Security Establishment’s Attempts at Power Grab

by: Tausif Kamal

..The power-hungry elements in our security establishment haven’t learned their lessons. They still want to call the shots; they still want the security forces to assert its hegemony over the democratic, civilian Government; they still want to grab power.

Kamran Shafi’s house was fired upon because he was advocating the appointment of a civilian chief of the country’s premier intelligence agency, as is the norm in all democratic countries worldwide. This shameful and brazen act of intimidation must be condemned by everyone.

Similarly , security establishment’s manipulation of public opinion and attempts to intimidate and harass the civilian Government over the Kerry-Lugar Bill and reports of security establishment’s undertaking an investigation of commercial matters of petroleum companies (under whose orders and under what law?) indicates that some elements in the establishment wants to create an impression in the country that the security forces controls the civilian Government and that the security establishment is still the final arbiter in affairs of the country. I think all our political parties and civil society should set aside their differences to curb and whittle down this dangerous threat once and for all lest the sordid history of security forces’ power grabbing in Pakistan is repeated yet again.

Courtesy: Tausif Kamal and

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