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Pakistan Army: The Last Bastion

October 14th, 2009
23rd March Pakistan Day Parade with tanks

23rd March Pakistan Day Parade with tanks

23rd March Pakistan Day Parade

23rd March Pakistan Day Parade

Over the past fortnight another wave of terrorism shook the country. Two huge blasts in Peshawar shook the provincial capital and the country as a whole. The federal capital witnessed a UN office being penetrated by a suicide bomber that made mockery of the bunker-mentality security doctrine. As if this was not enough to rattle the country the Pakistan army’s nerve centre, i.e. General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, was brazenly assaulted on October 10. Last, but not least, the Shangla blast in Swat of Oct 12 transported Swatis back into the era of the yester-months.

Lots of people refer to the situation in NWFP as an insurgency. I would have called it an insurgency if there was a widespread desire amongst the Pakhtuns to separate from Pakistan and support those fighting the state. To the contrary the Pakhtuns have proven their immeasurable sense of patriotism by facilitating the army in NWFP to re-establish the eroded writ of Pakistan.

It must be said emphatically that, over the past eight years, the Pakhtuns have suffered so much that it will be in the best interest of Pakistan to bring normality to NWFP before the militants can develop a leadership that can stoke the fires that are always lit by a sense of neglect and are fueled by endless sufferings, deprivation, awful living conditions and unemployment. At the moment the militants perpetrating cruel violence in NWFP are devoid of any support, whatsoever, from the Pakhtuns but if Pakistan does not awaken to the severity of the situation and to the miseries of the common Pakhtun the present militancy can spiral out of hand and take a more alarming proportion.
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