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Three 4 Star Appointments- CJSC, COAS, CSCA?

An Institutional and sustainable answer to the Gen. Raheel Sharif extension issue.

This is an updated version of a piece written earlier in 2016, after Gen. Raheel Sharif announced that he will be retiring in November 2016.

As the country went into a frenzy of "Will he..Won't he" the good general in his typical no nonsense soldier style (remember his ...Cold start ho Ya Hot start ho..hum thayyaar haen... speech)  gave his view. "No, I'm not".

So while most would agree it is in our national interest that he stays on there is significant divergence on "The Extension".

Clearly institutional strength far outweighs stop gap arrangements tailored to individuals. Our history is replete with such follies. So an extension to him would have  added to these long line of follies and its negative consequences.

Hence is there a solution? I believe there is. For many years there have been discussions about two things related to the Army Chief's role.

1. The…

Hussain Haqqani - Traitor or Nationalist?

My considered view is that HH was turned by the Indians in the early 80's, when he was in Hong Kong as a rabid Islamist, writing for the now defunct, Far Eastern Economic Review.

There. So much for the mystery of the blog title.

And this is where his journey started, to embed himself as an Indian mole, in Pakistan's governance structures.

And because of his radical Islamist views, he also caught Gen. Zia's fancy, the then Pakistani military dictator, who himself was a dyed in the wool, radical fundamentalist.

I don't have any evidence to substantiate my hypothesis, except Haqqani's subsequent actions, behaviors and career moves.

Incredibly, he's changed more political ideologies than a kid's diapers, to suit his masters, both Indian and Pakistani, and the needs of the times.

From a rabid Islamist Taliban like activist, to a right wing democrat, to a supporter of military intervention, to left wing secularist, he's been to pretty much every base!

Wor…

Another election under the same system?

For those advocating another election under this terrible, horrible, disreputable explotative system of loot, plunder, pillage and corruption currently in Pakistan.

Nothing is more unconstitutional than the "Constitutional"  rape, loot, plunder and corruption by Nawaz Sharir and his cronies and toadies.  Many masquerading as supporters of "democratic" values but really trying to promote this terrible and useless system to keep them in power. They must be eliminated and rooted out mercilessly.  If not this society will fall into anarchy.

My thoughts go back to the Supreme Court.

Recently they passed a landmark judgement on the rules of governance and limiting and defining how the PM exercised his authority. And if they can take up Panama and Model Town a significant headway can be made.

5 possible options on the table.

1. Judicial driven accountability. Most desired.

2. Street agitation to bring about resignation. Unforseen consequences.

3. A latent Kakar type eff…

A high level road map for Pakistan.

Martial Law is not the answer but we do need a system which can put shackles on the corrupt and provide good governance.

We can't hyperventilate ourselves blue in the face by justifying the massive corruption of Nawaz Sharir and his cohorts by criticising past Military interventions and giving a fellow Lahori a free pass as one dear friend advocates.

Here is what we need. No not Martial Law but a constitutional, judicial driven action supported by resignation of PTI PPP and perhaps MQM legislators,  leading to the dissolution of the present rotten stinking administration.

Several things essential before next elections. Otherwise we will have the same recycled crap back in power.

1.  Local government made immediately effective so that the public is not deprived of  administrative access to government.

2. Immediate appointment of capable people in public sector enterprises. PIA is already done with a very competent CEO and COO. This will start paying dividends in months.

3. Technoc…

On the Motorway incident - SSG officers and Motorway police.

Folks, two army officers embroiled themselves in an avoidable and embarrassing and ugly, situation.

This is typical of most engagements in Pakistan, involving civilians or military petsonnel, when questioned by law enforcement agencies, especially the police.

And especially again, if it involves egos and power play, further compounded if one is young, hot headed and arrogant.

And if one is an army officer and SSG, highly trained for combat, then it gets really complicated.

Everyday we see defiance of authority and law, by anyone who can.

Sons of politicians getting away with daylight murder.

A PM who robs the country in broad daylight has his and his children's guilt emblazoned in Panama headlines across the globe, yet flouts any and every law with impunity without any remorse OR shame.

A Chief Minister, who orders the cold blooded killing of 14 innocent people, is still in power, merrily squandering tax payers money on his "building trains in the air" spending spree!

Erdogan and post coup Turkey.

Here's something to think about.

If Erdogan uses the coup to go on a witch hunt against his political opponents he will undo all the good work he's done. The tragedy of success is that it engenders a feeling of being always right.

 Circumstances and environments change and smart leaders build on these to take their nations forward.

Long terms in positions of power and authority results in  complacency,  a desire to perpetuate their hold, and, consequently, becoming more and more repressive and authoritarian in their governance.

This leads to myopic thinking, that those who oppose them are out to subvert them, not realising that it's a response and reaction to their dictatorial style.

A fixed two term rule in countries which continue to progress and innovate is the critical factor which brings in new faces, new ideas, innovation and progress and development.

Erdogan had this luxury when he started and the real reason behind his spectacular success.

Since the past few year…