In the midst of the current national crisis within Pakistan, the military brass still had the time to launch a cruise missiles, to let India know who was boss. Now I know Punjabis are known for their brawn, and not their brains, but the sheer irrelevance of it at such a time when there were other more pressing issues explains the basic mentality of the military.
The missile testing of India was mainly for the benefit of China, not Pakistan. India as the third largest economy on earth, this year, and the fourth biggest military power has a natural right to test such weapons; Pakistan in her current state doesn't.
Has the UK participated in any strategic projects in Pakistan? Well of course not.
Not a single machine tools factory; steel mill; chemicals factory; armaments factory; heavy engineering factory; electronics factory; power stations; dams or for that matter any significant construction projects. Nothing!
Even in the inventory of Pakistani arms there is very little or no British equipment. Yet Pakistan continues to be a member of the Commonwealth, along with Ghana and Botswana, and Bhutto and Sharif doing some of their main political presentations in London until very recently.
Even Musharaf has to consult with London saab about sensitive internal state policies, more recently. I wonder, did Blair contact Musharaf about the fate of Pakistanis in the 2001 riots in Northern England? Did Blair phone Musharaf explaining why seriously misguided young Pakistanis were being used in the UK for false flag ops by Netanyahu’s Israelis (he was in LONDON at the time), with MI5 cooperation and assistance in Jewish dominated London in 7/7 2005? Did Blair phone and explain to Musharaf what 7,000 UK troops were doing in Southern Afghanistan? Nehi saab!
The Russians will be indifferent, and the Chinese beyond an alliance of convenience have made no real strategic commitments to Pakistan. Though unlike the fake American partnership and friendship of convenience, the Chinese have been more cooperative in the security/strategic arena. Finally the Chinese don't 'bitch slap' Pakistan time and again, in the way Americans have been doing over many decades; I suppose the Pakistanis like it rough, hey?
The only countries that may show signs of missing it are Muslim countries such as Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi and Iran.
But appealing to Pan-Islamism isn’t an effective viable security policy, as the OIC is a hot air talking shop without any effective direction or action. Do we remember the D8? It went nowhere. Do we remember CENTO, it disappeared after two decades.
Pan Islamism isn’t helping Iraq, with the continuation of the genocide there. Most foreign fighters in Iraq are Arab, and drawn from Iraq’s neighbors in Saudi Arabia and Syria. Blood brothers from across the border. Pan Islamism isn’t helping Afghanistan, but most of the help for the resistance is coming from the blood brothers in Pakistan, and considerable financial help from Iran, racially the same people as the Pashtuns and Tadjiks in Afghanistan.
No amount of wishful thinking will convert Pan Islam into a viable security policy to bolster Pakistan’s security in the long run. In fact, quite the contrary, Pan Islamism has been used by the British since the early part of the twentieth century and more recently the Americans and Israelis to infiltrate and destroy Muslims societies as a key portal of entry, using Islamic fundamentalists as the fifth Column: Iran 1979, Afghanistan since 1979, Somalia since the 1990’s, Palestine since 1977, and Pakistan more recently at a ‘certain advanced stage’ with Turkey, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Indonesia starting on the process, but not yet in the disaster zone.
The Qaid-e-Azam, a thoroughly modern man never intended Pakistan to be a fundamentalist state, or tilt in the direction of Islamic fundamentalism.
So what is effective security policy that is comprehensive and lasts, and not forgotten like the silly D8 proposal or CENTO? Well we look at the map and the people, and we see that Pakistanis and Indians are racially the same people. Further Pakistanis and Indians get along without any problems at a basic level. Pakistanis watch Indian movies, and identify with the characters in the movies as their own. That Pakistan has an extensive border with India. Simple basic logic states that you seek your strength and security from this community---A Pan South Asia security block.
One can understand why poor brown illiterate people might want to queue up behind America------it is rich, and an amazing country in many ways. But it has very little in common with Pakistan:
- 60 years of independence has not given ordinary Pakistanis a good experience with America.
- Most Pakistanis for good reasons are America averse.
