A man of destiny

Published: April 10, 2010
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The writer is author of Military Inc and a defence analyst.

The writer is author of Military Inc and a defence analyst.

KARACHI: Pakistan’s generals are reputed to be lucky. They may not start out well but eventually manage to wrap the world around their little finger. Generals Ayub, Zia and Musharraf all convinced the international community to invest in Pakistan’s military rather than the political system. Given their marketing skills, no wonder the military is into corporate ventures. If they can market security as a ‘public good’ to the outside world in return for hard cash and political support, they can sell almost anything.

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is no different. It took him a year to win over the Americans, most of whom seemed ready to eat out of the palm of hand during his visit to the US late last month. Almost all South Asia experts in Washington were overawed by his style, confidence and composure and gave in to the temptation of comparing him to Gen. Musharraf, who was more like President Bush — brash and a bit of a loose cannon. Due to his inability to control his organization and rid Pakistan of all sorts of militants, Pakistan’s former military dictator began to appear pigmy-like to his western friends.

Call it Gen. Kayani’s luck or the fact that he is a better commander, but he has succeeded in impressing the entire world. The operations in Swat and South Waziristan convinced the international community of his commitment to the war on terror and his ability of being a more productive general. His capacity is doubly appreciable since the armed forces have squarely failed in capturing the top Taliban leadership or in getting rid of militancy, which is spreading fast in mainland Pakistan.

Credit is also due to the team of roving diplomats who were inserted into the American policymaking system to engage with both the key stakeholders and American public opinion. The GHQ must be saluted for finding novel methods to co-opt even Pakistani expatriates for financing the military’s ambassadors in Washington. Some have been exceptionally useful in convincing Congressmen and the American bureaucracy that the military has ruptured all ties with jihadi groups such as LeT. These people convince top decision-makers in Washington of Pakistan military’s naiveté of not being able to tell the difference between friend and foe. The recommendation, hence, is that the US should remain engaged with Pakistan’s armed forces and gently lead them away from the radical terrorist forces. Otherwise, the military is the only secular institution in the country which has nothing to do with religious ideology or engagement with puritanical jihadi forces.

The army chief deserves to be at the helm of affairs since he has all the makings of a shrewd politician. He proved his capacity to engage in multiple fronts during his recent trip to the US. For instance, while he talked to the US about providing Pakistan with military hardware, he told Pakistan’s media that he could sacrifice military hardware for economic development opportunities. He was also great in pitching his message during his several power point presentations about the redundancy of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the need for the US to engage with newer players such as Sirajuddin Haqqani. There are indicators that a few people in Washington may accept Gen. Kayani’s formula. Hence, any forward movement in North Waziristan may not necessarily be at the cost of the lives of friendly Taliban.

During a presentation at the New America Foundation headed by Steve Coll, the author of the award-winning book ‘Ghost wars’, Gen. Kayani even argued for the Obama administration to accept the Taliban as an institution. He alone knows what he would include in this term but it seems that many former culprits might find a way to become kosher. This will certainly include the jihadis operating in all non-Pakhtun areas of Pakistan.

Gen. Kayani’s ultimate desire, however, is to acquire a civil-nuclear agreement with the US. He not only wants the technology, he wants Washington to pay for it as well. Meanwhile, he has convinced some of the South Asia experts in town of the possibility of Pakistan winding up the jihad machine in return for favorable treatment on the civil-nuclear front. It seems that special treatment and protocol accorded to most western visitors in Islamabad can go a long way.

The general is lucky to inherit a well-oiled organisational machine which is self-serving and autonomous. It has means to play with the society’s mind and create a friendly image. Who wouldn’t want to be in the general’s shoes?

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  • Apr 12, 2010 - 4:45AM

    Thankfully every general that goes abroad to promote his vision of the nation eventually believes the myth that he is weaving and eventually falls apart. While heir General might be all the rage at the moment his actions do little to improve the image of the army either within or abroad. At a time of war for the army chief to be selling grand strategies on tackling regional affairs is one thing – attending to the war at hand is another. Apart from the usual ISPR releases of “military commanders met and expressed satisfaction regarding the current state of readiness” we the citizens and tax payers of the country know little about or even care to hold the military accountable.

    I wont be surprised if one of his minor minions was pushing to sell some investment opportunity or joint venture in the army’s own Defence Housing Authority, now that they have managed to secure by force and almost always, illegally more property.

