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Ex-armymen occupying top slots in govt depts

29 May, 2007

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Large scale appointments, of retired armed forces officers, on key posts, on hefty pay-packages and lucrative perks and privileges in federal ministries, divisions and attached departments have once again left the civilian setup with the shorter end of the stick and the increasing ‘military infiltration’ slowly seems to eat away the roots of the bureaucracy and left over civil rule in the country.


A list of 225 retired armed forces officers, who have been appointed on key posts, has been tabled in the National Assembly by the Minister in Charge of the Establishment Division, Dr. Sher Afghan Niazi that shows that these officers have been re-employed on contract basis in Grade 17 to 22.

Though the Armed Forces’ 10 per cent quota in civil service have been observed and 29 retired armed forces officers have been inducted in civil service on permanent as well as on contract basis but Prime Minister, Federal Ministers and Establishment Division attained the services of 225 retired army men on contract basis during the year 2005 to 2007.

On the question of peoples party MNA Beelum Husnain, the Minister In Charge Establishment Division told the Lower House in a written reply that the laid down  procedure of re-employment after retirement is different for  those armed forces officers who are appointed on contract basis or on secondment  basis in the Ministries, Divisions and attach departments.

The list of these officers is only provided to the members but government tabled it in the library of National Assembly also for record. Weekly “Pulse” got the copy of this list that shows that during the last three years, the Prime Minister approved the re-employment of 96 retired army men on key posts, while the remaining 129 appointments were made by the Establishment Division, concerned head of the department or on the recommendations of ministers.

12 retired generals have been appointed in MP-1, MP-2, MP-3, and M-1 scales and they are drawing hefty salaries and other facilities, allowances, perks and privileges burdening the national kitty.

Majority of the officers were appointed on two year contract but they got extension after the expiry of contract period.

The extension example of the Rector, National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Lt. Gen. (retd) Syed Shujaat Hussain is really extraordinary. He was appointed as Rector NUST in February 1992 after his retirement from army, but he has been given continuous extensions by the past governments. Even the current setup last extended his appointment for the period of two years.

Evacuee Trust Property Board, Pakistan Automobile Corporation, Sindh Engineering Limited, Alternative Energy Development Board, Pakistan Steel Mills, National Institute of Health, Pakistan Environmental Planning and Architectural Consultants, Karachi Port Trust, Civil Aviation Authority, National Accountability Bureau, NUST, NIPA, CBR and other ministries and departments are being run by the retired army men or they are holding key influential positions in the setups.

The list of retired armed forces officers re-employed on contract or on secondment basis in the ministries, attached departments and divisions from 2005 to 2007 are as under:

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Reader Comments:

President should be asked to explain this military intrusion in civilian sector.

Of the four pillars of state, the legislative assembly is the weakest and inapt. In the first place democratic institutions are not organized. The mainstream political parties are mere mom-and-pop shops. There are too many of them than democracy can cope with. Legislators are not better educated and not well versed with law. Attendance in Parliament is insufficient and complaints of lack of quorum are frequent. Constitution is bent to suit each polity. Accountability is rigged and out dated. Media takes little interest in the legislature and general public remains in dark. Corruption reins supreme and culprits seldom brought before law. Loyalties of the parliament members change to suit personal interests. Frequent intrusions by the military occur and results in violation of human rights as well as spread of further corruption. This is wher the judiciary and the media should address more.

Sher Mohammad, Pakistan - 29 May, 2007


The present system of placing retired army officers is not right for the young graduates and experienced in civilian life. They are not getting jobs and with the recent introduction of their placing in Industry and other places and giving them Rs.10,000 to Rs15000 for MA pass is absolutely nothing. Educated youngsters got no where to go for their future top jobs as they will never be there where the retired military officers are fixed on high salaries and benefits. That is wrong and need changing but in the present sitution when the top head of the State is a General no way there is any chance of others to be entertained. After retirement from military they must not be given top jobs anywhere in the system no doubt they work harder but at the same time the opportunities for young educated people from the civil life are totally minimized. Key jobs in the country be given to those who are not ex-servicemen so that they can also make their livings and raise their families and contribute to the country. A change is needed in this wrong set up.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 29 May, 2007

Indians and Bangladeshis are luckier than us.

This is a serious threat to the growth of civilian sector,and merit.Now Pakistanis can say Army is threat to merit and civilian growth.
In most of the positions these 12th graders(army)or 10th graders(airforce) with no education,training or background come in civilian positions to push corruption due to greed and in the process the decadence gets push.
Even appointing of retired Army doctors in civilian postions is very seriously objectionable.Certainly Indians and Bangladeshis are luckier than Pakistanis they don't have to put with this cancer.
Was Pakistan made for army?

