RAWALPINDI - Lt Gen (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti has been elected as unopposed President of Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS).

The decision was taken in the 54th National Council meeting of PESS held here on Sunday. Several national and international issues came under discussion in the meeting chaired by the newly elected President.

The meeting was also attended by Commodore (Retd) Farooq Mirza, Col (Retd) Muhammad Mumtaz Khan, Squardron Leader (Retd) Liaquat Ansari, Col (Retd) Tariq Kamal, Col (Retd) Abdul Khaliq Chisti, Col (Retd) Sajjad Akhtar Malik, Major (Retd) Qamar Zaman Kiayni and other retired officials.

Addressing on the occasion, the PESS President said that Pakistan’s welfare is our top most priority as it is our moral duty to elect and choose those candidates in the next polls held on 2013 who could do good for Pakistan.

He said that a visionary leadership could pull through the country out of crisis. He said that said that they have more than 2,500,000 members that they should vote only for those who were honest, loyal and dedicated. “If we elected such a leadership, it will bring glory to Pakistan and will satisfy the Armed Forces personnel’s also,” Chishti said.

Quoting the famous saying that old is gold, he urged the old people to play their vital role for the betterment of the nation. “You have rich experience and brilliant mind of course, put your head for the prosperity of the nation,” the newly elected president added. At the end of the meeting, Fateh was also offered for the martyred of Gayari Sector.

INP adds: The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) on Sunday condemned conspiracies to ruin prestige of the Supreme Court (SC), saying all such attempts must be resisted with full force of the law and the people of country.

Elements defaming the apex court, the pillar of hope and the only above board state institution, will eventually meet the end they deserve, it said.

This was observed is a meeting of PESA presided by its President Lt Gen Ali Kuli Khan. Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim, Air Marshal Masood Akhtar, Lt Gen Naeem Akbar, Brig Mian Mahmud, Brig Riaz Ahmed, Brig Masud ul Hassan, Major Farouk Hamid Khan, Naik Raja Fazil and others were also present on the occasion.

Historic decisions of the judges have unnerved the corrupt cabal who conspired to blackmail and damage the image of the patriot, honest and incorruptible.

The participants said aggressive statements by the US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta proves that America has no regard for sensitivities and difficulties of Pakistan.

Surprisingly, the US is not asking for repatriation of over three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan along the borders. Their camps can also provide safe heavens to Taliban.

Both countries must take steps to check further deterioration in the relations to avoid reaching a point of no return, they advised.

Former military leaders said that Balochistan situation is tied to poor governance. PESA suggested Governor Rule to put the province back on track. All agencies must cooperate with the SC in the missing persons case. Action on Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan be intensified under some hard taskmaster; natural resources be given under the ownership of provinces; electricity and gas from Iran should first be provided to Balochistan, and local bodies must be restored to give people sense of participation, they demanded.

Issue of law and order in Karachi was seen as turf war among the three ruling parties. Key to peace is not with Rangers or Army but politicians who must realize the amount of harm they are inflicting on masses and the national economy.

Disregard for the Constitution and law, rampant corruption, poorest governance in history, conspiracies, mismanaged economy, rising poverty and uncertainty calls early elections. Moreover, Prime Minister is misguiding masses on the issue of dual nationality.

However, real change will occur when people discard their traditional way of voting and elect candidates on merit, the former military officers said.