    It must be beyond the understanding of our generals who are used to ruling by diktat in Pakistan to go to foreign countries and see how all their peers in uniform line up in front of civilians! It must be so shocking to realize that a “bloody civilian” is calling the shots!

    He may be charming policy makers pants off at the moment, but eventually great emphasis of the military and investing decision making into the hands of the few is going to come back and bite us in the %!”Recommend

  • Apr 12, 2010 - 9:54PM

    Men at their best, Pakistan Army!
    Gen. Kayani is a capable commander and under present challenges Pakistan needs military leaders like him. Civilian leaders must shun corruption, organize themselves and work for Pakistan putting their personal interests behind. I am proud of Pakistan Army and convinced the institution is patriotic and efficient.Recommend

  • Apr 13, 2010 - 1:29AM

    Military no doubt deteriorated true spirit of democratic process in Pakistan but economic activity performed better in military rule.People do talk about system that it must be a network of interdependent components that work together to try to accomplish the aim of the system,but unfortuabtely none of the mainstream forces created a path where we can establish our country’s future course of action.Did anybody know what should be our strategy for Economic vision of 2050?What type of system we need? These are billion dollar questions that needs to be answered. Recommend

  • Fawad
    Apr 13, 2010 - 9:29AM

    Gen Kiyani is actually doing a good job not only by leaving the country in politician’s CAPABLE hands also he has made US realized that Pakistan is the master key to open Afgh door. Recommend

  • Safder Karim
    Apr 13, 2010 - 10:02AM

    Ayesha Sidiqqa your analysis is more like on ANTI-DEFENCE FOR PAKISTAN. As a common Pakistani i don’t like your analysis and we Love our Army & Pakistan. Long Live Pakistan Recommend

  • Junaid Naseer Faroqui
    Apr 13, 2010 - 10:55AM

    Nicely articulated by Mam Ayesha… but the article is turning in Army’s favor as it grows gradually… What do we exactly mean when we use the term ‘Establishment’ in presence of an elected government and if they are two different things (Which I presume they are) then why will establishment will or can even allow Kiyani to think of economic development of Pakistan over Army’s strength?

    Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Recommend

  • S Tanveer Hussain
    Apr 13, 2010 - 1:56PM

    Gen Kayani is doing a great job. He is fully patriotic and committed to Pakistan, which we cannot say about so many other comic players that we have been thrusted with in the name of Democracy at the helm of affairs. Democracy is the best revenge , I have not been able to understand why people of Pakistan have to be avenged. as for you Ayeshia Siddiqia your hatred for Pakistan or patriotic elements is oozing out despite your sarcastic article which ostensibly and seemingly is praising Gen Kayani outwardly but with the inherent hate that you cannot hide shows so distinctly. May everyone I pray does good for Pakistan and May God give you the insught to understand what is good for Pakistan. Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • GIbran Ashraf
    Apr 13, 2010 - 2:12PM

    I refuse to accept Ayesha Siddiqa as a Defence Analyst!

    She has not bothered (along with almost all of the commentators) to search up on the back ground of Kayani. Once, in a long long time, we have a general who has left politics alone and gotten down to do his job. The results are debatable but it must be kept in mind how it is Kayani, rather than out politicians who are making the best of a bad situation. Kayani has been forced into a politicking role and everyone is jumping to conclusions.

    Hear him speak, and then hear the politicians speak. He talks sense. And yes, he is rightly concerned about the army which still has some way to go in its modernization and cant do it without US help.

    The threats faced are real and growing by the minute. Kayani has proven with his tactics more or less to plug them. Don’t forget, it was the haste of the politicians that ruined everything!! Recommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 13, 2010 - 2:28PM

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.Recommend

  • Al
    Apr 13, 2010 - 4:34PM

    @Gibran: Have you heeded your own advice & done some background search on Kayani? FYI he was the midwife in the infamous NRO deal between Musharraf & Benazir.Recommend

  • GIbran Ashraf
    Apr 13, 2010 - 5:37PM

    being Musharraf’s right hand man, i am not surprised. And also due to this

    Benazir’s Secretary and DGMO
    Kayani has also served as her deputy military secretary of Benazir Bhutto during her first stint as prime minister. He also served as the General Officer Commander (GOC) 12th Infantry Division stationed in Murree, deployed all over the Line of Control and which comes under the X Corps (Rawalpindi).
    Kayani’s career progressed and he went on to serve as the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) from December 2000 to September 2003. It was during his tenure as DGMO that the intense military standoff of 2001-2002 between Pakistan and India took place. Reportedly, Kayani only slept a few hours a night during that period as he diligently oversaw the army’s mobilization and preparedness on the border.