Dr.M.Khan, United Kingdom - 29 May, 2007

The Khaki Theocracy

Why do we need a bunch of rifraf politicians sitting in
the National and Provincial assemblies? After all the retired army officers are in
control of major industries.
Serving in diplomatic mission
and operating major academic
institutions.Should we not let General Musharraf place
"Men in Khaki" in the Senate
and the five Assemblies.Not only will BUSH be pleased!He
will make sure who ever is the next person in power at the WhiteHouse, continues to
send blank cheques.

Khalid Rahim, Pakistan - 30 May, 2007

Appointments of Ex Army men

They are not worried about the national kitty for heavy burdens but the chances of burocrates to occupy those lucrative posts have diminished. Secondly lot many perks and unfair earning are attached with these appointments which are being denied even to the staff involved in unfair business. So it is not a burden on nation but "CHOR MACHAI SHORE" because he is not getting all that. I suggest that if any Ex-Army man is involved in any unfair business then he must be exposed with all the proofs and not on the statements given in anonimity.

Iftikhar Ahmad, Pakistan - 30 May, 2007

Indians and Bangladeshis

Dr.M.Khan. The present set up is not that much corrupt how come the treasury got more than $13.75B in the treasury comparing when Nawaz Sharif was in power had only $333m. Humans are humans and there may be odd cases of corruption in all sectors of the setup but blaming to military like that is not justified, unless there is a solid proof. Army is also the people of Pakistan but in Uniform being there duties to defend the borders and come out when there is a clamity, flood or earth quakes when civilians fail to perform the tedious and dangerous work. Must not under estimate the Pakistan Army as they are the saviours of the country and do deserve respect. Three countries of S.Asia differ from each other though lot of commonalities exist but Pakistan is not behind any of of them. A very progressive country and bright future.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 30 May, 2007

NYT on US Payments to Pakistan Despite Poor Results

The New York Times
May 20, 2007

U.S. Pays Pakistan to Fight Terror, but Patrols Ebb

WASHINGTON, May 19 - The United States is continuing to make large
payments of roughly $1 billion a year to Pakistan for what it calls
reimbursements to the country’s military for conducting
efforts along the border with Afghanistan, even though Pakistan’s
president decided eight months ago to slash patrols through the area
Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters are most active.

The monthly payments, called coalition support funds, are not widely
advertised. Buried in public budget numbers, the payments are intended to
reimburse Pakistan’s military for the cost of the operations. So far,
Pakistan has received more than $5.6 billion under the program over
five years, more than half of the total aid the United States has sent to
the country since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, not counting covert

Some American military officials in the region have recommended that
the money be tied to Pakistan’s performance in pursuing Al Qaeda and
keeping the Taliban from gaining a haven from which to attack the
government of Afghanistan. American officials have been surprised by the speed
at which both organizations have gained strength in the past year.

But Bush administration officials say no such plan is being considered,
despite new evidence that the Pakistani military is often looking the
other way when Taliban fighters retreat across the border into Pakistan,
ignoring calls from American spotters to intercept them. There is also
at least one American report that Pakistani security forces have fired
in support of Taliban fighters attacking Afghan posts.

The administration, according to some current and former officials, is
fearful of cutting off the cash or linking it to performance for fear
of further destabilizing Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
who is facing the biggest challenges to his rule since he took power in

The White House would not directly answer the question of why Pakistan
is being paid the same very large amount after publicly declaring that
it is significantly cutting back on its patrols in the most important
border area. The Pentagon, in response to inquiries, said Friday that the payments
to Pakistan since October 2001, when the war in Afghanistan began, had
averaged $80 million a month. The Congressional Research Service
estimated last year that they accounted for about a fifth of Pakistan’s
total military expenditures.

The administration told Congress in January that the Pakistanis
performed operations that “would be difficult for U.S. Armed Forces to
attain,” and the Pentagon said those included carrying out joint
operations, commanding observation posts and conducting land and maritime

But General Musharraf announced in September that under a peace
agreement with local militants his regular army troops in North Waziristan,
the center of Al Qaeda’s operations, would no longer operate
checkpoints and that they would stay in garrisons, a decision that came after
Pakistani forces suffered heavy casualties in the lawless tribal areas.

military, General Musharraf’s greatest source of support, particularly as he
faces growing street protests over his removal of an independent-minded
Supreme Court chief justice as the court was about to consider the
legality of the president’s decision to hold the nation’s top military
and political posts at the same time.

