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Byline: COL. RIAZ JAFRI (RETD) - Rawalpindi

It beats me why every now and then the Govt. has to proclaim that the army and the govt. are on the same page ? Is it for the consumption of someone else or their own reassurance? Do they have any doubts about it? Don't they know that under the constitution the army is subservient to the civil rule and that it shall always be at the beck and call of the democratic govt. of the day, whichever political party may be in power. However, as far as the loyalty of the armed forces is concerned it is first and foremost loyal to the state to which they are sworn to defend against any external or internal aggression. Next, army is an institution and not the personalities only. Admittedly it has rank and command structure but these are there to ensure its disciplined operational capabilities at all times to acquit itself honourably of the task assigned. Now, in order...

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