    Point being – unlike Musharraf, who thrust himself into mainstream politics, Kayani prefers to remain at the head of the next battalion rather than the senate.Recommend

  • abdullah
    Apr 13, 2010 - 6:47PM

    why would a general do power point presentations in the US? clearly to win direct US support for the army at the cost of civilian institutions and broad-based economic developemnt. the point dr ayesha was making in her article is “It (army) has means to play with the society’s mind (against the US in pakistan through implanting ant-US stories in the media) and create a friendly image of army (overseas, most importantly in the US).”Recommend

  • Hameed ullah khan
    Apr 13, 2010 - 10:19PM

    Madam Ayesha Sidiqqa! Its very sad and painful for me when ever I happened to read your articles/ analysis about PAKISTAN DEFENCE specially Pakistan Army because you have always written against Paksitan Army and i doubt that you are true Pakistani from core of your heart.As a a emotional and true Pakistani I don’t like at ally your analysis against our beloved Army because we Love our Army & Pakistan. Please dont make our enemies more strong by your Anti Pak Army stuff as this nation will never forgive you.Recommend

  • Chand Khan
    Apr 13, 2010 - 10:54PM

    Ayesha Siddiqa has rightly pointed out the facts about rogue army. This army has long history of surrenders, everybody knows. These Generals are much more corrupt than any civilian/politician. They are totally incapble of doing any good to the country. Killing the civilians in tribal areas. fighting a proxy war in Kashmir. Why dont they come in forefront and fight with India?? They put a Klashinkov on the shoulders of teen-ager JEHADI and send him to fight and die in the name of Allah..why dont these Generals fight themselves or send their own children in the name of Allah??
    General kyani has demanded housing facility in US in response to his “services” rendered for CIA(see the archive of Washington Post). Still he is a patriotic and loyal PAKISTANI????
    I am happy to see that one jounalist is focussing the Generals and their misdeeds. Otherwise it has become a popular fashion to condemn the poor politicians. Nobody dares to finger at The General Mafia .Recommend

  • hasan riaz
    Apr 14, 2010 - 12:06AM

    ayesha rightly expozes the face of the so-called pro democracy gen kiyani who leaves no opportunity to embarrass the elected civilian government and is always keen to win American favour, his sole mission to secure an extension for himself.Recommend

  • Khadim Soomro
    Apr 14, 2010 - 2:28PM

    Our fate has been bound with the Generals and it seems we never get rid of them. They sank the ship of our country and further planning for. We as a lost nation only in haphazard looking here and there but doing nothing by ourselves and Generals go on and on…… Recommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 14, 2010 - 4:20PM

    Cant stop laughing at “Chand Khan”‘s comment: “…it has become a popular fashion to condemn the poor politicians.”Recommend

  • Shahid Raza
    Apr 14, 2010 - 6:43PM

    I find your analysis thought provoking but biased.Your problem is that you see your objects through the prism of your preconceived ideas and do not allow your subject even an odd chance of being right and taking a right decision under the circumstances.This is specially true about Gen. Musharraf who was a genuine Lover of Pakistan. His only fault was that he was not son of the soil.He was from middle class.not a land lord or a tycoon who have unfortunately have Hi Jacked and ruined this country. Recommend

  • Ahmer
    Apr 14, 2010 - 9:08PM

    Excellent analysis by Ayesha…As far as the apologists of our Great Army are concerned ,they would be frothing at mouths and having heart burns for these facts being exposed…

    Check out this letter by Transparency International

    Transparency International for check on Army procurements

    http://thenews.com.pk/topstorydetail.asp?Id=28301Recommend

  • Ammar
    Apr 15, 2010 - 12:09PM

    The role of Pakistan Army and its commanders in the war against terror is commendable; they have carried out counter terrorism operations professionally and have given the parliament precise briefing regarding the nature of the threat.
    The performance of the security forces is appreciated by the collation army, for once in the history of Pakistan there is no meddling with state affairs and all energies are being applied to eradicate extremism.Recommend

  • Mushtaque Ahmed
    Apr 15, 2010 - 12:34PM

    Will Mr. Shahid Raza kindly explain in detail, what does he mean by his statement above that “Musharraf’s only problem was that he was not a son of the soil.”

