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Contents - October 2003

Pakistan Army
Saga of Valour & Service to the Nation

Columnist Gp Capt (Retd) SM HALI eulogizes the Pakistan Armyeulogizes
the Pakistan Army.

The story of the evolution of the Armed Forces of Pakistan is the story of the birth of Pakistan itself against heavy odds. The army was pressed into action directly at the time of our independence.  Pakistan’s armed forces, though they present a formidable strength today, made a humble beginning, virtually starting from scratch. Post partition, the military assets of British India was unjustly divided in a ratio of 64: 36% between India and Pakistan. Unfortunately, Indian spitefulness resulted in Pakistan receiving only a fraction of its original share and that too in a dilapidated state..........more


Pakistan at the Cross Roads
of Development

Recommendations for a better Strategic Thought
Columnist TAUQEER H. TAKI SIRGANA makes a case for refinement of strategic thought to bring dividends for Pakistan - and makes some recommendations.

Introduction
The framework of the strategic thought1 determines its strength and success, which lays the foundation for strategic thought and synergizes its various elements. Whereas, strategic thought is the overarching national vision giving direction to achieving national objectives in the changing world order and international environment, the framework determines main elements which are hampering a nation’s growth. Therefore, a conceptual framework is of utmost importance. It ensures that various factors viz domestic, regional and global with diverse effects are interwoven and harmonized, so that the desired movement of strategic thought is achieved. There is yet another caveat that despite complexity of the variables, the framework has to be simple and it should synergize the various facets to produce the desired results. The richness and strength of the strategic thought lays in being comprehensible and unanimous ownership by all stakeholders, especially the masses of the nation state apart from ease of its execution........more

President buckles under
Powerful Political Punch
Columnist Dr. S.M. RAHMAN contends that in a real democracy there should be no tyranny of the majority.

The relinquishing of power by General ® Pervez Musharraf seemingly appeared a remote possibility as the commando in him had created the myth of invincibility and a resolute ‘Will’ to defeat the impeachment and face all the charges and allegations to be made in the Parliament, as ‘concocted’ attempts to malign him and tarnish his image. Far from being guilty of hundred and so charges framed, he was “innocent” to the core, dry-cleaned and of spotless disposition. His stubbornness to remain glued to power was therefore a typical manifestation of belief-system that insulates a dictator from the constraints of reality. He lives under a self-sealing system in which he sees himself doing no evil and committing no ‘wrong’. All his deeds, essentially ‘misdeeds’, are in the supreme interest of the country. Therefore, all his crimes mostly expressive of greed and rapacity and lust to perpetuate himself as the wielder of absolute authority are camouflaged under the oft repeated epithet ad nauseam - “country first”.............more

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