Uplift, defence needs: Kayani calls for striking a ‘right balance’

Statement hint at establishment’s wariness of defence spending scrutny.


Our Correspondent June 01, 2013
Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD:


Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has called for striking the ‘right balance’ between the requirements of development and defence for ‘meaningful and sustainable progress’.


Speaking to the participants of the Command and Staff Course in Quetta, Gen Kayani stressed that the military needed public support to function effectively.

“No army operates in a vacuum, rather it draws upon the support of the nation to conduct their task in a manner that contributes to the fulfillment of national policies, interests and aspirations,” he remarked. His statement came just days before the historic transfer of power between one civilian government and another is set to conclude.

The incoming Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has already made it clear that it will ensure civilian supremacy in all matters. The army chief’s statement appears to suggest that the country’s powerful establishment may fear the PML-N government’s plans to scrutinise defence spending.



Gen Kayani also said the army should always be prepared to fulfill its responsibility. The army chief emphasised the need to serve the nation with professionalism, dedication and commitment.

“It is the duty of the armed forces to maintain adequate capabilities and readiness to fulfill the tasks assigned,” he added.

Earlier, upon his arrival in Quetta, Gen Kayani was received by Quetta Corps Commander Lt Gen Muhammad Alam Khattak.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2013.

COMMENTS (5)

Kulwant Singh | 8 years ago | Reply

I will request my brothers and sisters in Pakistan to ponder over what we have earned by fighting three wars. Our elders have been telling us that Muslims,Hindus and Sikhs were living peacefully and have no problem the problem lies with the political and religious leaders. The common man wants good health care system,education facilities and roti, kapda and Makan. We can follow the religion we trust but we must respect all religion because no religion taught violence,Can we not live like good neighbors help each other in the time of any emergencies. The huge funds we are spending on military can be used for providing health care,education and building other facilities. How long we will fight for Kashmir due to our fight the Kashmiri peoples are also suffering if this problem is solved they can also live peacefully. Will this happen in near future.

Naseer Ahmad | 8 years ago | Reply

@ Enlightened The comparison of our civilian leadership with the the one in India seems far fetched. Jawaher Lal Nehru and his colleagues give constitution to India within nine months after Independence and built state institutions.They dismantled feudalism and its mindset to pave the way for the entry of middle class in national politics.They had a long line of neat and clean politicians like Lal Bahder Shastri, Murarjee Desai VP Singh, Atal Behari Vajpai etc.Do we have such people friendly, honest and simple and austere lifestyle loving political class.

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