. They never can truly analyze and tell the facts. Any one trying so gets either killed or five bullets to come into senses with caution be ready for the consequences. About politicians, yes they are corrupt but it is essential for their survival. If one institution (I don't want to name it) is audited some shocking figures would come out. Media cannot highlight this, so all hellfire on politicians for which they (media) are highly paid. Aisha Siddiqa remained in exile for ten years or so for writing "Military Inc." and came to Pakistan only when top brass forgave her and she started writing for them.