Imran-Bajwa peak their mind

BOTH Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa delivered thought-provoking speeches at main ceremony of Defence and Martyrs Day held at the GHQ to pay tributes to all those who laid their lives for cause of the country. Khan spoke of Pakistan never again fighting someone else’s war, rule of law, merit and Gen Bajwa recollected successes of the armed forces in fulfilling their task of safeguarding security and defence of the motherland despite financial constraints and regional, global limitations.
Presence of opposition leaders Mian Shahbaz Sharif of PML (N) and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of PPP in the ceremony sent a clear message that despite reservations and differences the entire nation was one when it comes to remembering defenders and martyrs. This is what the country needs and such an approach is destined to take the country forward on path of progress, peace and stability. The Prime Minister observation that Army was the only institution where merit upholds is valid yet question is how far he succeeds to introduce rule of law and merit in civilian domain. We believe that in the first place he should make a beginning from police and bureaucracy as introduction of merit in these institutions has the potential to change the entire landscape of the country. In the past, almost all successive governments trampled merit and there are reasons to believe that even inductions through Federal Public Service Commission and provincial commissions are not made on merit as scandals of various sorts surfaced in the past.
A big change can be brought about only if all recruitments are made on merit, promotion is also granted purely on merit and the principle of right person for the right job is strictly followed in appointing heads of various institutions and organisations. Institution building, as also emphasised by Gen Bajwa, is a key to the overall strength of the country and special focus should be laid on this aspect. It was also noteworthy that the COAS put his full weight behind democracy but also conveyed a strong message to politicians that they should deliver as well. Stability, continuation of policies and holding of elections on time would also serve as filters to accept or reject those who do not come up to the expectations of the masses.

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