Pakistan's Military Faces Calls for Major Shakeup after Bin Laden Failure

By Ahmed, Issam | The Christian Science Monitor, May 5, 2011 | Go to article overview

Pakistan's Military Faces Calls for Major Shakeup after Bin Laden Failure


Ahmed, Issam, The Christian Science Monitor


The Pakistan Army faces a rising domestic backlash, but the public relations disaster could provide a rare and overdue chance to mend broken civil-military relations, analysts say.

Four days after US Navy SEALs swooped deep into Pakistani territory to carry out a daring, 40-minute raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the Pakistan Army is facing a rising domestic backlash.

Observers normally reluctant to criticize the military - this country's most powerful and popular institution - are now publicly asking why Pakistan's main intelligence agency apparently had no knowledge of Mr. bin Laden's presence and why the military appeared to be caught unaware of the US raid.

But the public relations disaster the Army has suffered could provide a rare and overdue chance to mend broken civil-military relations, analysts say.

"This is a golden opportunity," says Ayesha Siddiqa, author of "Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military." "We're seeing a period we've never had before. It's something comparable to 1971," she says, referring to the year Pakistan lost its second war to India, which resulted in the capture of 90,000 prisoners of war and the secession of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). That, in turn, paved the way for the arrival of a powerful civilian ruler in Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

"What we might see happen [now] is people raising their voices [in protest] and the president using that to say Pakistan is interested in change," says Ms. Siddiqa. That includes greater oversight by the civilian government over intelligence and appointments. "What I want to see is now is greater transparency and accountability from the Army," adds Siddiqa.

Unfettered control

Until now, Pakistan's Army has enjoyed almost unfettered control. No civilian oversight is required in making or renewing high-level appointments, including experts observe, the extension of ISI Chief Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha's tenure in March.

The Army oversees the country's defense and foreign policy and maintains a major stake in industries, agriculture, and land holdings. It even has its own brand of breakfast cereal.

Then there is the matter of its budget, which citizens are starting to question. Officially, the Army receives some 22 percent of the budget, though analysts estimate the actual figure to be significantly higher.

Promises to investigate

On Thursday, in the wake of a growing backlash among Pakistan's citizens, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chaired a high- level meeting of his commanders. …

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