Military Secretary or Principal Secretary Who is more powerful in the Prime Minister's Office?



"Tell the Prime Minister that we will break his minister's leg. We will see him as our officer."


When Army Chief General Abdul Waheed Kakar's message reached Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's military secretary, Brigadier Abdul Qayyum, he was shocked. The messenger is not a general, but a senior army officer, Javed Afzal, along with the Army chief.

Did this message reach the Prime Minister and what happened afterward? In the moment of detail.

The important point at this point is how the decisions and secret messages on such unfortunate and very important national issues reach the Prime Minister on which the Prime Minister trusts in his official, important and sensitive national affairs, as I would like to say in this Article II.

But first, let a provincial cabinet minister complete the accident story.

In the summer of 1994/95, Khwaja Muhammad Khan Hothi, Regional Education Minister of the NWFP, was on his way to Naran Jar, where his security guards, part of his protocol staff, came to Abbottabad. But an army chief turned into a crowd dressed in civilian clothes.

The military officer got into an altercation with a security guard after crossing the vehicle and possibly injured his leg.

The army officer was transferred to CMH. When the matter came to the attention of the Army chief, he was angry.

He sent a message to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto through Military Secretary Brigadier Abdul Qayyum that the civilian side should be informed of the real cause of harm to his minister.

Recalling the incident, former provincial minister Khwaja Ahmad Khan Hothi said, "Some people told me that people were turning to break my leg. I was surprised that I had no direct involvement in the case." '

"It came to our attention. On this matter, I met the wounded Major and Chief Secretary Ejaz Rehman in the hospital. The Major is accusing me, but when he comes in front of me, he does not even recognize me."

Allegiance to Army Officer and Prime Minister

When Military Secretary Brigadier Abdul Qayyum raised the matter with Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, he was also shocked.

How can a minister be punished for fighting a security guard? When the responsibility of solving the problem lies with the Secretary of the Army, it becomes the bridge between the citizen and the military.

This is because the same thing happened with the then NWFP and now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Therefore, the then Chief Minister Aftab Sherpao was also taken into confidence.

Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was upset when the minister asked him to resign.

But a modest basis was agreed between sending the minister on leave. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Aftab Sherpao also played an important role and brought peace to the parties.

Thus a serious conflict between a citizen and the military over a minor incident has been resolved. The then Prime Minister's Secretary Ahmed Sadiq and personal staff officer Agha Siraj Durrani were apathetic about the matter.

The then PML-N Brigadier and today's Senator Lieutenant General (Retired) Abdul Qayyum, commenting on this incident 25 years ago, said: "Military secretaries often have to carry out their duties. He is a military officer, but because he is a Prime Minister, he is loyal to the Prime Minister and his company.

"But this is possible only when the prime minister trusts his military secretary."

Lieutenant General Abdul Qayyum still remembers the confidence that the then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had placed on him.

Retired Lieutenant General Abdul Qayyum said in the past military secretaries were only with the president and the governor. In fact, when Bhutto introduced the constitution and resigned the presidency, he brought his military secretary to the office of prime minister.

Since then, the military secretary has been with the prime minister, but not with the chief minister.

In his view, working with a uniformed military officer with a political party prime minister is a difficult and difficult task. At the same time, he must fulfill the Prime Minister's orders and protect himself from conflicts.

Such incidents are rarely reported in Pakistani chambers with weak democratic values, as the Prime Minister's staff are often hesitant to say the same.

The Prime Minister must understand how and in what environment the Prime Minister has responsibilities with the Prime Minister or the Secretary of State and the Military Secretary.

The Prime Minister is the General Secretary, the most powerful official
The most important person in the Prime Minister's Secretariat is usually called the Secretary-General, not the military.

According to the Five Schedule of the Constitution, matters relating to the Prime Minister, Departments, and Institutions are sent to the Prime Minister's Secretariat.

After reviewing the documents of all the ministries including ISI, IB, and Strategic Planning Division, the Secretary files the files for necessary action.

The Prime Minister issues the necessary directions on these files and usually, the Secretary or General Secretary gives the first impression. This post is as old as the Prime Minister's post in the 1973 Constitution.

The importance of this position is that the most practically powerful post in the country, the appointment of the Prime Minister, the Army Chief, is generally known to a single person because the same person is the Prime Minister. Appointment of Heads of Important Organizations should be sent to the relevant Ministry.

The Prime Minister-General is the Prime Minister-elect from the Civil Bureaucracy.

The Prime Minister usually selects the most intelligent and prominent officials for the post. The Secretary is usually a senior officer of the bureaucracy on a grade basis or higher.

This official has no powers of his own but sends the Prime Minister's orders and instructions to the relevant ministries. As the prime minister's most trusted official, he has a natural advantage over all government officials.

Whether Fawad Hassan Fawad or another secretary to Azam Khan, who has worked with Prime Minister Imran Khan and two former prime ministers, Mian Nawaz Sharif, and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, these officials are often accompanied by Prime Minister Day and Night. Minister. He gets closer to his cabinet ministers.

The intimacy with the king in the chambers of government can also lead to criticism and intrigue. Generally, those who are dissatisfied with the Prime Minister will criticize the Prime Minister instead of directly criticizing the Prime Minister.

However, the Secretary will do as the Prime Minister says. But in this situation, the Brahman has no likes, dislikes, or prejudices.

Clearly, people are human in this situation. However, even if they are under the influence of their biases, they will be tested for their intelligence. Because of the proximity of the Prime Minister, he is also aware of the human weaknesses of the incumbent, which makes it easier to use them.
Azam Khan and Jahangir Tauren
In the first week of April, the preliminary report of the inquiry commission on sugar and flour, which also included the name of Jahangir Touareg, was considered the most influential figure in PTI after Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Subsequently, Shahbaz Gul, who was working at the Prime Minister's Office without any official notification, announced the removal of Jahangir Touren from the Agricultural Task Force.

