Pakistan : Army with a Country

It is important to recognize and internalize the fact that Pakistan is not a normal country with leaders, parliament, constitution, Army etc. It is one of the few places where the Army owns a country and runs it. Army controls the country and owns its Economy.

This is an important issue since studies have found that a large number of corporates in Pakistan are ultimately owned by Fauji Foundation [FF], Army Welfare Trust [AWT] Bahria Foundation [BF], Shaheen Foundation [SF] all owned by its different wings of armed forces [See Paper presented by Dr Ayesha Siddiqa-Agha; Power, Perks, Prestige And Privileges: Military’s Economic Activities In Pakistan in” The International Conference on Soldiers in Business–Military as an Economic Actor “Jakarta, October 17-19, 2000] .

At least 70 percent of the market capitalization of the Karachi stock exchange is owned by the army and other related groups. Hence do not try to think of Pakistan without its Army, whoever may be temporarily and nominally ruling that place.

Also, significant portion of its GDP is due to Army controlled entities. [See Military Inc. Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy Ayesha Siddiqa—OUP—2007] and one can easily say that Pakistan Economy and its Army /ISI are synonymous. Unless this elementary fact is internalized we are not going anywhere. This imply we should stop talking of a stable Pakistan since a stable Pakistan means a multiple attacks on many more cities of India by that rogue organization ISI  which is the core of the Pakistan Army and which is the heart of Pakistan’s economy.

Recently some noises are made by a News Paper group as well as Bleeding Heart Liberals [BHL’s] about resuming dialogue etc with Pakistan. There are three groups in India who are obsessed with friendship with Pakistan. One is the oldies born in that part before partition and who are nostalgic about Lahore Havelis, Halwas and Mujiras. The second is the Bollywood and other assorted groups who look at it as a big market. Dawood gang has financed enough of these useful idiots.

The third is the candle light holding bleeding heart liberals [BHL’s] who cannot imagine India doing well without its younger brother taken care. All three are proved wrong hundred times but all three are in important opinion maker’s role. Shun them, avoid them and ridicule them.

These Wagh Candle Kissers [WCK] either do not understand the Economic power structure of Pakistan or understands and naively hope that it will not be an issue.

Their constitution –1973 version- visualizes– to quote from its preamble “Whereas sovereignty over the entire Universe belongs to Almighty Allah alone, and the authority to be exercised.

by the people of Pakistan within the limits prescribed by Him is a sacred trust; wherein the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice, as enunciated by Islam, shall be fully observed” It is the army which is the Chosen instrument to implement the will of the God. This was recently clearly enunciated by its COAS General. Kiyani in terms of protecting Islam and Protecting Pakistan are the sovereign duties of the armed forces.

Actually he suggests that the role of army is more than protecting the country but the idea and religion. Recently the UN [appointed by the President Zardari] team probing the death of Benazir Bhutto could interview all civil leaders including PM and President but not the Army brass. When Army objected to Kerry –Lugar bill the president has to bring in Kerry himself to talk to Chief of the armed forces.

In India the defense minister can ask Army chief to court Martial a General but in Pakistan any such attempt will result in a coup. That is why the Pakistan always negotiates with a gun on its own head. It wants to assert its suicidal tendencies and shout about deluge if it fails in the talks.

The candle kissers are doing great disservice to India and also to Pakistan since that State has visualized itself as the protector and promoter of the God’s vision. One dimension of that vision is to train the suicide bombers to terminate the unbelievers inside and outside Pakistan. They so called peaceniks naively believe that that Army will go away or the foundations of the state of Pakistan will fade away.

When recently FICCI produced a well documented study titled “National Security and Terrorism” to deal with terrorism originating from that country the Karachi Chambers of Commerce protested against it. And now the candle kissers want to have a business meet at Karachi. We do not know what results such a meet will produce?

Almost all terror attacks in any part of the world in the last decade have a link with Pakistan. Terrorism is funded by Saudi Arabia, planned in London and executed by Pakistani foot soldiers globally.  Its strategic ally namely USA wants to body screen every Pakistani entering USA and also wants to open their entire luggage particularly if it has been packed by them.

Its other mentor namely Saudi Arabia has a system of issuing visas to Pakistanis after severe verification. It’s taller than mountain deeper than ocean dost namely China is worried about Pakistani role in Xinxiang upraising and quietly hangs the rebels many of them from the POK. Currently Pakistan is in abyss and it would be beneficial that it is split into many countries–not only for peace in India but also all over the world.

The candle kissers are completely wrong in terms of their agenda and timing. One only hopes that the Indian State is not taken in by their sentimental nonsense.

Will the Indian elite go for the jugular or just light more candles and scream at formless /nameless political class before TV cameras? It is going to be long haul and may be in a decade or so we can find solution to our existential crisis of being attacked by barbarians from the west. We need to combine strategy and patience and completely throw to the dustbin the ‘Gujral Doctrine” by that mumbling PM about treating younger brother with equanimity. The doctrine essentially suggests that if we are slapped on both the cheeks we should feel bad that we do not have a third cheek to show.

Such is our strategic thinking in this complex world since our political class is not adequately briefed nor the elite think through issues. Better to be simple in our talks and vicious in our actions rather than the other way.

If we want the world to treat Pakistan for what it is then we should start practicing it. Always call it as Terrorist State of Pakistan [TSP] and never have any illusion that it is going to be any different. Completely and comprehensively cut off all our relations with them—Economic/cultural/sports and all other aspects.

Dawood Ibrahim funded Bollywood will weep and some asinine jholawalas may complain. South Africa was treated for its Apartheid so should Pakistan for practicing Terrorism as a State policy. Unless we start completely boycotting terrorist Pakistan we cannot ask others to do it. Pakistan is our migraine and unless we are clear how to handle it we cannot expect US and others to deal with it.

Will corporate India including electronic/print media start practicing it then we can see results in a few years. One hopes that the elites are listening?

Otherwise when the next Mumbai attack happens the senile peaceniks may order more candles and try to generate more Asha for the demon.


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