Overly Dear Pakistan Army
While Khan’s government is failing to raise revenue flows it is also failing to cut non-developmental expenditures.
biggest source of such spending after debt-servicing is the military which officially receives around 18 and 23 percent of the budget every year. So despite being rich itself, the army continues to be a burden on the Pakistani economy and to get preferential
treatment. At this point, there are no signs that this would change under the current government. The country is under economic crisis due to the government’s incompetency. Thus Pakistan appears to be stuck in a vicious cycle of accommodating
the interests of the army and the powerful economic elites which cripple its economy and force it to continue borrowing from international creditors, sinking further into debt and inching closer to full economic collapse.
Challenges for Pakistan
challenge in the 21st century is not so much building out a new extensively equipped Army, but taking better care of what they already have. Recently, The FATF announced its decision of keeping Pakistan in the “grey-list” again giving it a stern
warning to show improvements. But with such state of affairs the day doesn’t seem far when Pakistan would be placed in the Black list.
if the tag of supporting state-sponsored terrorism wasn’t enough, Pakistan also has come into global media glare for its poor handling of issues with the Balochs and the Sindhs. Internal issues like forced conversion of minorities should be a matter
of national concern but sadly, it is not important enough for them. And whenever anyone has tried to speak about relevant issues like these, the Pak Army has very conveniently gagged their mouths.
These appalling statistics, coupled with the government’s failure to act, led to the JUI-F announcing an Azadi March. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing immense pressure from opposition
parties to step down or face agitation as the opposition is of the opinion that the government is the result of a fake election.
government acted to be very magnanimous in deciding to let the opposition’s Azadi March protest in Islamabad proceed as long as parameters laid out by courts for lawful protest are not breached. But what law and order are they talking about when they
have never had any parameters for stopping their own Army from breaking the law.
Today the Imran Khan Government says that it would “allow” the proposed Azadi March because it firmly believes in upholding democratic ideals, but where
are those ideals when the Pakistan Army is torturing hundreds of innocent people in the regions of Balochistan? Where are those ideals when poor Hindu girls are forcefully abducted from their homes and converted into a religion they don’t believe? Where
does the democracy go when the freedom of speech of journalists is curbed?
What’s clear is that this failure is by design. The
state would collapse because it is ruled by selected puppets managed by the Pakistan Army, who destroy incentives, discourage innovation, and kill the talent of their citizens by robbing them of opportunities. These people are not in place by mistake but on
purpose. They’re there for the benefit of elites who gain much from the extraction at the expense of the society. The fall of Pakistan will not be in an explosion of war and violence but by purposeful mismanagement of its people, condemning their citizens
to a lifetime of poverty. And NO Azadi March can save the nation from the clutches of this mismanagement.
24 Oct 2019/Thursday
Written by: Saima Ebrahim