In his initial response to the Commission's Inquiry report, Prime Minister General Azam Khan blamed Jahangir Khan Tauran for taking action against him.

Subsequently, the prime minister was mentioned in the media as to whether Azam Khan was taking "action" against Jahangir Tauran due to personal outrage. Or is he working under his boss, Prime Minister Imran Khan?

Federal Minister Sheikh Rasheed said there was a gap between the Prime Minister and his close friends Jahangir Tareen and Azam Khan and that they could not be found guilty in the entire case.

However, Jahangir Touren insisted that Azam Khan and his personal ambitions were behind the actions taken against him under the China Scandal. People who know the secrets of the Prime Minister's House do not agree.

The Principal Secretary will do as the General Secretary has told him.

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the Prime Minister's secretary would usually talk about the principle. He could not deviate from the Prime Minister's order. When ministers bring some work to the Prime Minister, their files go to the First Secretary, for which the Secretary sometimes writes negative comments. So, in such a case, the respective ministers do not like it.

Party leaders and ministers do not criticize the prime minister, but they do criticize the prime minister's secretary, despite what the prime minister's secretary has told the prime minister.

During the reign of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar also stood in the National Assembly and criticized Fawad Hassan Fawad, Principal Secretary, but in practice, he could not sell the Secretary-General as Prime Minister. Nawaz Sharif is still in office. Stand with your general secretary.

After his dismissal, Nawaz Sharif ordered Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to work with Fawad Hassan Fawad, and this could be due to Fawad Hassan Fawad being with two prime ministers.

In this regard, former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in fact, Captain Safdar Fawad Hassan Fawad, has brought a project file to his constituency, in which the Prime Minister's Secretary has written a negative comment, on which Captain Safdar referred. Carried to the public.

If they don't, fine. According to Abbasi, Fawad Hassan Fawad is the best secretary to the prime minister who cares about qualifications and rules.

Normally, secretaries do not send their juniors to the Prime Minister, but contrary to tradition, Fawad informs his juniors on certain matters. In fact, he believes that the prime minister should appoint the best and brightest officials in the secretariat.

Trade competition between the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary-General
The Secretary of State who is accompanying the Prime Minister is his favorite, but the Secretary of State is also a prominent officer in the military.

He is proud of his organization as the Prime Minister received his name from a three-member panel from the Army Military Secretary's Wing.

After the interview, the Prime Minister elects his military secretary. The Military Secretary is responsible for setting up appointments for the Prime Minister, arranging for the Prime Minister's domestic and foreign visits, assisting the Prime Minister's family, and overseeing the phone calls of local and international leaders.

But often this officer also discusses military matters with the Prime Minister and advises him.

Mutual rivalry sometimes arises when two competent bureaucrats of the bureaucracy and the military work with the prime minister, the most powerful man in the country.

It is also natural. In this regard, when former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, who served from 1997 to 1999, was asked about his second government visit with General Secretary Saeed Mehdi, he described an interesting incident, which was his oral presentation.

When Mian Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister for the second time, I was appointed as Principal Secretary. Since the General Secretary handles all the official affairs and files of the Prime Minister, I communicate with him regularly. On the other hand, the military secretary arranges all the visits, meetings, invitations, etc. of the Prime Minister, so his work is different from ours. We work separately but we work together in one place, the Prime Minister's Office.

"When I took over, Brigadier Sabaht was already my first person appointed by the Prime Minister and the Military Secretary. One day the Prime Minister had to go to Radio Pakistan for a ceremony and sit in the car. I had to ask him and me. We were in the car and we came back to the office.

The military secretary came to meet me after the ceremony with the Prime Minister and said, "Alas, this is not happening." He said that this is the only time we should talk to the Prime Minister and you should sit with him. I told the Secretary of the Military, and the Prime Minister ordered me to do so. However, he conceded that his number was not enough to defeat President Conte's government.

"I heard the military secretary immediately. They told me not to worry. The military secretary was about to finish his term. The Prime Minister hugged us and hugged us."

According to Saeed Mehdi, the rivalry between the district deputy commissioner and the SSP between the prime minister and the military secretary is similar. One has strength, the other has the same strength. Both need each other and in some cases even competitors.

Under the Prime Minister's Secretary, there are about two dozen additional secretaries, a dozen joint secretaries and section officers, the Secretary of the Navy, a Captain-level officer of the Navy Air Force, and a Colonel-level Deputy Army Secretary. . DCs and chief security officers also serve as auxiliaries to the military secretary.

Who does the personal work of the PM?
The third important person also works with the Prime Minister.

He is the second most important person after the Prime Minister's personal staff officer called on the Prime Minister's Secretary and the Military Secretary.

These PSOs typically operate from one to three numbers. The PSO is usually the person who brought the PM. It is a private person who has been posted temporarily with the Prime Minister.

His job is to deal with personal friends, family and Prime Minister politics.

Whether the Prime Minister is worthy of his secretary or military secretary, chief of staff or anything else, the prime minister, in deciding his staff, chooses the ones who really respect him or the prime minister. Cause

This is the Prime Minister's advice on some issues on an emergency basis.

If there are any shortcomings in them, then consultation with the Prime Minister and the decisions taken in light of this will also be impaired. He usually chooses the people around him as prime minister and then his job is to bring everyone together.

Saeed Mehdi and Lieutenant General (Retd) Abdul Qayyum agree, "If there are servants who talk about good and evil around them, then the Prime Minister is doing good. They are prevented from making mistakes." And they avoid friction. “You can do your job effectively.

But the problem with power is that it only prefers praise and flattery. Critics and blockers usually shy away from the corridors of power.

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