Chitral : The recent appointment of Chief of Air staff of Pakistan Airforce is a perfect example of Meritocracy being practiced in the the armed forces of Pakistan.? The official citation of appointment of the Air Chief says :
“He is the recipient of the coveted Sword of Honour, Best Pilot Trophy and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal from PAF Academy Asghar Khan.
During his tenure of service, he has held various Command and Staff appointments including Command of a Fighter Squadron, a Tactical Attack Wing, Base Commander of two elite F-16 Bases and Air Officer Commanding of Regional Air Command.
Air Marshal Khan is also a qualified Flying Instructor and graduate of Combat Commanders? School, Command and Staff College, Jordan, Air War College, Faisal and National Defence University, Islamabad.
He has also served as Personal Staff Officer to Chief of the Air Staff, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations), Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Operations) and Director General C4I at Air Headquarters, Islamabad.
Presently, he is holding two appointments as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Support) and Director General Air Force Strategic Command at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. The Air Officer has flown various training and fighter aircraft including F-16, F-6, FT-5, T-37 and MFI-17.
In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military)”.
If the Chief of the Airforce is chosen taking into consideration his strong credentials, the service will obviously flourish and Meritocracy will trickle down the ladder.
In stark contrast, imagine the ministers/advisors appointed by a prime minister. His considerations invariably always are; whether the person is loyal to him, whether the person has undergone imprisonment or was victimised by previous government etc etc. Every criteria except merit is taken into consideration. The result is; we have incompetent public representatives and thus the bureaucrats who are appointed on merit through competitive exams actually rule from behind the scenes.
If in Pakistan, all government positions from the President down to the village Councillor are selected through competitive exams instead of elections, the country would take off into progress and stability within no time. .. CN report, 17 Mar 2018