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Discipline and freedom of speech

March 22, 2013

THIS is with reference to Karam A. Siddiqui’s letter ‘PAF: discipline and quality’ (March 7).

A modern air force needs to review its concepts of ‘discipline’ and ‘equality’.

Discipline should not stop someone from thinking independently as ‘yesmanship’ creates stagnation in an organisation. Freedom of expression is one’s right, whereas taking decisions is commanders’ privilege.

However, retaliatory actions on the part of the organisation reflect immaturity and lack of self-restraint and discipline.

Discipline only means setting up the perfect environment to achieve the goals you have. So, if we have any regulations which affect this goal, they must be reviewed.

K. DURRANI      Karachi