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NSC and a presidential system in Pakistan?

Lt Gen Tariq Khan (R)
December 05, 2021


In the years preceding 9/11, Pakistan witnessed two thousand sectarian killings. Religion has now become a part of politics. The sitting government of the time could not find it within itself to say a few words of prayer for the departed soul of their own Governor, Salman Taseer when he was killed by his own guard. Governments were forced to review foreign policy as well as administrative policies in keeping with the maulvis’ views. This has resulted in the ridiculous spectacle of a Mullah Aziz of the Burqa fame to openly challenge the writ of the government in the heart of the capital even today or the disgusting sight of Mullah Khadim Rizvi, sitting in his wheelchair, abusing everyone in the government publicly.


If national security must address these issues it must first examine the very ethos of the state and bring back those values that the Quaid had stipulated in his first speech as well as his vision of unity, faith and discipline. No political agenda should ever be allowed to change these principles and it must be mandatory for a political manifesto to define how best it can enhance, support and develop those defined principles first and foremost. No other course can ever serve this country better and if we follow this path, reforms are recommended, which need to be put in to place with the highest priority: Judicial reforms are needed to provide a homegrown judicial system compatible with international law, to ensure equality for all and for no one to be treated as a lesser human being by profession, belief, caste, creed or birthright. De-politicisation of the Police is also needed—to make this institution independent of politicians.





It is also important to modify or rewrite the constitution. It must be remembered that this is a document provided by the ‘people’ to the legislators to ensure that they understand the limits of their power and remain confined within stipulated parameters. Human rights and individual freedom, liberty and security to life and property must be the basis of the constitution. In Pakistan, democracy has quickly become the tyranny of the majority and the constitution must address this matter. Proportional representation must be included based on ethnicity, profession and social order. Religion must be separated from state business. It should be an individual choice and not a communal business. Maulvis have to be put out of business of politics. They should be allowed to function only after being licensed and with strict code of conduct and stipulated regulations. For provinces, Pakistan must either consider the United States of Pakistan with total autonomy to the provinces or the provinces should be further divided to create about twenty or twenty-five provinces. Provincial separatist movements that keep threatening national cohesion can be addressed by creating more provinces. The people that have robbed this country must be held accountable. No plea bargains to be allowed. Closure must be brought to these matters as quickly as possible. The government has no business participating in the corporate sector and must divest all its businesses. The government must make policy and not run businesses. The power distribution system is a good illustration, the government cannot control theft, corruption and mismanagement. If handed over to the private sector and competition is encouraged, the matter of power distribution would easily be resolved.





The question that now comes up is how can these reforms should be done. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and so intent will never be enough. The current leadership, even by any conservative measure, falls under one of the three categories: corrupt, obligated or compromised and having secured their position by deceiving the people, are now free to pursue their individual agendas. Thus there is no hope that any political party can bring about these reforms no matter what good intentions they may have. Any attempt by the army or the judiciary or a combination of both would be perceived as interference in the political order and a disruption of this so-called democracy. The theme would be exploited by the international community to impose sanctions and embargoes so as to force Pakistan into some sort of pliant posture within the frame of international political order. Taking a political initiative to right the wrong in governance as it stands today by any leader who may be in a position to deliver and has the capacity or capability to do so is a very difficult decision. Yet it is like stating the obvious; the writing is on the wall and everyone knows what this country needs. It needs someone with a stout heart, who is determined to put the country on the right track. The reluctance by the individual leader always stems from a lack of confidence in one’s own capabilities and lack of clarity related to the end state. The individual feels he is alone and is frightened of the consequences if matters go wrong. These fears are easily addressed by not going out of the ambit of the current constitution and putting together a good team—an honest team of brave people, not pliant yes men. So to conclude, In Pakistan, the immediate need is the dissolution of the parliaments at the request of the Prime Minister while the National Security Council (NSC) takes on a supra-constitutional role. The Chief Justice and the leader of the opposition must be made part of it while the service chiefs are already members of the council. The NSC should then dispense governance, do the reforms through a presidential form of government with the current PM as the President. There can be no serious objection to this process and the country would benefit in leaps and bounds by circumventing the spoilers. Somewhere, along the line, at an appropriate time in a transparent manner, a referendum should be held to secure the people’s decision to switch to a presidential system with qualified technical expertise in the cabinet to assist the President to govern the country through selected Governors.





