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The respect Pakistan deserves – and does not get


Global alarm about Pakistan, is triggered by a new and disruptive player, who has joined the power-grab game. Meet the mullah-madrasa-mujahhid combine.

Pax Americana has abused its power to bend Pakistan to a path of failures - and then US media makes mockery of Pakistan. (Cartoon by Joel Pett; source and courtesy - cartoonistsgroup.com). Click for larger source image.

Pax Americana has abused its power to bend Pakistan to a path of failures - and then US media makes mockery of Pakistan. (Cartoon by Joel Pett; source and courtesy - cartoonistsgroup.com). Click for larger source image.

Test of Political leadership

What do you say about a leadership that has two of the world’s super-powers, USA and China, swearing friendship and loyalty – at least once, every week.

Must be a rich, hi-tech country.

No. We are not talking of Saudi Arabia or Japan.

How about describing a leadership that gets economic and military aid – on its own terms, after flouting every previous conditionality imposed on it by the aid-givers?

Is it some super-power? Or a very poor country.

Even Haiti, Cuba, Congo, Ethiopia have to live with very strict conditionalities, imposed on them.

In your words describe a country that shelters and protects half of the world’s most wanted fugitives?

A-ha! We are talking of tax-evaders.

Sorry. Switzerland, it ain’t.

This country has also become a de facto nuclear power – and liberally auctioned nuclear technology, to anyone willing to pay for it.

Israel is not who we are talking of.

One hint. They have been doing this for 60 years.

All this – and more

Any regime that can dictate terms to USA, China, Saudi Arabia, like Pakistan has, is a skilled leadership. What more can I say? Except doff my imaginary hat in respect. (Not that I would like to live under such leaders).

USA, China, Saudi Arabia have been able to do little about Pakistan, apart from some squealing, public name-calling. In the end they paid up. Each time. For 60 years.

That is what matters.

United States is being subjected to an old-fashioned protection racket by Pakistan: pay up or things could go bad for you. Those making money out of extortion and blackmail always come back for more. (via US is paying for Pak protection racket | By SHAUN GREGORY |

Pakistan’s DNA

60 years ago, Jinnah held the entire sub-continent to ransom. After 200 conflicts in 150 years, as the British, their backs to the wall, were walking away, Jinnah became a spoiler. The hour of triumph turned into moment of tragedy. A country born out of this blackmail, has now formalized blackmail as State Policy.

Pakistan leadership knows what it is doing. There must be a reason why there is

hostility towards India and belief in the reality of the Indian threat to Pakistan (that) is woven into the fabric of every Pakistani soldier.

Pakistani state education system inculcates a hatred of the Hindu “other” and glorifies the Pakistan Army as the saviour of the nation, and second through an outdated military training regime which builds on the child’s prejudice and lays the foundation for a career of military service at the metaphorical remote frontier military post. (via Primary threat to Pak is from within, not India – Times Of India).

For most Indians, the puzzling thing about Pakistan, is their hostility towards India.

Has India hurt Pakistan

Logically, all this hostility and threat perception of India is misplaced, feel Indians. The Indian attitude towards Pakistan is best represented by an anti-Pakistan hawk, Bal Thackeray of the Shiv Sena, a right-wing party and a a known Pakistan-baiter. In a recent interview, he says

TIMES NOW: How do you view what has been happening in Pakistan over the last few months?

Bal Thackeray: Why should I bother? Let them go to hell. I don’t want to know.

For  this is just about what Pakistan means to-day to Indians. Except when there are terrorist incidents. Must Pakistan be wary and suspicious of India. After all, India

has twice imposed military defeat on Pakistan – in 1965 and 1971 – and in neither case sought to assimilate, occupy or otherwise destroy Pakistan. The creation of Bangladesh in the latter war was Bengali-led and an inevitable working through of the inherent contradictions of East and West Pakistan; India did not press its advantage in 1971 over the rump West Pakistan despite Pakistan having lost roughly half its navy, one third of its army, and a quarter of its air-force.

India did not seek to exploit its nuclear monopoly over Pakistan, after the nuclear test in 1974, to the detriment of the Pakistan state. Nor has India been involved in significant military action against Pakistan since 1971 except in response to Pakistani or Pakistani-backed adventurism, such as in Kargil in 1999. India has a “no first use” nuclear policy and in terms of casus belli “Cold Start” is reactive not pre-emptive. (via Primary threat to Pak is from within, not India – Times Of India).

How are Ajmal Kasab and Jared Laughner different? Guns in the hands of killers.

How are Ajmal Kasab and Jared Laughner different? Guns in the hands of killers.

Power grab

Pakistan is actually 5 parts.

First is the army and the ISI combination. Then there are the popular politicians who take part in elections.

Add the mullah-madrasa-mujahhid combine with a fundamentalist clergy, various terrorist groups – like JeM, LeT, Al Qaida, various Taliban factions et al.

The economy and wealth are in hands of the 22 families. Mahbub-ul-Haq’s “22 families” speech in Karachi in 1968 highlighted the power and wealth of a few families in Pakistan.

And bringing up the rear there are the rest. No one in Pakistan talks to anyone. Each has contempt for the other four.

And all five have separate agenda.

Going for broke

To anyone but the most biased or blinkered, it is clear that there are political and economic goals that drive Pakistani rulers. Just like other rulers of the world. Instead of the one-party ‘dictatorship’ of China or a ‘two-party’ democracy in the West, there are many more Pakistani players – each jockeying for power, differently. In a very messy manner, according to ‘modern’ political standards.

Pakistani leadership has been able to use Saudi Arabia, China and USA to meets its own ends. (Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; on 24th May, 2011; source and courtesy - timesofindia.com). Click for source image.