    This mean and sheepish phrase was coined by the Late Field Marshal (Retired) Ayub Khan for self-serving motives.

    This was intentionally done to side line the millions of muslims of India who opted for Pakistan and migrated to their homeland as bonafide Pakistanis.

    Today, you can see sons of the soil pitched against each other. You can neither get rid of the sons nor the soil.

    Pakistan can only prosper if its resources are shared by all the sons and dughters inhabiting its soil.

    Indeed, the days of name calling are over and out for good!Recommend

  • Mushtaque Ahmed
    Apr 15, 2010 - 12:41PM

    Will Mr. Shahid Raza kindly explain in detail, what does he mean by his statement above that “Musharraf’s only problem was that he was not a son of the soil.”

    This mean and sheepish phrase was coined by the Late Field Marshal (Retired) Ayub Khan for self-serving motives.

    This was intentionally done to side line the millions of muslims of India who opted for Pakistan and migrated to their homeland as bonafide Pakistanis.

    Today, you can see sons of the soil pitched against each other. You can neither get rid of the sons nor the soil.

    Pakistan can only prosper if its resources are shared by all the sons and daughters inhabiting its soil.

    Indeed, the days of name calling are over and out for good!Recommend

  • Atif
    Apr 15, 2010 - 12:46PM

    I wonder how much she get paid from enemies of Pakistan when she wrote that book. Must be a lot compared to the army bashing articles she writes. Less like her the better we are.

    AGRecommend

  • Yasir Qadeer
    Apr 15, 2010 - 12:55PM

    The efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan army in this war on terror are worth mentioning. The level of violence which has gone down considerable is actually the result of the brave show put up by Pak army.Recommend

  • Mazy Husain
    Apr 15, 2010 - 2:18PM

    “QUOTE”
    Almost all South Asia experts in Washington were overawed by his style, confidence and composure and gave in to the temptation of comparing him to Gen. Musharraf, who was more like President Bush — brash and a bit of a loose cannon.”UNQUOTE”

    The write-up By Ayesha Siddiqa as a defence analyst shows that she has very poor knowledge of how management runs; all credit should go EX. President Musharraf and his team belongs to defence and some to civilian beaurcats. He built up the team and all decision were taken collectively.Dont forget all funds for defence built up was taken during his tenure by making BUSH to accept the requirements..Musharraf played important role to bring democracy and too built up the army and latest weapons especially nuclear related. Every business house runs with discipline so is the case of army and its business enterprises. Tell me what these looters especially NAWAZ SHARIF WHO SOLD THE COUNTRY TO EXTREMIST TO BECOME AMIRUL MOMENIN also stolen the publics money in dollars and the aids gave nothing to PAKISTAN. One thing I know Musharraf and his team (means Army generals were and are not corrupt) by doing mistake it show that you work and then change your line of action to be successful. I would say that Ayesha Siddiqa the defence analyst must analyze correctly instead of giving one sided thinking of favoritism.Why Ayesh doesnt write of Justice Iftikhar chowdhary asking him to explain the public of his corruption.
    why the case was removed from judicial council, those who says the chief justice is honest and clean they are WHO NAWAZ SHRIF and his party so I prefer the old team should come means Musharraf as a civilian but with dictator approach, otherwise all these thugs and politician and their children and in laws will steal the country’s poor people.Ayesha Siddiqa “THINK NOT WHAT PAKISTAN HAVE GIVEN TO YOU THINK WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO PAKISTAN” BE HONEST AND WRITE ABOUT CORRPUTION DONE BY PRESENT POLOTICANRecommend

  • Shahid Raza
    Apr 15, 2010 - 6:56PM

    Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed
    How correct you are.Who coined the phrase is besides the point.What mattes is what ham it has done to the nation. My point is we have not been able to get rid of this syndrome. This is revealing it self in present day Hazara/Pushtoon,south/north Punjab,Baluchistan conflicts.The other Dictator Zia ul Haq has done irreparable damage of k/k culture putting Muslim against Muslim and indulging in the mass suicide which neither Muslim History or tradition.Of course Musharraf was a Dictator according to traditional definition and nobody wants one But he was more democratic in every sense of the word than the Ameerul Mominieen aspirant before him.It is not possible to rewrite history no matter where the Ameerul Momineen aspirant belongs just by saying sorry.A Hyena never changes its garb.A Hyena will remain a Hyena even though democratically elected.The biggest province has bigger responsibility.To day All Supreme court Judges(including three domiciled in Baluchistan,chief of Army staff, Honourable Prime Minister belong to the bigger province.Other Units have no able People.Please have a heart and grow up Recommend

