This point by Kh Asif also gives rise to a couple of problems:
1- In-fighting. If you do not have a simple senior most gets to be Chief, you can bet your bottom dollar that there would be infighting within the top ranks and a bickering for the top spot. Chabloosian, and buttering will be free for all. Not to say it doesn't happen right now, but it's at a minor scale.
2- The comparison with the judiciary is pointless. The judiciary is an arm of the state, like the parliament and executive. The military isn't an arm of the state, but a part of the executive. In such a system, the COAS reports to the Secretary Defence and up goes the chain. Why not let the FBR chairman choose the successor then? Or governor state bank? Or IG of police? Understand the fallacy with this argument then?
Kh Asif has in effect here reduced the concept of the constitution to zero, aur yehi log 4 maheenay pehle ayen aur jamhuriat kay naray lagatay thay. He has admitted that not only de facto, but in his eyes de jure the military is an independent arm of the state.
Boot polish is going up a notch.
1- Is the meeting of a general (won't say the exact rank) with 20 dissident MNA's regarding the VoNC in line with the constitution?
2- Is the meeting of top brass with N leadership, and also with Nawaz Sharif to find a way back in line with the constitution?
3- Are the directions of the military to Zardari to rope in all the members of opposition in line with the constitution?
4- Are the orders for BAP and MQM in line with the constitution?
5- Are the promises made by the military to Nawaz Sharif et al in line with the constitution? (The promises haven't yet been fulfilled, but that's another story)
The establishment has almost never acted in line with the constitution, neither do I see it doing that for the foreseeable future. Sadly.
Isn’t Khawaja Asif the champion of democracy who recently said that the serving President of Pakistan is ignorant and he doesn’t accept the authority of his office? What a joke.