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Wars and genocide Provinces and Assorted Fragments Pakistan. plebiscite.CHAPTERS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Why Pakistan? The people of Pakistan Education Industries and Economy of Pakistan Pakistani psyche general observations Women and Minorities of Pakistan Partition and the two-nation theory Islam and Pakistan Attitudes toward India and Indians The Pakistani Army Kashmir. Jihad and Terrorism The Government and criminal activity Pakistan .Failed state Page Page Page Page Page Page Page 6 14 20 35 43 65 71 Page 80 Page 93 Page 99 Page 117 Page Page Page Page 131 135 147 160 Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Appendix 4 References Page 174 Page 177 Page 180 Page 183 Page 186 5 .
Most Indians do not understand Pakistan or Pakistanis. While these features have been noted time and again by innumerable people in a large number of books. Many tend to look at the similarities and remark. Pakistani institutions and Pakistanis have developed certain unique and recognizable defining features. In the field of medical research. In fact Pakistanis have spent all those decades since independence trying to show how Pakistan is not like India. this book can be considered a Review of the literature on Pakistan. and it has been an aggressive and implacable neighbor of India.Chapter 1 WHY PAKISTAN? Why write about Pakistan? Pakistan is a huge. Such a review collects up all the available information about a given disease from all the medical papers available on the subject and consolidates the information in one document. 6 . More that anything else. no effort been made to collect this information and put it all together between the covers of a single book. "Pakistanis are just like us". a Review of the literature is often used to collect and collate information about a disease from various sources. That document then serves as a comprehensive reference point for information about the subject. And in the intervening years Pakistan. populous and diverse nation that has the curious distinction of having been suddenly born in 1947. newspaper reports and magazines. That may appear true but it is important to understand that Pakistanis do not feel like Indians and do not like to say "Indians are just like us".
The book carries many direct quotes from various authors and these quotes are in italics. while the sources from which the quotes have been taken are listed in the reference section at the end of the book. For this reason Pakistan and Islamic extremism emanating from Pakistan have almost been taboo subjects in India. referring to Pakistan does not mean that we are obliquely referring to Indian Muslims. Today. It is a summary of the experiences and descriptions of many people who have reported or written about Pakistan. the managing editor of the Hindustan Times has written about this (1): At a sub-conscious level. Indians often become embarrassed or angry in discussions about Pakistan and Pakistanis. First. Vir Sanghvi. This is an obvious logical fallacy and it is also deeply insulting 7 to all Indian Muslims - . and are sometimes called saffron sympathisers. so all Muslims must be Pakistanis in their hearts. Indians who talk about Pakistan or Islam are often considered to be opponents of secularism and tolerance. some Indians make the simplistic assumption that because (nearly) all Pakistanis are Muslims. This is both unfortunate and unfair to Indian Muslims. and it is an insult to Indian Muslims to refer to them as being associated with Pakistan. lest they should hurt the sentiments of Muslims in India. not to be discussed by secular non-Muslim Indians.This book is a collection and review of what has been written about Pakistan in various sources over many years. There are a few things that Indian readers should keep in mind while reading this book. Indian Muslims are quite different from Pakistanis. An automatic and needless mental connection is made between the subject of Pakistan and the Muslims of India.
to say nothing of the thousands of Muslims who have died fighting Pakistan. Here again. Pakistanis are no longer Indians. As the Indian economy forges ahead there is an increasing constituency of Indians who feel that Pakistan is a small problem that can be ignored. One of the purposes of this book is to show precisely what has been done with Islam in Pakistan. a separate nation.including Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan who are setting out for Pakistan. Indians are Indians. There are many assumptions and misconceptions that need to be reviewed. and call for an avoidance of what seems to be an Indian obsession with Pakistan. and these will become clear in subsequent chapters. determined to keep the Indian flag flying on the cricket field. and that is unfortunate. they are Indians. Muslims in India are not Pakistanis. we must remember that when we speak of Pakistan and Islam we are not referring to Indian Muslims and the vastly different way in which Islam has evolved in India since independence. This vestigial thought process remains in many Indian minds like a dark cloud. not Pakistanis. It requires a deliberate act of mental re-orientation for non-Muslims in India to learn to talk about Pakistanis without equating them with Indian Muslims. a hangover from partition. Pakistan is Pakistan. But 8 . not Indians. Confusion and misunderstanding in Indian attitudes more than five decades after independence are certainly a factor in the Indian Pakistan policy. Another point to inability to develop a coherent note is that no discussion or description of Pakistan can even begin to be meaningful without considering the role that Islam plays on the mind of the Pakistani. The situation and attitudes of Muslims in India are no longer comparable to those in Pakistan. and Pakistanis are Pakistanis.
many non-Muslim Indians got polarized mainly into two groups. With Pakistani leaders attempting to speak for the Muslims in India. neither of whom were able to look upon Indian Muslims as they should have been looked at. Pakistan has thus had a great impact on Hindu-Muslim relations in India. and the fifth engagement with Pakistan still continues at the time of writing. One group of Indians began to view their Muslim compatriots with hostility as recessed Pakistanis who were always seen cheering for Pakistan in cricket matches. the Indian armed forces have had to fight wars on eight occasions (2). as Indians like everyone else. the to expand to keep pace with the massive build up and continuing 9 . In five of those wars armed forces from Pakistan have been the adversary that Indian civilians and Indian soldiers have had to face. with the infiltration terrorists from Pakistan into India as part grade war to bleed India (chapter 12). The appearance of the new nation Pakistan as a neighbor. Apart from the deep mental scar that partition left on the Indian psyche. a love-hate relationship that affected Indian society. would somehow feel upset enough to want to side with Pakistan.Pakistan cannot be ignored by India for many reasons. with people who were brothers and compatriots until very recently created a complex conflict. From Indian armed forces and paramilitary have had of armed of a low1965. In the first 55 years after independence. Four of these conflicts are discussed in chapter 11. unless treated in an especially favorable and kind manner. Another group of Indians took the opposite viewpoint that Indian Muslims. The events of independence and partition had a deep effect on the Indian psyche. and has put a great strain on the ancient Indian tradition of tolerance and pluralism. the importance of Pakistan lies in its extreme hostility to India.
the presence of a belligerent neighbor is a signal that military strength must be adequate to meet any aggressive intent. No matter how well intentioned and peaceable a nation state may be. A policy of ignoring Pakistan's military intent and might would be a formula for a disaster of unimaginable proportions. while a policy that puts too much emphasis on hurriedly delivering a total military defeat on Pakistan could divert too large a proportion of meager resources towards a war machine. or has not done since independence. But this build up must not come in the way of urgently needed development and modernization. Indians cannot afford to forget the lessons that can be learned from events like the India-China conflict of 1962. Overconfidence. and India would do well to learn from that. a population explosion and social inequity. underestimation of problems and hurdles. Unilateral pacifism displayed by one nation state when another nation shows every sign of being ready for war is a policy that begs for defeat and disaster. and if necessary take the battle into the aggressor's territory. Pakistan has made a whole tapestry of errors that Indians can choose to repeat or avoid. By studying what Pakistan has done. discrimination against minorities and maldistribution of wealth. Indians have a lot to learn. blindness to the impact of religious discrimination. and attempting to play great power games in the absence of a matching military-industrial-economic capability are some of the mistakes that Pakistan has made. ignoring corruption. 10 . That is one of the mistakes that Pakistani leaders committed. mistakes that India could still make. or the naive policy of appeasement of Adolf Hitler followed by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.assaults from Pakistan. It is still possible for Indians to make the mistakes Pakistanis have made.
11 and hide the chronic . and 5 of those eggs are broken. This means that all numbers and figures relating to India are automatically bigger than those of Pakistan. Imagine Pakistan to be a smaller box with 10 eggs in it. the two entities cannot really be compared. Direct comparisons of numbers regarding Pakistan and India are misleading because of the difference in size. South Asian hunger. All that this does is to hide the magnitude of the problems in Pakistan. South Asian poverty. but Pakistani leaders have persistently tried to hide problems within Pakistan such as poverty and illiteracy by saying that India has more problems than Pakistan. but 30 of those eggs are broken. and it requires elaboration. comparison will show that the India box has 30 eggs. and South Asian illiteracy. and the Pakistan box has only 5 broken eggs. except where it is unavoidable. every attempt has been made in this work to avoid direct comparisons between India and Pakistan. A direct broken and it shape. But what is hidden from this comparison. All references to Pakistani problems are referred to by Pakistani spokespersons as South Asian problems. To illustrate why a direct comparison between India and Pakistan can be misleading we need to use an analogy: Imagine India to be a box with 100 eggs in it. Although both India and Pakistan started off as having been part of one nation in the pre-Independence era. There is a very important reason for that.Finally. would seem that the India box is in a far worse with many more broken eggs. India is four times larger than Pakistan in land area and currently has a population that is over seven times the size of Pakistan's population. is that the India box has 70 intact eggs while the Pakistan box has only 5 intact eggs.
and is falling behind. With India having a population that is seven times as big as that of Pakistan. But India is not merely matching Pakistan. the Indian army should have been at least three or four times the size of the Pakistan army. but these details will be discussed later. even though the number of people who are poor in Pakistan. a quick comparison of the Pakistani armed forces and the Indian armed forces is illustrative of what the two countries have been doing since Independence. but Pakistan is failing even to achieve a smaller task. India and Pakistan do share many of the same problems. In 2007 12 . Pakistan's task should have been easier. India has to educate seven children in order to "match Pakistan". but a comparison of the real figures between India and Pakistan shows that Pakistan is not doing well. For every child that Pakistan educates.mismanagement of Pakistan. the Indian army is less than one and a half times as big as the Pakistani army. In this book we will examine the state that Pakistan has got itself into and deal with how it got into its current crisis. it has moved ahead in literacy and is racing ahead in other parameters. Pakistan of course was amply aided by other nations. since independence India has spent relatively more on development and less on defence while Pakistan has spent almost everything on arms and very little on development. But that is not the case. And while these figures get worse. A direct comparison of numbers will not reveal this and such direct comparisons are useful only to hide Pakistan's increasing problems. and the number of people requiring education in Pakistan are far smaller than the number in India. That is because.
Anyone who has wished for anything bad to happen to Pakistan is likely to find great joy in the condition that Pakistan has reached.Pakistan is not in an enviable state. 13 .
arable land and clean water The vast majority of Pakistanis are villagers.8% per year. 53. The "average Pakistani" is poor and uneducated. Pakistan's internal turmoil prevented a routine census from taking place in 1991. The population explosion has led to the shortage of educational facilities...1% and 2.. Some estimates say that Pakistan's population will double to over 300 million. Nobody knows exactly. or one Pakistani is born every 10 seconds. The Pakistani paper the Jang reported in September 2003 (3): Pakistan's population will swell to 349 million by year 2050.5 million are illiterates. According to some estimates. and education among women is very low since few women are allowed to acquire 14 . living space. making it the fourth most populated country in the world The report goes on to say: The population growth has caused an eight-time increase in the unemployment. living in rural areas. housing units.. but even at the lower estimate 8000 children are being born every day in Pakistan. 54 million people do not have access to safe drinking water . but it was finally conducted in 1998.With almost one third of the population living in abject poverty. health services. by the year 2050.Chapter 2 THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN Pakistan is currently estimated to have between 160 and 170 million people. food. 70% of the population of Pakistan is uneducated. Pakistan's population is currently thought to be increasing at the rate of between 2.
In an editorial in the Indian Express that appeared on January 28th 2002. well spoken Pakistani men and women that one may see on television" form a small. A report in the Jang (5) on Dec 5th 2003 says: Top 20 per cent of the population has 50 per cent of 15 . form the cream of Pakistan(4). nearly 2.an education in a society that believes the women should not be seen in public places. are a dozen corps commanders. wealthy elite group that have been described by the expression "Rich. it is believed. the lords and the industrial barons. the cream of Pakistani society. well spoken Pakistani men and women that one may see on television. Pakistan is ruled by four interest or their coalition: military. along with top army officers. VP Dutt wrote: Another fundamental flaw is the very narrow social base of the groups feudal nucleus ruling elite. numbering perhaps 25. The "smartly dressed. It is they who own Pakistan and rule in the name of the people. bureaucracy. land and industries of Pakistan are said to be concentrated among about 43 top families of Pakistan. But that is another curious hidden fact about Pakistan. They actually form a very small minority. who. Most of the wealth. Anglophone. Pakistani Elite". As the description suggests. These facts may seem surprising considering the smartly dressed. they speak English and they form the elite. mixing with strangers.000 landlords owning more than half the cultivable land. a cadre of nearly 1. they are rich.000 in all.000 officers and less than 50 industrial families. Making up the of these four interest groups.
000 acres of land in a Pakistan that is full of impoverished people. making private laws and operating private jails. eking out a subsistence. The elite of Pakistan come from rich. many of the poor are deprived of even an elementary education. The contrast with India now is stunning with estimates of the middle class in India forming about 25 16 . while the bottom 20 per cent has only 6 percent. They drive the Pajeros and the Mercedes-Benz cars of Pakistan. the New York Times carried a report about Pakistan: In the cities. feudal landowning families as well as from the armed forces. In some areas. On October 2nd 2001. Wide boulevards clogged with expensive cars become narrow lanes where shrouded women carry jugs of water on their heads. with some feudal lords owning over 20. the turn of a street corner can seem to be time travel between centuries. and they own much of the land. The literacy rate is below 40 percent. feudal families still hold sway. About 75 percent of all Pakistanis reside in rural areas. The Rich Anglophone Pakistani Elite have a great influence on the image of Pakistan abroad.national income. A fifth of Pakistan's government schools are "ghosts. Most are sharecroppers. and often study abroad in the best institutions of the US and UK." with buildings but no students or teachers A third curious anomaly of Pakistan is the almost complete absence of a "middle class". such as Harvard. The middle class in Pakistan have been estimated as being about 10 to 12 million in total (6. Oxford and Cambridge. Their children go to the best schools in Pakistan. While the wealthy send their children to college in America or Britain.7) forming about 8% of the population.
A report by Pakistani researcher Masooda Bano carried in the News International Pakistan on 31st August 2001 said: Pakistan's middle class is shrinking while India's middle class is growing.to 30% of the population. The average Pakistani is an illiterate and poor Muslim. for a population of 145 million. Nine out of ten Pakistanis are poor and uneducated. Less than one out of ten belongs to the middle class and a very small number are extremely rich. This is a dangerous trend as the middle class is the backbone for any progressive society. A large middle class is an essential component of a ‘modern’ state and its absence marks a feudal state. which the nation cannot keep denying anymore. More and more people in Pakistan are slipping in to poverty. The whole of Pakistan has only about 400. Pakistan has only 3 million TV sets. The old feudal structure of society which Pakistan still retains. A large middle class is an indicator of the development of a society from the traditional feudal pattern into a more modern society. A large middle class creates a society in which people have the economic clout to break the economic stranglehold of a rich elite and ensure that their rights are looked after. (8. On top of that the rising of the fundamentalist groups in Pakistan is a fact. very rich elite governing a large mass of poor people.000 cars. consists of a small. Fitting in perfectly well with these facts are other items of information about the life of Pakistanis. 17 .9) We can thus define the "average Pakistani". Being a Muslim is important to the Pakistani citizen because it brings a semblance of order to his otherwise miserable and unenviable existence.
as a result of this belief. Islam teaches its followers to accept their lives as being preordained by God. Paradoxically. the poor and deprived Pakistani does not question or complain about his miserable life. This stoic acceptance has allowed the rapacious elite and the resource-swallowing army of Pakistan to carry on with their atrociously rich lifestyles and blatant corruption for decades. and.Religion also helps to define the psyche of the Pakistani. without having to be population. religion also helps in the survival of the rich. tyrannical and corrupt leaders of Pakistan. answerable to an angry or demanding 18 . which is dealt with in chapter 5.
Chapter 3 EDUCATION Through the 1950s and 1960s. For example. with electricity for light bulbs. Development and technology require education. the United States of America. Teachers are needed and for this the teacher himself must be educated . The people of the village or town need to understand the value of sending their children to be educated in school as opposed to keeping them at home for help in the fields or other work. Pakistan was believed to be a leading light among developing nations.a separate education system must exist to have a supply of teachers. The low literacy rate in Pakistan is an indicator of the facts that these fundamental investments have been ignored or sidelined for decades. and the world's most powerful media apparatus that came with the US. Most people who take education for granted tend to forget the highly organized and civilized system that needs to be set up for an underdeveloped nation to build up a group of educated citizens who can serve as the pioneers of development. and the unquestioned technological leader among "Islamic nations" A closer look at the facts suggests that this was only an impression created by the fortuitous alliance between the suave. The precise manner in which lack of education and a runaway increase in population affects a country needs to be understood by leaders in power. But it 20 appears that a series of . English speaking Pakistani elite and the postworld war superpower. imagine a small town or village that needs a school. A building is required.
