The ISI has a long history of political skulduggery at the Army's behest. General Kayani's new 'no meddling in politics' directive is a sensible step.
THE PAKISTANI Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has directed all officers of the Pakistan Army, including commanding officers, not to indulge in politics and to refrain from meeting politicians. In an official letter, the Army chief has made it clear to the men in khakis that they had no role to play in politics and they should pay heed to their professional responsibilities — safeguarding the geographical frontiers of the country. However, strangely enough, General Kayani's directives are not meant for the notorious Inter-Services Intelligence, which has long been accused of manipulating national politics and influencing the outcome of general elections.