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Out, Out Jackboot!

A bid is on to keep the army apolitical. Only an ISI revamp can ensure its finality.

Out, Out Jackboot!
Out, Out Jackboot!
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It was a sight unprecedented in Pakistan's history, an event symbolic of the deep divisions in its polity. On a bitterly cold Tuesday—this February 5—retired army officers gathered outside the General Headquarters of the Pakistan army in Rawalpindi to protest against one of their very own former colleagues. They waved placards on which were inscribed the slogans they were shouting—"Go Musharraf Go", "No Musharraf No". Among those who participated in the demonstration were former corps commanders, lieutenant generals and generals.

Four days prior to that, these ex-army officers had vented their anger against Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf at a public meeting organised under the aegis of the All Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society. Then too, superannuated officers demanded that Musharraf should resign as president because he had ceased to symbolise the unity of the federation of Pakistan. "We should also work together to strengthen democracy by removing the only impediment in its way—Musharraf," said former chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg,...
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