19 October, 2020

Back Again To The Political Front

The President formalises the military's role in the government

Back Again To The Political Front

THE formation of the Council for Defence and National Security CDNS) by President Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari on January 6 has shaken the body politic of the country. In short, it has formalised the role of the armed forces in the regular functioning of the civilian government. The role of the military in decision making, hitherto invisible and discreet, has been brought out into the open and given a constitutional cover. The formation of the 10-member council has far-reaching implications. Headed by the president, other members are the prime minister, chairman, joint chiefs of staff committee, the three services chiefs, and the foreign, defence, interior and finance ministers. Its apparent job is to give "mature advice" to the government on vital affairs, including proclamation of emergency. But the CDNS can advise the government on many crucial matters, including determination of national strategy and fix-ation of priority in terms of overall national security; formulation of defence policy; coordination of defence policies with external and...



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