- America contains over 8 million Jews who view Muslims, any Muslims with suspicion, and a threat to Israel.
- America still pursues a Zionist state policy in foreign affairs openly---not even covert, which obviously in the long term harms Pakistan's interests.Why then should Pakistan in a 'acha saab' way queue obediently behind such a policy.
- Bush has said in a private conversation that he intends to attack Pakistan, after Iran ---January 2003.
- Bush's regime threatened Pakistan with annihilation in 2001 if Pakistan didn't follow American policy----A Muslim with real Izzat would never have taken such threats lightly, and then still several years later continued to bow to such a threat.
- The Americans years after years presume to know what is best for Pakistan, and tell Pakistan so directly, even though reality has shown that they don't.
Given these facts Pakistan should be untangling herself from the USA, and not allowing more American troops onto Pakistani soil, and prostituting Pakistan's honor for a few worthless $, which in the long term have very little value.
Obviously the writer understands that a high percentage of the Pakistani military brass are made of low caste Hindu Chamar Chamcha's from the Punjab whose fore fathers converted into Islam----and given this fact, pleasing the saab at what ever cost is an inherent chamar chamcha urge/trait, but such a policy must fail ultimately, and it is Pakistan which must pay the price, and this is sad given that it is a nation filled with otherwise fine people.
The writer fully understands that the Pakistani army has been busy spending the greater part of its time and misguided energy killing its own Muslim brothers and sisters-----in fact after the fall of the Pol Pot government in Cambodia, I believe that the Pakistani army has killed more of its own people, than any other army in the world.-------Masallah! But sadly the civilian politicians are worse, and the future of the country rests on the Pakistani armed forces.
The author strongly recommends a major substantive paradigm shift in both the internal and external state policies of Pakistan. Business as usual internal and external policies will not help save Pakistan in the near future. Superficial window dressing and short term cosmetic changes will not save Pakistan. That the military/bureaucratic elite grasp this nettle of hard facts stated above, and find the courage to make real progress to secure Pakistan’s future.
The writer fully understands why India had to be viewed as the main enemy to justify Pakistan's existence since 1947, and why every single security issue in Pakistan was/is played out through the pism of India as the common enemy. Why Pakistan initiated all the aggression against India, and India very moderately responded in very measured ways. Why the state structure has been indoctrinated against India.
BUT now the situation has changed. Pakistan has created the monster of Islamic fundamentalism which is running rampant within Pakistan, within garrison Pindi, with prodding from America and Bilaat saab back in the late seventies. Because of this internal problem there is a correlating external problem, which is the prospect of Western intervention to secure 'fundamentalist Pakistan' and her nukes.
'Hai ALLAH give me guidance as to what I must do?'-hypothetically speaking:
Half a martial law with half a democracy to please London and Washington saab is not going to work. You get your feet in two different boats, and you end up falling into the lake. So which one is it going to be?
They need democracy to infiltrate and destroy Pakistan from within. Clearly Asif Zardari and Sharif aren't going to solve Pakistan's serious problems are they, as major power brokers after Bhutto's death ? They will be adding to them.
Summary of main points.
- The state must achieve a high level of internal security to the standard of North Korea, without it being overly repressive. Democracy is not an option for now.
- Cut all linkages and dependency with the UK/USA in especially security matters. The foreign bases closed, and foreign security personnel asked to leave. A simple action of this type will get the middle classes and a significant portion of the urban poor, with the peasants behind the Pakistani leadership. It’s populist, but extremely effective. Let us not follow policies for the sake of a few $. $100 million monthly military aid is simply not worth the trouble that this alliance is causing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYavJtpbHdY&feature=user
- Prepare for possible future conflict with the USA/UK/Israel, especially under Hilary Clinton.
- Embrace India comprehensively. Sign a FTA asap, with India. Legalize the LOC whilst Dr. M M Singh is around quickly. Before the BJP come back into power in 2009, and President Hilary at the whitehouse. There after push for a South Asian security block of which Pakistan is a fully accepted integral part. Joint military exercises with India and Bangladesh, and integration of the military of South Asia like NATO.