The UNFPA has recognized this and says in a report on Pakistan: The major contributing factor to population growth has been the sustained gap between low mortality and high fertility levels for the last three decades or so. Effective means were developed to reduce complications and deaths during pregnancy and childbirth. because the number of people dying was approximately equal to the number of babies being born. Until these developments occurred. Pakistan has today 21 a very young population . populations began to rise rapidly. That's the kind of numbers we needed two years earlier. and simple treatments were devised to save lives in cases of deadly killer diarrheas. As a result." said Zubaida Jalal. A report on reforming education in Pakistan on NBC said (10): Two years ago. "The numbers that came up is 8.500 primary schools. maybe more.Pakistani leaders have never really understood how the twin facts of population explosion and lack of education feed upon each other leading to the population-illiteracy cycle getting worse at a faster and faster rate as time passes. making it increasingly difficult to catch up. the Pakistani government tried to estimate how many schools it would take to handle the 8 million kids of primary age not in class now. In the 20th century. populations in many countries remained relatively stable. They can become 10.000 in 2004. But once these scientific changes affected human society. Pakistan's minister for education. rapid advances in the development and application of vaccination of people against killer diseases like smallpox and diphtheria led to a significant reduction in the number of children dying from these diseases.
Unfortunately Pakistan's leaders have never put in the required amount of money and effort into education of the Pakistani masses. This is exactly what is happening in Pakistan (11.12). a population of 1 million can increase to 32 million. If the original 1 million people lived in a poor. That means that if a population of 1 million people doubles to 2 million in ten years. 22 . and they need to be educated regarding the importance of birth control and family planning. Generations of Pakistanis have been born into poverty and deprivation without the knowledge or the means to slow down population growth or earn a living though a modern job from a modernizing economy. That means more people who are unhappy and have reason to be angry. it will double to 4 million in a further ten years. Populations grow by what is called "geometric progression". In fifty years. more diseases from malnutrition and more unemployment. it will have to look after 32 million people just fifty years later. since that is essential for slowing down the population explosion. with 43 per cent below the age of 15 and 63 per cent below the age of 25. healthcare and education. The population has increased by 50 million people in the last 15 years and the number of poor has doubled. more poverty.structure. Unless a great deal of money and effort is put into planning for population growth such as food production. a rapid rise in population typically leads to more hunger. developing country that is barely able to feed and provide employment for 1 million people. and then become 8 million in ten more years and so on. All these extra people have to have food and opportunities for employment.
A report in the San Francisco Chronicle (13) in Oct 2002 on the state of education in Pakistan states: According to government statistics for this year, the literacy rate is 49 percent overall, 61.3 for men and 36.8 for women .. putting Pakistan among the 20 least literate countries, according to World Bank's World Development Index. A government study commissioned last year demonstrated a clear cause-and- effect relationship between the lack of basic education and increasing poverty. A study of education in Pakistan reveals many reasons to be concerned, and few reasons to be happy. The state of education in Pakistan was described by Raymond Bonner in the New York Times on 31st March 2002: Pakistan's literacy rate ranks below that of countries like Haiti, Rwanda and Sudan, according to the most recent United Nations Development Program report... Pakistan's most recent budget sets aside $107 million for education, compared with $2 billion for the military.
Madrassa education in Pakistan: Over large areas of Pakistan, the lack of schools was made up to some extent by madrassas or Islamic schools. Madrassas exist in all nations with a Muslim population, but what is taught in a madrassa can vary significantly depending on the country and government. The madrassas of Pakistan have played a prominent role in making Pakistan the unstable, recessed theocratic state that it is today. Columnist ABS Jafri wrote in the Dawn (14): 23
...in Sindh province we have more than a quarter of a million students in the religious Madaris. In Karachi alone there are well over 226,000 children in these religious seminaries.. In the whole of the province there are only 1,500 middle schools. Compare this with 869 Madaris in Karachi alone.
Nadeem Iqbal, writing for the Asia Times reported (15): Currently there are some one million to 1.7 million
students enrolled in madrassas in Pakistan, most of them between the ages of five to 18 and from poor families. According to Dr. Tariq Rahman, Professor of Linguistics and South Asian Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan had only 137 madrassas in 1947. Dr. Rahman writes of Pakistani madrassas (16): In 1950 there were 210 of them while in 1971 they increased to 563. Nowadays there are at least 7000 of them. After the 1971 war of liberation of Bangladesh, the process of making Pakistanis more Islamic, the so called Islamization of Pakistan was given impetus. It was initiated by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and the Pakistani General Zia ul Haq who removed Bhutto in a coup and later hanged him, accelerated the process. The exact number of madrassas cannot be known because of the lack of registration or census. Analyst Alexei Alexiev writes(17): While no official nation-wide study of these madrassas exists, estimates of their overall number range between 24
10,000 and 20,000; unregistered seminaries may add another 10,000 to the total. As for the number of students, here the estimate ranges from a conservative half-million to over 2 million. (By comparison, some 1.9 million Pakistani schools in 2002.) children reportedly attended primary
In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, and this gave the US an opportunity to utilize its Cold War alliance with Pakistan to battle the Soviet invasion. The US pumped in large amounts of money and arms into Pakistan, much of it channeled via Saudi Arabia. The Saudi connection enabled the setting up of a vast number of madrassas in Pakistan. Because of the great poverty and lack of schools in Pakistan, madrassas were a natural attraction for the average Pakistani, as being schools that adhered to Islamic values while feeding and housing students, and taking over the burden of looking after one or more sons from a large, poor and ill-fed Pakistani family. Pamela Constable, a columnist for the Washington Post wrote on 20th September 2001 (18), just days after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York: In recent years, however, a number of religious parties and groups have been rapidly gaining influence throughout Pakistani society. Based in thousands of mosques and Islamic academies called madrassas, they spread their message in part by offering services, especially low-cost education, that millions of poor Pakistani families cannot obtain any other way. The name madrassa merely connotes a school. Aijazz Ahmed wrote about madrassas in the Asia Times (19) in January 2003:
Madrassas were introduced about 300 years ago on the Indian subcontinent by then Muslim monarchs and rulers to produce a bureaucracy capable of running the day-to-day affairs of state, especially in terms of financial and legal issues, according to the wishes and pleasure of the king. Ahmed continues: Professor Dr Manzoor, a renowned scholar, writer and researcher, comments that nowadays many madrassas have taken an unfortunate direction. "The new role of the madrassas and [the influence] of religious elements has added nothing but hatred against non-Muslims and different sects of Islam. Although some major schools produced better results and play their role for religious harmony, many inject the poison of extremism, sectarianism and ignorance and have become a source of increasing ignorance and religious intolerance in Pakistani society." At he best of times, the normal curriculum in madrassas did not offer a well rounded education that included maths, science and information technology. The subjects were frozen 300 years ago, and included logic, Arabic literature and grammar, and Koranic teachings. But during the Cold War, the number of madrassas
burgeoned rapidly and tens of thousands were set up offering only a narrow interpretation of Islam in which young people were indoctrinated into the concept of a violent jihad against unbelievers, and taught to believe that death on the battlefield fighting against the enemies of Islam such as the Soviet Union would ensure eternal paradise for the Islamic fighters. The preparation of young men for jihad and death in the 26
battlefield was surely very useful and convenient to provide an endless supply of soldiers to fight in Afghanistan, and such fighters under the name Taliban took over when the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan. But even after this, the madrassas that had supplied all these fanatical men did not close down, and indeed could not be closed down. The curriculum teaching jihad did not change either. Having nowhere else to go, thousands of madrassa trained students in Pakistan collected up, ready for jihad in any part of the world, including Kashmir, Bosnia, Chechnya, the Philippines, Indonesia, Palestine, Iraq and Turkey. Pamela Constable wrote in the Washington Post: During the 1980s, some radical Sunni groups in Pakistan sent young men to fight in Afghanistan against Soviet occupation, and many members of the Taliban graduated from their madrassas. More recently, a...number of Islamic students have been sent to fight against Indian troops in Kashmir.. In addition, Pakistan columnist Khaled Ahmed wrote in the Friday Times in November 21-27, 2003: What better example than the one found in Pakistan whose private armies interfered in Central Asia and China with public acclaim? Let's take a look at the Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami, Pakistan's biggest jihadi militia headquartered in Kandahar before it was scattered by the Americans. The Harkat was one of the militias boasting international linkages. It called itself 'the second line of defence of all Muslim states' and was active in Arakan in Burma, and Bangladesh, with well organised seminaries in Karachi, Chechnya, Sinkiang, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Its fund-raising was largely from Pakistan, but an additional source was 27 its activity of selling
weapons to other militias
Schools in Pakistan: Education in Pakistani schools outside of madrassas is not available to most Pakistanis. But even in the few schools that exist, the curriculum is deeply flawed. The following quotes are taken from an in depth study of what Pakistani school children are being taught in a compilation entitled The Subtle Subversion - The State of Curricula and Textbooks in Pakistan by A.H. Nayyar and Ahmed Salim (20): Madrassas are not the only institutions breeding hate, intolerance, a distorted world view, etc. The educational material in the government run schools do much more than madrassas. The textbooks tell lies, create hate, incite for jehad and shahadat, and much more. ...children are now taught that the history of Pakistan starts from the day the first Muslim set foot in India. History and Pakistan studies textbooks rarely mention the ancient and non-controversial cultures of the Indus valley (Moenjodaro, Harrappa and Kot Diji), and completely bypass the entire Buddhist and Hindu periods of history. They suddenly jump to the advent of Mohammed bin Qasim in India and treat it as the beginning of history... this structuring is to make children regard the Muslim part of the history as the .. most significant part.' From about 1972 onwards, history taught in Pakistan was detached from history as we know it. Quoting further from the Nayyar and Salim report: 28
Four themes emerge most strongly.. 1. ... Pakistan is for Muslims alone; 2. ...Islamiat is to be forcibly taught
students, whatever their faith, including a compulsory reading of Qur'an; 3. that Ideology of Pakistan is to be internalized as faith, and hate be created against Hindus and India; 4. and students are to be urged to take the path of Jehad and Shahadat (martrydom). Associated with the insistence on the Ideology of
Pakistan has been an essential component of hate against India and the Hindus...the existence of Pakistan is defined only in relation to Hindus, and hence the Hindus have to be painted as black as possible. Curriculum documents ask the following as the specific learning objectives: The child should be able to understand the Hindu and Muslim differences...India's evil designs against Pakistan ..Hindu has always been an enemy of Islam. The class II Urdu book has a lesson on "Our Country", the first sentences of which read: Our country is Pakistan. ...Pakistan is an Islamic country. Here Muslims live. Muslims believe in the unity of Allah. They do good deeds. The Class 6 book says: Who am I? I am a Muslim. I am a Pakistani...you are a Muslim and your religion is Islam. A book lists "Acchi baten" (good deeds). Among them: "Good people are those who read the Qur'an and teach the Qur'an to others" implying that those of another faith cannot be good people. 29
. Another book tells the students: Hindus worship in temples which are very narrow and dark places.. children. The first serves the military and the second the political Islamists. where they worship idols. principles ethics. modern weapons. nay hundreds of thousands of women. and an attempt to define one's national identity in relation to the 'other'. Only one person can enter the temple at a time.Other things taught in state school texts: After the partition of the subcontinent the Hindus and Sikhs started a properly planned campaign of exploiting the Muslims. as a result of which the Hindu and Sikh enemies of mankind killed and dishonoured thousands.The subject of hate in Pakistani educational material is Hindu and India. operations.Hindus did not respect women. . nature. In our mosques. reflecting both the perceived sense of insecurity from an 'enemy' country. on the other 30 . the means short of war and modern Warfare were thoroughly discussed.. In another article on Pakistani education AH Nayyar wrote (21): The class 4 text book states: The religion of the Hindus did not teach them good things -.. conduct. And Pakistani children are taught about war as follows: Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto introduced a full two-year course on 'Fundamentals of War' and 'Defence of Pakistan' for class XI and XII respectively..In the 'Fundamentals of War' themes like objects and causes. the old and the young with extreme cruelty and heartlessness.
If the Hindus had any national aspirations then these were clearly a sign of their prejudices.. but they did not allow it to be so. a Pakistani scientist writes (23): At the completion of Class-V.hand. Pervez Hoodbhoy. For another. Several attempts were made by the Hindus to erase the Muslim culture and civilization .. Muslims tried in every way to maintain good relations with the British and Hindus. Regarding history as taught to Pakistani children Kamila Hyat wrote in the Jang in August 2003 (22): . the Hindus as a monolith were always cunning. The Hindus always desired to crush the Muslims as a nation.. the terrible events that led to the breaking away of East Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh are never mentioned. while if the Muslim kings and invaders plundered Hindu temples then presumably they did so with very noble intentions. all Muslims can say their prayers together. The genocide committed in the territory that now constitutes Bangladesh . Members of the generation who grew up after 1971 often have no idea at all of what issues underpinned the civil war or why it took place. The experience of colonialism is described in a textbook as a British-Hindu conspiracy: The British joined forces with the Hindus to bring harm to the Muslims. the child should be able to 31 ... are hardly ever discussed or even spoken off on passing within the Pakistan of today.. scheming. and conspiring to deprive the Muslims of their due rights..
The real worry in having such a faulty educational system that actively encourages hatred is that millions of Pakistani children are growing up to be adults thinking that India and Indians exist to subjugate Muslims and should be hated for that. "Make speeches on Jehad and Shahadat" "Understand Hindu-Muslim differences and the resultant need for Pakistan." "India's evil designs against Pakistan. self-obsessed. This mindset cannot be wiped out overnight. incompetent.. in the first sign that a glimmering of realization of the consequences of a curriculum of hate.. It is surprising that faults in an education system that may have such great an impact on Indian-Pakistani relations in future are not being addressed at all at the highest governmental level in India. Even children who study in Pakistani state schools imbibe a curriculum of discrimination and hate. It is clear from this that it is not only the madrassas that offer a curriculum of hatred to Pakistani children." Hoodbhoy goes on to say in the same article: A moronic. There seems to be no way in which a child in Pakistan can grow up without fearing or hating India in particular and non-Muslims in general. an acknowledgment of the existence of a biased curriculum 32 . Meanwhile.. The problem is so serious that the Pakistani government must be engaged and encouraged to change the curriculum in Pakistani schools. and ideologically charged education bureaucracy today squarely blocks Pakistan's entry into the 21st century. corrupt.
In a sternly worded reaction to the idea of reform of the hate curriculum. More than half of Pakistan's population of nearly 170 million are thirty years old or younger and have been exposed to a hate-India curriculum from childhood. Besides there is strong opposition to change. Shireen Mazari accused the authors of the report on Pakistan's biased school books as being biased and having been written for the handsome payment the authors received (25): Dr. commenting on the Nayyar report said: the authors take exception to the fact that the present curriculum documents suggest that children should be able to understand the Hindu-Muslim differences and the need for the creation of Pakistan. The authors' warped logic is that knowing the differences breeds hatred! So one should really do away with 33 inculcating the rationale . Dr. As a result these people are likely to form a strong body of anti-India.and a call for change was made by Pakistani Federal Minister for Education Ms Zobaida Jalal in a statement published in the Pakistan Tribune online in March 2004 (24): a committee has been constituted to work out recommendations for deletion of material from curricula which is aimed at fomenting hatred against India adding that the committee will submit its recommendations within a month. Several social organizations have raised objection that hatred is fanned against India through the curricula of educational institutions in Pakistan. the influential director of the Pakistan Institute of Strategic Studies. anti-Hindu opinion for decades to come. Government has set up a committee to look into the matter and send its recommendations within a month But such change cannot come easily in Pakistan. Mazari.
