Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi
Mohammad Osman Khan
Shamayl Ather Usmani
Pakistan came into existence on 14th of August, 1947. Since then, Pakistan had experienced both civil as well as military governments, the latter being more prolonged than the former. The first military coup came in 1958 with General Ayub Khan taking over the government, imposing Martial law and establishing himself as Field Martial for a whole decade.
By the end of the decade, Ayub Khan had established himself as a politician by removing his uniform, and he himself became victim to yet another military takeover, though voluntarily, with the power going into the hands of General Yahya Khan. In Yahya Khan\u2019s three year short tenure we saw the breakup of Pakistan, with the Eastern wing becoming an independent country named Bangladesh while the western wing being succeeded by a civil government headed by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
Bhutto was ousted out by his handpicked Army chief, General Zia-ul- Haq in 1977 and was hanged after a highly controversial trial. For eleven years General Zia-ul-Haq headed the Pakistan nation and took active part in forcing the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan throughout the 80s. Zia-ul-Haq, along with many high profile personalities from home and abroad, died in a plane crash.
From then, a decade of musical chairs game was played between Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif that ended with yet another military coup, bringing General Pervez Musharraf into the high seat of power and till this day, he holds the offices of President and Army Chief. His seven year old regime had experienced situations of varying nature, both domestically and internationally. We will review the performance of Musharraf Regime from two perspectives categorized in the following categories.
Politics and Leadership
International Affairs and War on Terrorism
Pakistan Armed Forces have continued to live up to their name and have been performing well in various spheres of life, both domestically as well as internationally. Although the Pakistan military suffered in the 90s due to the inability to cope with the national affairs by the politicians and civil officials as Pakistan suffered from bans and restrictions of military nature from the developed countries, still the armed forces maintained their high performance through sheer dedication and used the limited resources they had to keep themselves updated against the neighbor who is ever purchasing and increasing its inventory with latest military gadgets.
The Military officers had been actively participating in capturing known Al-Qaeda members, rooting out terrorists, unveiling the terrorists organizations, carrying out relief operations and defending the borders against any possible aggression. Through their sheer dedication and hard work, terrorists were caught who were responsible for the attacks on high ranking personalities, including President General Pervez Musharraf himself and the current Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz. Through military intelligence, terrorist organizations such as Jaish- Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were unearthed, banned and their members caught.
The terrorists involved in the suicidal attacks on Christian schools and churches were caught through the military intelligence that used all its available resources for tracking, sorting and forensic investigation that ultimately led to the lead organizations involved in several similar activities. With the capture of culprits and the disbanding of organizations, there has been a considerable downfall in terrorist activities that used to haunt the major cities of Pakistan.
Pakistan Navy showed its operational readiness in the face of disaster. When Tsunami struck the Indian Ocean in late 2004, two of Pakistan Navy\u2019s ships were on goodwill visit to Maldives and Thailand, sufferers of the devastating disaster. Even with the very limited resources they had, the naval officers dispatched rescue parties through helicopters to look for
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