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Not that I have lesser faith on the capabilities of newly appointed COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa , what concerns me more is the fact that our Political Elite instead of appointing someone who can prove to be a better for the country rather picks or choose men for the offices who they think will not be any threat for them.

 

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I have great regards and I am fond of many of initiatives that General Raheel Shareef took during his tenure, despite many people criticizing him for some political reasons relevant or irrelevant, I won’t get into the details of those accounts here, as their point of view can be personal or political in nature and I do not want to limit my thoughts to one point or the fact only, killing scope of my take on Gen Raheel Shareef.
Earlier during the appointment of General Pervez Musharraf, General Raheel Shareef as Army Chief and now of General Qamar Javed Bajwa, basic criteria or assessment matrix was to see who is lesser harmless to the political interests of the ruling party. All these three chiefs appointed by Nawaz Sharif, only point that he and his advisers emphasized more on was new Chief has to be lenient to them, that is a different thing that time proved them to be otherwise and for all the right reasons however, General Qamar Javed Bajwa is still untested and I am quite sure of the fact that he will also without coming any political, local or international influence will continue serving Pakistan and it’s interests, geo-politically and internally both. 

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Pakistan Army is probably the only institution on which we can trust fully putting our faith to it that it brings forward people on merit, knowing the internal assessment criteria that exist in the organization and it lack tendency of introducing nepotism unlike Civil Institutions.
Also sometimes it’s hard to pick and choose the best men as it’s the institution formed on the gentlemen with unique traits or in other words pros and cons, rest is assured every Army Officer works in better interest of Pakistan. It is hard to say who served better than who, as every person who gets onto the seat brings along his own understanding about certain matters based on his experience working with this prestigious organization.
I believe and hope that in the years to come Pakistan Army will add on the procedure of bringing forward the officers purely on the basis of seniority with no so called ineffective supreme commander in chief of the armed forces or the people with their vested interests handpicking any of the officer for their personal and political interests overlooking the services of the other officers. This can politicize the only credible institution we have, when Supreme Court can bring forward the man with seniority to the position why can’t it be done in the Armed Forces of Pakistan?
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Today, I am forced to think and what I’m thinking is that how we let go some of the super finest officers like Gen (r) Haroon Aslam, Gen (r) Tariq Khan and now soon to be Gen (r) Ishfaq Nadeem just because their stance on non state actors and their domestic facilitators, to whom rulers thought these officers could become a threat for their vested interests, not tolerating their corrupt practices, their incline towards enemies of Pakistan and will force them to ensure transparency and good governance which could have forced the ruling elite to follow their footsteps hence all these brilliant officers were superseded in their respective tenures. To set the record straight this adventurism was started by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and still its being practiced in Pakistan.
Qamar-Bajwa.jpgGeneral Qamar Javed Bajwa is a newly appointed Army Chief of my beloved Army and I have great respect and honor for him and I extend my full support as a concern and responsible citizen for my Sippah Salaar also I wish General Raheel Shareef a long healthy and prosperous life ahead. People who are criticizing him shall realize there is a capacity to which a person can be stretched and let to perform.
In countries like Pakistan, where people are more critiques and lesser cooperative it is not any individual’s failure to not to perform to it’s full capacity, it is our collective failure if we put the whole burden on an individual/group and expecting him to clear all the mess that we all have created.

Before I sign off, I think it’s a great a hypocrisy at the such people’s end who had been voting the failures in past and recent days and expected General Raheel Shareef to clean their and their electable’s dirt. In my humble view, General Raheel Shareef’s job was to secure Pakistan from internal and external threats to which he neutralized mainly with the initiation of Operation Zarb e Azb, Operation Awaran, Karachi Operation and Operation Khyber One. In my humble view, political mess, disqualification of the candidates, legal action and accountability has to be ensured by Civil Institutions like Supreme Court of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau, Election Commission of Pakistan, National Assembly, Federal Investigation Agency, Intelligence Bureau and Federal/Provincial Police and not duty of General Raheel Shareef or of the Armed Forces of Pakistan.

It was the conduct of General Raheel Shareef against the terrorists which let Pakistanis associate all their hopes with him in no time. We need to analyze his tenure realistically as we were unfair in linking hopes with him in many of the areas which didn’t even fell in his domain and mandate. Before you criticize General Raheel Shareef be honest and revisit his tenure as Army Chief, you will see many great successes and accomplishments where he went out of the way and completed or initiated them including CPEC, Shanghai Cooperation, our formal entry into Nuclear Services Group and many more.
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I will surely miss General Raheel Shareef and I pray to Allah that this honorable institution of Pakistan Army keep giving us gallant and valor officers like him, who not only earned respect from Pakistan but from the International Community as well.

Good Bye General Raheel Shareef, we will surely miss you and hope that newly appointed Army Chief will not let us miss you that much.