In the same article. 34 .behind the struggle for Pakistan! Of course. Dr. Mazari dismissed criticism of madrassas as having an anti-Islam motive . efforts at change are in serious danger of being quashed even before they commence. there is no doubt that some of the texts do denigrate the Hindus but this should not be a pretext for not creating an awareness of the differences that led to the creation of Pakistan. Islam seems to have also become fair game.a time honored diversion used by the Pakistani elite to criticism (see chapter 8). With influential Pakistanis opposing change in the curriculum. with the madrassahs now a central target of the West. Mazari's words: deflect "Also. Dr.
a sophisticated Pakistani public relations machine has managed to build up the idea. scooter or motorcycle has appeared on the international market with a Made in Pakistan label on it...Easy and cheap availability of goods and services through foreign aid discouraged the development of a large scale indigenous industry. Pakistan failed to do even the basics of economic development which most of the developing countries have done. This level of industrial technology in Pakistan is in keeping with the overall picture of Pakistan as a nation in which almost 70% of the people are illiterate. At another level. sports goods such as footballs and cricket balls. clothes. More than fifty years after independence. economist Sreedhar states (26): Pakistan's economy during the past fifty years can be described as a classic example of a case where artificial prosperity was maintained by heavy doses of foreign aid and overseas remittances of Pakistanis. Goods manufactured in Pakistan are mostly no more complex than bicycles. Pakistan has survived for over 50 years giving the impression that it is somehow a powerhouse in its depth and breadth of manufacturing and industrial capacity. Still. textiles and agricultural products like sugar.Chapter 4 INDUSTRIES AND ECONOMY OF PAKISTAN In a report about the Pakistani economy. at least in the minds of Indians. That is far from the truth. Not a single wrist-watch. It is worth looking at some of these items and Pakistani claims in 35 . that Pakistani industry is producing some state of the art high technology goods. Pakistan remains primarily an agricultural economy.
as well as the liquid propellants to fuel its missiles 36 . or North Korean No-Dong missiles (27). and other critical missile components. a private body aimed at studying the risk of nuclear conflict it was reported that (28): Pakistan is still dependent on China for specialty materials. Pakistani spokespersons never tire of speaking of Pakistan's indigenous missiles . but to point out the compulsion that Pakistani authorities have to maintain a facade of indigenous production for items that are widely known to be imported.given names like Hatf. Ghauri and Shaheen. These brave names may perhaps be essential for national pride...some detail. In a detailed report on Pakistani missiles from NTI Nuclear Threat Initiative. The most likely reason for maintaining this charade of indigenous development of missiles is to obscure the fact that dangerous. nuclear capable missiles are being supplied by countries like China and North Korea to Pakistan ignoring international treaties that forbid such exports. Ghauri and Shaheen missiles are Chinese M-9 or M-11 missiles. or at least their major component parts. In keeping with the Pakistani psyche of according the highest importance to the armed forces Pakistani claims of high technology indigenous manufacture have revolved around armament. specifically missiles and Pakistan's nuclear program.Pakistan will remain dependent on North Korea for importing complete liquid engines. but even a cursory search of authoritative sources shows that Pakistan's Hatf. guidance systems. The idea is not to downplay the considerable risk that Pakistan's missiles pose to India and other nations.
but it is important to place on record the fact that the designs were stolen and not the result of some prolonged research effort in Pakistan. This is true. Experts have argued that it does not matter if Pakistan's atomic bombs are stolen or made in Pakistan.In 1976.. The strong Pakistani insistence that the program is entirely indigenous is contradicted by the facts. from which Abdul Qadeer Khan got his designs for Uranium enrichment says Khan received a MSc degree in metallurgy from Delft in 1967 and later stole nuclear secrets from his Dutch employer. Centrifuges are devices that are used to rotate something 37 at high speed to . Back home in Pakistan. Abdul Qadeer Khan. The designs that Abdul Qadeer Khan obtained from the URENCO labs were for centrifuges." A report from the Netherlands.He has acknowledged he did take advantage of his experience of many years of working on similar projects in Europe and his contacts with various manufacturing firms. worked at the Urenco uranium enrichment facility in the Dutch city of Almelo in the 1970s. helping Pakistan develop its first nuclear bomb. They are a serious risk either way.Even more peculiar is Pakistan's nuclear program. then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave Khan the job of organizing Pakistan's nuclear program Pakistan can hardly be expected to publicly proclaim that the Father of Pakistan's nuclear program stole the technology. Khan suddenly left Europe before his espionage was detected. After his return to Pakistan he was convicted in absentia of nuclear espionage by an Amsterdam court.. A news report about this in a New Zealand news portal reads (29): The father of Pakistan's atom bomb..
a rotating centrifugal dryer in a washing machine is a centrifuge that separates water from clothes and makes wet clothes much more dry. It is widely reported that China gave to Pakistan the complete design of a nuclear bomb that it had tested in 1964 (31). Indian analyst K. which can then be used for making a nuclear bomb. Several techniques exist for this and Pakistan chose the route of Uranium enrichment using the technology stolen by Qadeer URENCO labs. China provided Pakistan with the necessary technology to make its nuclear bomb. Obtaining centrifuges was necessary for Pakistan to start enriching Uranium. by centrifuges Khan from the But making a nuclear bomb goes far beyond merely enriching Uranium. Subrahmanyam goes on to indicate similar skepticism of Pakistani ability in Indian scientific circles by saying (30): Their scepticism was based on their judgement that Pakistan did not have the critical mass of scientific and engineering talent necessary for the project.separate out heavier from lighter components. One week after the Indian nuclear tests of May 1998. This is where Pakistan's role as a Cold War ally of the US and its role in helping China and the US get closer came in handy. For example. U235 is needed for nuclear bombs but occurs in very small quantities mixed with U238. Making a workable and reliable nuclear bomb requires further technology. Uranium occurs naturally primarily in two forms.Subrahmanyam quotes Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam as being skeptical about Pakistani ability to actually produce a working nuclear bomb. The latter. the heavier U238 and lighter U235. For this reason Uranium needs to be enriched to get material that contains 90% or more of U235. and 38 .
It appears that this was done with the knowledge and tacit approval of the military government of Pakistan. Iran and North Korea. Some experts believe that the device tested was a ready made device provided to Pakistan by China after the failure of an earlier test. At the time of writing this. The next week. and its army chiefs of staff (chapter 13). It seems clear that Pakistan's entire nuclear weapons manufacturing program was based on a clandestine black-market of contacts with companies all over the world who produced components that could not be fashioned in Pakistan. News reports indicate that Pakistan's nuclear program was based on a network of clandestine imports from a network of proliferators personally built up by Abdul Qadeer Khan. as well as from Libya and other sources. After this there was a flurry of activity when Pakistani officials visited China. Pakistan conducted a nuclear test in Chagai. During this period mysterious news reports surfaced that Plutonium was detected in the atmosphere over Chagai in Pakistan (32). the father of Pakistan's nuclear program. there is no way Plutonium could have appeared. It is said that the device failed to detonate. Abdul Qadeer Khan stands discredited and accused of selling equipment and the plans for Uranium enrichment centrifuges to Libya. funded by unlimited financial support from the Pakistani government. bomber 39 . Since Pakistani bomb designs were Uranium based ones. on the 28th of May 1998.a one week before the official Pakistani nuclear test an announcement was made at a G8 meeting that Pakistan had tested a nuclear device. If the Plutonium story is true. in exchange for missiles from North Korea and great personal wealth for himself. Pakistan does not currently produce any fighter. it lends credence to the theory that Pakistan may actually have tested a ready made Chinese nuclear device.
Pakistan's labor force is growing at the rate of 2. convinced by the exaggerated claims of their own countrymen have allowed their nation to lapse into a state of underdevelopment in which Pakistan is now being compared with the other countries at the bottom of the development ladder. according to the most recent United Nations Development Program report. On March 31 2002. Rwanda and Sudan. Pakistan's literacy rate ranks below that of countries like Haiti. Pakistan's industrial sophistication today is arguably not much higher than that of Britain in the early 20th century. But in 1981 Pakistan imported the entire assembly line for the manufacture of a 1969 vintage Swedish designed. a report in the The New York Times stated. and not in Pakistan. in a list of 174 countries (33). the State Department said in its most recent human rights report. called the Saab Supporter in Sweden is assembled in Pakistan under the name Mushshak. Furthermore A UNDP report in 2003 ranked Pakistan a low 138 . Another trainer aircraft that Pakistan became involved in is a Chinese designed K-8 jet trainer. The aircraft. The th st . Even using a very low standard. Current reports indicate that the trainers will be manufactured in China. two seater trainer aircraft from Sweden. This pretence probably does Pakistan more harm than anyone else. single engine. possibly for domestic consumption that it is a leader in many technologies.or civilian aircraft and does not have a noteworthy aerospace research or design team.4% per year. Barely a third of Pakistan's population is literate. but the number of unemployed people in Pakistan is rising at more than twice 40 that rate 6% (34). Pakistani leaders. such as Haiti and Rwanda. but Pakistan has continuously maintained.
36.Pakistan Human Condition report of 2003 says that between 1998-99 and 2000-01. fully integrating itself into every facet of the economy and draining state coffers with generous benefit plans for its officers.2 billion in the last 10 years to purchase such amenities as land. 38. showing a decline in their welfare level On February 5 2003. regarding industries and poverty have been listed above. There is an extremely wealthy class of Pakistani at the top of the economic pyramid and this class includes Army Officers as well as feudal landowners some owning as much as 45. mansions and luxury cars.. The report warns that population is shifting from upper poverty bands to lower ones. according to a recent report by Pakistan's auditor general.000 acres of land..46 per cent). 37. army run businesses and private enterprise due to rampant corruption at the highest places. 40) Some of these problems. 39. one percent of the landowners own 26 percent of the land. population increased by 6 million people (4.with 41 . One report (36) says only one million Pakistanis pay tax in a country of over 150 million people. The Karachi Stock Exchange has trading in only about 30 stocks . Aid and loan money has been constantly misused for personal gain by the Pakistani army. But many other factors contribute to the decrepit state of the Pakistani economy.corrupt military officers have siphoned off more than $1. In the Punjab province. while the population of the poor during the period under review increased by 10 per cent. A large number of reports speak of all the economic th problems that Pakistan has (35.. the San Francisco Chronicle reported: Pakistan's powerful military has ruled the country for more than half of the nation's 56-year history.
while the rulers of Pakistan build up their personal fortunes and protect their lucre with an army whose upper ranks are like a Mughal court. being told that India is forever planning to attack Pakistan and kill all Muslims. range up to 100% of the so-called formal sector. The same report goes on to say. Estimates of the size of the country's black-market economy. The population is kept busy with jihad.over 700 other stocks listed for tax advantages. whose number is increasing by the year as the population rises. while the lower ranks are the bodyguards to protect the powerful from both external enemies and opponents within Pakistan. which includes everything from underground banking to narcotics to the smuggling of consumer goods." The number of such damning reports is enormous. The Exchange is run by a handful of crooked brokers and scams are rampant. corrupt and self-serving army officers and feudal lords who literally rule over their subjects like medieval kings. says Muhammad Mansoor Ali. "It is essentially a parallel economy. and they help build up a picture of Pakistan as a country of predominantly poor people. 42 . Governing these people is a small elite of wealthy. one of Pakistan's leading economists. That ratio "is probably the most severe" of any country in the world.
who live together in nations tend to develop certain unique patterns of behavior based on the stresses. it is worth recognizing minor differences because this knowledge has some value in understanding behavior. because the behavior is very much like that of anyone else. Pakistanis. and in negotiation and reaching agreements. sorrow. Another well known example of the consequences of an inability to understand cultural nuances comes from a transcript 43 of a telephone .GENERAL OBSERVATIONS Very few studies exist on the subject of the mind of the Pakistani or the Pakistani psyche. Some cultures. Sometimes these unique patterns of behavior are very difficult to recognise. display the usual range of human behavioral patterns: joy. Even so. pain and other emotions which are indistinguishable from anyone else on an individual level. For example.i.Chapter 5 PAKISTANI PSYCHE . including Indian leaders and strategists have been content with describing Pakistanis as being “Just like us” . and must be taken into account in negotiation. like all other people. A deep understanding of Japanese culture was required before international agreements could be reached with Japan on the issue of whaling and protection of endangered species of whales. The important role of saving face and avoiding shame is well recognised. just like Indians. such as Japanese culture have been well studied (41).e. communication between cultures becomes difficult if negotiators from different cultures cannot understand each others' behavior. experiences and history of their particular society. while most Indians. Pakistan has been too low on the priority of sociologists and psychologists. anger. But groups of thousands or millions of people anywhere in the world.
But such patterns do exist. Dixit. and it literally calls the shots But the subject of a specific and defined Pakistani mind has not gone unnoticed among Indian observers. The cultural need to avoid shame forced Nasser to state that his forces were fighting well against their enemy. speaking on India-Pakistan relations quoted a Pakistani army officer saying how important the question Pakistani actions relating to India. but it cannot turn its back on a 55 year struggle. J. the army understands it cannot wrest Kashmir from India. but King Hussein was unable to understand the nuances by which Nasser hinted that his forces were being defeated. a certain envy Pakistanis would not acknowledge openly about the 44 failure of their civil . In his testimony to the United States' Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in January 2004 (43) Stephen Cohen. These are listed in a review of his book (44): Dixit identifies a series of Pakistani traits that refuse to live amicably with India. and their importance must not be underestimated. That left Hussein. "artificially nurtured memories of Muslim superiority and a subconscious desire to rectify the unfair arrangements of partition".conversation in Arabic between Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser and King Hussein of Jordan when Egyptian forces were being defeated by Israeli forces in 1967. and Jordan unprepared for their defeat in the war subsequently (42). In the words of one Pakistani of pride was in officer. First. N. former Indian foreign secretary has spoken of the psychological hurdles that come in the way of Indian and Pakistani relations. There are few studies of unique behavioral patterns among Pakistanis. Second. At stake is its pride.
as was publicly declared by Foreign Minister Gauhar Ayub Khan at a press conference in Delhi. Of course. "the unarticulated ambition and hope that if India broke up. avenging the military defeat of 1971. Eighth. Fourth. in 1947 and a few years after that it would have been perfectly valid and accurate to describe Pakistanis as being just like Indians. in effect a Pakistani psyche or a Pakistani mindset. widespread belief in the Pakistani establishment and media circles that India is getting exhausted in Kashmir and would not be able to hold on to it for long (a presumption of Musharraf in Kargil). could be exploited from forces across the border owing to their "socio-political schizophrenia" since partition. which is a formal objective declared in the official oath-taking ceremony of every Pakistani officer-cadet when he graduates. irrational faith in the "profound capacity for commitment to jihad amongst the momin". Third. and with 75 % of present day Pakistanis having been born after 1947. Fifth. and most significantly. problems and priorities. But after over 50 years of being a separate nation with different threat perceptions. who in the words of Maulana Azad. that is separate from the old Indian identity. assumption by Pakistan of the role of protector and overseer of the welfare of Indian Muslims. it can easily be observed that there are certain behavioral characteristics that can be called Purely Pakistani There is.society to solidify democratic and tolerant traditions in comparison to an India where khakis and bayonets follow popularly elected representatives. confidence that Pakistan's nuclear weapons program is an instrumentality to further geopolitical objectives in Kashmir. Pakistan will emerge as the strongest and most powerful political entity in South Asia". Seventh. Sixth. It is useful to be aware of this in dealing with Pakistan 45 .
especially their leadership. and this characteristic has been used to good effect by Pakistan over the years. No visitor to Pakistan goes away without being touched by this. Certain statements and actions are repeated time and again. leading to a degree of Arabization of behavior among devoutly Islamic people such as some Pakistanis who have actively sought to culture (see chapter 9). The Weekly Standard had this to say in its Nov 5 th 2001 edition: 46 . Hospitality and generosity: The characteristic of being extremely hospitable and generous to guests has stood Pakistanis and Pakistan in good stead. and a pattern can be seen in the way Pakistanis react to people and events. It would be wrong to assume that every Pakistani displays all the characteristics described here.as a nation and in predicting Pakistani responses to events. display one or more of the following characteristics to make them recognizable as general guidelines to Pakistani psyche. These similarities are striking. There are certainly some parallels in Pakistani behavior to Arab behavior described by Raphael Patai in his seminal book on The Arab Mind (42). An article in the American magazine. No single characteristic is unique to Pakistanis alone. but careful observations of Pakistani statements and actions show that a sufficiently large proportion of Pakistanis. reject their earlier Indian Certain types of behavior stand out among Pakistanis and are best demonstrated by studying examples of statements and actions by prominent Pakistani leaders and spokespersons. and the most likely explanation is the internalization of Arab culture in Islam.
the Indians are jerks. who was a guest of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and who later went on to write paeans about the PAF For many years after the PAF was comprehensively defeated in successive wars with India. As recently as June 2002. succinctly put it. Pakistani hospitality has charmed a large number of prominent writers to write positively about Pakistan. maintaining a reputation for the PAF that extended far beyond its real performance. warmer. "I like 'em. Eric Margolis and John Fricker.." A series of Western writers and prominent people have been hosted and feted in Pakistan. Compared with their haughty Indian and chaotic Afghan neighbors. American diplomats and spooks often have a good deal of fun with their Westernized Pakistani counterparts.. 47 and Anwar Mahmood. As one congressional staffer.the attractive character of elite Pakistani officials. . Pakistani VIPs are often wittier. Chuck Yeager. and often just plain wrong. and more knowledgeable about the insider gossip of U. politics. and some have gone as far as to make needlessly hostile and malicious references to India in their writings despite strong evidence that their words are misinformed at best. Yeager's words of praise of the Pakistan Air Force continued to be quoted. and have later served as honorary ambassadors for Pakistan in the Western media. Prominent among people who have written warm words for Pakistan are writers like Brian Cloughley. the Washington Post reported: It was mid afternoon Tuesday. One prominent example is the famous American pilot.S. who frequently visits south-central Asia.
cheating. and humiliation. has ordered foreign embassies to expedite visas for journalists. the Information Ministry has rented air-conditioned buses to carry journalists to the Line of Control. dignity. The powerful codes of shame and honour. he figured. Death.disgrace.. Honour and Dignity: The need to maintain honour and dignity is a fundamental pillar in the mind of the Pakistani. tribal level in Pakistan. 48 ..Pakistan's information secretary.Five times in the past month.. pride. It is often more important to maintain honour and avoid shame than anything else. There they are treated to hour-long military briefings..and tea sandwiches served on trays by white-gloved soldiers...if it keeps the reporters satisfied. Everything is permitted in order to safeguard the family or tribal honour. was on the phone discussing with an underling how to keep more than 100 foreign journalists happy for the rest of the week. and the converse avoidance of shame. respect. it's worth the $3.enforce identity and conformity of behaviour. You won't get such hospitality from the Indian army. David Pryce Jones has written (45) that the key to understanding some Islamic societies is to recognise the need for acquisition of honour. eager to make its voice heard...The Pakistani government. displays of Indian mortar shells -..000 it will cost his ministry to rent the plane from Pakistan International Airlines. maintenance of honour often relates to women and doubts about fidelity or adultery. and even murder. lying.. in the form of an honour killing is often the sentence carried out on a woman who is thought to have shamed the family. At a rural. complete with maps.
