The End Game: Politicians vs Taliban vs Generals

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Who will be the end winner of proxy war in Pakistan? Why the nation counts on Pakistan Army now and then? When state terrorism will stop? Why do we have one-man shows in Pakistan? Why bureaucracy and state managed institutions make repetitive blunders time and again? Such questions resonate in every citizen’s mind from time to time and they kept on waiting endlessly for the answer. Let’s analyse few facts and try to reach a logical conclusion.

Political leadership during the periods of democratic rule massively corrupted bureaucracy and state managed institutions. Currently, both entities share similar traits i.e., lacks cognitive abilities, leadership qualities, integrity and above all strategic thinking.

Taliban’s organization is well structured, disciplined, highly motivated by their leadership for the engaging in the terrorism activities. They are well prepared and trained to engage and achieve their objectives through detailed planning and execution which depicts good strategic thinking and cognitive abilities within their organization.

Pakistan Army as an organization is well structured, highly trained, well equipped and has the best leadership, strategic thinkers and human capital with good cognitive abilities from top to bottom in comparison to politicians, bureaucracy and Taliban.

In a nutshell, an organizational team with leaders, strategic thinkers and members with good cognitive abilities will end up out performing in comparison to others. The same principle applies to every organization in Pakistan. The nation will continue to count of Pakistan Army from protecting the borders to governing the country unless politicians, bureaucracy and state managed institutions restructure to out-perform Pakistan Army. The winner of the End Game will be the one with best human resource capital.

The recent Model Town Massacre in Lahore is the best example of the End Game, seems to be organized by politicians, executed by state-managed institution. This group as evident from media coverage videos, lacks planning and execution strategy, cognitive abilities and integrity lead by someone having no leadership qualities. The event has trigged series of protests throughout the country, hatred for the government, formation of coalition to run down the government and related activities. If the situation worsens as anticipated by the analysts, we will witness another military regime soon and the winner of the end-game.

“After a bad opening, there is hope for the middle game After a bad middle game, there is hope for the endgame But once you are in the endgame, the moment of truth has arrived” – Edmar Mednis

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