Feeding hands and Frankensteins

Do read the many online Pakistani newspapers and blogs and you will realize that Pakistan has myriad problems for a country otherwise blessed with wealth and resources. The major problems hurting the country’s prospects of growth and development are identified as security and/or political instability and for which everyone blames the politicians. Nobody has the courage and balls to come right out and blame the real culprit i.e., Pakistan Army and putting the blame squarely on its leader Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kyani.

At the moment “terrorism” is the buzz word and educated people blaming politicians, TV anchors, mullahs for it whereas it is a proven fact that the sponsoring agency of terrorists is Pakistan Army. It may be fighting some terrorists e.g. Pakistani Talibans but they are again creation of policies of Pakistan Army.

From Washington Post

While the Obama administration sees the insurgents as an enemy force to be defeated as quickly and directly as possible, Pakistan [Army] has long regarded them as useful proxies in protecting its western flank from inroads by India, its historical adversary.

…[wikileaks] depicted him [Kiyani] as far chummier with the Americans and more deeply involved in Pakistani politics than his carefully crafted domestic persona would suggest. In one cable, sent to Washington by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad last year, he [Kiyani] was quoted as discussing with U.S. officials a possible removal of Pakistan’s president and his preferred replacement.

On the eve of the cable’s publication in November, the normally aloof and soft-spoken general ranted for hours on the subject of irreconcilable U.S.-Pakistan differences in a session with a group of Pakistani journalists.

…Calling Pakistan America’s “most bullied ally,” Kayani said that the “real aim of U.S. strategy is to de-nuclearize Pakistan.” [And people say that TV anchors and general public is a fool to think that US is after our nuclear weapons. If the highest person in the military establishment of the country says such a thing publicly, who else the public is to believe?]

“Nine years into the Afghanistan war, we’re fighting various strands of militancy, and we still have an army chief who considers India the major threat,” said Cyril Almeida, an editor and columnist at the English-language newspaper Dawn. “That’s mind-boggling.”

What is mind boggling is that all these columnists don’t come out and lay the blame on the Army squarely for getting us into this quagmire and keeping us there.

From The News

Qari Saifullah Akhtar, the al-Qaeda-linked ameer of the Harkatul Jehadul Islami (HUJI), has been freed by the Punjab government under mysterious circumstances despite the fact that he is still wanted in several high-profile cases of terrorism.

His most significant target was to blow up the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant at Kundian, Punjab, by using a group of five Americans who had already been convicted by an anti-terrorism court in June 2010 on terrorism charges.

Interestingly, the day the five Americans were convicted, their militant handler, Qari Saifullah, was declared an absconder despite the fact that he had already been arrested from Rawalpindi by that time and was in the custody of the Pakistani security agencies.

Qari Saifullah was kept under protective custody for a few months and as soon as the second Bhutto government was dismissed in 1996, he was set free by the agencies; he went to Afghanistan and was inducted into the cabinet of the Taliban ameer, Mulla Omar, as his adviser on political affairs.

What all this and many other news reports show that the very enemies that Pakistan Army is fighting are supported by it. To use a cliched term, Pakistan Army is simultaneously sponsoring and fighting its Frankensteins or from terrorists perspective Pakistan Army is the hand that feeds them as well as allows them to bite it.

In conclusion, I will not mince words and say it emphatically, Pakistan Army is the enemy number one of Republic of Pakistan.

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