But honour and dignity play an equally important role among the richer and apparently liberated Pakistani elite rulers of Pakistan." The need to maintain honour and avoid shame by Pakistani military commanders goes to the extent of suppressing any news of a defeat or setback suffered by the military. The importance of honour is evident from the words used by US deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage after a meeting with the President of Pakistan.. military leader of Pakistan said about Pakistan's nuclear weapons aspirations (47) "We only want the deterrence capability to preserve our honour and dignity. Of course he wants to do this.. General Musharraf. The 1965 war with India started with the infiltration of Pakistani special forces into Kashmir for sabotage and to incite acts of violence. while insisting that victory was always achieved.I would note that the conversations we had with President Musharraf made it very clear to me that he wants to do everything that he can to avoid war. On 14th March 2003.. General Musharraf on the 6th of June 2002:(46) .. As the conflict evolved war broke out over a wide front and by the time a cease fire 49 . The need to maintain honour and avoid the perceived national shame of appearing weak in front of India has led to the sacrificing of all developmental effort towards arms purchases to pursue military parity with India... Stephen Cohen's quote of a Pakistan army officer's words in this regard has already been alluded to at the beginning of this chapter. A brief study of the way Pakistan's wars with India have been reported in Pakistan are illustrative of this. keeping intact the honour and dignity of the nation and the armed forces.
who commenced a genocide in East Pakistan. The need to maintain honour and dignity is so important to the Pakistani. that any available fact may be either picked up or selectively forgotten in order to save face and maintain the pretence of victory. 50 . Bangladesh. despite its aside the armies of the battle of Panipat outside the walls of Delhi. sweep effete Hindus and win another dispelled any vain dreams India could. General Jagjit Singh Aurora's daring concentric attack on East Pakistan went forward uninterrupted and on 16 December he received the surrender of the Pakistani commander in Dacca. Not an Indian brigade had to be moved West. But the 1965 war has always been portrayed from the Pakistani side as a war in which attacking Indian forces were defeated. This was disliked by the West Pakistani Punjabi dominated army of Pakistan. Indian forces were well within striking range of the Pakistani city of Lahore.was declared both India and Pakistan had captured small areas of each other's territory. More than ninety thousand Pakistani soldiers were taken prisoner of war. unparalleled since the German Blitzkrieg that overran Poland was described by historian Brigadier Shelford Bidwell (48) as follows: The operations of 1971 finally that the 'sword-arm' of old numerical inferiority. The Indian victory. the triumph of an East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) based political party in an election would have meant that a Bengali. Sheikh Mujibur Rehman would have become Prime Minister of Pakistan. In 1971. In a humanitarian move. Millions of refugees poured into India to escape this. and Pakistani General Ayub Khan's plans to take Srinagar were foiled. was born. with Indian troops in the towns on the outskirts of Lahore. Significantly. Indian forces entered East Pakistan and defeated the Pakistani military and a new nation.
The ignominious defeat of the Pakistan armed forces in 1971 and the formation of Bangladesh almost went unreported in Pakistan. Mistakes made by the Pakistan army in the war were never investigated or made public.when the battle began. . the whole Northern Infantry was blown up and 2. It may even be a characteristic that can be used to predict Pakistani behavior or provoke desired responses from Pakistanis. The Pakistani need to maintain honour and dignity at the expense of truth is a fault that has done Pakistan no good.700 soldiers were martyred and hundreds were injured. The Kargil conflict of 1999 ended with the rapid withdrawal of Pakistani forces facing rout. An editorial in the Pakistani newspaper The Jang recalled the 1971 reports in Pakistan (49): So great was the ignorance and absence of principles in West Pakistan that the government of the day had the temerity to issue a disgraceful statement casually mentioning that "by agreement between local commanders. The death toll exceeds even that of the 51 . By the time the withdrawal started the Indian forces had wiped out almost the entire Northern Light Infantry of the Pakistan army. Some of the defeated Generals in that war even received gallantry awards and honours in later years.. when used in a psy-ops role." Pakistani children are not taught about the 1971 war. fighting had ceased in East Pakistan and that Indian troops had entered Dacca. who was Prime Minister of Pakistan during this conflict. Nawaz Sharif. said in an interview to the Weekly Independent from his place of exile in Saudi Arabia. neither were the failures admitted or analysed.
It has been observed that Pakistan itself is ruled by a small group of between 22 and 43 families (4). A quote from the study says: There disunity means is considerable pressure for patrilineal kin to maintain good relations with one another. but it is difficult to imagine how the Pakistani army can learn critical lessons from a disastrous war if the sole aim of its officer class is the save face and maintain honour and dignity An explanation exists for the tendency of the Pakistani elite and officer class to protect each other's honour even after embarrassing or disastrous events. (the biradari) are under pressure to maintain a picture of unity. In doing this. The deeply Islamic fervor of the average Pakistani comes in handy here as all errors and defeats can be explained 52 . Pakistanis do not admit the involvement of their armed forces. Biradari members who quarrel will try to resolve their differences before major social occasions so that the patrilineage can present a united front to the village. because dishonour. With the entire ruling apparatus of Pakistan under control of a small group of family units. the family obligations of Pakistani society to avoid shame creates the need for whitewashing military disasters and other mistakes.1965 and 1971 full-scale wars. But the only history that is acknowledged by Pakistan is that the Kargil conflict was a great victory for mujahideen who held the Indian army at bay. face has been saved and honour retained by the Pakistani army. and yet do not explain how the Pakistan army withdrew from the conflict zone if they were not involved. A study of Pakistani society and kinship patterns (50) notes that the household is the primary unit for kinship and the male descendants.
Even before the 1998 tests Pakistan was widely acknowledged to possess nuclear weapons. Pakistan need not have tested immediately after India's tests. and put the spotlight on Pakistan. Pakistan did test a nuclear device of its own two weeks after India's tests and although there is some controversy about the real origin of the device tested by Pakistan. it would have put India in a very tight situation. The national sense of shame in being unable to publicly match India was so intense that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif acknowledged that he would not survive unless he sanctioned nuclear tests by Pakistan. But the need to save Pakistani honour was too great after the Indian tests. a spotlight that has only become brighter after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. when India conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests. It is possible that the Pakistani need to maintain honour and dignity and somehow appear equal or superior to India was understood and exploited by Indian leaders in 1998. while Pakistan could have basked in the sympathy it would surely have got for having an aggressive nuclear neighbor in India. Rhetoric and Hyperbole: The Pakistani need for the maintenance of honour and avoidance of shame ideally involves and outright military 53 .an explanation that most devout Pakistanis will accept without question. the test greatly diluted the international attention that India was getting after its tests. with international censure and sanctions.away as God's will . If Pakistan had not tested. breaking a 24 year self-imposed moratorium.
Shame and honour involve publicity. Stemming directly from this rhetoric and hyperbole is the decades old campaign of misinformation that Pakistan has maintained about itself. although it often sounds hollow and unconvincing. Every accusation is made to show that an adversary is cowardly. wars are never lost. its wars and about India. For example. Indians are always depicted as being conniving and scheming. its armed forces. and shame means public humiliation. The degree of misinformation is astonishing. with Pakistanis being courageous. the war needs to be continued verbally to avoid shame. Indian leaders are often referred to as scheming high caste Brahmins or Banias who are plotting to either dominate or eliminate people of all other religions and social groups. David Pryce Jones has described the connection between honour. but easy to understand in the light of the deep Pakistani need to maintain honour and avoid shame. 54 . success involves bragging. shame and rhetoric (45): Honour makes life worth living whereas shame is a living death. righteous and heading for victory.victory. weak and untruthful. When such victory is not possible or unlikely. Such hyperbole seems to be necessary psychological support for the Pakistani mind. The Indian armed forces are always referred to by Pakistan as being weak and dishonourable and always accused of raping and murdering civilians. Arms built under licence are always shown as indigenous. and any defeats are temporary setbacks. Only a total victory or a mediator leading to a solution on Pakistani terms can maintain honour enough to allow such hyperbole to die down. Ballistic missiles imported from China and North Korea are repainted and given Pakistani names to be flaunted as missiles designed and manufactured in Pakistan. never as courageous and honourable.
The interference of Indian army in East Pakistan was a well thought out conspiracy hatched by India and vociferously backed by the Soviet Union Many sources (53. The Indian intervention to stop the genocide by Pakistani troops is described in the following way: it was an act of military piracy at the highest level to destroy the professional propriety of soldiers who were on lawful duty.. 54. Brigadier Anjum 55 records his version of . 52)..An example of this tendency can be seen in a two part article on the events of 1971 that appeared in the online edition of the Pakistani paper the Jang as recently as 2004. Brigadier Anjum (51. written by a former Pakistani army officer... Anjum's explanation of why reports of genocide by Pakistani troops are false is as follows: Senator Edward Kennedy. This was enough to disparage Pakistan Army Brigadier Anjum makes this record of India's role: India with a mission in hand to destroy Pakistan was first to demolish its basis. In a farcical and fanciful description Brigadier Anjum does not say a word about the 1971 elections in Pakistan that were won by the East Pakistani Awami league party. 55) have documented the surrender of 90.addressed a press conference in New Delhi to say that he was convinced that Pakistan army had committed genocide in East Pakistan. and denies the well documented genocide of ethnic East Pakistani Bengalis by West Pakistani troops (chapter 11). having a pro-India prejudice .000 Pakistani troops in East Pakistan at the end of the 1971 war.
This calls for the introduction of a mediator or middleman. But to the Pakistani leadership. On every occasion. The rest of PoWs mostly children. were civilians and their families. an offer of peace by any party is considered as a sign of weakness. which avoids the need for defeat and dishonour. but it is honourable to agree to peace when mediated by a respected third party. the Pakistani assessment of Indian weakness has led to a situation in which Pakistan is faced with military defeat. The feeling threatens the very existence of Pakistan and is a feeling that must avoided at all cost.history as: The number of combatant soldiers out of the 90. When faced with a situation in which Pakistan is the weaker party. Any concessions that Pakistan is forced to make can be conveniently blamed on 56 . the need to maintain honour and avoid shame requires that Pakistan must not sue for peace by directly negotiating with India. That is what justifies the formation and existence of Pakistan.000 socalled prisoners of war was just over forty thousands. Courage and a willingness to fight are honourable. and offering peace is a sign of cowardice and an unwillingness to fight. Accepting that India and Indians may be in any way better than Pakistan is deeply dishonourable and shameful to the Pakistani. The need to appear superior to and better than India is fundamental for the Pakistani. Disputes and mediation: Pakistani leaders have initiated war against India mainly when they have assessed India as being weak. It is cowardly to call for peace directly.
The important need here is for Pakistani leaders to appear to be strong and retain their honour in front of their own people. weak or dishonoured as long as the Pakistani people see their leaders as having pulled off some kind of victory. third party mediation is unacceptable in what is essentially a bilateral dispute with Pakistan. and are not seen as having lost their honour to the weaker party India. but a respected third party's request from President Clinton of the US that made a triumphant Pakistan pull back from defeating India. which must be met with threats and demands for concessions. In the Kargil conflict. But an India that appears to be showing weakness by talking about peace mystifies Pakistan by refusing third party mediation. it is likely been misinterpreted by initiatives are seen as is considered to be a sign of that peace offers from India have Pakistani leaders. the International community or any other third party rather than facing shame by negotiating for settlement directly with India. This confuses and angers the Pakistani leadership. when Pakistani forces were facing rout. Indian peace a sign of weakness. the UN. It does not matter if anyone else considers that Pakistan was defeated. but on the other hand India refuses third party mediation which a weak nation should 57 . the Pakistani Prime Minister Clinton remnants that it Nawaz Sharif demanded an audience with President of the US and then ordered withdrawal of the of the Pakistani forces to give the appearance was not a clear defeat.the mediating party. because on the one hand India appears weak to them by asking for peace. This explains the tendency that Pakistani leaders have to call for third party mediation in settling a dispute between India and Pakistan by appealing to the US. Because talk of peace weakness. For India.
In support of this plan General Musharraf used the analogy of the charter of Madina and the treaty of Hudaibiya signed by the Prophet Mohammad in his September 19 th 2001 speech (56). The Martial Mind: One of the enduring myths to have come out of Pakistan is that Pakistanis are somehow a martial race . being General Ayub Khan who led Pakistan into the 1965 war with India had boasted that One Pakistani soldier is equal to six Indian soldiers The genesis of this attitude is interesting. or against America after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. President General Musharraf explained to his people in a speech in Urdu that his aligning with the US would be a temporary alliance with the devil. with the courage and valor that such a military tradition suggests somehow enshrined in the Pakistani's genes. When faced with the stark choice of being with America.with military tradition in their blood. One more factor that must be taken into account in negotiation with Pakistan is that Pakistan may fail to honour prior agreements as it has done with the UN resolutions and the subsequent Simla agreement of 1972 with India.accept with gratitude to save its own face. soldiers of the British Indian army rose up in a rebellion in what is now known as the first war of Indian Independence. It is possible that Pakistani leaders consider all agreements and treaties as temporary instruments to buy time. That rebellion was eventually quelled by the British with troops mainly from the Punjab particularly Muslim troops from what is now the Pakistani 58 . In 1857.
the Pakistani GHQ placed entire reliance on the Superior Valour and Martial Qualities of the Pakistani (Punjabi and Pathan Muslim soldier) vis a vis the Hindu Indian soldier. Maj. These troops were subsequently in the thick of all the campaigns that Imperial Britain was fighting. Various British writers like Philip Mason frankly admitted that the real reason for selective recruitment was political reliability in crisis situations. Pakistan the nation was formed with the belief that its army was. somehow superior by virtue of its being composed of martial races. the British greatly changed the composition of the Indian army forces. Retired Pakistani army Major Agha Humayun Amin wrote about the Pakistani army feeling of martial superiority (57): The "Martial Races Theory" in reality was an Imperial gimmick to boost the ego of the cannon fodder. which are now part of Pakistan. The British gradually began to refer to these groups as martial races. which the Punjabis had exhibited during the 1857-58 Bengal Army rebellion. in the next war to miracles would occur and the Pakistan Army would do well Hard as it may be for a rational thinking person to believe.. assisted by Pashtun troops. by recruiting mainly Muslim Punjabi troops and Pashtun troops from the North Western parts of preindependence India. from the beginning. Pakistani military adventurism has been guided by a firm belief in the innate racial superiority of the Pakistani soldier and supported by a belief that Pakistan and Pakistanis are somehow performing Allah's will and 59 . After this event. Amin goes on to write: The Pakistani nation had been fed on propaganda about martial superiority of their army.. as proved in 1965 war and felt that somehow.Punjab.
