By Akhtar Malik : 8 Apr 2014
This is neither a threat to democracy nor a forewarning of any impending martial law. But the message given by Army Chief is laud and clear. The democracy is welcome, the judiciary is respectable and a vocal media is desirable but the institution of Army should not be taken for a ride. It has its vitality for defense, integrity and stability of country.
Many people will stretch their imagination to correlate this statement with different scenario. The fact is that it has linkage with Mush case, the dialogue with TTP and discussions on electronic media. Over the past about a decade a campaign has been launched in the country to defame and undermine Pak Army as an institution. This campaign is part of 4th Generation War that has been imposed on Pakistan by its enemies. Some of the TV channels have been purchased by enemies for transmitting poisonous propaganda against Army, Pakistan ideology and Islam.
The govt should take the situation seriously and thwart all the possibilities of a confrontation between civil and military establishment. As I said in an earlier post that the way Mush is being singled out in treason case, has the potentials of creating problems for the govt. Similarly dialogue process with TTP seems to be lopsided and tilted in favor of terrorists. There is no respite in uncalled for critique of Army on electronic media.
There is still time for the govt to rescue the situation before it becomes too late..
By Akhtar Malik
19 June 2013
Yesterday a very tragic incident took place in Mardan KPK, where 29 people have been killed and over 60 wounded in a suicide bomb blast. A PTI MPA Imran Mohmand was also one among the killed. The suicide bomber blew himself in Namaz e Janaza of a petrol pump owner who was murdered a day ago.
This is not the first incident of its kind. The terrorists have targeted a large number of funeral processions/ namaz e janaza in the past, particularly in KPK andTribal areas. As a matter of fact any kind of gathering like Jumma paryers, Eid prayers, funeral processions, namaz e janaza and peace jirga have always been a lucrative and easy target for a suicide bomber. A bomb explosion in such places invariably results in colossal loss of innocent lives.
It is agreed that stopping a suicide bomber is a very difficult task- almost next to impossible. But with little care and effort the damage can be minimized. Though you cannot stop the bomber from operating his explosive device but you can force him to blow himself up away from the intended target, thus minimizing the damage.
It is pity that through a decade of suicide bombings, our people have not been able to adapt to this lethal threat. Though the local security arrangements are made in Masjids for Jumma or Eid prayers, Namaz e Janaza is generally left open for any intruder to join and blast himself. The issue concerns the community equally as it concerns the government. The community should develop a sense of self security and take all measures as are applicable.
The huge gatherings like peace jirgas, should be avoided as far as possible. When unavoidable these should be staggered and kept small.
Namaz e Janaza is always a planned activity. The time and place is announced beforehand. It should be handled like any public meeting or ‘Jalsa’. The coordinators should therefore control the entry of people through specified gates, where the guards should physically check all the persons.
I hope KPK government in particular and public in general will learn to live with this menace by becoming more security conscious, till the time the country is able to bailout from the ‘war on terror’.
No Word On Indian Terrorism in Samjota Express attack, the Indian propaganda, and full support to Indian positions on Mumbai and Kargil.
By ANSAR ABBASI | The News International | 10 May 2013
PML-N chief and the generally anticipated next elected prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s recent statements on Kargil and Mumbai incidents have raised many eyebrows and are seen as crossing the red lines.
In his bid to appease India or vent his pent up anger on the military establishment, days before the May 11 elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif have gone to the extent of committing that if he returns to power he would share the reports of commissions on Kargil and Mumbai incidents with New Delhi.
Like his other leading competitors including the PTI and the PPP, Nawaz however did not touch the issue of Kashmir in his election campaign or in his media interviews. Instead, Sharif who has served as the prime minister of Pakistan twice, promised to share with India his government’s findings on Kargil and Mumbai attacks.
He also did not utter a word about Samjhota express massacre of Pakistanis; the latest heroic handling of the Indian government and its ruling Congress party of the dead body of condemned terrorist and killer of 14 Pakistanis – Sarabjit Singh; the tit-for-tat murder of Sanaullah, a Pakistani prisoner in Indian jail; the recent matrydom of some Pakistani soldiers by Indian troops etc.
While Pakistani security agencies have been talking of the Indian role (besides other international powers) to fuel terrorism in Balochistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif assured New Delhi, “If I become the prime minister, I will make sure that Pakistani soil is not used for any such designs against India.” Nawaz Sharif, whose second government was dismissed unconstitutionally by former dictator General (R) Musharraf in October 1999 following differences on the Kargil issue, recently reiterated his party’s old stance of setting up a commission on Kargil to fix responsibility, surprised many by going to the limit of assuring India that he would share the findings of the report with New Delhi. He was also quoted to have given similar assurance about the outcome of the commission on Mumbai attacks. These statements of Nawaz reflect his anger on the basis of his past experience with the Pakistan Army and the security agencies but he apparently lost the balance by giving such an assurance India that could not be in the interest of Pakistan and its defence establishment.
How can a leader of his stature announce that if he becomes the chief executive of the country he would share with the Indians what should have been purely our internal matter and pertains to Pakistan Army? Such a pro-India stance of Nawaz Sharif where he talks everything that pleases India but ignores all those issues that could place New Delhi on the defensive is beyond comprehension.
Any talk on part of Pakistan and any of its leading political personalities on Mumbai attack, which according to Indian propaganda was the work of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI, requires extra caution. But here too, Nawaz Sharif promises a probe and sharing it with India.
Despite all sorts of Indian propaganda, there has been no sharing of any substantial evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks. The Wikileaks had even shown the US telling India that the latter has no evidence of Pakistan and its premier intelligence agency’s involvement in the Mumbai attack. India also implicates Hafiz Saeed in the Mumbai attacks but has not produced any evidence as such and because of the same reason Hafiz Saeed was released by the Lahore High Court after he was arrested soon after the Mumbai attacks.
While the political leaders are expected to understand the sensitivities involved in any such matter, President Asif Ali Zardari soon after his election as president of Pakistan had also shocked many here in Pakistan by telling India that Islamabad would pursue the no-first-use nuclear policy whereas Pakistan’s declared policy is of “nuclear deterrence”.