There has been a sudden upsurge in acts of terror in recent months. Hardly a day goes by without an act of terror occurring and each attack causes death and injury among the sons of the soil in the exercise of their duties of defending the fatherland. Simultaneously, the political temperature has also skyrocketed and has now reached boiling point. Is this pure coincidence or is it in line with the plans of Pakistan’s enemies?
While the war has been going on for nearly two decades causing immense suffering to the nation, it has brought no change in the pompous lifestyle of the politicians. Unaware of the horrors of war, all politicians are deeply involved in power politics and are less concerned with the security and integrity of the country. Their only mission is to stay in power or to seize it. All roll in wealth and lead a luxurious life. They are less concerned with the almost daily sacrifices made by the defenders to save the nation from hordes of enemies employing all sorts of tactics to overwhelm Pakistan.
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Defenders have been constantly fighting the faceless enemy since 2002
Dozens of proxies hired by the Indo-Western-American-Israeli nexus have posed an existential threat to the country. The martyrdom ratio of officers to Jawans is exceptionally high since all attacks launched by the military against terrorists are led by officers. Surprisingly, there are no cases of desertions, suicides, cowardice or indicipline in the deployed army units, which is amazing and exceptional.
Instead of yelling at them, the inhabitants hurt them. It causes more suffering to those in the combat zone and to their families separated from them than bullets. This deplorable segment does not realize it, but for the Herculean efforts and exceptional bravery of brave hearts, the enemy could have invaded the country and these same elements would have welcomed the invaders and gladly accepted them as their colonial masters. .
After using all sorts of tactics to derail Pakistan, the enemies have come to the conclusion that until the security forces are demoralized and their will to resist weakened, no progress can be made. For this, they use our media, NGOs, politicians, the intelligentsia to smear the reputation of the army by spreading concocted stories. Hybrid warfare focuses on the trunk of the military and spoils civil-military relations.
This business of spoiling civil-military relations became problematic because for the first time the army and the government in power remained in harmony and everyone behaved responsibly. Moreover, to make matters worse for them, the Chief Executive is not playing the master’s game and acting with a defiance they are not used to.
It has therefore become essential for external enemies to influence regime change and bring a docile regime back to power. If there had been upright, honest and courageous leaders, they would not have pushed Pakistan into the hell of American war and obediently obeyed their orders to the detriment of the interests of the nation and the people. . What sane leader would have given a military base to a foreign power and then allowed them to ruthlessly use drones on our own people?
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No leader had the courage to name the enemies of Pakistan
The incumbent government limited the perception of the threat to India only, while everyone on the street knew that the United States was in charge. The United States crossed its teeth in 2011 and never spared an opportunity to cause harm to Pakistan.
Clinton, George Bush, Obama, Trump and now Biden have accused and threatened Pakistan on false charges. Pressure tactics, coercion, threats, sanctions, IMF and FATF are their usual tools to pressure and intimidate rebel leaders. With this well-known baggage, there is nothing abnormal if Biden was threatening IK. He also threatened Putin and said regime change in Moscow would be in Russia’s overall interest and for world peace.
The current political imbroglio which has reached its climax is a link in the same chain. No motion of confidence proposed by a large number of oppositions has reached a critical point and it is a result which, until yesterday, was fifty fifty, has today tipped the scales in favor of opposition. The foreign agenda card missed because it should have been brought up much earlier.
The motion of no confidence proposed by the opposition in Punjab against the highly unpopular and ineffectual CM Usman Buzdar prompted IK to order Buzdar to resign, but it was a very late decision. Although CM seat offer to Pervez Elahi got PML Q votes minus one vote from Cheema but this advantage was negated by BAP of Balochistan minus Zubaida Jalal and MQM P both deciding to side with PDM . Two NA members of the MQM have resigned from their ministerial posts. None of the dissident members of the PTI could be won back.
It seems that the opposition has won the numbers game and claims 180 votes in its bag. Elahi’s excitement would be short-lived and he is likely to lose his seat as President Pb Assy as well. The winds have started to blow in favor of the PDM and as things stand, only divine help could come to the aid of the regime in place.
One possible way to save the crown could be that instead of relying on Buzdar, IK should have made every effort to win Shahbaz and make him the Punjab CM. It was comparatively more flexible and malleable and with little effort from the establishment this was possible. This could rid the PTI of PML Q blackmail, and also helped sway many other PML N leaders to its side. Aleem or even Ch Nisar could be judged since it is Punjab that makes or breaks governments.
Buzdar’s selection was the biggest blunder
If the opposition wins, the result will be utter chaos as there is no national leader worthy of the name or political party that can keep the unifying units gelled and meet the complex internal and external challenges. Too many cooks from different parties with different ideologies and ambitions will spoil the soup and that is exactly what foreign powers want. Already, the political uproar has hampered economic growth and impacted the macroeconomy.
What I fear is that the new coalition of a large number of parties will not come out with another amdt in the constitution like the 18th amdt to radically cut off the wings of the army and the ISI. This has been the sincere desire of PPP and PML N.
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Despite the political instability, the armed forces remained honest and could not be penetrated by outside forces. Alhamdo Lillah, the vile efforts of the enemies have failed to shake the motivation and resilience of the army as evidenced by the relentless attacks on the terrorists and killing them in face-to-face battles. Their counter actions and offensive spirit have contributed to reducing the intensity of terrorist attacks, and we hope that they will be further reduced.
What is most painful, however, is the continued loss of our officers, NCOs and NCOs, which devastates the families affected.
May Allah grant the highest place in heaven to all shaheeds
But if the army is transformed into a police force and the ISI placed under the Ministry of Interior, then God help Pakistan.
It is my firm belief that Allah has protected Pakistan regardless of the fact that the performance of our leaders has been below average. The creation of Pakistan was a miracle and its survival was a greater miracle. We have absorbed the shocks of Pakistan’s truncation, devastating nationalization and self-destructive appeasement policy which has lowered our prestige and compromised our sovereignty.
Most importantly, we held to the patterns given by our former colonial masters and set aside the Islamic ways as prescribed in the Quran and taught by Prophet Muhammad PBUH. We love materialism and worldly pomp and show and abhor the golden principles of Islam. The vast majority in Pakistan is conservative and closer to religion, but the elite and upper middle class who control all the levers of power are secular and Muslim in name only. Ulema and Mashaiq are divided by religious differences and are passive.
The leadership crisis, political apathy and the negative role of religious leaders have failed to collectively transform the heterogeneous society into a vibrant nation. No system other than the Islamic system can unite the divided nation. Regionalism has overtaken Pakistan. Sindh, under the PPP in particular, is heading down a dangerous path and unless it is brought into the mainstream, it will keep the federal government in a bind by playing the Sindh card.
The lack of national leadership and direction and the negative role of the media have caused friction in society and intensified split tendencies and provincialism. Differing perceptions of haves and have-nots have separated leaders and leaders and the two have never been on the same page.
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Infighting between political parties for selfish gains has helped foreign agencies cultivate them and hold them to their line. All of these vulnerabilities have been fully exploited by our adversaries to further their sinister agenda. They succeeded in 1971 and again managed to make deep inroads in the small provinces where all the trouble is brewing.
May Allah defeat the conspiracies of our adversaries, and may he keep Pakistan under his benevolence and protection.
The writer is a retired brigadier general, war veteran, defense and security analyst, international columnist, author of five books and 6th book in publication, participates in TV shows and lectures on topical issues. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.