Mr. Durrani, the ambassador, denied that Pakistani troops were failing
to stop Taliban fighters at the border. ks on this person.”

David E. Sanger reported from Washington and Brussels, and David Rohde from Washington and New York. Carlotta Gall contributed from Islamabad,

Sree Sreenivasan, Somalia - 30 May, 2007

Top position everwhere with trend

Magic of tens of billion US $ vs 100s of million US dollar is new phenomenon new world order.Assembly of people in Millions is an event.
While independence of Kosovo and similar Muslim states postponed there are huge Muslim population such as those who live in India Philippine China .They are unrepresented unattended.
And they are not independent states despite in 10s of million group who live there . While Somali with huge land (With almost 100% Muslim) being robbed and terrorized Sudan is being sanctioned. Since inception of Israel And sheiks with legislated equal right for women in lieu of Islam denial in so called to mix frequently with men under Hijab Attack ,it boils down to mind boggling

Trend being developed amid magic of billions and trillion dollar growth claim by individuals of corportation. Islam is under attack.Only beneficiaries have made 1500 Muslim Umma incorporated as their private property private slave private asset from resource until to last drop of Iqra. And heart lung retina transplant sale. Father of Ibrahim alayhis salam as chief Imam was also adored and enriched while it became something else.World Mafia attend also church on special Occasion giving huge blessings via Chief of church pleasing and respect.Pope is highest In Catholics Cardinals in Anglican or Imam e Kaaba in OPEC Islam.

benz m Isphahani, India - 31 May, 2007

Can you find any civil society members that can do a better job?

Can you find any civil society members that can do a better job "overall" in Pakistan right now . All the 100 % honest Pakistanis are expatriots. What is left is the army and civil society. Now, out of the two segments of PAkistanis which has the capability to serve without thinking of how to steal or scandalize government money. We have to be realistic, I will ask again, whom out of the two segments of pakistanis are capable of serving without first thinking about there pockets? OK, we know that civil society is more quantified and to some extent qualified to serve better, even though ex or current army personell are quantifiable and do qualify for slots. The civil society or peoples un related to army should be the ones in top slots, but realistically do you think with the people NOW NOW in Pakistan can be good boys and serve the country. corruption is on both sides but whom can make it so infested infected that we can stop corruption disease. The author of this article should research the couple of families or cartel like goups, zaats, etc whom ALL BELONG to civil or UNRELATED army INSTITUTIONS. THEY should let there fellow civil members to mature enough to get the spots. History is the fault of this as well.

wasim, Pakistan - 31 May, 2007


Ex-military person occupying civilian posts is not uncommon in any country. In USA and India this is common. But Army chief replacing elected government, is too much. Initial days of democracy will be little problematic. Unless and until you foster it, it will not grow. Lower caste people (oppressed for more than 2000 years) in India got power through democracy only. India has much more variety of people than any other country. If we can stick to that, Pakistanis can also do that.

Nikus, Hungary - 31 May, 2007

Tension via Army Governace

Instead Try to assemble expertise in job creation, expertise in factory building Zero % unemployment zero % illiteracy like in UK G8. Assemble assembly of expertise to govern .In Canada leaders lead and banned cigarettes .It is smoke free zone every where where 25 cigarettes cost Rs 500/- In Pakistan, there are about 1,200 children who take up smoking every day. and about 5 million children under the age of 15 are already addicted to tobacco.Current Regime is killing Pakistanis instead of governing.Nawaz Sharif and Mohtarma Bhutto had least tension and had least death of children by cigarettes.Getting pay rise by arm by force by imf loan using own ruling period is none productive.

Z B, Canada - 01 June, 2007


Please find the donation Pakistan received from US and its ally Saudi Arabia. How much of foreign fund you have received during earthquake?

Nikus, Pakistan - 01 June, 2007

Pakistan's Peril

In trouble, Gen. Musharraf shuns the moderate parties
that could save him.