  • Apr 15, 2010 - 10:44PM

    Let the apologists Mourn……………An Apt analysisRecommend

  • I Cheema
    Apr 16, 2010 - 6:23PM

    A tongue-in-cheek piece of regurgitated random thoughts. So unfair!!!
    LONG LIVE OUR ARMED FORCES. Recommend

  • Dr.Niazi
    Apr 16, 2010 - 11:59PM

    The author’s commentary about the General and the Army can be percieved as her right but it should have been directed by the intellectual honesty, worthy of a journalist. What I noticed is that she could not help but to praise the General and no wonders because whole world is coming to believe that Pak Army is the best institution in Pakistan. When the top guns in Govt are still negotiating kick backs and shares, Army is one mechanism that has laid a ring around the country and maintains vigilance evey moment over our several thousand kms of international borders. Unfortunately Aysha seems convinced about the capabilities but is carried off by the ‘fashion to be a liberal’ and that is achieved according to some unfortunate geniuses through self negation and hence she swipes a dagger from her cloak so skillfully that dabs her own vision and no ones else. The fact is that he does enormous home work.Recommend

  • Apr 19, 2010 - 11:50AM

    “> Due to his inability to control his

    organization and rid Pakistan of all
    sorts of militants, Pakistan’s former
    military dictator began to appear
    pigmy-like to his western friends.”

    His policies are still continued, he was just not lucky enough to fight on one battle ground only i.e Army, General Musharraf had to look after many fronts including economy, foreign affairs, education, health, governance etc and the difference between his governance and current regime is clear.

    I believe it would be unfair to compete him with Kyani since Kyani has democracy’s support. Infact Musharraf should be given credit for choosing an endowed predecessor from what you call Army Inc.Recommend

  • Shahid Raza
    Apr 19, 2010 - 2:45PM

    I agree to a great extent with Tanzeel. General Musharraf was fighting on many fronts.But that is what Generals do and win. He was not able to do so because he wanted to bring Democracy in a phased manner and that is exactly what the so called Champions of democracy did not want within and outside the country. Besides he could not give up on the vital interests of his country to suit Americans (World Rulers)and had started resisting them.
    Any one can see that only those of his reforms have been reversed which were taking the country to wards true democracy.The Land lords and Tycoons could not digest the march of the nation towards rule of the middle class to which being a General Musharraf belonged. There is no doubt that General Kyani is as good as they come and that is why he had the trust of Musharraf as intelligence chief and second in command.But another cardinal sin that Musharraf committed was getting born In Delhi.Pakistan is suffering this syndrome since Sir Muhammad Shafi headed Shafi League against Jinnah League in 1927.This country will prosper only if we wake up now.God forbid we may be heading towards a French Revolution or worse.Let us pray for this country Recommend

  • Shahid Raza
    Apr 20, 2010 - 12:34PM

    Yesterday on Dunia TV I watched Najam Sethi analyse the NRO related case of Former Attorney general of Pakistan who appears to be on chopping block for no fault on his part.
    The analysis was fact based and well documented and not like that of Aysha Siddiqa (so called Defense Annalist and author of Military Inc.)based on writers own perceptions and seen through the prism of anti- Pakistan philosophy.Our Armed Forces are worse to none and in fact amongst the best in the world.
    We need amongst many other things analyst like Najam Sathi, unbiased, forthright and clear minded who can present a clear picture of events and let us form our own opinion.I pray that he does not get punished for speaking the truth. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 20, 2010 - 4:00PM

    Presently we are facing lot many front and have almost no time to accuse each other for what happened in the past or otherwise another fact finding mission to probe last regime may cause 100 million dollar which this poor nation cannot afford. But let me share information with you all to decide yourself. When the present govt took over the leadership of the all the major parties demanded that we want to change the policies of previous govt.A presentation was given by high command of army to all the leaders of major political parties. Army asked the govt to give their own policy to handle the problem. The political leadership told army that we required 3 months and then we shall give you the policy. After three months HE Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani appeared in the media with a clear policy, “We give full authority to General Kiyani to handle the current situation”. So this was the caliber of our politicians. I think if someone is giving sacrifice for this country, it is poor people of Pakistan and the army who are fighting the nation’s war now. If we keep on thinking negative under the influence of those people who want us to be divided us, we will not last long. When I saw “Hurt Locker” I was unable to understand that how this movie got title of best movie of the year with many rewards whereas the condition of the American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is not hidden from any one. Yet their media and press did not go against their army rather appreciated them for whatever they did. Because they know they our own people and doing their govt is asking them to do. My request to every Pakistani is that we should not expose our self and blame each other. This is what the enemies of Pakistan and Islam want.Recommend

