By Dr Shahid Qureshi : –
Nawaz Sharif who himself failed in all professions in his life selected a number four in the seniority list of Generals to be the next chief of army staff ignoring the merit and seniority. Although he himself grew up in military pots and manure watered by General Jilani now seek opinion and nods from abroad.
A personality and profiling security expert said: “Nawaz Sharif severely suffers from inferiority complex and bi-polar personality disorder which made him do things which are beyond imagination. He always wanted to be in a position of power and may be in uniform. His application for the appointment as naib-tehsildar to General Jillani is part of the national archives and later he joined civil defence. He was sent to actor Rangeela (Saeed Khan) by his late father for acting training after which late legend actor Rangeela send him back by saying ‘he cannot be taught anything’.
Nawaz Sharif joined Pakistan Railways a ‘Colie’ so he could play cricket. He was never good in the game and always had his own empires. Now this part of Pakistani politics and rules is disgraceful that prime minister is selecting these Generals with his discretion and not based on merit. All these discretionary powers are abused and sometimes does in justice to the deserving professionals in armed forces and civilian bureaucracy which is already destroyed.
When he was exiled in Saudi Arabia, he and his brother decided to have hair transplant. Can one imagine a twice prime minister of Pakistan going through painful stapling of hairs in his head? It is that complex which made him select a team around him which is much inferior than him. Look at his bi-polar personality he chooses a number four junior General Qamar Bajwa or current General Raheel Sharif who was number three in seniority list as Army Chief and number 4 or 5 in the seniority list as Air Chief like current Air Marshal Sohail Aman or old woods like Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatmi to run the foreign office of 7th Nuclear State. He appointed Saeed-u-Zaman Siddiqi (80) as governor of the most troubled and important province Sind is admitted in hospital in 48 hours of his appointment.
I had a chance to travel with Nawaz Shairf as a passenger on PIA flight from Lahore to London few years ago. As my senior old Ravian (Government College Lahore) and former prime minister I always treated him with great respect and said my greetings to him every time I see him. By the way I gave him an important article about Pakistan’s nuclear capability and nuclear doctrine published in an international journal sent to me by Naeem Salik an expert on the subject. I am not sure if he read that article in long haul flight or not. I believe he must have when he had few moments from his grandchildren traveling with him. As a professional, I did not feel comfortable to have a hard talk style interview with him as he was with his family and enjoying food and drinks. Well his PA gave him a newspaper and I thought he was going to read but then to my surprise, PA gave him an electric shaver and he shaved just before landing at Heathrow Airport.
I thought there may be some press but instead his PSO Zubair Gul now PML-N leader in UK who was sitting next to me was arrested by the British Security and police at the airport. We later found out it might be some tax matters. But police don’t arrest people arriving from abroad for some unpaid council or income tax?
Maybe it was a message to the boss. I am not sure but Brits are good at subtle messaging, and to be honest they know every corrupt and bent politician of Pakistan. What make them strong is their knowledge in advance via 5 (I’s) close collaboration with each other, these are five sisterly intelligence agencies are of Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Most of the wealth and wives of Pakistani politicians are hidden in these countries.
I wrote some time ago there will be a time when stolen wealth of these Pakistani politicians will become a national security threat to Pakistan. It has now. Can you imagine grade 20 level officials are enough to run Pakistan from abroad and its politicians be it NRO (so called National Reconciliation Ordinance by Gen Pervez Musharaf and Gen Ashfaq Kiyani with late Benazir Bhutto) or dispute between local politicians these officials are in it? This is how politicians have downgraded the country.
I think Gen Raheel Sharif was excellent in understanding the criminal strategy of Zardari and Nawaz Sharif: ‘drag in the army into politics, damage the institution, serve the foreign masters and run off with the stolen wealth’. I do believe that politicians should not be over criticised as they are to run the country but Pakistan has a criminal political elite of may be 3000 people and about 2000 bureaucrats who are supporting this corrupt system of mafia as well as secret sectarian parallel governments.
Few days ago, an unpaid TV reporter embarrassed Nisar Ali Khan, interior minister at Pakistan High Commission in London about some permission to conduct a meeting in Islamabad. If a reporter in Islamabad or Pakistan, ask this question that make sense but after long time asking this question in London suggests only one thing that it was planted. Interestingly Shela Raza deputy speaker of Sind Assembly asked the same question in SAMA TV program Agenda 360 on 26 November 2016, that is how secret government function.
The way to handle these criminals is empowering the judiciary and judges in Colombian style swift justice and taking special measures, as judiciary in USA did and took ‘special measure for special situation’.
This Karachi operation is a trap for the army by the foreign powers with the help of their assets in all political parties. It should not be dragged on and on. The judiciary need to take some historic decisions and Suo motto on the issues and scandals like ‘Panama Leaks and ‘Dawn Gate’ which concerns national security. These two issues are greatest challenges to the new Chief of Army Chief and he must not feel obliged to Nawaz Sharif as he wants Gen. Bajwa to feel personally obliged.
As someone said: “no one can ride on your back unless it is bent’.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), Turkish TV, LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015, March 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Khomeini and visited Tehran University. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He is a PhD in Political Psychology and studied Law at a British University)