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The article has many internal contradictions. It implies that in future Qazi Faez Essa and Shahbaz Sharif would be part of the National Security Council.
 

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Shahbaz is a yes man.. and qazi issa im not even sure if he can become the next CJ.however the powers to vote can be abstained accordingly.

The question is not of voting out. Question is that the proposed NSC would have two known corrupt and morally bankrupt persons part of it.
 

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Interesting !!!

When you look at Sindh Province....1 party is ruling for straight 13 years....Can you believe this? that too without any performance?
 

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so now this guy want to break apart pakistan wow .
thats your gut feeling only..nations thrive under unitary control..
a parliamentary democracy cannot necessarily save an already divisive nation.
And he has suggested a referendum to decide on it ,so read the details before judging on a guy who is responsible for clearing out ttp from Pakistan an important milestone, the reason where we are today.

The question is not of voting out. Question is that the proposed NSC would have two known corrupt and morally bankrupt persons part of it.
if we cant have two decent and responsible people on two very important posts then we should die of shame.If a crook like Qazi issa becomes CJ then people would look towards Afghan Talban and start demanding their system.Its about time to have an opposition and a bar that works for the security of state and not against it.
 
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Interesting !!!

When you look at Sindh Province....1 party is ruling for straight 13 years....Can you believe this? that too without any performance?
The reason due to which PPP won in Sindh is very much hidden from the people of Karachi. PPP did her job very nicely. I will not comment any further because again a racial marathon will be started here. So yeah, they delivered for what they got votes.
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NSC and a presidential system in Pakistan?

Lt Gen Tariq Khan (R)
December 05, 2021


In the years preceding 9/11, Pakistan witnessed two thousand sectarian killings. Religion has now become a part of politics. The sitting government of the time could not find it within itself to say a few words of prayer for the departed soul of their own Governor, Salman Taseer when he was killed by his own guard. Governments were forced to review foreign policy as well as administrative policies in keeping with the maulvis’ views. This has resulted in the ridiculous spectacle of a Mullah Aziz of the Burqa fame to openly challenge the writ of the government in the heart of the capital even today or the disgusting sight of Mullah Khadim Rizvi, sitting in his wheelchair, abusing everyone in the government publicly.


If national security must address these issues it must first examine the very ethos of the state and bring back those values that the Quaid had stipulated in his first speech as well as his vision of unity, faith and discipline. No political agenda should ever be allowed to change these principles and it must be mandatory for a political manifesto to define how best it can enhance, support and develop those defined principles first and foremost. No other course can ever serve this country better and if we follow this path, reforms are recommended, which need to be put in to place with the highest priority: Judicial reforms are needed to provide a homegrown judicial system compatible with international law, to ensure equality for all and for no one to be treated as a lesser human being by profession, belief, caste, creed or birthright. De-politicisation of the Police is also needed—to make this institution independent of politicians.






It is also important to modify or rewrite the constitution. It must be remembered that this is a document provided by the ‘people’ to the legislators to ensure that they understand the limits of their power and remain confined within stipulated parameters. Human rights and individual freedom, liberty and security to life and property must be the basis of the constitution. In Pakistan, democracy has quickly become the tyranny of the majority and the constitution must address this matter. Proportional representation must be included based on ethnicity, profession and social order. Religion must be separated from state business. It should be an individual choice and not a communal business. Maulvis have to be put out of business of politics. They should be allowed to function only after being licensed and with strict code of conduct and stipulated regulations. For provinces, Pakistan must either consider the United States of Pakistan with total autonomy to the provinces or the provinces should be further divided to create about twenty or twenty-five provinces. Provincial separatist movements that keep threatening national cohesion can be addressed by creating more provinces. The people that have robbed this country must be held accountable. No plea bargains to be allowed. Closure must be brought to these matters as quickly as possible. The government has no business participating in the corporate sector and must divest all its businesses. The government must make policy and not run businesses. The power distribution system is a good illustration, the government cannot control theft, corruption and mismanagement. If handed over to the private sector and competition is encouraged, the matter of power distribution would easily be resolved.






