LAHORE - Civil and military leadership was pursuing the National Action Plan (NAP), ignoring the National Security Council, Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat) said in its monitor on the subject of Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan issued for the month of February 2015.

This joint move gave an impression whether the government opted for other forums of deliberations like the Apex committees, the Pildat monitor added.

While briefly analyzing the civil and military interaction during the month February, the monitor noted that meetings of NSC (which is represented by both sides) were called for only four times that amounts to curbing utilization of this institution in the decision making about national security.

Last month, the issue said, the premier and the army chief met five times to mainly interact on the NAP, operation Zarb-e-Azb and the return of IDPs return. However, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif was present in only one meeting.

Taking key from a press release issued by the PM House after Balochistan Apex Committee meeting was attended by the premier minister and the army chief on Feb 18, the monitor commented that the overemphasis on ‘Army’ and ‘government’ on the same page conveyed the impression as if Army worked independently of the government.

The Monitor noted overreach of the Army into the security policy of Sindh by seeking appointments in province through the Apex Committee and depoliticizing of the Sindh police without considering political expediency.

It stated that no circular or notification was issued either by the four provincial governments or the federal government regarding the Apex Committees but the ISPR press release. It further observed that last month, the Apex Committee took more of a decision making role than acting as a consultative-cum-coordination forum.

The monitor also observed that the Sindh Apex Committee was also attended by the prime minister but policy statement came from the COAS which indicated growing assertion of the military’s political role.