By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
“When you keep killing ‘lions in your pack’ it is inevitable that ‘dogs of the enemy will tear you apart one day,’ said former Egyptian late President Morsi. Since 9/11, 2001, hundreds and thousands of young people have been killed in the name of fraudulent war on terror’. What it means is value, respect and be proud of your talented boys and girls as they are the future and first line of defense.
There was some noise in Pakistani neighbourhood after the recent transfers and postings in the military especially changing of ISI head. In a disciplined institution it does not matter who sit on top or come and go as the state policy continues. Ambassador R. James Woolsey, Former Head of CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) 1993 – 1995 told the audience at Almaty Eurasian Media Forum in May 2019, ‘how he was moved on a plane from the office to airport. He said, ‘I was almost like in custody and even air stewards said: ‘he is the best behave prisoner we had, without knowing who I was’. I had an exclusive interview with him at the Eurasian Media Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A young journalist in London asked me sir, ‘why is that people in United Kingdom, China, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and rest admire and appreciate your work but people in Pakistan are totally ignorant’. I had no answer for him, so I just smiled and told him, ‘there are some people who admire and appreciate good efforts, we should keep doing good work’.
When on top a small wind feels like a hurricane and light ray of sun feels hot like hell. Pakistan needs people who delivers more and speak less, if new guy at ISI, is carrying his institutional knowledge that makes the job easy. They say, ‘can do knight’.
Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan multiple times speaks about the Rs 24000 billion debt incurred between 2008 – 2018, what he does not say is that every penny of that money went through with signatures of Pakistani bureaucracy, but he is only after the politicians. No body in the media even mention that as money cannot just walk off. Time to go after the so called ‘custodians of the state’ who betrayed the state of Pakistan and were part of great robbery, when army was fighting on borders and inside.
At the time of war, it is almost impossible to slow down or divert the chase to catch the enemy as preparations of wars are done in the peace time. The narratives corrupt Pakistani politicians had shaped in the world is that ‘military is a major problem in meeting the objectives. Politicians like Benazir Bhutto, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have all damaged the ‘national interests’ of Pakistan in ways not known to common people.
For example, Benazir Bhutto was ‘given a list’ of officers in Pakistani ISI to be removed and she did. She even brought in a retired General Kulu to lead agency. As I always said: ‘when you deliberately play with the weak players, you play for the enemy’.
I really feel sorry for some media managers assigned to build soft image of the country because they struggle to understand as why some analysts and writers are fed up with Pakistani establishment. It is because people before you were so incompetent and stupid that they could not comprehend the future consequences and failed to build up a lifelong relationship.
Otherwise how is it possible that one group of people built up a friendship, but next group fail to continue and destroy the ‘asset’.? So, people they are struggling with now were their former friends, hence asset management problem.
Indians, however, are focusing at a micro level monitoring in Pakistan on transfers and postings as it is going to make any difference to the state policy, but it is good for their paranoia about petty groups. To feed into their paranoia about Pakistan they go to some opportunist writers and academics who would damage the country’s narrative in their vengeance, probably some personal mistreatment.
Although It is a routine matter but following statement about the appointment of new ISI chief General Faiz Hameed by a Pakistani defence academic Ayesha Siddiqa Agha, who has served as the director of naval research with the Pakistan Navy, to an Indian news source speak volumes, as how some people are good at scoring their own goals. It proves that Pakistan needs to draw up a ‘new strategic plan’ to retain and engage with the senior academics and analysts as sometimes ‘common sense’ is more important than ‘intelligence’.
“Hameed is another hardliner who would try to plug the domestic holes more ferociously – issues such as internal dissent cropping up due to PTM, Baluch, political parties at variance. He will also have to ensure extension of the COAS and keep the religious parties in better control of the military,” said Ayesha Siddiqa, research associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London and author of Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy.
Indian Paranoia about Pakistani military is understandable as they have to sell everything and anything to their local audience as well as international players. Indian army and establishment are surrounded by the people who have plans to further divide it into small manageable states as they have already did so in past 70 years twice. I don’t think it will through the swollen head of the Prime Minister Modi and his racist regime. When a state become ‘racist’ its shelf life become shorter.
I think Indians should be focusing more on over a dozen or so armed separatist militant movements going on right now as if neighbours like China and Pakistan had enough and ‘return in kind’ Balkanisation of India would be quicker than the international timeline.
The only beneficiary of this further ‘break up of India’ would be the bureaucracy and middle classes as they will have more jobs and international positions, prime ministers, presidents, generals and ambassadors.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief 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 Presidential election observer for Kazakhstan, 2019, 2016 and 2015 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University and visiting professor in Hebe University in China)
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