Positive Self-image: One remarkable feature noticeable among Pakistanis. herself a Sindhi. Confidence in one's abilities. to the detriment of Pakistan. Unfortunately that has occurred among Pakistan's elite. Benazir Bhutto. A good self-image can be a useful personality attribute if it is not carried to extreme lengths in which all others are considered inferior. which now enter the zone of grandiose ideas and selfrighteousness. The problem starts when these positive traits are stretched to unrealistic limits. Major Amin writes(57): 60 . Their self-esteem is unshakable to the extent that no factor is allowed to get in the way of identifying themselves as superior and excellent.that God would therefore be on their side no matter how preposterous or ill advised the action. The East Pakistanis were held in contempt by West Pakistanis. pride and constant struggle to excel professionally are essential elements of a good officer's corps. while East Pakistanis (Bengalis) are short. dark-complexioned and eat rice. Hamid Hussain wrote of Pakistani military officers' selfimage in Pakistan's defence journal (58): these military officers also have dangerously self- exaggerated opinion of their capacities both in terms of defence of the country's frontiers and their ability as an organized body to fix all problems of the society. especially Punjabi Pakistanis is an extremely good and positive self-image of themselves and their people. fair-complexioned and eat wheat. recalls having been taught as a child that West Pakistanis are tall. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Mujibur Rehman and his party should have formed the government of Pakistan in Islamabad. the taller native. Amin writes. The results of the election were annulled and martial law was clamped in East Pakistan. If the results of these elections had been carried through to their logical conclusion. In one of the Pakistan. To Kiplings contemporaries. ugly” Hindustani Indians. Maj. an East Pakistan headed by a Bengali. the 1971 elections gave a the Awami League. This feeling was a carry over from the pre-Independence days when the British relied on the martial race for their army recruits. it is not surprising to note that Pakistanis have considered themselves racially superior to the “dark. Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. A subsequent genocide of over three million East Pakistanis led to the Indian military intervention in East Pakistan.the generals were convinced that the Bengali was too meek to ever challenge the martial Punjabi or Pathan Muslim. who considered themselves superior to the short. But the Punjabi generals of the Pakistani army. the better man he was likely to be and fairer a A visible symbol of the contempt with which Indians are taught to be regarded in Pakistan can be seen from some 61 .The Bengalis were despised as non martial by all West Pakistanis. If Bengali Muslim East Pakistanis were considered racially inferior by West Pakistanis. and the liberation of Bangladesh.. This contempt with which West Pakistanis viewed their own countrymen contributed to the secession of East Pakistan and the formation of few elections held in thumping majority to based political party Bangladesh in 1971. dark and non-martial Bengalis could not face the idea of being ruled by an inferior Bengali as Prime Minister.
but in the Pakistani context it is a derogatory term for a nonMuslim. or does not have any bearing on behavior. 62 . Children's alphabet books carry the word kafir as an example of a word that starts with the Urdu equivalent of the letter k. fair and sacrificing. Stemming from the self-image of the Pakistani is his sense of entitlement. in the 21st century it is possible to visit Pakistani chat-rooms and discussion fora on the Internet to find references to Indians as short. or already given more than necessary and that the onus is on the other party to pay Pakistan sacrifices made. ugly. Pakistan is always portrayed as being just. back for services rendered and Islamic overlay in Pakistani behavior: The obvious question is “Why would anyone's religion make his behavior different or peculiar?” It is better to answer the question than ignore it and assume that religion has. From the profound application of Islamic beliefs among Pakistanis. Spokespersons for Pakistan never tire of pointing out that Pakistan is not getting its due. Even today. and that India. weak or cowardly. Associated with the word is a picture of a kafir . The word kafir means unbeliever. Pakistan is said to have already done. in his seminal work on Arab psyche (42) lists a few characteristics of Arab personality that arise from Islamic beliefs. dark. Arab scholar Raphael Patai. the US or the world owe Pakistan a lot more that it is getting. At every step.Pakistani textbooks for small children to learn the Urdu alphabet.which is often the picture of a Hindu of a Sikh.
Development requires effort and the belief in predestiny rules that conditions of feudal well for change and and events that the Pakistani experiences in life are ordained by 63 . but stem from Arabic and Persian respectively. the average Pakistani is unlikely to revolt against his lot in life. or even to try to fight to make it better. local lord. and that he will be rewarded for his piety in an afterlife with an assured place in a well-stocked heaven. or religious leader tells him to do. with evidence of the same in their behavior. but does not augur development. The average. so long as it does not go against his Islamic conscience. The docility of the average Pakistani in day-to-day life is probably beneficial to the stability Pakistani society. He will do what his feudal master. Patai quotes this Islamic belief as the requirement that Man has no choice but to go through the course of events. either to hasten or otherwise influence events. poor uneducated Pakistani believes that his life is pre-ordained by Allah to be the way it is. For this reason. These beliefs are referred to in the words kismat and naseeb that occur in Urdu.it seems that the same characteristics can be seen among Pakistanis. the belief that all events are predestined or decided beforehand by God and cannot be avoided or changed in any way. Not even in everyday life can a man do anything. One powerful Islamic belief is that of predestiny. which have been written down for him in God's Book to the smallest detail. The average citizen's life may be lived in poverty in someone's service because that is what God has willed for him and attempting to change that would be against the will of God.
64 . Such a life is tempting because it meets all his human and psychological requirements. a relationship deliberately cultivated by the Pakistani elite for their own ends. or ensure a place in heaven if he were. and any subsequent violence he takes part in would ensure for him a respected place in his society as an Islamic warrior. Unless there is a fundamental and deep rooted effort within Pakistan to change the relationship of the Pakistani with his religion. to die in action. there can be virtually no hope of achieving a sea-change in the internal situation of Pakistan. and the external consequences of that. and must not be changed or Such beliefs also make the average Pakistani male citizen a prime candidate for motivation into leading a life as an Islamic warrior. as is quite likely.Allah to be as they are tampered with in any way. He is well looked after during the indoctrination and training period.
Chapter 6 WOMEN AND MINORITIES OF PAKISTAN With 108 men for every 100 women in Pakistan (59). Most Islamic communities are averse to the idea of giving women social status equal to that of men. For example. The importance of this fact lies in that many studies show that poverty. Those women who rebel by asserting their rightful place in society are punished and considered immoral. Another report (50) on Pakistani society says this about women: A woman's life is difficult during the early years of 65 . The state of Pakistani women has a powerful bearing on the condition of Pakistan. Hindus and Christians. That a strong feudal elite still rules the roost in the vast countryside is a major impediment to enlightenment and democracy. Ahmedis. the women of Pakistan could probably be called a minority. in an article entitled To be a woman in Pakistan is to ask for a life of subservience (60) wrote: Pakistani women continue to be victims of an unjust society rooted in history and tradition. two out of three women in Pakistan are uneducated. malnutrition and child labor are where the women are uneducated. while a powerful clergy rejects all notions of equality and freedom for women. higher in societies Pakistani women's rights activist Ameera Javeria. Lack of awareness about their rights and their need for education has added to their predicament. to be counted along with other minorities of Pakistan such as Shia Muslims. rape. and murder. many have been the victims of domestic violence.
. A report on family violence in Pakistani society (61) says: (sic)The Male dominant society of Pakistan with strong sense of complete " Mastery " feel's pride to Dictate his terms of Physical and Mental Torture to his Wife. Sister. Therefore.a law that is in effect in Pakistan. A young bride has very little status in her husband's household. and failure to do this can lead to dishonour a crime punishable by death. A woman must be chaste and subservient to the man. mothers favor their sons. to be given away in an expensive marriage with their virginity intact. education of girls has a low priority in Pakistan. A gender bias toward boys is clear from this description. An explanation of how this law is applied can be seen in the following quote (62): 66 . honour killings in which a father or a brother kill a woman for having dishonoured the family are common in Pakistan. Daughters are a liability. Among some groups it is believed that education of girls leads to immorality. With girls being a liability to be given away after marriage.marriage. Sons will bring wives for her to supervise and provide for her in her old age. Particularly egregious is the Hudood ordinance . she is subservient to her mother-inlaw and must negotiate relations with her sisters-inlaw. One of the purposes of the Hudood ordinance is apparently to discourage extramarital sex. The woman of the family is considered fundamental to maintaining the honour of the family group. or Daughter in front of other adult and small members of the family...A wife gains status and power as she bears sons.
Since the passage of the Hudood Ordinance in 1979 under the military government of Zia al Haq, "zina" or extramarital intercourse, has been considered a crime against the state in Pakistan...this law often prescribes cruel and devastating punishments, such as whipping or stoning the individual(s) in question, and explicitly discriminates against women...the Hudood Ordinance has legally blurred the distinction between rape and extramarital sex, resulting in the imprisonment and/or physical punishment of numerous women who have come forward with charges of rape without witnesses. Consequently, many rape victims are deemed criminals in a Pakistani court of law. Pakistan is stuck in a vicious circle in which the elite corner all the resources, leaving little for education of the poor. And among this class the women are the worst off, uneducated and discriminated; and this leads to further poverty and degradation in society. No force in Pakistan seems change this. to have the wisdom, will or power to
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan is said to have had a vision for Pakistan in which people of all religions in Pakistan would co-exist. In his 11th August 1947 speech to the constituent assembly of Pakistan, Jinnah said (63): You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the state ... in the course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state."
A few months vision:
We have many non-Muslims-Hindus, Christians and Parsis ... but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan." But Jinnah's vision for Pakistan died with Jinnah. Pakistan's record in the treatment of its religious minorities is shameful and unapologetic. In his landmark paper (64), possibly the first scientific statistical analysis of the question of ethnic cleansing in Pakistan, researcher Sridhar notes: ..almost 89% of the minorities in West Pakistan were ethnically cleansed, i.e. killed, converted or driven out of the country. Almost 54% of the minority population ended up as refugees in India, while a very high 35% of the minority population is simply unaccounted for. These are people who were likely killed or converted into Islam. Population researcher P.H. Reddy has noted that at the time of formation of Pakistan, there were over 20 million non-Muslims in the areas that formed Pakistan mostly Hindus. After the migration of partition, approximately 7 million non-Muslims remained in what is now making up approximately ten per cent of the West Pakistan. In the years since Pakistan's population has more than doubled West Pakistan population of independence, to nearly 150
million, but only three per cent, or 4.5 million people are non Muslims in modern day Pakistan. About half of that number are Hindus and the other half are Christian. In simple terms, in 56 years 68 since independence the
population of Muslims in Pakistan went up from about 60 million to 145 million, while the population of nonMuslims fell from 7 million to 4.5 million. Hindus formed the largest minority in Pakistan at independence and their number has reduced to around 1.5 million.
In November 2002, the Times of India (65) quoted Noor Naz Agha, a prominent Pakistani lawyer and rights activist as saying: Minorities are not safe in Pakistan. Recently, several attacks have been made on churches, hospitals, even on human rights organisations. And several people have been killed," The treatment of religious minorities in Pakistan leaves a lot to be desired. The problem stems from an attitude that Pakistan is for Sunni Muslims alone, and people of other religions, and even Shia Muslims are to be looked upon with contempt. The discrimination extends to derogatory references to non-Islamic people in school textbooks, as noted in chapter 3. M.H. Aksari, writing in the Pakistani paper Dawn (66) said, The former Indian foreign secretary, J.N. Dixit,
recalling his days as ambassador in Islamabad says that once when he called on a Pakistani friend, the latter's six-year old daughter on discovering that Dixit was a Hindu skipped around the table chanting 'Hindu Kutta', 'Hindu Kutta.' Hindu Kutta means Hindu Dog. But it is not Hindus alone who are discriminated against in Pakistan. Over the years the Pakistan army leadership 69 has encouraged a
particularly intolerant thrive in Pakistan. subjected to terrorist the Ahmediya sect have
Islamic mindset to prevail and Shia Muslims in Pakistan are attacts and discrimination, and been declared as non-Muslims in
Pakistan for their beliefs. Pakistan is busy changing Islam to suit the needs of a small elite. The role of the Pakistani army leaders in this is clear from a report that was carried in the November 2003 (67). Ziaul Haq actively encouraged this paper Dawn in
fervour...Ziaul Haq's advice led to widespread religious riots ... Many people, mostly Shias, were killed and their houses burnt. The local administration did little to control the situation. A foreign diplomat, who happened to be travelling by road from Skardu to Islamabad a couple of days after all this started, told me that he saw houses en-route burning and that the route provided a spectacle of war and destruction. There is a movement in Pakistan to have Shias declared non-Muslim. Following a massacre of Shia Muslims in a Pakistani mosque on the Islamic holy day of Moharram in 2004, senior analyst B. Raman hostility in Pakistan (68): wrote about anti-Shia
The last years of the Zia regime saw the Shias of Gilgit come out with a demand for a separate Shia State consisting of Gilgit and the Shia majority areas of Punjab and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). They wanted the Shia state to be called the Karakoram Province and remain part of regime crushed the 1988, the Pakistan force from the NWFP a confederation of Pakistan. The Zia Shia movement ruthlessly. In August Army inducted a large Sunni tribal and the Federally-Administered Tribal
Areas (FATA), led by Osama bin Laden, into Gilgit and it 70
The hatred of the Shias for Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda dates from this period. foreign nations as well as their own people. The only things that have been preserved intact and untouched in Pakistan are the power and wealth of the elite of the army. 71 . a few businessmen and the feudal lords and their allies. who are responsible for a rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism.massacred hundreds of Shias and crushed their revolt. but civilian as well. the preachers of a narrow brand of Sunni Islam. have consistently fought and opposed anyone and everyone. Successive governments in Pakistan. mostly military.
live under non-Muslim rule. For the English-educated Muslim elite. The Weekly Standard reported in October 2001 (69): Created on August 15. Indians are fond of saying “Pakistanis are just like us” but one will find that Pakistanis do not tend to say “Indians are just like us”. primarily Muslim provinces of British India. if at all possible. The demand for a separate nation was a natural extension of this Mughal mindset. they would not automatically regain control of the lands they had lost to the British. one is struck by their similarity. who were later to go to Pakistan. Before India was partitioned in 1947. 72 . Living under the far more numerous Hindus. from the northern.Chapter 7 PARTITION AND THE TWO-NATION THEORY When Indians and Pakistanis meet. considered themselves the descendants of the Mughals who had ruled vast tracts of India. was worse.. It is a geographic expression of an ageold Islamic ideal: Muslims should not. This group of individuals formed a migrant nation. whom the Muslim Mogul dynasty had dominated for centuries before the arrival of the English. Pakistan isn't really a nation-state. 1947. it was realised by these real or perceived descendants of Mughals that in a democratic India. so a Muslim "Land of the Pure"--the literal meaning of Pakistan--was essential to protect and nurture the faithful. When the British were set to leave India. Gandhi's Indian democracy was going to be Hindu. Living under the all-mighty British was unpleasant for many. it was intolerable.. Being different from Indians is a fundamental requirement that defines the Pakistani. some of the Muslim elite in India.
two traits: first.reservations and separate electorate. One of the consequences was that they discouraged their children from attending secular schools. The second was to depend on a ruling or hegemonic power to get them their due. calculated to preserve imagined privileges. Muslims all over the world. That explained their demonstrative adherence to Islam. These came from. madrassas. especially in Northern India. originally low- caste Hindus. Others' refusal to accept Muslims demands. May be they would be punished for former uppishness and for real or imagined wrongs.the leitmotif of preindependence Indian Muslim politics. which is what distinguished them from Hindus. But Pakistan was not formed merely by people with this Mughal mindset. They feared being falling down into the vast assimilative sea of Hindudom surrounding them wherein they will be at the bottom of social heap. Their religious exhibitionism and a superiority complex led to emphases on differences with Hindus and regarding themselves as rulers' kith and kin deserving privileges and safeguards -. not to accept democracy's implications. Another root of partition lay with the defeat of the Turkish Caliphate by the British in 1918.MB Naqvi wrote in the Jang of Pakistan (70): Historically the majority of Muslims. When that occurred. and encouraged education in Islamic schools. The end of the Caliphate was a symbolic blow to Muslims who has grown up to look at the Islamic empire 73 . angered them and an adversarial attitude vis-a-vis Hindus developed. Muslims thus demanded weightage . especially the equality with Hindus. and certainly in pre-independence India attempted to go back to their Islamic roots. affected a superiority complex. and strengthened.actually equality of treatment with Hindus .
The Friday Times had this to say (71): In India. a house of Islam . and a dar ul harb or house of war. The Caliph was the symbolic head of this empire. consisting of unbelievers people who were not followers of Islam. staying in India would be tantamount to living under subjugation in the dar ul harb. and Muslims would always be under threat in the dar ul harb. and the end of the Caliphate was the end of a long line of Caliphs that extended from antiquity. Muslim existence was deemed a kind of permanent emergency (dar-ul-harb) and migration was considered an option in the defiance of British raj. Hindustan hamara later paradoxically endorsed the need for a separate nation for Muslims (72): 74 . India and South East Asia to the East. Southern Europe to the North and Central Asia.as extending from Arabia in the center to North Africa in the West. Inherent in the concept of dar ul harb was that Islam. and the first Caliph had been appointed by the Prophet Mohammad. Allama Iqbal. the poet who composed the popular Indian patriotic song Saare Jahaan se achcha. when Islamic empire. although he by no means controlled even a fraction of that empire. The word Caliph means deputy in Arabic. The concept probably dates back to the early years there was a central but rapidly expanding around which were lands with non-Muslims with the followers of the new religion. a completely unacceptable situation. The demand for a separate state for Muslims only was a logical extension of this thought process.a house or a group of followers of Islam. of Islam. who were at war For Muslims who could not have their way with separate representation in pre-independence India. A concept in Islam speaks of a dar ul Islam.
