Raheel Sharif as a technocrat in democratic Pakistan

With the rise of rumours and questions, ‘Is Nawaz Sharif thinking to be the next President in coming days and would General Raheel Sharif get an extension or not’, a mixture of disappointment and hope with the certainty and uncertainty arise among the masses. For the country’s peace and prosperity, military’s role is predominantly visible in so called democracy. What is democracy? It is government ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’. But when truth is not determined by majority vote then democracy becomes faux.

Solution of problems of societies is possible only when power is in the hands of wise men or wise men become leaders. Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is one clear example and now Turkey is really a model for Arab pro-democracy revolutionaries where public really struggle to establish democratic political systems. Societies are mostly remembered by their remarkable leaders whether they are democratic or not. General Raheel Sharif, not just a commander but a leader, has been lauded for his policies and actions in uprooting corruption and terrorism, and credited with strengthening democratic institutions. Technocracy, a term of twenty first century, is an organisational structure or system of governance where decision-makers are selected on the basis of technological knowledge. Some uses of the word technocracy refer to a form of meritocracy, a system where the most qualified are in charge. The term is very appropriate in the scenario when there is dire need of the extension of a qualified and deserved man even if the banners by “Move on Pakistan” party are a part of a game against military leadership or in favour of it.

In fact, it is weak governance which gives space to military’s intervention. Pakistan has a history of unwanted leaders falling from grace. The nation is fed up with the dysfunctional governance of present government and ties all hopes with the military leader. Public is neither looking for any hero of Ghazwa-e-Hind nor waiting for any Masiha (saviour), but they don’t want to let a person retire and leave who has worked and is still working for the betterment of country and its public in every aspect. Apart from the fact who leads – a man in uniform or democratic politician – public wants peace and prosperity. Sometimes leaders are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

Every individual is born different. One military man can’t be like other military men; similarly every politician is different from others.  The last two Generals, Musharaf and Kiyani, though enjoyed popularity initially but were never so widely admired figures. War against corruption and terrorism, Zarb-e-Azb, Karachi operation, strengthening relationships at international level, all are a part of good and sincere leadership which is on the part of a man with the right vision. Corruption normally arises out of the choices and priorities of governments and when priorities are neglected in favour of personal gains. General Sharif dismissed six army officers, including two generals, from service over alleged corruption. Accountability across the board has now become a national demand and the political leadership has to respond to it.

Public’s faith in their leader creates a happy society and that leads to a strong nation. Social change is impossible without the right leadership. No doubt Gen Sharif took steps to raise military morale that I feel myself proud by saying ‘I am a military wife’. Success is the result of his sincere efforts to the best of his abilities. Above all, it seems as if Allah Almighty is paving way for the successful completion of all true steps taken by him.

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