The Pakistani Army and it’s leadership is facing worst sort of credibility crises and increasing criticism of poor administrative and defense practices, and right now practically it finds itself in the midst of a inferno, particularly after Osama Bin Ladan debacle, Saleem Shahzad’s murder and 16 hours siege of the Naval Air Base PNS Mehran in Karachi.
The self- image and public perception of the GHQ and ISI hit bottom and at an all time low right now.
It is unthinkable & unbelievable to suggest that the chiefs of Army and ISI had no clue for five years that OBL was lived/settled in the cantonment of Abbottabad.
Saleem Shahzad’s emails to Ali Dayan Hasan, Hameed Haroon backs Human Rights Watch claims, as well as evidences are suggesting that Saleem Shahzad was killed while in custody of the Intelligence agency. The mode and way of doing things of the murder bore all the hallmarks of intelligence agency. All media representative groups and lots of journalists and activists accuse the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), of having a role in the slaying, something the agency forcefully denies.
These incidents brought sharply in the focus the weakness, in-capabilities, above the constitution attitude, extra-judicial killings in safe houses and radicalization within the armed forces and it’s premier intelligence agency ISI.
Since May 2 and Saleem Shahzad’s brutal murder, [humiliated] chiefs of security and intelligence establishment are trying to restore their liberal and democratic credentials, and they are using all their resources to bring back the old golden days when they were beyond the reach of criticism.
To help restore the tarnished image of chiefs, Pakistani media and the the few foreign journalists are wrongly and deliberately presenting Pakistan top Military brass as liberal and pro American and Junior ranked officers linked to extremist organizations. There are reports that suggest Pakistan Top Military Brass is A Hindrance in Implementing US Wish List.
It is very interesting to read planted and fabricated stories not only from local patriotic journalists, but also from foreign renowned journalists. For anyone who has ever questioned naive understanding of foreign journalists in the foreign media, simply examine the news story of Jane Perlez’s published in the New York Times, which states, the United States may soon lose its closest partner in Pakistan: Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, whom The newspaper calls “the most powerful man in the country,” is coming under increasing pressure to cut ties with the United States.
Jane Perlez’s analysis which suits to General Kayani, clearly aims to boost Kayani’s character as liberal, democratic, pro American and anti Taliban chief of staff. The fabricated story speculates about a possible “colonels’ coup” to replace Kayani. Observers and scholars who read Pakistan know very well that the offbeat of junior officers seizing control of the army, and effectively the country, is not possible. The Pakistani political history tells us that Pakistan’s army chiefs are deposed by fellow generals, not by extremist and adventurous colonels.
Furthermore, to see that by arresting Pakistani military is once again trying to legitimize its position in the helm of affairs- a position which was completely tarnished by suspicions of harbouring and exporting terrorism after 2 May episode.
So does it mean Brigadier Ali Khan was made a scapegoat?
This arrest and move also connoted that the Army and its leadership wants to show the Pakistani people as to how sincere and determined it is to fight against the extremism, and particularly within its own file and rank.
Surely there is an unrest in the Pak Army, and It was General Zia who ushered in a new era of Islamisation, bigotry and fanaticism in Pakistan Army, and nurtured radical, armed Islamic groups bent on waging jihad across the world.
But questions are what our present security and intelligence leadership did to make Army a professional and apolitical institute? And why even in their extension they could not eradicate extremist tendencies within the rank and file of the military and ISI, if they were capable and functional? Moreover, if army works under federal government and the ISI is under civilian control than why its leadership is not following civilian govt’s policies? And if General Kayani is so liberal and democratic than why he is not saluting civilian president, who is ethnically Sindhi of Baloch origin and religiously belongs to the Shia sect of Islam? These are legitimate questions and refer to the heads responsibilities towards the state institutions. Both chiefs are govt servants, thus answerable and accountable to the 18 million people.
LUBP had already raised concerns over the General Kayani’s extension as army chief: And termed it as a bad decision. Furthermore criticised ISI Chief General Pasha’s extension. There are still several questions that plague my mind about their extensions, and to be honest I’m not able to figure out what really are they incapable or extra clever -simply confused.