ISLAMABAD - A retired British Army officer Major-General (retired) Jonathan David Shaw lauding ‘Bajwa doctrine‘ said that “now is not the time to ask for more from Pakistan; now is the time for the world to give more respect to Pakistan.”
Talking to British magazine ‘The Spectator’, former UK army general expressed that Pakistan, under the military command of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has established law and order within its borders.
Major-General wrote that the visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Pakistan is “showcasing Pakistan as it is today” rather than the past, and that the visit shows how Pakistan has transformed its internal security situation. He wrote it in an article for the Spectator magazine.
Jonathan Shaw recently visited Pakistan and visited various parts of the country. Major-General is a two-star in charge of Pakistan policy. The Oxford-educated General regularly writes for the Financial Times, Telegraph and Spectator.
“When I used to go to Pakistan regularly over the period 2009-10, I saw a country facing an existential crisis. Pakistan harbours 2.7million refugees from 1979 then 2001 invasions in Afghanistan,” wrote the army officer, noting that the real psychological turning point for the country came after the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in 2014, which killed around 158 people.”
“I visited the Khyber Pass section of the 833km fence, with 700 guard forts along its route, soon to be augmented by CCTV and sensor devices. This $1bn effort has choked off the Haqqani and TTP terrorist networks, and in a further sign of national CT resolve, all those on the US ‘watch-list’ in Pakistan have been arrested. Much credit for this must go to the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bajwa. He was picked as COAS over the heads of more senior officers on account of his strong pro-democracy attitudes.”
He wrote that COAS General Bajwa has proved himself “an able interlocutor in trying to de-escalate tensions in Yemen, between KSA and Iran, and of course in Afghanistan.”
Jonathan Shaw wrote that COAS Bajwa has focused on supporting the softer aspects of societal regrowth. General Bajwa told Jonathan Shaw for the Spectator article: “A strong army needs a sovereign economy.”
He went on to say, “His character and broad vision for the overall strength of Pakistan explains why PM Imran Khan has recently extended him for a second three-year term. And he is well-matched to his PM, who has shown strength and courage with his anti-corruption drive, his "Peace and Prosperity" agenda and his release of the Indian pilot shot down in the Pulwama incident in Kashmir this February.”
He added: “As what has become known as the ‘Bajwa doctrine’ has it, now is not the time to ask for more from Pakistan; now is the time for the world to give more respect to Pakistan.”