Martial law or emergency in Pakistan will lead to chaos: Experts

November 14th, 2007 - 8:17 am ICT by admin  
Former military generals, bureaucrats, intellectuals, politicians and members of the civil society attended a seminar titled ‘Why another military Intervention is not in Pakistan’s interest’. Dialogue Group on Civil Military Relation organised the event.

The participants said that the martial law or an emergency would aggravate the present situation because the army was no more seen as a catalyst of change, but as a symbol of perpetuating the status quo.

All speakers were unanimous on the point that the declaration of military rule or the suspension of basic rights by emergency would usher in disaster because the gulf between the military and the people would widen as a result.

Former Interior Minister Lt General (retired) Moinuddin Haider said the talk of marital law was not right at the time when the country is poised for general elections.

He said the concentration of power in one hand was bad in a civilian system and the worst in military rule.

“The military needs to understand that democracy was the only way forward and politicians should also play their part to improve governance,” Haider said.

Haider said military rule was unaccountable as witnessed by the operation in Balochistan.

Former ISI Chief Lt General (retired) Asad Durrani said that military intervention in politics was because of some individuals.

He said the military would continue to intervene in politics if the court decided against President Pervez Musharraf.

Former Defence Secretary Lt General Talaat Masood said martial law or emergency would create trouble for the country.

He said terrorists did not need sanctuaries in Pakistan or Afghanistan as they had support of the people and operated without any fear.

“We need a big change in the attitude of people and that would be possible by introducing true democracy,” Masood added.

Former Finance Minister Sartaj Aziz said that a civilian government had the capacity to deliver, the Daily Times reported.

He said democracy could save Pakistan and all exiled leaders should be allowed to come back and take part in national politics.

Former Interior Secretary Tasnim Noorani said that people, political parties, civil society and international community would oppose martial law. (ANI)

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