Pakistani leadership has been able to use Saudi Arabia, China and USA to meets its own ends. (Cartoon by Ajit Ninan; on 24th May, 2011; source and courtesy - timesofindia.com). Click for source image.

Without making value judgements, multiple Pakistani factions are competing with each other to grab power.

The anti-India hysteria, alleged Islamization of Pakistan, the radical elements being a lunatic fringe or the mainstream, is just that much baloney.

Pakistani perception of the Indian threat to Pakistan is inculcated by the Pakistan Army for one central reason – to legitimize the Pakistan Army and ISI’s primacy in the Pakistan polity and thereby to justify the Army’s claim to a huge slice of Pakistan’s national resources. The perception of an Indian threat thus serves a purpose quite disconnected from the reality of that threat.

India’s large standing army is a material reality that has to be at the heart of Pakistan’s security concerns – is legitimate but misses two essential qualifications. The first is that India is no longer Pakistan’s primary security challenge; that is now the terrorism and extremism of militant Islam. The second is that in military terms, capability does not automatically equate with intent: India’s large standing army does not pose a threat to Pakistan per se any more than a large American or French army poses a threat per se to the UK. (via Primary threat to Pak is from within, not India – Times Of India).

India lives in a toug neighborhood. What to do? (cartoon by Kirtish Bhatt; courtesy - bamulahija.blogspot.com). Click for larger image.

India lives in a tough neighborhood. What to do? (cartoon by Kirtish Bhatt; courtesy - bamulahija.blogspot.com). Click for larger image.

All this talk of God, Allah, etc., is just that much hot and fetid air. The truth – all these are tools for power-players to use and come to power. What has made a difference and caused alarm across the world, is that a new disruptive player has joined the game.

What is worrying the world is that the LeT, Taliban are different kind of players  – and they play rough. Will the outcome be any different?

It will not be the usual ‘suspects’ but four different groups of Pakistanis on who will control Pakistan – and Pakistan’s atom-bombs, wealth, people, natural resources – the works. And a whole, new element.

It is called oil.

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  4. Afshan
    November 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm | #4

    There are no permanent friends or permanent enemies rather it is the permanent interests of a State which it pursues. In this background Pakistan’s friendship with China or United States is as prudent as India’s friendship with Soviet Union or United States. It is useless to find faults with Pakistan’s Policies as it is pointless in finding any moral ideological dimensions in State policies of India or any other country. All their actions are directed by hard core real politica and not any sermons on the mount. Viewed in this perspective any policy adopted by Pakistan was its best interest and no one has the right to criticize simply for the sake of criticism

  5. November 12, 2011 at 4:17 am | #5

    We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. (Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston; Prime Minister from 1855-1858 and 1859-1865.)

    Afshan – You are actually paraphrasing Lord Palmerston in your comment above.

    And if you do take this statement as a foundation of foreign policy – then Pakistan has to determine its ‘eternal and perpetual interests’.

    Pakistan’s foreign policy must be measured, evaluated and criticized against these ‘eternal and perpetual interests’ of Pakistan.

    Whichever faction of power-mongers grab power, they cannot dilute these ‘eternal and perpetual interests’ of Pakistan.

    And probably, this is where Pakistan’s biggest failure is … Pakistan is unable to define –

    What exactly are Pakistan’s ‘eternal and perpetual interests’.

  6. November 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | #6

    Afshan :

    There are no permanent friends or permanent enemies rather it is the permanent interests of a State which it pursues. In this background Pakistan’s friendship with China or United States is as prudent as India’s friendship with Soviet Union or United States. It is useless to find faults with Pakistan’s Policies as it is pointless in finding any moral ideological dimensions in State policies of India or any other country. All their actions are directed by
    hard core real politica and not any sermons on the mount. Viewed in this perspective any policy adopted by Pakistan was its best interest and no one has the right to criticize simply for the sake of criticism

    ^I second that!
    At this point in time Pakistan is combating on various fronts including hidden and revealed factors and the decision taken by the higher authorities MUST have been in the best interest of Pakistan and its people!

    @Anuraag, you ask what are Pakistan’s eternal and perpetual interests?
    I doubt that any country has any other “perpetual” interests than a stable government, stable economy, equality and justice. Pakistan on the other hand, has more interests than just these..!
    Pakistan’s geographically too important to be ignored by America in her quest for Oil. Pakistan has to make sure that the extremists and Talibaan are eliminated. Not to forget that the BIGGEST victim of all of this is no other state than Pakistan. Do you think we are killing our people on purpose to get money from rich countries like America etc? We indeed take loans and as a result we are drowning in debt. As a nation we ARE suffering. and as far as the foreign policy is concerned Pakistan has a very difficult position to maintain. On one side is America, a country which gives huge amount of financial aid (and sends under-cover agents on secret missions) and on the other side is China, which happens to be one of the very few friends Pakistan has, which helped in very difficult times like wars, building dams etc.
    Pakistan cannot choose between them.
    It is better to give someone a fork/axe to hunt their own food rather than providing them occasionally with food! America gives us food directly while Chine struggles to provide us with fork/axe.

  7. November 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm | #7
    Afshan /Rooha

    Jingoism and patriotism are not in themselves negative – but are bad replacements for reality and clear direction. In both your comments, I sense jingoism and patriotism.

    I have given very little thought about what Pakistan’s interests are – but thinking Pakistanis like you must start discussing what are Pakistan’s interests. If not eternal or perpetual, at least in the medium and long term.

    But one thing, I am sure of.

    Neither China or America are Pakistan’s friends. Maybe the hard reality is that Pakistan is friendless. Both China and USA are using Pakistan for their own narrow and short-term interests.

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