By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
‘When you find a snake don’t play with it, kill it’, that is the basic principle which former Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and current Army Chief General. Qamar Javeed Bajwa both ignored when they were dealing with ‘Dawn leaks’ and Nawaz Sharif’s links with Indian agency RAW’.
A general is always remembered with his commands and decisions taken in difficult times, not if he was a good guy or bad guy’. If you want to make everyone happy its better to sell ice cream’ and that is not you are here for.
They both forgot that: ‘they were dealing with criminal mafias who sold and looted the national wealth and compromised national security. I always said, ‘you don’t have the power which these mafias put in your basket just to inflate your ego and trick you.
The frivolous judgment on 17th December 2019, in which accused (President Pervez Musharraf in hospital) was not given the right to respond by the special court. Chief Justice Athar MinhAllah of Islamabad High Court and his pro Sharif Mafia remarks as well as hasty actions has all the ‘hall marks’ like of like ‘fake Taliban video’ which Samar MinAllah his sister produced to malign Islam. The supreme Court of Pakistan found video to be fake. It is all part of fueling an ‘urban warfare’ and psychological warfare.
He is a such a bent judge who asked the federal government to guarantee the life of a convicted criminal Nawaz Sharif. If anything happened to Nawaz Sharif while receiving medical treatment in prison facility who will be responsible’. The same mafia activated and let the convicted criminal Nawaz Sharif escape on a private jet with Rs. 50 stamp paper. It seems all the judges, lawyers, civil servants trying to please the ‘Mafia’ and to be paid later date. I would check the bank transfers and property transfers both nationally and internationally.
The whole military structure and functions revolves around ‘leadership’, which means one cannot be expected to please everyone while taking tough decisions. As they say, ‘if you want to make everyone happy sell ice cream’.
General Qamar Bajawa, the current Army Chief was carrying excess luggage of his predecessor Gen. Raheel Sharif whose indecisiveness on the issue of ‘Dawn Leaks’ have damaged the whole of Pakistan and the armed forces. That made the crooks like Sharifs more courageous and powerful. In mafia and criminal world ‘perception’ and ‘symbolism’ matter too much as it is a game of survival.
In the world of intelligence use of a little bit of common sense really helps otherwise whole exercise of intelligence gathering become useless. As they say, ‘a stitch in time saves nine’. So now whole of Pakistan including the over stretched armed forces are paying the ‘heavy price’. Wrapping a body of young soldier or officer in national flag is not enough for the family who is going to suffer for the rest of their lives. So General your decision’s timings matter.
The armed forces of Pakistan have constitutional protection to do everything within their means in defence of ‘national interests and sovereignty’. The US Supreme Court said to the government during civil war that: ‘exceptional means can be used in exceptional circumstances.
Since 11 September 2001, Pakistan is facing war and exceptional circumstances, but corrupt bureaucracy has shrewdly put all the focus on ‘Madrassas and 5% FATA’, while rest of 95% Pakistan faced lawlessness and mafia rules.
The growth of land mafia fuelled ‘terrorist financing’ and syndication of police and judiciary with the mafia made everyone a target and increased military deaths. All the land related scams have judicial protection due to the collaboration of lawyers, judges, police and city administration. The mushrooming of super corrupt lawyers is all due to the sub-standard private law colleges and fuelling of land and property mafia scams in urban areas and big cities. This large money is being used in preparation of urban warfare.
I have told Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Interior Minister at IISS in London: ’your police system is collapsed due to police corruption and that’s why military deaths increased in Pakistan’. He asked me for a copy of my research study, so I gave him my own copy. The fact that Rangers Para military force was deployed to protect Inspector General Police office is a disgrace to the Punjab Police being called a force.
Police failure and incompetence was proved after the recent attacks at the Lahore Cardiac Hospital aka (PIC) by the lawyers’ mob in hundreds. The worst thing is that. senior lawyers, Ali Ahmed Kurd, Hamid Khan, Latif Khosa, and Raza Rabbani not only condoned the attacks but also defended. That is disgrace of legal profession.
People in Pakistan and rest of the world must be wondering why world’s only Muslim nuclear power behaves in so indifferent and reckless manner when it comes to protect its national interests and foreign policy which does not seems to exist. Well the answer is simple its leaders put their personal interests first than national interests.
Since 5th August 2019, after the revocation of article 370 in Indian held Kashmir, one crisis after another is in headlines but Kashmir issue and the sufferings of the 18 million people. It is time to stop producing songs and homeopathic poetry but to take concrete steps, starting from cleaning own back yard from media, judiciary, politics to academia’.
(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, Azerbaijan 2018 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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