By virtue of their profession Generals of the Armed Forces are mightier than our elected politicians, this is something that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is forgetting once again, although he was ousted and sent into long exile, trying to fire General Musharraf. Before this, locking horns with the Generals had sent Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to the gallows. I am disappointed that our politicians, specially the ones who are in the Government now, have not learnt this basic lesson from history that their power is no match to that of the Generals. So why must our weaker politicians confront the mighty Generals?

Why should Khawaja Asif give such stormy remarks against Musharraf, that the latter is “asking for forgiveness?” What real strength does Khawaja Asif posses to rationalize such an outburst? The fact that Khawaja suffered at the hand of Musharraf and was imprisoned in Attock Jail does not give him the right or the power to make such a statement against a retired General. What will actually make Khawaja Asif more powerful is, if he keeps working hard to solve the country’s energy problem. Similarly Khawaja Saad Rafique, instead of giving out provoking statements against General Musharraf, must continue to work hard to fix Pakistan Railway in order to make it a viable institution so that people can see positive change.

This hard work will make Khawaja Saad Rafique more powerful than his suffering at the hands of a General Musharraf. Similarly all our politicians, whoever are ruling the country now, must give good governance in their respective fields and I am sure that they will become powerful and then there will be no confrontation between the politicians and the generals that we are see today. Pakistan is facing serious security threats, both within and outside the country, besides economic challenges of unemployment and inflation. I believe that common sense will prevail and all the powerful institutions will respect one another so that the government can pay attention to solving these seriously.


Lahore, April 14.