I am a staunch proponent of true democracy in Pakistan. I am against interference in politics from any outside agency. Whenever I discuss the shortfalls and weaknesses of our politicians, they come up with funny arguments. They try to justify their faults and misdeed by saying that our politics and democracy is not yet mature and is still passing through transitional phase. Some people may buy their argument whereas others may differ. But one thing about which I am fully convinced that our politics is not secure from outside interference. Our political paradigm is intensely influenced by foreign intelligence agencies, international media and even by governments of many foreign countries.
With the demise of Gen Ziaul Haq the Army had been gradually distancing itself from politics. By the close of decade of 90’s it was becoming clear that the era of martial law was a matter of the past and seemed to be buried forever. But an inept handling of Army Chief issue by the then PM Nawaz Sharif again brought the Army into politics. However Army and the ISI have effectively kept themselves away from politics since 2008. Should we say that now our politics is free from outer interference and our politicians are at liberty to do whatever they deem good for the country? Unfortunately the answer is NO.
The worst kind of interference in our domestic affairs comes from abroad. CIA/ RAW/ MOSSAD have penetrated deeply in all our state organs. Foreign agents are controlling our politics, economy, media, judiciary and bureaucracy. They are trying to make their inroads even in the armed forces. These foreign agents are heavily paid by their mentors and sponsors for their services to spoil damage and destroy Pakistan. A 4th Generation War has been effectively imposed on Pakistan over the past one decade. There always a hectic effort going on by the agents of our enemies to purchase, intimidate, blackmail and harass the leadership of our political parties without any discrimination so that as and when they come to power through the electoral process (which is already corrupt and flawed) they do not hesitate to bow down before the will of their masters. Some politicians give irresponsible statements in the media and pretend to be very soft on our potential enemies just to earn goodwill and ‘Shabash’ from their foreign masters. But they are not aware of the fact that how much damage they are doing to their own country.
Under these circumstances there is a dire need that we should empower our ISI to keep an eye on the political activities in the country. If we keep ISI totally aloof and indifferent from what all is happening, it will be an act criminal negligence. ISI is well trained, staffed and equipped to counter the nefarious designs of our enemies. I recommend that ISI should be tasked to strictly monitor the political spectrum in Pakistan. They should watch out for any foreign interference and take immediate actions to neutralize it. ISI should look for the foreign connections of our politicians, sources of foreign funding to political parties and duel faces of political figures in which they pretend to be patriots but have linkages with anti Pakistan elements within and outside Pakistan. ISI should also take note of the anti Pakistan and anti Islam propaganda going in media and get hold of the black sheep among the journalists, NGOs and so-called human rights organizations / peace forums.
This arrangement should have the backing of highest appointments of the country whereby a close cooperation / coordination among ISI, President, Prime Minister, Army Chief and Chief Justice of Pakistan is vital. In short ISI should ensure that politics in Pakistan is conducted strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. This is how we can ensure a fair and free political paradigm in Pakistan.
By this arrangement I do not mean any interference of ISI in politics. There should be no make and break operations in politics by ISI on the lines of IJI etc. A level field should be provided to all politicians to present and implement their manifesto. The basic aim is to protect our political system from foreign and outside interference, which is potentially detrimental for sovereignty / integrity of Pakistan and Islamic ideology of Pakistan. This should be essentially a temporary measure till the time our politicians become mature and capable enough to shoulder their responsibilities with confidence and dexterity.
When I say monitoring by ISI it does not at all mean meddling in politics. ISI will see for any foreign interferences, funds, connections, personal business interests abroad, connections with foreign agents etc. It will report to the highest forum comprising President, PM, CJP, COAS and Chief Election Commissioner. The concerned office will take action according to law. CJ can take suo moto notice, CEC can revisit the eligibility as a parliamentarian and OM can take admin action.
ISI will be concerned with integrity and security of Pakistan and Islamic Ideology only. ISI will have no mandate to interfere in routine governance and issues like corruption, policy making etc. All these will be dealt with by concerned institutions like NAB etc.
ISI is the only institution which is least politicized hence most suited for this task. During military rule it also becomes a part, hence it can perform this task in civilian rule at the best
As FBI and CIA had been looking after the national interests of USA during cold war era, Pakistani interests can also be guarded by ISI. Paksitan is facing much more serious threat than USA was facing at that time, so all the more need for ISI monitoring.
Some of my friends have suggested that people are the correct forum to carry out accountability of politicians through vote. No sir, they cannot. They are there to vote their favorite candidates only. If people had this ability the corrupt ruling mafia comprising PPP, PML-N and others would have been wiped out by now. Altaf Hussain gives statement in India that creating Pakistan was a mistake, but he is given heavy mandate at home. Maulana FuR states that struggle of Kashmiris is terrorism but he keeps getting votes, PPP knocks hell out of Sindhi haris through feudal exploitation, victimizing flood effectees and ‘dakoo raj’, but get more votes than previous elections. So accountability through ballot is a dream that may come true after 200 years. Pakistan cannot sustain this burden for a long time now, so some unconventional measures required.I feel that with the proposed arrangement Pakistan progress at a faster pace.