THIS is apropos of the front-page news, ‘Kayani meets Nawaz in Lahore’ (May 19).

There is nothing unusual about paying a courtesy call by the army general to prime minister-designate Nawaz Sharif, the chief of the PML-N.

But given the history of Pakistan it is indeed not desirable that an army chief should congratulate the chief of a political party on his/her success in a general election.

An army chief should ideally remain impartial to the political colour in Islamabad.

For the sake of democracy, the army shall always be subordinate to an elected government.

Can we expect — or will the media equally highlight — similar gesture from the cabinet secretary?

Apart from this, an extension in the service of an army chief would prove to be a bad omen for Pakistan. It is an unsuccessful tool for a political party to keep an army chief in good humour. This often produces a Frankenstein, not to speak of the genuine discontent among the next eligible persons in terms of seniority.

SANDIPAN KHAN Kolkata

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Jalaluddin S. Hussain
May 22, 2013 4:23 pm
So long as the Pakistani military realizes its true role. The Pakistan army should be trimmed to size. The nation is spending too much money on the Generals and officers!
sal
May 23, 2013 9:02 am
You mean the Army takes too much money leaving little for Pakistan. The budget is set by Kayani, and this needs to be changed..along with a return of Army lands to the public.
SAS
May 23, 2013 1:35 pm
Our rulers/decision makers say and do things in different ways when in authority and when not in authority. This moot may help tread the road to extended extennnn...
KN,
May 23, 2013 5:33 pm
The Prime Minister designate has already spelled out that the next Army Chief will be the senior most General and not from amongst the juniors as Mr. Bhutto had done.
Ali
May 23, 2013 7:09 pm
Multiple plots usurped by Generals should be taken back and distributed to Poor Jawans / soldiers. This should start with Kayani
M. Alvi
May 23, 2013 8:18 pm
I agree with the comment generally, but think of the civilian elected government. Can you call them leaders or representatives of the people. They are just there to have power and corruption.
mohammad shafique
May 24, 2013 12:18 am
oh oh, this convergence of interests spells disaster for the peoples of pakistan !
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