Pakistan Army Chief Asked To Be Like India

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Pakistan’s army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is reported to asked about his officers to read a book on civil military relation in India. It was after a long time when General Raheel Sharif hung up his uniform, on his due date without seeking for any extension. This changeover made to the new Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa who has been appointed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif just 5 days before retirement of Gen Raheel Sharif, is very smooth. In Pakistan, where only 7 out of 15 Chiefs have left office on the appointed date, this was a significant milestone for civil military relations.

According to the press reports from both the countries, Pakistan’s army has denied that its chief Qamar Bajwa said that his country should be more like India. Last week, a Pakistani newspaper reported that the country’s army chief Qamar Bajwa urged officers “to emulate India“. Report also said that Bajwa also spoke at length about how India managed to make democracy work without involving the Army in governance.

Yesterday,  It was indicated in a cryptic tweet of Pakistan’s Major general Asif Ghafoor, the spokesman of the pakistan’s armed forces,  referring to Pakistan army chief Qamar Bajwa’s alleged  about  commenting “emulating India” . And this was only gleaned from the fact that Ghafoor tweet also included a news headline stating the same.

In his tweet he wrote,” Army staff’s Chief addressed the officers of Rawalpindi regarding the book ‘Army and Nation’ is an disinformation”.  Along with that a photograph of General Bajwa is tagged in this tweet the photograph is with incomplete caption that is cited as  ,”Army officers should learn from Indian democracy, says Pakistan army chief Qamar J.” He said country’s army is always been in his control and such views from its army chief could be seen as eroding the military’s predominance in the Pakistani society.

The Army Chief’s Glasnost, article titled “coordination not competition ” quoted that army chief saying something that was so unlike for the Pakistani army’s position that it caught immediate international attention. The Nation piece said General Bajwa, conveyed to his colleagues, in no unequivocal terms, that the Pakistan army must remain within the constitutional role defined for it and must not meddle in the civilian government.

Last week according to the reports of Pakistani newspaper, in December meeting held by Bajwa in which he said that the country’s army has no business trying to run the government” and said about how India managed democracy work without involving army into country’s governance.

During December meeting the Nation reported that Bajwa apparently urged officers to read a book “Army and Nation”, and the book written by Yale University professor Steven I Wilkinson. The book tries to attempts to explain why the democratic process in India has been a success.

That Pakistani newspaper article sent shockwaves through India and Pakistan, especially into Pakistan, which has seen military rule via coups as many as three times. And here’s the new Army chief appearing to denounce it.

Raheel Sharif had taken a strong line on internal security with crackdown in the Karachi and in Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal areas of North Waziristan. he became an extremely popular public face in country restricting the room for action by the civilian government but helped in no small measure by a concerted media campaign. But General Bajwa’s style is different because so far he has maintained a non controversial, low profile. Which has given Nawaz Sharif to act against terrorist Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-dawa leaders in his home in province of Punjab?

According to an unconfirmed report General Bajwa believes in shackling jihadist groups who have so far been supported by the military establishment. At the same time, he is not keen on any drastic action. After serving many years on the Line of Control, General Bajwa is seen as the person who understands the dynamics of the security situation there.

In response to a question from the audience after his address General Bajwa, asked the officers to stop thinking about the country’s politics and focus on improvements within the Army. Nation’s press write,” There has been no attempt till now to portray General Bajwa as a parallel, competing powerhouse, with strong political undertones, unlike the past when an campaign was directed and aimed at raising the profile of the then army chief to mythic proportions.”

While General Bajwa through his statement has stressed that the army will support and assist civilian government for national interest.

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