x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Power shutdown | Court timing change from October 1 | PDP zonal chief resigns from party over boycott of local bodies polls in J-K | Class 10 girl gang-raped by 4 senior students; Principal, wife arrested for terminating pregnancy | Soldier Missing After Unprovoked Firing From Pak In Jammu's RS Pura | 3 persons detained in Jammu over Rs 9 Lakh seized | JKBOPEE B.Ed. Entrance Test Jammu 2018 Merit List out at jkbopee.gov.in, Check Now | Indian, Pakistani troops trade fire on LoC in Poonch | Imran Khan's austerity drive fails to impress as govt cars' auction stops in first gear | Indian skydiver jumps off plane from 13,000 feet to wish PM Narendra Modi on his birthday | FIR against Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari for breaking lock of sealed house | Miscreants try to set ablaze Panchayat Ghar in Shopia | IMF estimates 'real' effective depreciation of Indian rupees | Terrorists hurl grenade at CRPF camp in Pulwama, one jawan injured | Of 99 tehsildars in JK, 46 are junior KAS officers, rest promotees | Will Congress also boycott civic elections? | PDP beats separatists in anti-poll rant | New Delhi 'ignores' PDP, Mehbooba fumes | Deleting names of displaced KPs from voter lists a 'big conspiracy' | HC stays recruitment notification for LC posts | Ahead of polls, police mull crackdown on separatists | Social Forestry officials swindle money in Rajouri office | Measles-Rubella awareness rally held | FC Revenue reviews progress of DILRMP | Prof Shant awarded Sharda Puruskaar | GCOE starts celebrations to mark Mahatma Gandhi's birthday | Kashmiri migrants can vote in 2018 civic polls: Election office | JK makes major headway towards 'Ease of Doing Business' | Arun Malhotra holds interactive session at Jodhamal | CIBMS would help plug the gaps along the IB in J-K: BSF | BJP betrayed people of Jammu, says Rana | Nirvana Academy organizes Painting Competition | We will have to strengthen our jawan: Dilbag Singh | Redress public grievances with sense of urgency: Vyas to Govt Deptts | MIER College organizes Ozone protection day | Jammu wins inter district tennis ball cricket tournament | GDC Bishnah organizes Extension Lecture | GDC Kathua felicitates winners of Inter Collegiate Badminton Tournament | GDC Akhnoor celebrates Ozone Day | KC College of Education celebrates Ozone Day | GGHSS Rehari organizes 'Painting Competition' | Vehicle with fake number plate, press logo seized by Kishtwar police | The love affair with Imran Khan is over, its back to business in Kashmir | The Pradhan Mantri’s ‘AASHA’ | Hunger strike of ReT teacher's, a deep concern | Tussle between poll boycotters and Government in Kashmir | 3 obsolete STPs strangle Dal | DC Kishtwar orders probe into death due to alleged medical negligence | Municipal polls: JK Cong leaders called to Delhi | Waste management in rural JK: HC seeks report from RDD | Udhampur awaits completion of SWM plant | 8 yrs on, no water flows in Dhamak Kul | Centre unhappy over delay in PMGSY, I&C projects | Police apprehend CAHO following allegations of sexual harassment | Militants kill soldier who was home to mourn son's death | Govt notifies revised SOPs for State Disaster Relief Fund | Court convicts ASI in corruption charges | PIL seeking CBI probe into selections made by PSC since 2015 | FC&I department embezzles crores after 2014 floods | Petition challenging SRO regarding NFS Scheme for KAS dismissed | Amid boycott calls, Rajnath urges parties to contest J&K rural, municipal polls | Locals intensify protest, demand rehabilitation | Swachh Bharat Mission fails to improve sanitation | GDC Majalta organizes Inter College Symposium | MHSSEF finalizes programme to celebrate Maharaja Hari Singh's birth anniversary | Residents celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi | Hillview Honda celebrates Customer Engagement Programme | GDC RS Pura organizes "What Can I Do to Clean My City" | Bovine smuggling bid foiled, 12 animals rescued | JKITIUF delegation attends meeting with Dir Tech Education | JK Bank holds DLRC meeting in Baramulla | Lok Mach Samba protest against district administration | 4 bovine smugglers held, 79 milch animals rescued | AFS receives 'Global Teacher Award 2018' | Pawan demands rational distribution of new degree colleges | 11 injured after mini bus hits boundary wall of Army camp | JK Bank adds three more ATMs to its network | Power shut down | Measles-Rubella awareness rally held | AIBCU seeks Governor's intervention for justice | CPMF seeks OROP for paramilitary forces Threatens to boycott upcoming Parliament elections | AVM criticizes anti general category policies of govt | Next mayor of JMC to be from Panthers Party: Harsh | TJAC's hunger strike enters 19th consecutive day | FMHWs stage protest, highlight genuine demands | Vishwa Bharati carries out action plan for Swachhta Pakhwada | Farmers training programme organized | Village Committee organizes 'Swacchta Abhiyan' | CGPWA kick starts 'Swachhta Hi Seva Campaign' | Labour Deptt organizes awareness camp | One held with illicit liquor | Grameen Bank conducts "Swachh Bharat Mission-Swachhata Hi Seva" campaign | KVK Reasi concludes vocational training programme | Back Issues  
 
news details
Imran Khan fits the bill for the Pakistan Army
Vikas Khanna9/6/2018 10:06:26 PM
About a week back, Imran Khan visited the Pakistan Army Headquarters at Rawalpindi. He was accorded a ceremonial welcome by the Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa and briefed on operational matters. He was accompanied by his senior cabinet colleagues, the Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information and Minister of State for Interior. Khan is said to have assured General Bajwa that his government shall provide all resources required to maintain the capability and capacity of the armed forces, while Bajwa assured Khan that the Army will not interfere in the functioning of his government. The bottom line that the army has set out is very clear, do not mess with us and we will allow you to function!
