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General Ashfaq Kiyani’s first speech after the October 2010 Coup

A fictional satire, a satirical fiction, just a fiction, or just a satire, or indeed a distinct possibilty, you decide.

This is October 2010. As Pakistanis were busy distributing sweets celebrating the day old military coup in the streets and Bazaars of Pakistan, General Ashfaq Kiyani addressed the nation in his first televised address.

My dear countrymen, Asalam O Alaikum:

Pakistan today stands at the crossroads of its destiny - a destiny which is in our hands to make or break. Sixtythree years ago we started with a beacon of hope. Today that beacon is no more and we stand in darkness. There is despondency, and hopelessness surrounding us with no light visible anywhere around. The slide down has been gradual but has rapidly accelerated in the last many years.

Today, we have reached a stage where our economy has crumbled, terrorism is rampant, our credibility is lost, state institutions lie demolished, its treasuries emptied, provincial disharmony has caused cracks in the federation, and people who were once brothers are now at each other’s throat.

In sum, we have lost our honour, our dignity, our respect in the comity of nations. Is this the democracy our Quaid-e-Azam had envisaged? Is this the way this far down in the new millennium?

Let us not be despondent. I am an optimist I have faith in the destiny of this nation; belief in its people and conviction in its future. We were not a poor nation as generally perceived. In fact we are rich. We have fertile land that can produce three crops a year. We have abundant water to irrigate these lands and generate surplus power. We have gas, coal and vast untapped mineral resources - and above all a dynamic and industrious people. All these await mobilization. We have only to awaken, join hands and grasp our destiny. For Allah helps those who help themselves.

My fellow Pakistanis, as you are aware I took over in extremely unusual circumstances - not of my making. It is unbelievable and indeed unfortunate that the few at the helm of affairs in the last government were intriguing to destroy the last institution of stability left in Pakistan by creating dissention in the ranks of the armed forces of Pakistan. And who would believe that the President of Pakistan, who is in fact the Supreme Commander of all the Armed Forces of Pakistan, would be involved in undermining the last stable institution left in our country.

Providence ultimately intervened. Praise be to Allah that I came to know of the plan when barely seven hours were left in its execution. I salute my soldiers and men for acting courageously in the supreme interest of the nation. Most of all I salute our people who stood solidly with their armed forces at that critical hour. Quite clearly, what Pakistan has experienced in the recent years has been hardly a label of democracy not the essence of it. Our people were never emancipated from the yoke of despotism. I shall not allow the people to be taken back to the era of sham democracy, but to a true one. And I promise you I will Inshallah.

My dear countrymen. The choice before us this October was between saving the body - that is the nation, at the cost of losing a limb - which is the Constitution, or saving the limb and losing the whole body. The Constitution is but a part of the nation therefore I chose to save the nation and yet took care not to sacrifice the Constitution. The Constitution has only been temporarily held in abeyance. This is not martial law, only another path towards democracy. The armed forces have no intention to stay in charge any longer than is absolutely necessary to pave the way for true democracy to flourish in Pakistan.

Ever since the day the Armed Forces intervened this October, I have deliberated, carried out consultations and crystallized my views about the future course to be adopted. I wish to share these with you today.

My dear countrymen, our aims and objectives shall be:

Rebuild national confidence and morale.

Strengthen the federation, remove inter provincial disharmony and restore national cohesion.

Revive the economy and restore investor confidence.

Defeat terrorism, ensure law and order and dispense speedy justice.

Depoliticize state institutions.

Devolution of power to the grass roots level.

Ensure swift and across the board accountability.

Good governance is the pre-requisite to achieve these objectives. In the past, our governments have ruled the people. It is time now for the governments to serve the people. The government I plan to institute shall comprise:

Firstly - The President. On my request, President has agreed to vacate the office and accept protective custody of Pakistan Army.

Second - A National Security Council headed by the Chief Executive with six members. These members will be Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, a specialist each in Legal, Finance, Foreign Policy and national affairs. A think-tank of experts shall be formed as an adjunct to the National Security Council to provide institutionalized advice and input.

Third - A Cabinet of Ministers who will work under the guidance of the National Security Council.

Four - The Provinces to be headed by a Governor, functioning through a small provincial cabinet.

All these appointments shall be made purely on the basis of professional competence, merit and repute.

The revival of the economy is critical. Our economy is in deep trouble and revolutionary steps are needed to put it back on track. The Pakistani people were subjected to betrayal of trust. Their hard-earned money was frozen or taxed in violation of State commitments. We need to restore this trust. To revitalize our economy in addition to measures like recovery of the looted national wealth - a task that will be ruthlessly pursued, I am identifying policy guidelines. Some of which are:

  • Rebuilding of investors’ confidence through stability and consistency in economic policies, and economic security. The objective is to encourage the local investors, overseas Pakistanis and foreign investors.
  • Increase domestic savings.
  • Carry out pragmatic tax reforms.
  • Turn around the state enterprises towards profitability.
  • Boost agriculture and revive industry.
  • Strict austerity measures.
The next aspect is accountability. Lack of accountability has resulted in corruption of horrendous proportions, threatening the very basis of our society. The term `ehtesab’ has been abused to an extent that it has lost its meaning. There is thus a need to re-establish faith in the process of accountability.

The process of accountability is being directed especially towards those guilty of plundering and looting the national wealth and tax evaders even if they be the very highest of the land. It is also directed towards loan defaulters and those who have had their loans re-scheduled or condoned. The process of accountability will be transparent for the public to see.

My advice to the guilty is to return voluntarily national wealth, bank loans and pay their taxes before the hand of law forces them to do so with penalty. As a last chance I urge all defaulters to come forth and settle their debts within a period of four weeks, after which their names will be published and the law will take its due course. They owe this to Pakistan and I expect their spirit of patriotism to guide them.

Cementing the Federation is very vital. This will be achieved through devolution of power, from the centre to the provinces and from the provincial to the local government as actually enshrined in the constitution.

Media forms an integral part of statehood in this era of information. I have great regard and respect for the media; I trust it to play a positive and constructive role. My predecessor in this office had unfettered the nation’s media but the last government, despite championing the cause of democracy, shackled it once more. I am a firm believer in the freedom of the press and take pleasure in announcing that the media again stands freed today.

And now a few words on exploitation of religion. Islam teaches tolerance not hatred, universal brotherhood and not enmity, peace and not violence, progress and not bigotry. But what has been passed in the name of this great religion in the last few years has turned the stomachs of even the most hardened amongst us. I have great respect for the Ulema and expect them to come forth and present Islam in its true light. I urge them to curb elements which are exploiting religion for vested interests and bringing a bad name to our faith. I would like to reassure our minorities that they enjoy full rights and protection as equal citizens in the letter and spirit of true Islam.

I wish to reassure the international community that there is no change in our foreign policy. We will continue to honour international obligations and commitments, as in the past. It will remain our constant endeavour to promote peace and stability in our region. We would like to maintain our abiding policy of friendship and co-operation with all countries. The strengthening of brotherly ties with the Islamic countries will be a central pillar of our foreign policy. We shall continue our efforts to achieve a just and peaceful environment all around our borders. We wish to see a truly representative government in Kabul. We will maintain and further reinforce our traditional and time tested friendship and co-operation with China. We attach the highest importance to our friendly relations with all major powers, especially the United States.

Here I would like to mention two key areas of our external relations; International security and disarmament and our relations with India. Pakistan has always been alive to international non-proliferation concerns………..In the nuclear environment in South Asia, we believe that both Pakistan and India have to exercise utmost restraint and responsibility. We owe it to our people and also to the world. I wish to assure the world community that while preserving its vital security interests Pakistan will continue to pursue a policy of nuclear and missile restraint and sensitivity to global non- proliferation and disarmament objectives.

…………………………………………………

Today in year 2010, South Asia stands at a crucial juncture of its history, 20th Century saw our transition to independence but the region has unfortunately remained mired in conflicts and economic deprivation.

Together Pakistan and India can change this scenario. For this objective both must sincerely work towards resolving their problems especially the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. The people of Kashmir have made great sacrifices for the achievement of their rights promised to them by the United Nations. We shall continue our unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support to our Kashmiri brethren in their struggle to achieve their right of self-determination.

India must honour the UN resolutions and its own commitment to the people of Kashmir. It must also end its repression of the Kashmiri people and respect their fundamental human rights. Pakistan would welcome unconditional, equitable and result-oriented dialogue with India. While, our armed forces are fully equipped and ready to defend our national sovereignty and territorial integrity, it is our desire that the situation on our borders with India and on the Line of Control should remain clam and peaceful. I take this opportunity to announce a unilateral military de-escalation on our international borders with India and initiate the return of all our forces moved to the borders in the recent past. I hope this step would serve as a meaningful confidence building measure.

My dear countrymen, to conclude my address let me say that, we have hit rock bottom. We have no choice but to rise, and rise we will, Inshallah. Our actions shall Inshallah speak louder than words. Therefore, my countrymen let us rise to the occasion and seize the opportunity.

Before I close I would like to give you a personal commitment. I hereby undertake to declare my tax returns and my assets to be documented, and open for public scrutiny.

And now I would like to share a prayer that I wrote for myself:

O Allah, I promise my nation sincerity, honesty, integrity and unflinching loyalty. Give me the vision to see and perceive the truth from the false. The wisdom to comprehend the problem and find its solution. The courage to do justice and the strenght to do right.

May Allah be with us all.

Aameen

Pakistan Paindabad.

Author’s (Anwaar Hussain) End Note: The above is a word by word parody of General Musharraf’s first speech on 17 October 1999 after his military coup. Just a few words on relations with India have been expunged to curtail the length and only a small number of additions made. The scribe apologizes for the minor alterations but these were necessitated due to the 11 years long gap since the original was made by General Musharraf. The changes have been highlighted and the expunged portions dotted for clarity. Tell me what has changed or can possibly change?


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