Bashing the military

Published: July 2, 2012

KARACHI: Reading Kamran Shafi’s articles, I invariably come to the conclusion that in matters of politics, he sees everything in ‘a Pakistan versus the rest of the world’ prism, with the added conviction that all words and deeds by Pakistanis are nothing but stupid and callous and those from the rest are principled. It seems that it does not occur to him that on occasions, Pakistan’s stance could be the right one, but that to him would be an impossibility because he has already determined thus.

The Pakistan military gets a special battering from him, along with the “new-found ‘security analysts’, who are increasingly from the Air Force”. He took to task one of them for saying on Hamid Mir’s show that the Americans were not apologising for Salala because the government was weak. Now, the Americans apologised to India, to Poland and have done so a few times to Afghanistan. The only reason they would not apologise to Pakistan is that they think we won’t stand firm in our demand for an apology. It has been reported that while our ambassador in the US succeeded in convincing Americans of the need to apologise, our foreign minister made a statement saying words to the effect that Pakistan has decided to go beyond Salala, which definitely weakened our case.

Also, Mr Shafi ignores the fact that killing terrorists like OBL and others cannot lead to the elimination of terrorism in a situation where a felled terrorist is replaced by many new recruits. To eliminate terrorism, you also have to reduce the causes that give rise to it. However, he never touches these aspects, which makes his approach seem inadequate and superficial. Mr Shafi thinks that General John Allen’s suggestion to our army chief to clear out Taliban terrorists on both sides of the border is a sterling offer, which gives hope of stabilising both Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, the results in Afghanistan, so far, hardly testify to the soundness of American planning in the region. Also, Mr Shafi is assuming that General Allen’s offer is a sincere one and has not considered the possibility that his ploy could be to get Pakistan extensively involved in the fighting and thus deflect the full fury of the forces fighting foreign occupiers towards Pakistan.

He is also quick to condemn the Mumbai attacks, and rightly so, but ignores that India has been doing much worse in Kashmir, although obviously that does not justify the Mumbai attacks in any way. Also, Indians have been involved in anti-Pakistan activities in Balochistan. And while the real cause of separation of our eastern wing was mistreatment of Bengalis by the western wing, no one can deny the fact that India did train the Mukti Bahini and physically intervened in former East Pakistan.

SRH Hashmi

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Ordinary Villager
    Jul 2, 2012 - 11:18PM

    I dont take the comments and also some authors seriously as one should remember that ET’s majority audience is infact not Pakistani but mostly of Afghans and Indians read ET and then comment here and ofcourse ET then converge to their viewpoint with a preference to their Anti-Pakistan comments as we should keep in mind that ET is a part of Express tribune international anyway. So friend even you will be bashed on writing this and even I will be bashed as well but never mind as ET is known in less than 1 percent of the total population of Pakistan.

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  • Khan jr
    Jul 3, 2012 - 12:46AM

    OK the Americans are wrong. But why have our military leadership such a propensity for double dealing and blatant deceit that no one – not even Turkey or China- takes us at our word seriously?

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  • Moz
    Jul 3, 2012 - 7:17AM

    Yeah let’s just stick to criticizing the politicians, and forget about all the criminal doings of this great military.

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  • Indian
    Jul 3, 2012 - 9:14AM

    An apology is either given by itself or demanded, it is not pleaded for. What it shows is the collective weakness of the Pakistani nation as a whole and its crumbling credibility…

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  • Mir Agha
    Jul 3, 2012 - 10:33PM

    Hashmi, reason doesn’t work with these delusional leftists. They don’t realize how big of a joke they are, and if they keep it up they might go the way of the Shah of Iran’s minions. Completely out of touch with reality, living in bubbles, making sense only to themselves.

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  • Raza Khan
    Jul 4, 2012 - 10:46AM

    Hashmi Sahib, You need a reality check! ET is very popular in Pakistan besides in foreign countries including India, US, UK, Canada, etc. Do not blame the messenger for bad news. KS tells boldly & honestly what the ground reality is!

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  • K B Kale
    Jul 6, 2012 - 2:55AM

    I am an ardent admirer of Shafisahab’s articles from the time he wrote for DAWN.
    He is really good in keeping the world up to date about shenanigans of Pakistan’s Rommels & Guderians!
    Hope he keeps doing his good work.

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  • huzaifa
    Jul 6, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Mr Shafi@ Always remeber that what so ever the case may be, our line of defence is army. We have a corrupt, ruthless and inefficient police but can we abolish the department NO! we can’t , we can try to reorganise or streamline it. Same is the case with Army, the attitude built over more then half a century cannot be corrected in minutes. The army chief has taken a quantum leap in correcting the posture, now is the time to appreciate and encourage it instead of making it a target of bashing. the bashing may result in retrograde the whole process.

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  • K B Kale
    Jul 10, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Why can’t we bash the army which has yet to win a war, who haven’t allowed a civilian government to rule by staging regular coup d’etats,, who execute their duly elected PM on trumped charges? They are only effective against poor & unarmed citizen! They have no sense of shame because not a single top ranking generals was ashamed enough to tender his resignation after the fiasco of elimination of Osama bin Laden right next to PMA!

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