By Dr Shahid Qureshi :
The tragedy and mass murders at the Army Public School on 16th December 2014 is a crime against the children of Pakistan and it was not a battle or a war to be celebrated as ‘sacrifice’. It was a crime committed by the terrorists against the sons and daughters of soldiers who are fighting the ‘war on terror’ as well as guarding the borders from Torkham to Siachen Glaciers. I was on the BBC in London with the Pakistani High Commissioner. I said in the BBC program ‘The Global’ on 16 December 2014 that: ‘police corruption and civilian administration have failed to protect the people’. Military is clear in its objectives but Nawaz government is obstructing and undermining the Military.
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APS incident happened due to the corrupt and criminal politicians who systematically destroyed police and civil administration system as well as looted and plundered Pakistan. In actual fact criminals have taken over Pakistan. One year on 16 December 2015 politicians and mafias found an easy way to celebrate the day by various gimmicks as flattery can take you anywhere.
Political mafias and criminal gangs got General Raheel Sharif and his team into this gimmickry all day long on 16 December 2015. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced naming of Islamabad schools after the children died in APS. That is easy as it will require one bucket of paint and all done. That is what criminal politicians in Pakistan do change the name of roads, hospital, airports, cities and government buildings to their families.
What was needed to be investigated is that who indoctrinated the idea of ‘brutally murdering innocent children’ into the minds of these terrorists and who was real mastermind? Well if they are hiding in Afghanistan and planned attacks from there than real owners of TTP must be exposed be it India, Afghanistan or occupiers US and NATO or all of them. This attack has lots of similarities to the school attacks in Moscow few years.
Someone must have pointed out to them that these are the people i.e. armed forces of Pakistan are major hurdle in the terrorist activity hence attack them. Back in the days when a soldier’s complaint used to go deputy commissioner via Commanding Officer the whole machinery in the district gets activated. Now land mafia and criminal gangs ‘take over’ properties and homes of on duty soldiers with the collusion of the police and none of the civilian officials’ care about them because all the land mafia gangs are protected and run by the politicians.
The fundamental question is how did these terrorists reached the school and committed atrocities against the children? It was police and civilian government’s job to protect the life and limb of the people. It was not army’s job to guard the schools, colleges and hospitals. Well all the main politicians Aisf Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Asfand yar Wali, Altaf Hussain, Imran Khan and other have their kids and grands kids in safe places in Dubai, London and New York.
For them is to hell with Pakistan and its people. They have made their homes fortresses and police is protecting them on government expenses. I believe police of Pakistan has become a ‘security threat’ itself and if this police is just disbanded more than 50% crimes will automatically disappear. It is politicians who have made it into a ‘mercenary force and terrorists in uniform’.
More than 250 people were burnt alive in ‘Baldia town’ factory in Karachi by the MQM-A terrorists and even en-mass confessions of MQM-A terrorists that they received training from Indian Agency RAW in India both Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif ignored their crimes against the state of Pakistan and its people and continued their criminal syndication which they call ‘reconciliation’. They have looted billions from the state exchequer and smuggled out of Pakistan but no one could touch them as police and courts are already criminalised.
They kill policemen, lawyers, judges and yet says no case was proved against them especially Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. They are playing ‘good cop, bad cop’ game with the Armed Forces of Pakistan and tricking General Raheel Sharif on the daily basis and waiting for another General Kiayni or over confident and narcissistic General Musharraf who is directly responsible for the killings of thousands via his ‘muscle’ MQM-A as he himself claimed on 12th May 2007. So when MQM-A was sending its workers to India Musharraf must have turned a blind eye as agencies must have reported to him?
The passing of resolution against the ‘Pakistan Rangers’ in Sind Assembly by the ‘criminals of Zardari Mafia on the anniversary of very tragic day 16 December 2015 (APS attacks and Disintegration of Pakistan) sent a clear message to the Armed Forces and people of Pakistan, ‘we the (criminal) politicians do not care about your sacrifices on the borders and fight against terrorism as well murders of your children in your schools. This whole thing is a product of criminal minds Zardari-Nawaz and Altaf alliance otherwise no one could imagine that a terrorist group like MQM-A was not only allowed to contest in dummy election with 22% turnout and MQM-A got 12%.
So they handed over ‘national economic hub’ Karachi to a terrorist group MQM-A with blood on its hands and links with India. There active and sleeper target killing cells are being operated from London, Canada, South Africa, Dubai and Malaysia. The killers are working in various government departments living a normal life but do killings as and when orders come from abroad. Pakistani Agencies have reported this to the politicians and political governments but they are ignoring the reports. Until and unless Nawaz Sharif accept MQM-A as a terrorist group and ban them no change will happen as all this silence in the city is temporary and they have proved it by killing two military police men point blank in Karachi few days ago. Ishaq Dar and Nawaz Sharif’s businesses with Indians and assets abroad have become a national security threat to Pakistan.
Fundamental problem with Nawaz Sharif is that he does not make decisions and sit on files and that was major criticism from late president Ghulam Ishaq Khan about him. Even now when country is at war he is non-serious and spend weeks in London to see his kids and businesses and also waste time in signing useless agreements like TAPI. Zardaris calling shots from Dubai and Altaf Hussain from London hence Pakistan is being run on auto pilot.
Honourable Rehman Chisti a British MP in response to my question at Military Think Tank ‘RUSI’ said: “all Pakistan needed is a letter from the Attorney General of Pakistan to the Swiss Government asking about the details of assets of its citizens’ in Swiss Banks”. Similarly, UAE Government should be contacted to inform that ‘Dubai’ has become a safe haven for the Pakistani criminals, absconders and looters. It will take Dubai Police five minutes to track down all the dirty money and they have proved their efficiency by tracking down Mossad agents involved in the killing of a Palestinian official few years ago.
Long and short is that time is running out for General Raheel Sharif and Pakistan too as corrupt politicians have drawn their lines. So let there be no doubt that they are with the terrorists and their financiers. As someone said: “This machine does not have a BRAIN so use yours (Raheel Sharif) “.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He is a PhD and also studied Law at a British University)