This theory is popularly known as two-nation theory. the ideological founder of Pakistan (73): (The) Pakistan Movement was based on the theory that Muslims are entirely separate people from Hindus in every respect. A third factor that contributed to the formation of Pakistan was the political power aspiration of Mohammad Ali Jinnah who saw in the formation of the new nation of Pakistan a ready made constituency of Muslims.. and Islamic reasons being the basis for the formation of Pakistan.Allama Iqbal asserted that there is only one nation opposed to the Muslim Umma. the logic that prevailed was that Muslims require segregation of political and social life in order to be in compliance with the demands of sharia. and that is the nation of non-Muslims! In other words. was (74): Without any concrete 'dispute' between Hindus and Muslims. the world is divided into two camps. the movement. in addition to power and glory for himself and the new nation. Another key player in the call for Pakistan was Maulana Maududi.. right from the 75 . The TwoNation Theory was a manifestation of the doctrine of darul-islam versus dar-ul-harb. as eloquently documented by Rajiv Malhotra. Pakistanis have. the Muslims and Non-Muslims. With Islam. The result. Under the leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. in less than a decade gave birth to Pakistan The man who is most credited as an intellectual force behind the two-nation theory and a front against united Indian nationalism is Maulana Abul Ala Maududi.
such as a 76 . over the wishes of other groups. and as opposed to being citizens of the nation. And Pakistan would claim to represent the Muslims who had stayed behind in India. Pakistan. unbelievers. it would not be out of place to mention briefly the civilizational effect that partition had on India. For the new Pakistanis India was a land of kafirs. discrimination. Pakistan was supposed to be a homeland for Muslims of India and its formation was pushed through by the groups who wanted it. honour and dignity. A nation in decline.beginning. It was the first Islamic state to be created in the modern era ab initio. the splitting up of British India into modern India and Pakistan can be compared to an act of auto-amputation. civilizations can often be seen to behave like live beings. Pakistan had come into existence. Pakistan would be progressive. It was not Indian. Although the purpose of this book is to present a study of Pakistan after partition. been taught to regard themselves as Muslims first and foremost. It was Islamic. The fact of being Pakistani brought with it a liberal dose of pride. strong and Islamic. including some such as the Jamaat-i-Islami who did not favor the formation of Pakistan. Pakistan would represent Islam itself it would be a leading light of Islam in the world. hunger and poverty. It was a land of superstition. Not much thought was put into whether a state based on religion alone would be able to survive. Pakistan would not be like India. When studied over centuries. It was a victory of Islam over the British and the Hindus. This is a condition in which a live human body spontaneously discards and casts off a dead or diseased part. With Jinnah as leader the heady success of nation formation in 1947 was enough. In civilizational terms. satisfaction.
but after five decades the memories of the pain are beginning to fade. after the painful events of partition. They were wrong. In one convulsive act. but it merely segregated a sub-group of Indians who did not want to co-exist with other Indians. It is easier for these younger Indians to see that for India. more than two-thirds of the population of India having been after 1947. of Indians rooted for India and worked for Pakistanis did not see things that way. They saw themselves as Muslims. 77 . stayed. and and all the people who did not wish to live and work in India were placed in Pakistan. and Pakistani leaders assumed that the Muslims remaining in India would automatically rise up and revolt. and more to live away from some group or the other. in which those who wanted to opt out of India were allowed to opt out. For India partition was akin to that .a civilizational auto-amputation. Strange as it may sound. partition was not so much an act of separation of all Hindus from all Muslims. Pakistan had filled itself with people whose intent was less to live and work in harmony. The actual act of partition was accompanied by horrifying suffering and death.toe or a fingertip so that the body itself can survive and not be affected by the disease that damaged the toe or finger. and that India would fragment and break. the people of the Indian subcontinent agreed to place all the people who wanted to live and work in a united India in one place. with the formation of Bangladesh. this tumultuous self-mutilating act was a profoundly democratic one. and those who wanted to stay. The vast majority India. continued in Pakistan. The initial fragmentation and breaking that occurred at partition.
the Muslim elite of India who had migrated to Pakistan were in an ideal position to concoct any stories they wished about the bestial Hindus they had left behind. fish and rice-eating Bengali. the Bengalis.a phobia against the scheming Hindu who was out to subjugate or kill all Muslims. The mohajirs found that their survival in Pakistan would be made easier by creating and maintaining an India scare . The fact that East Pakistani Bengalis were Muslim did not help to stop the West Pakistani disdain for the short. fair. India and Indians were continuously and bitterly accused of being anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim. It was drummed into ordinary Pakistanis that they must be good Muslims. The possibility of democracy in Pakistan brought with it the threat of a short. and any setback to Pakistan. wheat eating Pakistani Punjabi. and the army had no intention of seeing its Punjabi dominance being subordinate to the inferior Bengali. dark. even when caused by internal politics and mismanagement was blamed on India. Any threat. with its people. East Pakistan. There were contradictions at every turn. The 15 million mohajirs who migrated to Pakistan from India were not welcomed. as opposed to the tall. and while Pakistanis struggled to meet the 78 . Punjabis made up 90% of the Pakistani army.It was only after the formation of Pakistan that all the assumptions made about Islam as a unifying concept began to break down. But they were educated and held all the important bureaucratic posts. dark. Apart from the mohajirs was the other half of Pakistan. rice-eating Bengali becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan. The mohajirs. That would have been totally unacceptable to the Pakistani Punjabi. This complex web of factors kept Pakistanis from uniting with each other but the Islam argument was used for unity.
After all Islam had given them a nation. Nobel Prize winning author V.S.standards set for them. it was to be guided constantly by rules. and records interviews with a diverse group of Pakistanis. The Pakistani citizen is judged by whether he is a good Muslim or not. It was only necessary for everyone to be a good Muslim. 79 . Among the Believers(75). Naipaul says. it was to live in a fever of the faith and always to be aware of the distinctiveness of the faith. the ruling elite lived as they pleased. Every act or event in Pakistan has to be seen through the prism of whether it is Islamic or not. To be a devout Muslim was always to have distinctive things to do. A repeated observation that comes out is that the ordinary Pakistani citizen is under pressure to be a good Muslim. And Pakistanis believed that this was all that was needed. One of the problems that crops up from this is the definition of “Who is a good Muslim?”. Naipaul describes travels through Pakistan. and everything else would look after itself. It would now provide for that nation. In his book.
Pakistan was unable to grab and hold Islam as though Islam and Pakistan were one and the same. Based on 80 . Jinnah. Demographer P. the founder of Pakistan had the flag of his political party. Pakistani leaders. The slogan combines a few words taken from the the Islamic call to prayer La ilaha illallah .implying that Pakistan and Islam are one and the same. "Pakistan ka matlab kya. for decades behaved as Pakistan was Islam and Islam was Pakistan. it could perhaps be said that Islam was too big for Pakistan to keep as its private domain. This is a shameful piece of fiction that needs to be set right. Pakistan was formed for some. Even independence. To be though before called sure.H. It is endlessly and erroneously repeated that Pakistan was formed for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. La ilaha illallah". and not all Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. A very popular slogan in Pakistan was. Reddy noted in the Times of India on 8th April 2003 (77): According to the 1941 census.Chapter 8 ISLAM AND PAKISTAN In the end. there were 76 in which more than 50 per cent of the people were Muslims.meaning there is no God but God and attaches those words to Pakistan to make the meaning What does Pakistan mean there is no God but God . But this charade could only last a few years before the fallacies began to show. the Muslim League as the Flag of Islam and had said you cannot separate the Muslim League from Islam. out of a total of 435 districts in undivided India. (76).
"to develop to the fullest our spiritual.In 1951. using the Persian language. that they "derive their inspiration from different sources of history". social and political life in a way that we think best and in consonance with our own ideals 81 and according to the . One cluster was in north-west India and the other in north-east India. Similarly Islam developed and flowered in India with its own unique literature. and Arab culture adopted and internalized Islam.54 crore. Jinnah exploited a cleavage in Indian society to proclaim: Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies. "to two different civilizations".. (with) different epics. arts and architecture produced by an intermingling of two rich cultures. The 76 Muslim-majority districts were grouped together in two clusters.. Arab culture had existed in Arabia for centuries before Islam was born. Western Pakistan comprised the north-west part of the sub-continent and Eastern Pakistan comprised eastern part of Bengal and one district in Assam.9 per cent of the total population of India. Muslims numbered 3. and do not seek to deny the ancient. which was born in Arabia. social customs. An entire literature and culture of Islam developed in Persia." "We wish our people". making up 9. literature". cultural. different heroes and different episodes... The formation of Pakistan sought to deny this vibrant entity.this demographic fact. the Sir Cyril Radcliffe's Boundary Commission allotted these 76 districts to Pakistan. Egyptians live in peace with their past. he declared. economic. Over the centuries Islam reached a balance with the cultures of the people who adopted Islam. preIslamic Egyptian civilization of Pharaohs who built the Pyramids. Islam spread peacefully into Indonesia and was absorbed and rationalized by the local culture.
for Muslims alone. In an experimental and unparalleled act of ignorance.. it was not Indonesian. are free.. you are free to go to your temples.You will find that in 82 . and good Muslims.we have a nation for Muslims only? But why did many non-Muslims - Hindus. you free to go to your mosques or to any other places worship in this State of Pakistan. Islamic. Indian culture had to be actively cleaned out of the minds of millions of Pakistani citizens .. leaving Pakistan purely Islamic. culture-less nation. free from India or any Indian roots. and nobody had any idea of what would replace the void. it was not Egyptian or Persian. Was Pakistan Jinnah say: . Pakistan was not Arabic. The India connection had to be stripped clean. They will enjoy same rights and privileges as any other citizens.genius of our people. but it was definitely not going to be Indian any more. But the leaders of the new Pakistan who took over after Jinnah died in 1948. The only thing people knew was that Pakistanis would have to be Islamic.but they are all Pakistanis.. But there were inconsistencies and contradictions right from the beginning and the confusion has remained to this day. Pakistan was deliberately set on the path of being an orphan." Perhaps Jinnah did not mean to strip Pakistan of the rich culture that Islam had developed in its centuries of interaction in India (78). Christians.. certainly felt that Pakistan should be stripped of all its connections with India.a culture of centuries was to be washed clean. and the You are of Parsis . The formation of Pakistan was considered a great victory.
nobody could question 83 . Was Pakistan the leader of all Islamic nations. or to accuse an adversary of Pakistani leaders hid behind the excuse for their actions. to get aid.e. and that the modern nation-states are a creation of that period in history when Muslims were defeated and dominated by kufr. Islam was and still remains the ultimate excuse. in their confusion as to what Pakistan was and what it should do.. and Pakistan. And like a man whose arms and legs are being pulled apart by horses moving in different directions. Pakistan had failed at birth. As long as Islam anything. as the majority of Muslims chose to remain in India. ended up trying to make Pakistan take all the routes that it could possibly take simultaneously. and represented Islam. were purely Islamic. (76) Was Pakistan a nation for all Muslims be Hindus and of the Indian subcontinent? If so. the lever that is used in Pakistan to justify served as a tool to be or to deflect blame misdeeds. Islam has used when convenient. parts of Pakistan.course of time Hindus would cease to Muslims would cease to be Muslims. That is indeed what some Pakistani Islamists believe: Muslims all over the world must realize that nationalism is kufr. groups of directions. and social and ethnic Pakistan have all headed in different resulting in the chaos that Pakistan is Pakistani leaders claimed that they. (79) (kufr refers to unbelievers i. For Pakistan. an example for Islamic nations to follow as the leader of the ummah. a modern day Caliphate? But if that was the case Pakistan should not have had any boundaries.) Pakistani leaders. today. People who are not Islamic.
so that Islam could be upheld against India. who had given Pakistan to the faithful. After all. Islam could not fail. instead of consolidating and unifying the new state of Pakistan. and therefore anything that Pakistan did. for postponing elections and for postponing development of Pakistan indefinitely. and to meddle with and Indian Muslims. And conveniently. And in this manner. the people of Pakistan could be kept busy. If Pakistan obtained military and economic aid from the US. avoiding elections. India could be fought and opposed. the number one threat to Pakistan. and that took priority over everything else in Pakistan. India did not dare question Pakistani claims no matter how preposterous or obscene they were. democracy or common sense. They had to starve. because Pakistan was Islamic. Money and the economy were not a problem. and therefore the The India problem had to be solved. enemy of Islam. As long as the money kept coming in. was providing funds and arms via the US. aid and funds poured into Pakistan in the early years as part of US aid to Pakistan as a cold war ally. its leaders set about using Islam to divert Indian territory of all problems. They were not Islamic enough they had to strive to be better Muslims. there was no pressure to change policy. India was the source the enemy of Pakistan. The threat from India became the common denominator for all Pakistani actions. genocide. corruption could not be criticized by anyone. Opposing Pakistan was anti-Islamic. and elections postponed. Any criticism of Pakistan was criticism of Islam. and 84 . sacrifice and allow their army to get stronger. Pakistanis had failed the faith. India would be defeated. it was because Islam was naturally anticommunist. Allah (God). be it development. attention to India. Pakistan was Islamic. But as repeated Pakistani assaults against India failed. Pakistan could do no wrong.them. from waging wars.
used in Pakistan to make every opinion or move. Islam gradually became the tool.the migrant elite. 1952 the historic Bengali language movement erupted spontaneously all over East Bengal. and later all the Muslims in India would be rescued from Hindu tyranny by Pakistan. A report in Pakistan's Friday Times (81) carried this scathing message on the role of the migrant elite in using Islam: On Feb 21.. Muslims in Kashmir.therefore to Islam.dreaded the prospects of their exit from power in the event of elections. Elections were a threat that had to be postponed or canceled and an imaginary threat to Islam was invoked. Foolishly our ruling elite. No method was ruled out... Mohammad Waseem wrote: Muslim migrants from East Punjab and further East in India shaped the psyche of the new nation along feelings of insecurity at the hands of India.it remained a major potential challenge.. The Pakistani elite. the prop.. because opposing India meant devotion to Islamic ideals.. holding all the important government posts. saw their positions threatened by the prospect of elections which would unseat them in favor of locals. The Islam card was used by everybody in Pakistan to suit their own purpose. thought they could isolate the Bengali nationalists by raising religious slogans of Islamic ideology and Islamic identity to counter Bengali anger. commitment to Islamic ideology and the need to unite against all odds. In his essay on the role of the power structure in Pakistan (80). instead of going some way to meet Bengali demands. migrants from India. no sacrifice could be too great in opposing India. 85 .
whom Zia Malhotra wrote (74): Islamic texts are had deposed in a coup. so as to fight in accordance with the Koran. M. Another compelling reason to be very cautious about overuse of religion is to avoid seeping of sectarian tendencies into the armed forces. Rajiv being introduced into Pakistani military training. Finally. And as Islam was stirred into the mindset of the Pakistani army. Hussain wrote (82): 86 . anything less than an Islamic state in Pakistan was a threat. the army started seeing Islam in more and more of its actions. Middle ranking officers must take courses and examinations on Islam. A. After 1971 Zia-ul-Haq started a campaign of Islamization of the Pakistani army.General Mahmud Ahmad during Pakistani ambassador's conference reprimanded the ambassadors for not relying on the intercession of Providence while analyzing Pakistan's Afghan policy. and they supported every measure to make Islam the basis of the existence of all Pakistanis. and strengthened the process of Islamization of Pakistan started by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. 'There was a hidden hand deflecting the rounds'.. as distinct from the international military doctrines. for the mullahs (Islamic scholars) of Pakistan. Pluralism or Western-style democracy was incompatible with the mullah's world view. Columnist Hamid Husain has this to say about Islamization of the Pakistan army (58): Brigadier Gulzar Ahmad explaining the role of celestial powers to lessen his troop casualties in 1965 war stated.The army of Pakistan was initially subservient to the government. There are even serious attempts under way to define an Islamic military doctrine. Only in an Islamic state could mullahs be influential and prominent.
The idea of an Islamic state seemed noble enough. went to Pakistan as they saw no role in India for themselves. No Muslim polity has measured up to the combination of piety and social justice achieved by the Medinese community. Islamic people often ended up being controlled by the nearest strongman.. the army and the mullahs seemingly being in agreement with each other on the question of the Islamic status of Pakistan. he left behind a tradition. .But trying to replicate the Medinese polity remains an ideal. but making it reality was easier said than done. It explains why even those Ulamas and Maulavis (like Moulana Maudoodi). The Ideal Islamic state existed at the time of the Prophet Mohammad.. which remains to this day the blueprint for a genuinely Islamic society.. The men 87 who controlled the sword. but there were no written guidelines on how a state should be run. Every group in Pakistan needed Islam only for their narrow self interest. the bureaucracy and government.. Everything should have fallen in place. The desire for an ideal Islamic state has been described as follows (83): The quest for it reflects the desire to model Muslim politics on the original Islamic community in Medina. Maulavi.Imam. With everyone in Pakistan. etc. and gone without a hitch. there really should have been no problem. Mo-alim. But that did not happen. the people. Mozin. who had opposed Jinnah. In the absence of such guidelines.have a vested interest in establishing an Islamic state where they are locus of power and have tremendous scope for employment. When the Prophet Mohammad died in AD 632.
by the soldiers.the military ruler taking absolute control over Islamic people had already existed in Mughal India. wrote (The Prophet) Muhammad's prophetic mantle was not inherited by his successors. and he did not leave behind a specific political system or designate a successor...In theory the sultan's authority in religious matters was limited by the holy law of the Qu'raan and no sultan could clearly divorce religion from politics.In general. The real source of the sultan's authority was military strength. but there were no formal criteria for determining the community's leadership or judging its legitimacy. 88 and was implemented and . And Pakistan is no exception. a Professor of religious studies.. But in practice the Muslim sultan of India was a perfect autocrat and his word was law.. In a report on the relationship of the mullahs and the military in Pakistan by the International Crisis Group. Succession of leadership among Islamic people has been a bone of contention ever since that time.. Tamara (84): Sonn. the Prophet's successors were expected to be personally pious and to behave according to the guidance left by the Prophet..controlled the ulema (scholars) and the people. The precedent of the strongman . and this was understood and acquiesced in. the poets and the ulema of the age. (a non-profit multinational organization resolving conflict) the introduction following quote (85): committed to carries the The Muslim state in India was a theocracy.
