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The Upcoming Military leader: The Foremost Tasks

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The change of command recently has ushered an avenue of "may or may not" for the likely slot of the coming COAS in Pakistan. It is an undeniable fact that the incidents, having a profound impact on the minds and hearts of the related audience, become norms and values. Therefore, the audiences seek this deep-resulting impact for the desirable furthermost period. With no further detailed opacity, the retiring army chief General Raheel Shareef is causing a test lab for the upcoming chief. Raheel Shareef is believed to be among the bold, outspoken and bravest commanders who have yet steered Pakistan army. In fact, Pakistan seemed to bleed endlessly and mercilessly before his shoulders were given the quagmire like the responsibility of the topmost security position. However, the situation turned from a volcano into stagnation in subject to the control of grimy violence and explosions when this ironman stepped in the high-security avenue.

Pakistan in the absence of this outgoing practical general would seriously require the newly selected replacement to render blood and spirit in the wide array of burdensome tasks. The militancy is planned to be subsided thoroughly from the veins and arteries of the every corner of the country. Given the operation Zerb-I-Azb, the amassed successes require the close vigilance on the ways, the antagonistic sneaky operatives work. It also requires responding intensively. Thus, the prime thrust of security rhetoric, with no flexibility and leniency, should be the western porous borders where the penetration may again take place at the hands of the rivals for the sake of igniting militancy in Baluchistan and letting down the state writ in FATA.

It is evenly vital to keep the CPEC mega project intact and its accomplishment with all the premeditated projects is as necessary as the state's internal stability in the national growth. The counter planes, chalked out against this project, may expedite if the loopholes are observed in the way of ensuring multi-prong security. Therefore, diligently working on the enhancement of the security of CPEC would be demanding task the next army chief is supposed to undergo. Meanwhile, the alarming situation on the eastern horizons is glaring. The soldier-to-soldier confrontation along the LOC is evident. It is giving rise to unrest in the conflict-ridden South Asian region, particularly when an eyeball-to-eyeball phenomenon is being widely observed in the bloody border clashes. The further grave situation is predictable when the head of governments on both sides don't avow to incline towards resilience and are clinging to their unyielding stances. Toppling this eastern border situation and reaching out a workable and rational solution would be another front where the next army chief is destined to work assiduously.

Pakistan is said to be derailed in the subject of socio-political infrastructure in the wake of several military coups. Recently, the two army chiefs Kiani and Shareef have set an exemplary role in making the civil-military relations balanced. This tradition has proved fruitful during the worst kind of crisis Pakistan has ever witnessed during the last one and half decades in terms of security turmoil. The crisis remained manageable mainly because every pillar of national power appears to work within its boundaries. This area of coherence is again a major indicator of the national positive fame and fortune, which requires the next army chief to demonstrate a real patriotism.

To wind up, the said four tasks are the foremost harbingers of rationality the upcoming military leader has to prove. These areas if tackled tactfully would accrue the same prestige, the general Raheel Shareef has done. Accordingly, the nation would get concrete steps in improving stability and prosperity.

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