The question that now comes up is how can these reforms should be done. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and so intent will never be enough. The current leadership, even by any conservative measure, falls under one of the three categories: corrupt, obligated or compromised and having secured their position by deceiving the people, are now free to pursue their individual agendas. Thus there is no hope that any political party can bring about these reforms no matter what good intentions they may have. Any attempt by the army or the judiciary or a combination of both would be perceived as interference in the political order and a disruption of this so-called democracy. The theme would be exploited by the international community to impose sanctions and embargoes so as to force Pakistan into some sort of pliant posture within the frame of international political order. Taking a political initiative to right the wrong in governance as it stands today by any leader who may be in a position to deliver and has the capacity or capability to do so is a very difficult decision. Yet it is like stating the obvious; the writing is on the wall and everyone knows what this country needs. It needs someone with a stout heart, who is determined to put the country on the right track. The reluctance by the individual leader always stems from a lack of confidence in one’s own capabilities and lack of clarity related to the end state. The individual feels he is alone and is frightened of the consequences if matters go wrong. These fears are easily addressed by not going out of the ambit of the current constitution and putting together a good team—an honest team of brave people, not pliant yes men. So to conclude, In Pakistan, the immediate need is the dissolution of the parliaments at the request of the Prime Minister while the National Security Council (NSC) takes on a supra-constitutional role. The Chief Justice and the leader of the opposition must be made part of it while the service chiefs are already members of the council. The NSC should then dispense governance, do the reforms through a presidential form of government with the current PM as the President. There can be no serious objection to this process and the country would benefit in leaps and bounds by circumventing the spoilers. Somewhere, along the line, at an appropriate time in a transparent manner, a referendum should be held to secure the people’s decision to switch to a presidential system with qualified technical expertise in the cabinet to assist the President to govern the country through selected Governors.






This article was first published in


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Log thek na hon tu nizam kia karyga?
We don't need any new system. We don't need any new party. All we need is to revive our Islamic ethics. We must learn to keep ourselves within our limits, not to poke our nose in others' affairs, and to perform our duties with utmost honesty. That's it. And then, even if Satan rules us, he will not be able to do anything wrong.

Nizam koi bhi chalsakta hai ager log insaf pasand or apni had main rehnay waly hon.
 
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thats your gut feeling only..nations thrive under unitary control..
a parliamentary democracy cannot necessarily save an already divisive nation.
And he has suggested a referendum to decide on it ,so read the details before judging on a guy who is responsible for clearing out ttp from Pakistan an important milestone, the reason where we are today.


if we cant have two decent and responsible people on two very important posts then we should die of shame.If a crook like Qazi issa becomes CJ then people would look towards Afghan Talban and start demanding their system.Its about time to have an opposition and a bar that works for the security of state and not against it.
THEN MAKE NEW CONSTITUTION BABY no one is stopping you . and these EX military should enjoy the life and leave us alone .
 

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All we need is to revive our Islamic ethics.
that will take a generation safely min 30 to 40 years,

Ethos can only be inculcated with a new and uniform education system and media ... that can again be done when education is a federal matter and not provincial.
THEN MAKE NEW CONSTITUTION BABY no one is stopping you . and these EX military should enjoy the life and leave us alone .
Thats what we need... new ammendments..

An ex-military guy is as bloody civilian as you and me so he can share his thoughts on politics.
 

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NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Otherwise how would all these institutions and specially the Establishment and its agencies going to DO ALL THE CORRUPTION, LOOT, PLUNDER !! :omghaha: :omghaha:
 

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NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Otherwise how would all these institutions and specially the Establishment and its agencies going to DO ALL THE CORRUPTION, LOOT, PLUNDER !! :omghaha: :omghaha:
We had Presidential system for a large time from 1958 until 2012 ..
 
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Pakistan can now only be saved, if a sincere, benevolent and ruthless dictator takes the reins of the country, in his hands, with the full support of PA. To hell with this sham democracy. A Chinese type of political system would do.
 

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