And it was all done in the name of Islam.perpetuated in Pakistan.S Naipaul in his believers”(75) Islamic has been book “Among the This Islamic state couldn't simply be decreed. It was to be assumed by all who were watching that Pakistan itself was the embodiment of Islam. no interest in the banks. and in that invention faith was of little help. bureaucrats and the ulema used the army. Anything that Pakistan did was done in the name of Islam. seceded and formed Bangladesh (chapter 11). such as the politicians. The effort to make Pakistan purely described by V. After all Pakistan was formed for Islam. would solve all of Pakistan's problems. It was done. More and more Islamic laws had to be passed and implemented. Gradually the non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan were squeezed out (chapter 6) They had no role in Islamic Pakistan. and held on to power. revolted. Other forces in Pakistan who wanted power and influence. This blow to Pakistan was explained on the basis of Pakistan not being Islamic enough. The sharia. East Pakistanis their minds poisoned by India according to some West Pakistani commentators. But soon in 89 . zakat. and put and end to the people's misery. Pakistani leaders claimed. it was implied. The Pakistan army was invited to take power. to uphold Islam and represent Islam. at the moment. and the Hudood ordinance were brought in. always Islamic and they compelled their people to be more and more Islamic. or reached some accommodation with the army. no feminine immodesty. could only supply the simple negatives that answered emotional needs: no alcohol. Faith. Islamic fervor. Criticism of Pakistan was criticism of Islam. liked it. Pakistani leaders were always right. it had to be invented.
no parliament. the army. Pakistanis were urged to do jihad . Men were needed to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. ready to embrace 90 . The army brass. They took charge of the madrassas with gusto and preached with fervor. Jihad against the enemies of Islam. The burgeoning of madrassas and ensured that they would have jobs and influence. The mullahs of Pakistan were doubly happy. brought up with fervor of any in a madrassa. The rich got money. needed men to do their fighting. However.. Pakistan's alliance with the U. and the army became richer. The elite stayed rich. and in the vacuum only the army could rule. More and more Pakistanis were needed to fight Pakistan's wars.not the internal. the serfs and underlings. So existing institutions were deemed to be unIslamic and undermined or undone. self correcting jihad of the Koran.Pakistan these negatives were to be added to: no political parties. liberal lifestyle conveyed the impression of a progressive society to Western aid givers. ensured the delivery number of men to fight for Pakistan. the faith was asserted because only the faith seemed to be whole. no dissent. ensured that foreign aid poured in and the economy of the wealthy in Pakistan boomed. while the poor of Pakistan got madrassas (Islamic schools) to ensure that they became more Islamic.S. Each Islamic jihadi. Pure Islam was for the hoi-polloi. for Islam. but the external violence of the Generals and their games of military domination. In order to be good Muslims. getting richer. and their modern. the rulers and influential people of Pakistan did not have to be all that Islamic. They preached jihad. the army got weapons. was ready to die for a cause. no law courts. secure and happy in their newly funded madrassas. and the mullahs. Men were needed to fight India.
This glorious scene became Pakistan's version of Islam. and more powerful. indoctrinated and prepared for death. Failure only led back to the faith. but faith didn't. while their wards and students were encouraged to seek the pleasures of an afterlife. got fatter. it could only be because men had failed the faith. obtainable only by violence and death. the faith Islam. their families accepting that the death of their son would bring glory and honour. The state had been founded as a homeland for Muslims. The state withered. aiding the Generals' wars. If the state failed it wasn't because the dream was flawed. grew stronger. in league with lazy Generals. or the faith flawed...Extraordinary claims began to be made for Pakistan: it was founded as the land of the pure. Rich generals doing office jobs while men from the poor classes with little to live for were trained. In a remarkably prescient passage Naipaul observes (75). The Islam of Pakistan's mullahs. And as these men prepared for and died fighting for the cause that they had been told was Islamic . And in that quest of the Islamic absolute the society of believers.and accept the guaranteed benefits of dying in jihad in an afterlife to be enjoyed in a well-stocked heaven. it was to be the first truly Islamic state since the days of the Prophet and his close companions 91 . As the institutions of Pakistan failed in this unique and unorthodox concept of a nation. where every action was instinct with worship men lost sight of the political origins of their state.the people who trained them and sent them to die the army and the mullahs. preaching an Islam that would keep the mullahs comfortable in this life.
Every Pakistani had to strive to be a good Muslim. Muslim clerics. To be Pakistani was to be a good Muslim. Co-opting the Pakistani citizen under the Islam banner eminently served the interests of the rich and corrupt elite of Pakistan in maintaining their grip and preserving their business and territorial interests. it was stressed. the mullahs and the ulema were necessarily allowed to exercise spiritual control over the Pakistani masses to ensure that Pakistan remained adequately and properly Islamic in all arenas. Naipaul concludes (75): Step by step. In his characteristically astute manner V. and replaced it with nothing 92 . was created by Muslims for Muslims.The average Pakistani citizen was coerced or co-opted by putting Islam first. ‘the army of Islam.S. India had been held in check only by God and the Pakistani army. It was drummed in that this was necessary because India was always there to swallow up Pakistan. out of its Islamic striving. which presented itself as the savior. Pakistan.’ upholding the faith and protecting Pakistan. And the Pakistani state died. Pakistan had undone the rule of law it had inherited from the British.
This experiment is unique in the world. and survival of Pakistan required the rejection of all that was Indian. But Mani Shankar Aiyer has recognised a gradual change of attitudes to India 93 . (75) Naipaul quotes the words of a man story of this quarter of this everything that describing Pakistan. I will tell you the country in two sentences. and encouraged the replacement of that culture by an invented Islamic culture. In his book. Aiyer says that the best definition for Pakistani is “One who is not Indian”. In the first century the Hindus of India decided that was wrong had to do with foreigners and foreign influence. No other nation has attempted to so totally reject its existing culture while retaining only the faith or religion. So the country of Pakistan was built on hate and nothing else. and he has published his collected writings on Pakistan in a book entitled Pakistan Papers (86).Chapter 9 ATTITUDES TOWARDS INDIA AND INDIANS Career diplomat-turned-politician Mani Shankar Aiyer served as India's first Consul General in Karachi. The predominant Pakistani attitude toward India is hatred. They hated the foreigners and they hated the Hindus. Pakistani authorities have done everything in their power to discourage any Pakistani from displaying cultural traits that are seen as Indian in character. In their effort to ensure that Pakistanis are not Indian. the Muslims of India woke up. The birth. They had a double hate. and go on further to define themselves as pure Muslims. Among the Believers. Pakistanis define their identity as being non-Indian. Then in the second quarter. Pakistan itself means “Land of the Pure” and Pakistani identity has been sought to be defined on the basis that Pakistan is a land of pure Muslims.
lad lad ke lengey Hindustan' We got Pakistan with a triumphant smile We fill fight and take Hindustan (India) Myths about a single Muslim soldier being the equal of four. it was put about and accepted implicitly that in a matter of days. but after 1971. Aiyer continues: From 1947 to 1971 the general belief (in Pakistan) was: 'hans hans ke liya tha Pakistan... perhaps hours. Dislike and distrust of India became an industry in Pakistan. as a great victory. Like life itself.all but the most blind Pakistani today looks back on what happened to his country in 1971 at the hands of India as a great defeat. Aiyer writes (86): . or ten or whatever number of Kafirs was widely believed. till 1971 he looked back on what happened . India struggled but improved. Pakistani attitudes have changed to hate and fear. while Pakistan split up and tottered. Up until 1971 it was hate and contempt.among Pakistanis. which evolved from simple 94 . And hatred of India grew. Columnist Hamid Hussain describes the Pakistani army officer corps' attitude toward Indians prior to the 1965 war (58): The general despise (sic) of Hindus and doubting their capacity of able (sic) to give a good fight was almost universal Over the years. the flag of Islam would be imparted on the ramparts of the Red Fort.
The fact that in 1965 and also in Kargil it was the Moslems of India who alerted the country is too insulting to believe. hatred of India was nurtured to evolve. India was the enemy. Hatred and mistrust for the creation of Pakistan. Raychaudhuri sums up Pakistani attitudes to India: This shattering of the psychological indoctrination. Pakistan existed because Muslims would be suppressed in India. to be fought. The act of partition at independence left Pakistanis with a small moth-eaten nation. Brig. tigers. defeated and brought to its knees. For others. For these people nothing would be better than exacting revenge for their lost lives. insects and men. In an article written for Pinnacle magazine (87). grow and metamorphose into a multitude of reasons and justifications. The cup of Pakistani hatred brims over and India. fragrant flowers. in the Pakistani mindset. and opposition to India was the reason for Pakistan's birth. It was worth alone. Pakistanis evolved a plethora of reasons to hate India. makes it difficult for the Pakistanis to accept the reality of India's intrinsic superiority in size and economy.one-celled organisms into a multitude of life forms. Hatred for India and Indians has been made into a national purpose. India who caused the trauma of of India was the reason defeating India for this reason was a hateful nation of people partition. This was a source of resentment to many elite Pakistanis who had left everything in India to be in Pakistan. elephants. with active hatred being taught in Pakistani schools as described in Chapter 3. based on assumed religious superiority. is the cause of their 95 . a national obsession in Pakistan. huge Banyan trees.
India had to be hated to keep Pakistanis in line.000 or 70. hatred and fear of India had to grow stronger. to make them more Islamic. hatred of India was needed as the justification for the wealth of the Pakistan army. and for the health of army businesses surviving on state handouts. • Conducting terrorist activities in various parts of Pakistan to exploit ethnic and religious differences. a retired Colonel of the Pakistan Army wrote the following accusations against India (88): There is a long list of other hostile Indian actions against Pakistan.000 or whatever number of people in Kashmir. Furthermore. just like India was accused of killing or raping 30.nation('s) deprivations. And as India grew stronger. 96 . Pakistanis were poor because of Indian aggression. to make them good Muslims. Pakistan could not develop because of India. thus forcing this country to enter into a suicidal arms race with the consequent irreparable damage to its economy. they had to give up Indianness. and the merciless killing of thousands of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces. because India was there to subjugate or kill all Muslims. • Developing Pakistan-specific nuclear and conventional arsenal. Pakistanis had to be good Muslims to survive. who are always at work to create disgruntlement in Pakistan's smaller provinces. As recently as December 2003. the continued occupation of that state against the will of its people. • Constant efforts to destabilize Pakistan through its agents. and Islamic fervor had to be increased to oppose India.. some of which are: • Indian usurpation of Jammu and Kashmir.
to the apogee of wiping out memories of India. Expecting an enemy with such a criminal record to change its heart overnight and become friendly toward us is nothing but inanity. Persian. • Changing the name of Pakistan's national monetary unit .deemphasize Pakistan's inclusion in South Asia and play up Pakistan's role in Central and West Asia. which has exclusive Indian connotations.. Turkic and Central Asian . And while some Pakistanis have reacted to India with this degree of hatred and suspicion.from the perigee of wanting to occupy and subjugate parts of India.ministries must. If this requires drafting new books on Pakistan studies. so be it. • Educational: The other major facets of Pakistan's identity . Ahmad Quraish wrote in the Pakistani paper the Nation (89): .must be emphasized in our schoolbooks. • Cultural: Islamabad's cultural cooperation with West Asian and Central Asian countries must be revitalized. by adopting either the Riyal or the Dinar.instead of the Rupee. others try to urge Pakistan to virtually move out of the Indian subcontinent into Central Asia or even the Middle East. even denying 97 .....the following steps are necessary: • Political: Pakistan's.. having previously imposed three wars on Pakistan..• Keep bullying Pakistan by concentrating Indian armed forces on its borders and on the Line of Control in Kashmir on trumped up grounds.the Arab.. and these must be compulsory reading for Pakistani students It is both ludicrous and sad to see Pakistani loathing for India covering the full spectrum ..
98 . And all this while Indian children are taught to recognise Pakistanis as just like us.Pakistan's links with India and claiming imagined links with Central and West Asia.
Chapter 10 THE PAKISTANI ARMY: POWER AND GLORY IN THE FAMILY The word Army for the Pakistan army is a pitifully inadequate description for an organization that does vastly more. lucre and self preservation. terrorism. But its tentacles have spread into politics. being admired by most of Pakistan. How the Pakistani army changed from a regular army into this Hydra-headed monster has an interesting history. one can find people who have made the quote: Pakistan is not a nation with an army. business. It has been noted in an earlier chapter (Chapter 5) that due to historic reasons dating from the 1857 war of Indian independence. with soldiers. the Pakistani army leads a charmed existence. these troops began to be known as hailing from a martial race 99 . the Pakistani army started off as a regular army. crime. fighting by proxy. generals. and from many sources. deception. antagonised or disagreed with. tanks and valor. industry. and there is no group in Pakistan or among Pakistan's neighbors that the Pakistani army has not fought. greed. power. the British increasingly recruited people from the Northwest of undivided India. But yet. although that has begun to change recently. Time and time again. guns. which included a large number of Punjabi Muslims from the area that was to later become Pakistan. There is almost no activity in Pakistan that the army is not involved in doing. Calling the Pakistan army by that name is akin to describing a 30-course meal as a light snack. Because of their loyalty and docility under British leadership. it is an army with a nation Of course. religion. and has diversified into more ventures than most armies in the world could dream of doing.
who began to see themselves as being of a superior martial race. • Punjab was the most populous province of Pakistan. Apart from the predominance of Muslim Punjabis in the Pakistani army. • As part of the settlement of retired army personnel. especially a deep hatred for India. or families were affected during • Punjabi units were also utilised in Pakistan's unsuccessful attack to wrest Kashmir from India in 1947. several other unique observations can be made about the Pakistani province of Punjab (West Punjab) at the time of independence and partition(80). vast tracts of land in West Punjab had been awarded to them. For these reasons. The Punjabi dominated army 100 also considered itself a . Thus the Pakistani army was dominated by Punjabis. • Pakistani army units from Punjab were tasked with the protection of civilians in the post-partition violence. the military in Pakistan was not merely the military. • 70% of the voters in Pakistani Punjab had some connection with the military • Punjab itself was partitioned so a lot of army personnel had relatives or friends in Punjab who were affected by the events of partition.(57). so the personnel in these army units served both as protectors of the civilians as well as sufferers as their villages partition. The military also actually owned a lot of land because of the policy of settling retired soldiers by gifting land. • Pakistani Punjab was militarized because of the large number of Punjabis in the military. but had political clout as well as political opinions.
the reason these migrants had left India was precisely because they privileges. But there was an additional factor that led to the induction of the Pakistani army into the role of absolute rulers of Pakistan. The army. legal experts. After all. Democracy was feared democracy attenuating their inconvenient for the ruling elite of Pakistan. might actually end up ruling all of Pakistan. engineers and technocrats that were required in the government of the new Pakistan. Besides 101 . The areas that constituted West Pakistan were largely rural. It was also inconvenient for the feudal lords in Pakistan. a new nation. These posts were filled by the educated elite migrants from British India.martial race with superior fighting and leadership qualities compared to the East Bengalis (East Pakistanis) who were considered effeminate. and apart from the Punjabi dominated Army. there were not many educated local people to make up the bureaucrats. It was a victory for them. Pakistan . All these tendencies were present or had set in shortly after independence in 1947. largely mohajirs and Punjabis. and the rule of Pakistan to a Bengali party from faraway East Pakistan. who stood to lose their lands and influence. These people suddenly had a nation to lead. in the same way as they would later refuse to hand over power. And democracy also brought with it the danger that the more numerous Bengalis. and the Hindu Indians.one of the biggest countries on earth. and for Islam. having been tasked to protect Pakistanis during partition began to consider itself as the protector and savior of Islam. considered an inferior race. They were not about to fritter away that victory by allowing power to pass into the hands of the more numerous uneducated locals in democratic elections.