  • ZainB
    Apr 21, 2010 - 7:00PM

    “It (army) has means to play with the society’s mind (against the US in pakistan through implanting ant-US stories in the media) and create a friendly image of army (overseas, most importantly in the US).”

    How is this any different from what the US establishment or the Indian establishment do?

    The author should remember that much of Pakistan’s negative image in the West owes itself to ‘anonymous sources’ and unsubstantiated Western claims, sometimes implied and other times direct, in the media. Of late these ‘anonymous military and intelligence sources’ in the Western media have dried up to an extent, which pretty much illustrates what a farce these reports in the NYT and WaPO were.

    Not dissimilar to the propaganda war pushed by the US establishment when brainwashing Americans (and trying to with the World) into believing Saddam was getting ready to nuke NYC and DC.

    There is something to be said about introspection and critique of oneself (in this case of Pakistan’s policies and institutions) but AS’s writing reflects a self-loathing and irrationality that is extreme and disturbing.

    Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Apr 22, 2010 - 1:30AM

    What is wrong in it if General Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani is protecting the interest of Pakistan?

    The nation is obliged to General Kiyani who despite political turmoil in the country, more particularly after the untimely death of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, did not took over the charge to rule the country.

    It is due to the unshakable determination of General Kiyani that today democracy is flourishing in the country.

    I have highest respects and regards for the ‘Great Man of Pakistan’, General Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani. Recommend

  • Haifa
    Apr 22, 2010 - 1:16PM

    All of General have done lot for the deffance & few for the nation as well but no one had put any afforts for the Kashmir issue,becouse what i believe its their bread & butter,when they or any of our govnt will be able to contribute any efforts towrds this issue it will be great success to our nation & kashmiri’s aswell.but the question is WHO WILL DO THIS??
    It is the only issue where all nation have to bear this suffering due to huge load of anually expenses spent by the of “STRENGHTHEN NATION” on Deffance, when ever may be this problem will resolve we will be able think ahead for the betterment of the Nation.Recommend

  • Apr 23, 2010 - 1:36PM

    I think that General Kiyaani is quit better but I still do not like the situation that we do not have any political leadership capable enough to cater for the interests of Pakistan. Besides that, I think army is one of the most privileged circles in Pakistan and almost a parasite.Recommend

  • mateen.saeed
    Apr 23, 2010 - 3:36PM

    Eventually Americans rather Obama admin has belated managed to negotiate with the real man of power in Pakistani Politics after wasting more than one year with Zardari led PPP Govt.Recommend

  • Faris R
    Apr 23, 2010 - 8:42PM

    “Every army has a country and Pakistan army has a Country” – Quote
    that still holds true. I am surprised by your toned down criticism of the current brass of Forces. Americans need them for logistical reasons and once Afghans capacity is built-up the generals, will be discarded as “used tissues” as always. Kayani or others like him have never thought beyond their personal well-being and egos. How can Americans respect “Chinese stooges and minions of third world” unless they really have to deal with them. A bankrupt coutry with a begging bowl will never command any respect and their generals who are more skilled at thuggery than anything. Thugs do get their way but we all know how they end . Only self-respecting, hard working nations command respect. A civil-nuclear deal is only possible with civilians and the Generals didnt get that point yet. Americans do return favours of hospitality and that shouldnt be taken as a token of respect. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Apr 23, 2010 - 11:38PM

    I think we are all being careless by painting the whole Army system with the same brush when clearly its the top brass that has its own agenda. I think the very problem is that our nation procastinates in every sense even when its for them to kick their corrupt elite. We should all strive to inculcate vision by leading from the front. Recommend

  • sadiq ahmad
    Apr 24, 2010 - 12:56AM

    i have been a regular reader of ayeshas colmns. she has came always with a new idea in every new article but at the i always find military as the offender. i thing imposing a value judgement on readers doesnot sound well in civilized societies. an opinion needs to be balanced so the readers can learn somthing positive from it. Recommend

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