By Ansar Abbasi, The News, April 1, 2008
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his close associates are wondering if all Army officers are being pulled out of the civilian positions, why the prime minister should keep nine military officers with him.
At least nine serving officers are among the personal staff of the prime minister whereas the number of such officers included in the president’s personal team is at least 12. What is more intriguing is the fact that within the premises of the Prime Minister’s House, only military officers have been allowed official residences, whereas civilians, including even the principal secretary to the prime minister and his personal staff officer, have no such privilege.
In functioning democracies so many military officers never surround an elected leader as part of his/her personal staff. Already questions are being raised about the rationale of keeping such a large number of uniformed…