In a restricted budget environment, with a very basic equipment profile and no perks & privileges, no access to other armed welfare schemes,
the FC soldier is expected to operate in thick counter-insurgency areas and risk his life with almost no take home benefits.
On the other hand,
Pakistan Army possesses billion dollar budget, state of the art equipment and has numerous welfare schemes for ex-servicemen and families of the martyrs. Details of the same published in various articles of Dawn, Pakistan Today etc.
PAK ARMY OFFICER’S PROXY BUSINESS
expanse of Pakistan’s ‘milibus’ as Ayesha Siddiqa calls it in her book Military Inc suggests the military controls 7 percent of the national GDP, controls one-third of heavy manufacturing, controls 6-7 percent of private
sector assets and owns 12 million acres of land.
deep entrenchment of military-run, and increasingly retired military man-run enterprise, in the economy, has continued to expand simply by disparaging civilians as incompetent and corrupt and insisting that the military alone promote national development.
– Ayesha Siddiqa"
A comparison with their counterparts in Pakistan Army who enjoy
a handsome package which has twice been revised in 2010 & 2017 is truly unfair to the FC soldier. There is no denial that the son of the soil concept – FC, is exploited to the fullest by Pakistan Army, however, it has turned a blind eye when
it comes to the welfare of FC soldiers who sacrifice their lives at the line of duty.
This step-motherly treatment meted to the FC soldier is once again raised by the present IG, FC. However, will
deep-state cut out from its own budget to accommodate fellow brothers in the line of duty? Because in current trying times for Pakistan economy where it is burdened under huge debts and seeking donations there seems to be no light at the end for FC troops,
unless Pakistan Army decides to cut out on their humungous budget and accommodate the rightful needs of their brothers in arm.
Also, it is important that Pakistan gives up the colonial legacy of appointing commanding officers from outside Frontier Corps cadres, as local tribesmen must also be given responsibility to lead their own forces and take requisite
policy decisions for the welfare of their troops. Making the Corps directly accountable to democratic institutions will also add to the credibility of the institution in the eyes of the locals, especially in the case of Balochistan. The FC should not be deemed
as an alternative to the local political authorities and law enforcement.
09 Nov 18/Tuesday Written by Afsana