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.
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.
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.