Pakistan’s new Army chief and Indo-Pak relations… Sohail AnjumSUCHI News

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For at least ten years, the military has not directly held power in Pakistan, but the balance of power is in its hands. Whether it’s domestic policy or foreign policy, it’s all inclusive.

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India and Pakistan are different. They are both part of the same country. But in 1947, India was partitioned and there was a new country called Pakistan. It should have happened that they both lived as elder and younger brother, but they both became fierce enemies. The visionary leadership of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India after the Partition, took India to new levels of development. India became a secular democracy but Pakistan failed to become a secular democracy. Although Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted to make Pakistan a secular democracy. But when the cycle of his life soon broke, he was left in a difficult situation.

The principles of secularism and democracy did not thrive there. Instead of staying in tents, the army entered political rooms. Therefore, many military commanders ruled the government one after the other. General Ayub Khan, General Yahya Khan, General Zia-ul-Haq and General Pervez Musharraf. More or less half of Pakistan’s life was occupied by these four leaders. There were also political parties but they did not have much chance to flourish. And when they met, the corruption of the political parties there was far beyond the political parties here. Now the politics here are also following the footsteps of Pakistan’s politics. In other words, just as there is a lot of mixing of religions in politics in Pakistan and as a result many problems have been created, in the same way politics here has become secular.

However, the military has not directly controlled power in Pakistan for at least ten years, but the balance of power is in its hands. Whether it’s domestic policy or foreign policy, it’s all inclusive. It is said that the army brought Imran Khan. But Imran Khan gradually made his own decisions. He also tried to introduce himself as Ameerul Momineen. His relations with the army were good for a few days, that’s why the commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa was extended for another three years after his third year. But the controversy started and Imran Khan began to accuse that the military and the US wanted to oust him from power. Therefore, he was expelled from the government in a court attack. Shahbaz Sharif became the Prime Minister in his place.

Meanwhile, the tenure of Qamar Javed Bawjoh has ended and the search for a new commander has begun. Imran Khan wanted his opinion to be taken into account in the appointment of the new army chief. But when it seemed impossible, he expressed his desire for an agreement and tried it. But one of them did not work and the decision of Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister and the elder brother of the current prime minister, who is living in slavery in London, was victory. Thus Lieutenant General Asim Munir was appointed as the new Army Chief.

Imran Khan did not support it. One of the main reasons for this is that Asim Munir was the former Director General of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI. While in this situation, he said something in Imran Khan’s ear which made him very upset. When Imran Khan was the Prime Minister, his wife Bushra Begum also had a lot of power in her hands and it is said that her close friends used this. A friend of Bushra Begum was also accused of corruption. Asim Munir told Imran Khan that the game of corruption is being played in your family. He was not happy with this and moved the same day.

However, now Asim Munir has been appointed as the commander of the Pakistani army. Usually what happens in Pakistan is also observed in India and it should be. Similarly, Pakistan sees the situation here. Therefore, as much happiness was taken in Pakistan as the process of appointing the new military leader, it was also taken in India. Newspapers and news stories were also monitored here. Now that Asim Munir has become the army chief, what India-Pakistan relations will mean under his tenure is under consideration. Some newspapers have published many stories in one issue and have also tried to review Asim Munir’s previous records.

Large-circulation English daily ‘Times of India’ has published a detailed report on the matter and in another news article describing the early services of Lt General Asim Munir. According to the paper, Asim Munir has been appointed as the army chief at a time when Pakistan is facing a weak economy and other challenges. It was a surprise as his appointment came amid clashes between the military and former prime minister Imran Khan, who blamed the US and the military in his ouster from the government.

The newspaper writes that the military has historically been known as the main driver of Pakistan’s domestic politics and foreign policy. Therefore, the appointment of General Asim Munir may have an impact on the weak democratic government of Pakistan, the government of India and Afghanistan, and relations and policies with China and the United States. It should be noted that there was a time when Pakistan and America were close friends. But gradually the relationship between the two cooled and the relationship between America and India became very romantic. After Imran Khan’s accusation that America had a hand in his dismissal, the relationship between the two got worse. But now Shahbaz Sharif is trying to bring this relationship back on track. Imran Khan’s statement that the US is using Pakistan as a ‘firearm’ in the war against terrorism was also prominently published by the newspaper.

Another English daily ‘Hindustan Times’ writes in its editorial that there is a feeling among the public of Pakistan that the conflict between Imran and the army has reduced the prestige of the army and the displeasure of the internal army. politics has also increased. It will be closely watched if the new commander can end this frustration. General Qamar Javed Bajwa wanted to improve relations with India to stabilize Pakistan’s economy. It remains to be seen whether this will continue or not with his replacement.

The English daily ‘Indian Express’ writes in its publication that the reign of General Bajwa is mixed with respect for India. He rejected Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to build peace with India and during his tenure the former prime minister was removed from government in a “judicial process”. Years later, General Bajwa extended the hand of peace to India and declared that Pakistan should start trade with India. During his tenure the Pakistan Army signed an agreement to strictly enforce the 2003 ceasefire along the LoC.

He also wrote that because of the pressure from the ‘Financial Action Task Force’ there has been a reduction in border terrorism. But now weapons and drugs are being dropped in Jammu and Kashmir by drones. It must be remembered that there were also cases of arms and drugs being sent from dons to Punjab as well. It will be interesting to see if this happens under Asim Munir. According to the newspaper, Asim Munir was the head of the ISI when a group of armed forces attacked in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in 2019. He was behind the release of the Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Vardhaman.

Sharat Sabharwal, former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, wrote in his article that Asim Munir could continue General Bajwa’s policy of suppressing India for the last two or more years in the face of there are many challenges and the wealth of the economy. . The director of Planning Nirupama Subramanian in his detailed article revealed that after the Pulwama and Balakot operations by the Indian Air Force and the retaliation by the Pakistan Air Force, India’s Defense Adviser Ajit Doval spoke to Asim Munir for releasing Abhinandan Vardhaman. they were able to release Abhinandan. Therefore, the media has expressed the hope that the relationship between the two governments will not be good, if not worse, during the reign of General Asim Munir.

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