Pakistan military's penchant for ruling the country is not a secret. Military regimes, however, have been unable to command respect and recognition by the people and have been forced to usher in civilian governments due to public pressure. Mindful of the dire consequences if it fiddled with democracy and took direct control, the army went in for a tectonic shift in its policy! It started pulling strings from behind the scenes, especially so in the domain of foreign affairs and more so in the policy towards India. Defense budget, naturally, remained a holy cow where no political interference was possible.
Three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who enjoyed widespread support among the masses, attempted to establish his authority and has been unceremoniously ousted and jailed. The Pakistani army forced the judiciary to collude with it in first toppling Sharif from power on corruption charges and then sending him to jail. The army was miffed particularly with Sharif's attempts to improve relations with India. The generals had every reason to feel angry since they looked upon Nawaz Sharif as their protégé. Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) was the beneficiary in 1990, when the army engineered the defeat of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government.
With both PPP and PML-N out of its favour, the army needed a third political force. Who else could fit the bill other than Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf ((PTI) party? The army's tilt towards Imran became obvious when it gave tacit support when his party, which, along with the cleric Tahir ul-Qadri took out a march to Islamabad to seize Parliament in 2014 in its bid to oust the Sharif government. That Imran Khan and the Pakistani army were working in tandem was revealed by none other than the PTI president Javed Hashmi. At a press conference, Hashmi dropped a bomb by saying that Khan was plotting with the army to oust Sharif government and that some members of the country's top court were also involved.
The relations between the Army and PML (N) took a turn for worse when Pakistan's widely read newspaper, Dawn, published a news story in 2016 citing a meeting where in the civilian government told the senior military officials to do more on the fight against armed groups following the mounting international pressure. As expected, all hell broke loose and the military saw a vicious campaign against it by the Sharif government in leaking details of what was supposed to be a confidential meeting.
That proved to be the final straw. With the writing on the wall clear, Sharif started taking on the army more aggressively. His accusation that the army was not only in the know but facilitated the entire operation of a terrorist attack on the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people was a deliberate ploy. Sharif wanted to portray the image of his government as helpless and the military generals as main villains in the country's inability to fight against the militant groups as demanded by the US and other countries in exchange of financial assistance. While Sharif's attacks against military generals became shriller, he committed the gravest mistake of his life by simultaneously opening another front against the judiciary following the Panama paper leaks in which he along with his family and friends were named for their links with offshore companies. As the proverb goes: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend", the army and the judiciary joined hands to form a formidable alliance against Sharif, and it became clear that Sharif's days were numbered!
Imran Khan smelled the rat and petitioned the court which ordered the formation of a six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which included four members from Federal Investigation Agency, National Accountability Bureau and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). With majority of the members drawn from Pakistani military and intelligence, it was a known outcome. As expected, Sharif was found guilty and disqualified for holding public office.
Unlike previous elections, Pakistani military, this time, decided to prop up a government which lacked mandate and would always be dependent on it for running the affairs of the government and it homed on to PTI as its best bet. As the elections approached, lawmakers of Sharif's party were coerced into deserting the party with the threat of corruption charges. There were media reports of massive rigging during polls in favour of Imran Khan's party.
As it turned out, Imran's PTI emerged as the single largest political party but way short of the numbers to form the government on its own. It took several days before Imran could stitch together a government with support from several political parties most of which were backed by the Army.
With the sword of uncertainty permanently hanging over his head, Imran will not have the gumption to go against the Army, He is also smart enough to learn from the mistakes that Sharif made and is unlikely to repeat the same. This is an ideal situation for the Pakistani army as it can dictate its policies on the incumbent government. The only difference this time is that the army will have complete stranglehold on the government, unlike on earlier occasions when it restricted itself to foreign and defence policy issues. In Imran Khan, the army has found a perfect lame duck prime minister who will provide legitimacy to the military-controlled government.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU