Thursday, May 18, 2006

What's in a number?

Well, everything really if you go by budgets. For 2006-07 the Government/Military of Pakistan has proposed increasing defence expenditure from Rs. 224 billion to Rs. 280 billion. That's a full 25% increase! Puts war budgets to shame. But there you have it; proof, if you needed any, that the army looks after its own.

Thinking about Musharraf's attempts to cling on to civilian (President - or perhaps PM?) and military (COAS) power, it occurred to me that it was another indication of his failure of leadership over the past 7 years. 7 years this man has had and he hasn't even been able to convince his most important constituency, the Corps Commanders, that his policies are the best option for Pakistan. Musharraf doesn't strike me as a megalomaniac, so it's safe to say he doesn't want to hang on for fear of becoming one of the many Generals of Coups Past that dot the rolling hills of Islamabad and Pindi. Essentially this man can't trust his own people - the army, of course - to carry the baton for his brand of change. What hope for the rest of us then?

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