AFTER NEARLY eight years in power, Pakistani strongman
Gen. Pervez Musharraf appears to be weakening. Mass
demonstrations broke out against him this month in
Punjab, the country's political heartland; tens of
thousands at a time are turning out to cheer a Supreme
Court judge who tried to investigate human rights
abuses and then rejected the general's demand that he
resign. Extremist groups, including the Taliban, are
steadily strengthening, especially in areas near the
Afghan border. Support for the government in the U.S.
Congress, which has signed off on more than $10
billion in aid since 2001, is steadily fading amid
persistent reports that the Pakistani army is failing
to stop, and may even be supporting, Taliban
operations against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Not only Gen. Musharraf and his dogged supporters in
the Bush administration have reason to worry about
these developments. One reason the general is
unpopular is his alliance with the United States, and
the candidates to succeed him and control Pakistan's
nuclear arsenal include Islamic fundamentalists and
anti-Western generals. Gen. Musharraf appears inclined
to use force to bolster his regime -- demonstrators
have been attacked by party militias or police in
several cities -- and that may seem preferable to the
extremist alternatives.

But force is not the general's only option or the one
most likely to succeed. Pakistan has a strong
democratic alternative, in the form of two large
secular political parties that between them governed
the country for most of the 1990s. Though their
records are far from unblemished, both share Mr.
Musharraf's goals of turning back Islamic extremism in
Pakistan, reconciling with India and maintaining an
alliance with the United States. Both have a large
popular following: the Pakistan People's Party, headed
by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, made a strong
showing in the last parliamentary election in 2002,
and is likely to finish first this year if scheduled
elections are free and fair. Ms. Bhutto has discussed
a deal with Mr. Musharraf in which she would accept
his plan to extend his term as president for another
five years if he drops criminal charges against her,
holds fair elections and gives up his post as army
commander in chief.

An alliance with the secular democrats could give Gen.
Musharraf the political foundation he needs to remain
in office and take stronger action against the Taliban
and al-Qaeda. Yet the general seems to be turning his
back on the option. Last week he told a television
interviewer that neither Ms. Bhutto nor former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League
would be allowed to return from exile before the
elections. The general evidently plans to stage his
own reelection without them and to manipulate the
subsequent parliamentary vote to check their
influence, just as he did in 2002.

The Bush administration, which has pressed Gen.
Musharraf to come to terms with the secular parties,
should not accept this decision. The administration
has been endlessly forgiving of the strongman even as
he has failed again and again to meet his commitments.
If Mr. Musharraf is now allowed to isolate himself
behind riot police and militia forces while shunning
secular democrats, he will set the stage for just the
sort of nightmare scenario in Pakistan that has
motivated U.S. support for him since 2001.

Sree Sreenivasan", Somalia - 01 June, 2007

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto hanged again

Ya Bush Ya Blair Benazir Beqasoor

We have a big circle of Jiyalas as our friends, since many days they were tight lip and sad, so we stop to say any thing about Benazir, because we don’t want to break heart of our friends. Even Jahangir Badar in recent ARY forum was visibly upset and had no answer to the questions on “Deal” between Musharraf and Benazir, except insisting that “Bhutto ism” is still alive.

Jumps of Benazir and corruption of both husband and wife are so visible that present deal with dictator can stop proceedings against their corruption for the time being but time and history will never forget crimes committed by Benazir on the name of “Bhutto ism” and fooling poor workers of Peoples Party.

Character of Benazir could be judged by her cunning attitude by hiding facts even from those top PPP leaders who were in a position to take advantage at any stage but those leaders remained loyal to party; it is clear cut dishonesty that those were kept in dark cleverly. Now Benazir is like a monkey and dictator has put string in her neck, and the other side of the string is in the hands of dictator, not only dictator but descendents of all dictators, Ijaz Ul Haq, Omar Ayub, MQM, Sufi Ch: Shujaat, Sh: Rashid, and DG’s of ISI, MI and IB agencies who are involved in murders, killing and abduction of thousand of innocent peoples will be future bosses of PPP.

It is dilemma of Pakistan that Feudal class has genes of slavishness in respect of imperialist lords in their blood, when ever there is a time to pick and choose; they forget sacrifice of others and for their personal benefits take side of imperialists. Now she will straight forward refuse any deal and Jiyalas will tell some other storey, but facts are facts. We don’t know who the father of this deal is? Whether Rao Sikandar Iqbal, Tariq Aziz or any third person. But one thing is clear that “Bhutto ism” is scraped by her daughter entirely, reversed every doctrine of Bhutto from socialist’s ideology to capitalist, foreign policies and economical programs have opposite direction, and there is no sympathy for social programs. She is in depression by watching state Bank figures of US $12 billion in reserves, but she ia not looking toward liabilities and corruption committed by Musharraf & Co. She has sycophant approach toward crusaders, while Z.A. Bhutto had different policies to run the state affairs.

"International Professor", Pakistan - 02 June, 2007

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