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Questioning The Judgment of Generals

By Sameer Shaharyar • Nov 19th, 2012 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • One Response

Heavens started falling as one former army chief and one former ISI chief were held responsible for meddling in national politics back in the early nineties. Chief of military himself took upon himself to threaten the judiciary and media and warned of consequences in wrapped words.

The prime reason which military circles give to shut up any criticism and convictions is that they are at wars. Look at our masters, oceans apart. America’s longest war is dragging on and their soldiers are dying too and they are getting nowhere and its a long shame for them. The morale of their military is down and suicide rate is increasing within their ranks. But as their generals are questioned publicly in media and by the state institutes, nobody is lamenting and threatening that these generals were the war heroes for Americans and they are at wars and all that emotional stuff.

It’s paramount and very important that media discusses the conduct of generals and their operations. Its very important that judiciary take notice any misconduct of generals. This will keep generals in check and they would avoid surrendering arms like 71, adventures like Kargil and Lal Masjid, and staging recurring coups. This will also keep them from meddling and twisting public mandate and indulging in politics and this will keep them from becoming business tycoons.

Our military like any military in the world is very much needed and should be respected and love but must not be considered as holy cows. Everybody should submit to the law including the judiciary and parliament and military shouldn’t be any exception.

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  1. Debate generated as a reult of Army Chief’s comments and observations, over a Cup of Tea, has sent tremors and Tsunami Warning. The main issues are; Were those officers, doing what they did,was in their official capacity or the personal ambition and official function were muddled up? The scurruing and yearning for institutional ownership of personal acts by Mr. Beg, leave much to be desired. He has to come clean on what was his relationship with the cast of characters on the collecting and giving end? What was the National Interest? Was it not personal interest? The truth be revealed or told, but it must be shared. Only complete disclousure by all will make us repent and make amends. As for concerns raised by Army Chief are not bombastic, as are emanating from Judiciary and Politicians. Media is a vehcle that has to intruduce the characters they carry on the screen and their rolls and let them say their piece and let the people be the judge. The important thing is, without regard to ones’ station in life, let him submit before ‘Due process’ and let there be that ‘Due Process’.

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