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Without the shadow of a doubt, it is Pakistan’s military establishment that keeps the country from descending into a chaos and “failed state status”. It has now joined hands with the Supreme Court to bring Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to book.
At a briefing recently, the chief of army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa signaled his intent to stand with the Supreme Court on this and every other cause.
He voiced his disapproval of the government’s anti-judiciary campaign, saying: “Destabilizing the judiciary or ridiculing its verdicts could land us in political disarray”.
A little earlier Pakistan’s Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif holding office after a probe into his family’s illegal offshore wealth.
In the wake of this, Nawaz’s PML-N had begun an anti-judiciary campaign, calling the judges “biased and prejudiced.”
Bajwa, referred to the country’s constitution, which guarantees equality in before the law. He said the privileged treatment meted out to both the civil and military elite constituted injustice.
“…the country is managed but not governed,” the general said.
He said the civilian government had failed to implement its National Action Plan (NAP), and ignored money-laundering, as well as terror-financing laws, which could’ve saved Pakistan from FATF’s penalties.
“It is a shame that out of 210 million people only 1.2 million pay taxes…” He nailed it down to Nawaz Sharif’s finance minister, Ishaq Dar, being “a total disaster for the country”.
Bajwa said the army’s efforts had forced the Taliban to release a letter agreeing to negotiations. However, he pointed out that Pakistan did not have complete control over all of the insurgents, more especially the Haqqani network.
General Bajwa said that the armed forces were fully focused on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, which China has put on hold due to the uncertainty prevailing in the country, and that the armed forces were determined to ensure these failings were quickly resolved to bring the country back on track.