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ISLAMABAD: Army’s top brass is meeting on Wednesday, soon after Gen Raheel Sharif caused a stir with his remarks at a Special Services Group base in Tarbela.

The meeting, which is commonly known as Corps Commanders’ Conference, is a routine monthly affair at the General Headquarters where the commanders get together to discuss “professional matters and issues that are impacting national security”, but this time round the timing is being seen as important.

The army chief left no doubt with his comments at the SSG base that the military, contrary to what was being claimed by the political leadership, was neither comfortable nor on the same page with the government on a number of issues.

Gen Raheel’s comments that the army would “resolutely preserve its own dignity and institutional pride” sent shockwaves in the government circles.

It is said that the comments were made in the context of army’s concern over the trial of former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on the charge of high treason.

But insiders insist that the army is neither at peace nor happy with the way the government is proceeding with its initiative of holding peace talks with militants involved in the killing of tens of thousands of countrymen.

Sources aware of Wednesday’s agenda said differences with the government were not on the formal list of items, but they were expecting an intense in-house discussion on the matter.

“It will be wrong to say that the matter will not be discussed; yes it is likely to dominate the proceedings,” an officer said.

While the general expectation is that rift will not be allowed to widen and both sides are already taking steps to avoid a face-off, but still the army is likely to keep some measure of pressure on the government.

“It is a very important matter that is related to institutional morale,” a defence analyst commented.

Comments (10) Closed

Anjum Arshi Apr 09, 2014 09:52am

ET: PLEASE, Do not be afraid to Post this

General Musharraf broke the constitution to save his job; and then he demand respect in return. Why can't the Army fight the terrorists and criminals; then political leaders will not have to find an alternative through dialogue. Why can't they stop smuggling of arms and explosives (and illegal Iranian petrol) into the country, in addition to worrying that their 'countrymen' dying. If they cannot protect the country, at least they should stop meddling in its affairs. I suggest they enjoy their palatial homes, their vast green golf courses, and their foreign trips; and leave the rest (including protecting the country) to civilians.

Khalid Apr 09, 2014 10:14am

I am sure that Sharif's brothers have not learnt their lesson and have to bang their head against wall,,, as they are striving for absolute power,,,

Shah Apr 09, 2014 10:59am

Two Khawajas should resign for maligning the army. If they don't Sharif should sack them....

TooTrue Apr 09, 2014 11:22am

In any civilized democracy the defense secretary should have summarily dismissed the army chief for such comments.

Hasan Abdal wala Apr 09, 2014 11:53am

The Army that hides in barracks while a major jailbreak takes place. Only 3 kilometers away, lasting 21/2 hours. That would be D I Khan. Just months ago. Same Army... An Army that allows a retired COAS, a man, who fought in 2 wars. To be tried as a traitor, in revenge, by Nawaz who would not let Musharraf's plane land. This is an Army that serves a despot. Nawaz, who sent a recusing judge back into the courtroom to finish a trumped up case. This is a sad sorry Army.....Protecting a childhood neighbor is more important,.....then say a honorable General.

excalibur Apr 09, 2014 11:56am

@ so true Just as Khwaja the Defense Minister should first be tried for treason on the venomous diatribe that he spewed in the Assembly accusing and insulting the Army. He is more an Indian Defence Minister having no shame in undermining the Pak Army He must resign or should be sacked as the Defence Minister

Munir Varraich Apr 09, 2014 12:52pm

@TooTrue: What is "civilised" democracy?

rashad Apr 09, 2014 03:37pm

@TooTrue: Listening to people like you i think pakistan deserves a 25 year zardari nawaz zaradari turn based terms. maybe by then you guys will realise what they are doing to this country. or maybe with them in power you take personal gains and favors so you want them around.besides that they don't do anything for this country

khanm Apr 09, 2014 04:29pm

The country is in such a big political mess. It is the time the institutions like judiciary , army, our agencies all our governmental functionaries should put their heads together and find a solution

Adil Farooq Apr 10, 2014 04:59am

The problem is, that the ones trying Musharraf are not angels themselves. This aspect is bound to bring about ill feelings amongst the institution.