Trump’s New Year tweet condemning role of Pakistan in the fight against militancy has brought to fore the already present and well known fissure between Pakistan (Establishment) and the United States. The civilian government has never been more than a keen observer.

Let’s push the pause button for a while and see how we can try to understand the turbulent relations between these two countries in the last many decades. As Eugene O'Neill puts it in ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’; this is a good example of Love-Hate relationship.

Simple onlookers might be taken aback by the more aggressive tone adopted by the civilian government as compared to the aggressively passive stance taken by the establishment. They might not be able to understand the varying approaches adopted by these two entities, namely the Pakistani state and the real State (Estate as some mischievous might call it) within the state.

It is no hidden fact that a string of top Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders have been found out in Pakistan during the last 15 years, the most embarrassing one being Osama Bin laden killed at a stone’s throw from Pakistan’s west point, the military training academy of Kakul. How OBL survived in the militarised town of Abbottabad along with his family has never been answered. The commission formed to probe into this shameful debacle has yielded the same results as any other such commissions before that; NIL.

Let’s not even discuss the issue of the Mullah Akhtar Mansoor killed inside Pakistan with a Pakistani passport. No inquiry has been conducted and no perpetrators punished, at least not for the common man to see.

The Pakistani defence minister has openly criticised Trump's New Year tweet and might even offer to present all records of the aid received so far. Well it might have send down some shivers in certain circles but not the civilian government because they hardly received any aid from the United Stated. The relation between Pakistan and America is a love-hate triangle between three parties namely the Pakistani Government (the least wanted party), America and the Pakistani Establishment. General Mattis few days ago clarified that despite the apparently awkward relations between the two countries, they are in touch with the Pakistani military. I think the always active ISPR spokesperson should clarify why the American government is in touch with our establishment and why has the civilian government being sidelined in this communication. Receiving aid is not a good sign for any economy but if it has to be done than the US should route the aid through the civilian government. Unless the United States does this, they will not be able to deal with the problems in Afghanistan. Politicians however bad they may be are better placed than any military men to deal with political crisis.

The proxy war doctrine introduced by Zia is still going strong; be it people like late General Hameed Gul or modern day retirees like General Amjad Shoaib, who not to forget has also proposed incorporating the militants of banned outfits in to the Pakistani military. It is high time that the COAS gave a shut up call to people like Amjad Shoaib. The impression that they create on TV programmes is that they are elaborating only the official establishment policy.

The chief should also take notice of meddling by certain forces in the Balochistan government to try and bring it down, a task in which they seem to have succeeded as of now according to some unconfirmed reports. It looks like the main goal of certain agencies seems to be to try and postpone the Senate elections in which they might even succeed. I say this based on the Canadian citizen Mr Qadri who seems to have the blessings of almost every powerful entity in the country, at least this is how it looks. He has gathered all the anti-democracy forces (yes sadly the PPPP) to wage a movement against the civilian government.

If the Senate elections go as planned and the PML-N and their allies get a majority in Senate they should bring through legislation which makes sure that no party including the PML-N is allowed to block roads or do sit ins except for allocated spaces. This is though the real threat which the anti-democracy forces feel will handicap them amongst other things as most anti-democracy forces rely on such sit-ins and agitation by religious fanatics.

Over the decades since the partition it has been observed that our establishment relies on a policy of concealment and not revelation. All the inquiry reports including the Abbottabad Commission should be made public. Their policy on civilian government is the exact opposite.

One of the heart breaks over the last week has been the presidential pardon given to the Rangers personnel who shot dead an unarmed person in Karachi some years ago. This is a stain on the democratic credentials of the PML-N government. It must be clarified that under which pretext they were forgiven. There is also some considerable mental unrest at attempts by the establishment to present a softer image of the mass murderer Ehsan Ullah Ehsan. Some unofficial spokespeople of the establishment seem to have strongly advocated this process of streamlining radicals in to the mainstream society. This process has all the hallmarks of a criminal act and must be stopped with immediate effect. We must not forget that he was involved in killings of hundreds of civilians including the children in APS massacre. The message which the soft treatment of Ehsaan Ullah Ehsan sends out is this: kill our children but if you repent we will embrace you with open arms and present you as reformed role models.

It has been quoted in certain newspapers that Maulvi Sufi Muhammad, the father in law of Mulla FazalUllah, is being released. I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides to take part in elections directly or support some other establishment backed party.

It is also high time that the government took control of the foreign policy from the establishment. They have no single achievement to be proud of except telling us rotten stories about how a great conspiracy is being brewed against Pakistan since its inception. I think it is time we start looking introspectively and stop blaming everyone else for the problems.