Military officials should refrain themselves from very often media appearances. Do you agree?Nowadays, we are observing an increasing tendency of military officials' media appearances. The army chief appears before media like a political leader and exchanges views like a political leader. This time he was heard warning Pakistan of second surgical strike. We saw some other officials also making statements in media. We also saw some official justifying the use of human shield during a critical situation in Kashmir. The ruling govt. had already filed a FIR against the same official for that action.
There has been a conversion that military does not address media directly. During last so called surgical trial on Pakistan, there was lot of hue and cry of that event. The media hype of that event went up to one to one verbal war among the political leaders of the ruling party and the opponents. The media was encouraged by the ruling party to that extent that the anchors of some debates on TV asked the opponents to go to Pakistan.
What was the result of this? The shameless politicians got political mileage out of it. Some TV channels won the TRP war. Some so called nationalist anchors of media houses got Z type security. The People of the country were fooled. The worst thing was the revered military of the country dragged in the fray of opportunism. That incidence degraded the morale of our military. The basic problems of military remain unsolved.
I strongly feel that the military officials should refrain themselves from very often media appearances. They should not fall prey to the sinister designs of the politicians. They should continue to take appropriate actions independently against terrorism and foes. Please opine.