By Brig Samson S Sharaf
Pakistan is unfortunate amongst a few select countries to have never had a cohesive, integrated and permanent National Policy. It is a sad but a true reflection of a state that has spent half its existence under military dictatorships or tailored democracies. Whatever time that can be credited to civilian establishments either had a stamp of bureaucratic intrigues or in fighting within the parliamentary system resulting in scant national policy making.
The first decade was lost to political conspiracies hatched by a group of bureaucrats and politicians who had the advantage but not the conscience of serving with Qaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. These rulers rather than adhere to the vision of their leader amply enunciated in his speeches, minutes, 11 August speech to the first Constituent Assembly and the complexion and diversity of his first announced cabinet, chose to embarked through a muddied perspective on an elusive and unending journey of inventive nationalism that set a precedence of disfigurement through repeated surgical procedures at the hands of butchers and opportunists. Pakistan therefore never belonged to Pakistanis.
Ayub’s rule from 1959 to 1969 was a relatively stable period for economic growth. Yet the questions relating to the federation since 1947 were ignored and complicated. Rather than forge a Welfare State, the paradigm was set for Pakistan to become a Security State patrolled by the military and intelligence agencies under the sharp eye of USA. Hence the National Policy revolved and evolved around a security paradigm with India as the enemy along with a strategy of military alliances with USA, that put Pakistan firmly aligned to the Anti Communist Camp. It was this paradigm and Doctrine that ultimately saw the secession of East Pakistan and a Military Surrender to India. The reaction gave rise to Bhutto’s populism. Read the rest of this entry »