Amaan Tareen is a blogger, Media Strategist, Politicial Commentator and Film Maker. He tweets at @AmaanTareen

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By: Amaan Tareen

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Its extremely disturbing to see the current state of affairs in Pakistan. Country is politically unstable ever since Politically backed Independent Judiciary Movement was initiated in 2007, to serve the interest of the status quo in Pakistan. Irony is that every Political Party today, claims to have been serving Pakistan but the reality is contrary to what they say.

During last 72 hours, we felt disgusted to see insulting remarks exchanged between Political Parties not only for their Leadership but, also for their voters. International Media picking up all these headlines and portrayed Pakistan as a Country that is the 8th Nuclear Power in World with country heading towards a Civil War.

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What we always forget is that there is something more supreme than our Personal and Political Interests and that is “PAKISTAN“. Politicians are dividing the Nation in groups, with their supporters seen busy abusing each other on Media and clearly not aware of the long term consequences of this awful situation, under such circumstances sanity must prevail.

Politicians unnecessarily dragged Army in their dirty politics. Political Parties themselves are derailing the Democratic process in the Country.When things will go beyond their control, eventually Army will have to intervene, then they couldn’t blame Military for conspiring against Democracy, as then they will be ignoring their negative role.

Pakistan’s Military is closely monitoring the on-going tension in Country. At many points Military has expressed displeasure on current state affairs, as at this point when Military is busy on it’s Eastern and Western Borders fighting a war against Terrorism they seek Political Stability in Country. Pakistan’s Military can be taken as best example, where no sense of discrimination exist as they strictly follow the moto of Quaid-e-Azam;

                                              ” Unity, Faith and Discipline “

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Here, I must give credit to General (R) Pervez Musharraf for reviving Pakistaniyat through his slogan “Pakistan First” which set our priorities to the right. Pakistan need individuals which are less political, wish to do something for Nation. Under General (R) Pervez Musharraf’s Tenure, youth was less political, they were encouraged to focus on their studies and serve this land as responsible citizens. Unemployment had reduced, Government Sponsored Scholarship Programs were introduced for Best Universities in the World. Society was not polarized like it has become in last 8 years.

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What our Youth is busy in discussing on Social Media

General awareness about the core issues is very important, during Pakistan’s Independence Movement, Quaid-e-Azam encouraged youth to play their part which had no Political Motives but was purely for the greater cause.

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Today, all Political Parties have Youth whose role is limited to its Party Interest. It is not a good sight to see our Youth in countering each other by trending slogans against each other.

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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto , founder of Pakistan People’s Party was the first Politician who exploited the emotions of Pakistani Youth for his Agenda that benefited his Career for shorter period since then country has not seen stability.

Our youth has all the potential that can be transformed for the betterment of Pakistan, and also it will benefit our future Generations. This Land belongs to us and we have certain responsibilities towards it.

People mix the meaning a Politician with a Leader, though;

A politician thinks of the next election. A leader, of the next generation. – James Freeman Clarke

Politicians need to revive the values of Tolerance, sense of Pride being Pakistani National in their Youth. Positive criticism during a routine debate is good as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments.

Youth need to see the other side of the picture which they mostly miss, here is my take on the recent issue that made Country’s Political Conditions tensed. PTI supporters missed the card played by PPP in Sindh against MQM, over which Chairman of PTI Imran Khan issued immaturity by blaming MQM without knowing the fact that JIT report did not had MQM’s name mentioned, in fact it was based on assumptions of one of the accused personnel who himself is not really sure about it. Even, if they thought MQM was involved they could have disagreed decently without abusing each other.

With these remarks of Imran Khan things went worse at this crucial time when Nation has challenges like Terrorism, Bad Governance, Illiteracy, Famine, Health Issues, Water Shortage, Power Crisis and so on.To solve these issues. first we’ll have to become responsible Pakistanis only then things will change otherwise this Political Circus will not end anywhere.We should always put #PakistanFirst and think like Pakistanis and not as Political Workers every time.

Somewhere in all this difference of opinion we have lost something that is “Our Identity” and became a worker of PPP, PMLN, PTI, ANP, MQM or etc. We need to realize that we are Pakistanis First then anything else.

What we need to realize is that Future of Pakistan is important that the Political Elite as our fate is linked to this land only. Pakistan need Future Leaders and not Politicians, major issues in Pakistan are more administrative in nature and less Political in nature, that’s one of the reason why Military Rulers have delivered better results than the Democratic Governments in last 67 years.

I will conclude it quoting Mr. Jinnah here who said;

” Come forward as servants of Islam, organize the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody. ” – M.A.Jinnah

Amaan Tareen is a Social-Political Activist, Documentary Film Maker, Dreamer and firm believer of #PakistanFirst Ideology. He tweets from @amaantareen and can be reached on his Official Facebook Page www.facebook.com/amaantareendotcom