Civil-military relations in Pakistan are always in search of
common ground. Historically, military forces and civilian
leadership in Pakistan struggle to find the right balance and the civilian leadership
has hardly commanded the gun. This study is intended to analyze that how the two
selected daily English newspapers of Pakistan, i.e. Dawn and The News covered
the major developments in civil-military relations, particularly during the regime
of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, followed by the most
sensitive event i.e., Zarb-e-Azb. The study
employed the method of discourse analysis and has
used the theoretical notion of agenda-setting and
framing. The results of the study revealed that the
slant, style, themes, and discourses used in the
news stories of both the newspapers almost
remained the same, appreciating the military
institutions positively. Whereas condemning the
civilian leadership for their lack of concern
towards implementing the already approved
Nation Action Plan.
PhD Scholar, Centre for Media and Communication Studies, University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan.
Associate Professor, Centre for Media and Communication Studies University of Gujrat, Punjab, Pakistan
Discourse Analysis, Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), North Waziristan, National Action Plan (NAP), Civil-Military Relations (CMR).