Murky politics behind the appointment of Military Generals in Afghanistan


While the military promotions in other countries are based on merit, ability and performance, in Afghanistan a person is given the rank of General based on his political and social clout

In any democratic set-up, the relationship between military and political leadership is closely intertwined and often convoluted. Both have to work in tandem to serve the national interest. While political workers rise through the ranks to become political leaders, military personnel rise through the ranks to become military commanders and generals.

General of the Army, in most countries, is the highest ranking military officer who has to overcome many odds and rise through the ranks to become a decorated officer. In Afghanistan, however, the process is little different. Owing to loopholes in law and weak political institutions, the criteria for becoming a General continues to be shrouded in ambiguity. 

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