and stopped being a junior partner to the civil bureaucracy in government. from their huge neighbor India.. A report from the International Crisis Group (53) has this to say: In the first decade of Independence. Pakistan was nominally a parliamentary ruled the state with the elections were held . who had to give up space and resources to the migrants from India.ruled in league with Army Chief.. the migrant elite faced some resistance from the locals in West Pakistan. And Pakistani army officially came into power. (Governor- General Iskander) Mirza. Ayub ousted Mirza and imposed martial law in October 1958 The military coup by Gen Ayub Khan was a watershed of sorts as it marked the first step by the Pakistani military to gain and retain control of Pakistan.the the Prime Minister and democracy but civil bureaucrats military as junior partner. And what better way to do that than to declare a threat to Pakistan. No President had power to dismiss used it liberally.. and to Islam itself.these facts. the army nevertheless had shared power with the elite in Pakistan for nearly a decade before that. The ruling elite of Pakistan therefore had a deep vested interest in not handing power to the people of Pakistan. Elections were constantly the civilian authority used the Army to until the first bloodless military coup although that was the first year that the postponed and stay in power of 1958. Dispensing even with the pretence of democracy. It seems virtually certain that no single individual in the Pakistani 102 army could have been a . general Mohammad Ayub Khan. In the period from 1958 to 1971 the Pakistan Army gradually consolidated its hold on power in Pakistan.
severe punishments to individuals or extraordinary treatment of a similar nature are viewed as undermining the morale of the institution. while ensuring that its interests. The Pakistani army is like a close-knit fraternity. rather than power handed down from a single supremo. during and after 1965 when he launched and lost a war with India. a preferred choice. the (army) high command transferred power to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. that protects its own from harm and disrepute.. Sidelining discreetly Ayub exercised total control of Pakistan before.strongman without the connivance and cooperation of the Punjabi and feudal lord dominated military brass of the Pakistani army. Pakistani (90): security analyst Ayesha Siddiqa-Agha writes It is important to note that Pakistan's armed forces especially the army operates like a fraternity. however. who oversaw the splitting away of East Pakistan and the formation of Bangladesh after the worst defeat that the Pakistani armed forces have ever faced replaced him. In this environment. been 103 . thus. finances or honour are not harmed. It is a cooperative system. The International Crisis Group's paper on democracy in Pakistan (53) refers to the Pakistani Army's role in this period as follows: Fearing that its defeat would translate into popular demands for accountability.The military's defeat in the 1971 war with India had. a family or brotherhood. and General Yahya Khan. be they power. undesirable individuals or rewarding others is. The Army replaced Ayub Khan when it was sensed that popular opposition to Ayub Khan would harm the Army’s interests. a biradari.
and have prevented all attempts to check the finances or power of the military in any way. the Hamoodur Rehman report was never made public until a copy was obtained and published by the Times of India.000 prisoners of war in India. businesses and non-military interests of the Pakistan army that are so keenly protected and preserved. One of the fanciest clubs in Karachi is the Defense Housing Authority County and Golf Club. All military governments in Pakistan.limited to East Pakistan. Military leaders quickly recouped losses and closed ranks against perceived civilian threats to their personal and institutional interests It is clear that even as early as 1971 the Pakistan Army had enough of a vested interest in retaining power in Pakistan to pretend to hand over power to a civilian government in order to maintain the reputation and interests of the Pakistan army from public scrutiny and accountability.. It is informative to look at the perquisites.. Despite 93. a sparkling new facility 104 . In fact a damning report on the actions and defeat of the Pakistani army in the 1971 war. But the Pakistani army has always grabbed power from elected governments or prevented democracy from actually being established. The army ensures that its officer class live in great style and luxury. A report in the Washington Post in 2002 (91) described army life in the following words: The officer class in Pakistan has always had a strong sense of entitlement stemming from its dominant role in defending the country and in running it. including the one currently headed by General Musharraf have grabbed power to save Pakistan and bring in a sound democratic system. its infrastructure in the West was untouched.
A gated community protected by paramilitary troops. is the blandly named Army Housing Scheme II..in the upscale Karachi suburb of Clifton..166 for civilians. compared with $9. jewelry stores. restaurants and a yoga studio Describing the decrepit and run-down state of most schools in Pakistan.One of Pakistan's most coveted addresses. the handsome school is an educational showpiece whose computer. Mediterranean-style villas grouped around a playground and an elaborately landscaped Japanese-style garden. Nearby are clothing boutiques. a two-story driving range and a gracious stone clubhouse overlooking an inlet of the Arabian Sea. the development consists of spacious. for example. physics and biology labs would not seem out of place in an American suburb There are an enormous number of news media reports of the money and businesses that the Pakistani army controls. according to the club's fee schedule The same paper goes on to say: the military also rewards its senior officers by allowing them to purchase agricultural and urban land from the army's vast inventory of real estate at prices far below market value. Active-duty military personnel can join the club for an initiation fee of $16.with lush fairways. the Washington Post goes on to compare that with a Pakistani army run school: Geared toward preparation for the competitive O Level exams required by British universities.. The Independent of London described the contrast between a Pakistani army establishment and the rest of Pakistan (92): 105 ..
All countries have armies.in relation to country's per capita income Pakistani senior military officers are one of the best paid in the world.. No other career. but in Pakistan the army has a country.. The Pakistan Weekly reported (94): . Defense expenditures consume between onethird and one-half of the national budget. No rubbish litters this perfect world of discipline. Inside..Outside in the street. Their children have a quota at most public universities. newly painted cannons and battalion flags. Where does the money for all this come from? A report in the Daily Times of Pakistan in August 2002 says.. Why should anyone living here want a return to corrupt democracy? A report in the online edition of the Pakistani newspaper Dawn said (93): The perks don't end here: military personnel are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on air and rail fares as well as cinema tickets. rose bushes surround welltended lawns and officers' messes decorated with polished brass fittings. Retired officers head 106 . behind the ancient. Afghan refugees and Pakistan's urban poor root through garbage tips and crowd on to soot-pumping buses to work in sweatshops and brick factories. In recent decades. and serving and retired officers are routinely inducted into civilian jobs. with equivalent academic qualifications and so little productivity produces comparable personal affluence as that of the officer cadre of the Pak military. senior military officers have been transformed into powerful landlords through grants of choice agricultural lands and real estate.
un-audited For this report and other reports on the activities of the Pakistani army.many. from among the poorest of countries . at 4. security analyst Dr. if not most. For decades almost 35 to 40 per cent of Pakistan's and no- revenues have been going into questions-asked defence budget. September 09. former editor of the English language daily the News was threatened by the army and forced to flee Pakistan and live in exile (96). The News International.4% of GDP. public corporations. and those seen as cooperative people who toe the line.. but the army ensures great personal wealth for its serving and retired personnel especially those of the higher ranks. spends the highest on defence. at the expense of all other expenditure and all other groups in Pakistan. The excuse for the high defence expenditure has been the external threat from India. Ayesha-Siddiqa Agha describes 107 why the businesses were . It also controls a huge business empire. Shaheen Sehbai wrote in the Weekly Independent in 2002 (95). This garrison economy is increasingly unsustainable. Part of the army's wealth is from the extremely high defence budget that Pakistan has maintained for decades. 2001: Pakistan reported on Sunday As a % of GDP. In her study of the Pakistan military's economic activities. Shaheen Sehbai. The high defence budget is not the only source of income for the luxury loving Pakistani army. as Pakistan's poor multiply and the economy falters. Pakistan.
Later these two branches started off their own businesses. and the senior employees make fat salary packets. pharmaceuticals. cereal and corn. Siddiqa-Agha.started in the first place (90). Natural gas.800 million according to Dr. the Shaheen Foundation and the Bahria Foundation. safe from accountability and questions. Aksari aviation was set up merely to accommodate retired army helicopter pilots who could not get a job in the 108 . the Army Welfare Trust. The four key armed-forces run business organizations in Pakistan are The Fauji Foundation. aviation. wool. It was a pattern inherited from the pre-independence days. with a small quota for the Air Force and Navy. rice and sugar mills. fish farms. hosiery. banking. fertilizer. stud farms. Initially only the army had its businesses. plastics. cement factories. The Army Welfare Trust has 26 projects including farms. The Fauji Foundation's businesses include sugar mills. insurance and security with many bearing the name Aksari..the military's business empire in Pakistan was created to guarantee welfare of retired and serving personnel. but they survive on government subsidies and grants. and the vast enterprise has grown to gargantuan proportions. 152 million in 1970. to 9. They are not necessarily profitable. The Fauji foundation's assets have grown from Pakistani Rs. and employs 6 to 7 thousand military personnel. The Pakistani army's business enterprises were started for the welfare of retired personnel. mostly in middle and upper management positions. competition is scared off by military threats. commercial complexes. . shoes. power and education and healthcare. cement. travel agencies.
Banking. construction. the 17. The Bahria Foundation deals in commercial complexes. to start its own venture. the Pakistan air force established the Shaheen foundation which is now involved in air transportation. pay TV. The only wrapping that Fauji Cereal ever uses comes from Fauji Poly Propylene Products. trading. Like a core business that has diversified. milk use to come from the nearby Okara Military Farms. During my days at the village. knitwear and commercial complexes. my wife wanted to build a house. Farrukh Saleem. Dr. ship breaking. Not to be outdone. But they are normal and routine for the Pakistani armed forces. a travel agency. The only sugar that I ever liked was either from the four Fauji Sugar Mills or Army Welfare Sugar Mills. a freelance Pakistani columnist wrote in the Pakistani daily Jang (97): Fauji Cereal has been part of my daily breakfast for as long as I can remember. 109 I didn't want to be .000-acre dairy. airport services. the navy. cargo.private sector. dredging. FM That left Pakistan's smallest force. There is no nation in the world whose armed forces are involved in as many non-military business ventures as the Pakistan armed forces. meat and grain-producing project. radio. Not too long ago. the Bahria Foundation in 1981. commercial complexes and radio stations are ventures that do not obviously appear to be an essential part of the armed forces of any nation and would not be justifiable in any other nation on earth. salvage and even a university. paints. insurance. insurance. deep sea fishing. the Pakistani armed forces have diversified into fields well outside the mandate of an armed force.
anywhere but in one of the six Askari Housing Schemes. Fauji also owns and operates Fauji Corn Complex. The web page of the NLC describes its army connection euphemistically as a unique logistic based Public Sector Organisation which has [a] blend of corporate culture and Army's discipline. In her study of the Army's businesses. (98) With the military in government. Fauji Fertilizer Company. The only cement I will use is Fauji Cement. The businesses run by the Pakistani armed forces are marked by inefficiency. Siddiqa-Agha makes a scathing indictment(90): Ayesha The top management of the armed forces jealously guard their interests. employing thousands of serving and retired army personnel. Fauji Oil Terminal Company Project and Mari Gas Company. Dr. Over the years the interests have narrowed down from the greater benefit of the institution to the personal welfare of the generals. The paint for my house must come from no one but Bahria Paints. and are preserved by intimidation 110 that scares away . I wish I was right next to Fauji Kabirwala Power Company because I hate the power that Wapda comes out with. the military run businesses of Pakistan are above all accountability. and the defence ministry manned by retired military officers. corruption and self-interest. A feature peculiar to a number of cases is. The army also operates what is called the National Logistic Cell (NLC) which is a trucking and transportation giant in Pakistan. FONGAS. the ventures were started not based on any feasibility study but on the whims of the top management to accommodate certain highranking officers. Fauji Jordan Company.
Which wealthy army general living in the lap of luxury would want to give up his good life for the hardship and travails of war? Besides.competitors or people who try to question their activities. "to defend it from the enemy. In another report in August 2002. Nearly half the billionaires were from the army or close relatives of senior army personnel. Such lists exist all over Punjab and Sindh where a new breed of landlords has already been created through similar allotments.. the risk to this life is not so 111 .. heart of Punjab. the Pakistan army's main problem shifts away from the defence of Pakistan to the defence of their own wealth and power. and there is evidence of corruption." at the throw away rate of Rs 380 per acre (US Dollars Six & 50 cents). the South Asia Tribune reported (99): . wealth and power.a list of over 100 armed forces men who allotted to themselves at least 400 or more acres of prime land in Bahawalpur. "There is also evidence of corruption linked to monopolization of government contracts.. Corruption in running these businesses has been noted by Siddiqa-Agha and others (96): "When you dig into them. you find out they are inefficient. An online report in the Crescent International revealed a list of Pakistani billionaires and millionaires with accounts in Swiss banks. With this degree of money.This conversion of generals into landlords also explains why no serious effort has been made by the military to introduce land reforms in the country." Siddiqa-Agha said. which could cure many political and social imbalances in the Pakistani society. The list is only of one District.
the center of anti-Indian sentiment. And they have been ever ready to join hands with the military to undermine popularly elected and mainstream civilian governments inimical to the military's corporate view of Pakistan's interests in one way or another.much from an attack by India. This Islamization of Pakistan and the Pakistani army accelerated after the 1971 defeat of the Pakistani army by India in the war of liberation of Bangladesh. but by anger and opposition to the corrupt and wealthy army from the desperately poor people of Pakistan. as in Afghanistan since 1979 and in India since 1989. Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi noted in an article in the Friday Times of Pakistan (101): Since the late 1970s. Increasingly under pressure within Pakistan for their greed the Pakistani army has used Islam and the external threat from India to retain their power and wealth. A report in the Washington Times recognised this (102): The Pakistani army. The Islamicists have offered two critical inputs to the military: they have provided armed manpower for the military's security agendas in the neighborhood. In fact. the Pakistan army has maintained a mutually profitable relationship with Islamic elements in the country. rallied radical Islamic forces to the cause. Poverty and destitution in Pakistan are because India is trying to attack Pakistan and kill Muslims. the hundreds of Islamic seminaries have become breeding 112 . and recruitment to the army benefits the poor who are inclined to Islamic fundamentalism. Pakistan is a poor country. a staggering 85% of whom live on less than US $2 per day (100). The people must be more Islamic. because the sacrifice of jihad is required to fight India.
But there is an Army of Islam. in the course of the 1989 uprising in Kashmir.. Each unit has a commander who reports to an army officer. Each jihadi commander is given funds and the brief to devise a strategy for his unit's combat operations. The jihadi outfits. these jihadis played so vital a role that they outdid the army. over the course of the last few decades.000.purpose was to develop a paramilitary force that would assist the Pakistan army in the event of war. The commanders have lap top computers in which they store their data. Another report in the Asia Times in 2003 (103) reveals the depth to which the Pakistan army's fighting forces have become intertwined with Islamic jihadis. they gradually subcontracted the actual fighting to Islamist irregular forces. with a total strength of about 200. First-hand observations by this correspondent in Azad Kashmir camps confirm that the jihadi outfits are in fact paramilitary troops. Former Indian Intelligence analyst B. During the Kargil conflict 113 of 1999.Raman was quoted in the online portal Rediff (104): Pakistan has two armies. subcontracted its fighting to the jihadis. Thus. the army has become a harbinger for Islamic ideological orientations. As the Pakistani army generals consolidated their financial and business empires. However..grounds for terrorism and centers for the recruitment of junior officers to the Pakistan army. The Pakistan army has. so-called by Pakistan itself. so in the 1990s it was decided that they would act as a front-line force in any IndiaPakistan war. Pakistan .. from which they generate summaries of their operations for their military officers. a regular army of around 500..000.
Parthasarathy outlines the role of the Pakistani army in genocides and the killing of its own people(107): The Pakistan army has killed more of its own citizens in the past three decades than any other armed force. but not before the Pakistani Northern Light Infantry was virtually wiped out. rural Sind (1983 onwards) and the urban centres of Sind against the MQM 114 . Rouge led by the genocidal Pol Pot.refused to admit that any of their forces were involved in the fighting. saying that Kashmiri mujahideen were doing the fighting. information regarding the Pakistani army would be incomplete without mention of the criminal activities and genocide that they have been involved in: G. Pakistani troops withdrew in the face of defeat. controls the largest network of elite public schools. But as Pakistani soldiers bodies began appearing in Pakistan the truth leaked out. Parthasarathy. The latter fact was confirmed in an interview with deposed Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an interview at his place of exile in Saudi Arabia (105). former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan wrote (106): The Pakistan army is today the largest investor in the Karachi Stock Exchange. owns the largest construction company and the largest transportation company the National Logistics Cell— that has the dubious distinction of not only transporting weapons for the ISI and the CIA. but also heroin from Peshawar for export from Karachi. Finally. Documented of the numbers of Pakistani citizens killed the carnage by the Pakistan army in Bangladesh Baluchistan (1972-1974). In another article. except the Khmer evidence following (1971).
Raman was quoted in a report (108): . promising to bring back democracy and to fight and defeat the number one enemy. But the army did none of these things. B.(in the 1990s). the Pakistani army being the only viable institution out. Indian Intelligence analyst B. who are indoctrinated on the exclusivity and superiority of their brand of religion. confirms this fact. In conclusion.. RAW's former Pakistan expert. One of these masters will lose and it is unlikely that the followers of God as supreme army commander will give up without a fight. India. A large number of men in the lower ranks of the Pakistani army now have fundamentalist Islamic leanings. and built up a huge business empire for its senior officers and sycophants while the actual fighting was given over to jehadis fired up with Islamic zeal. and these lower ranks will be senior officers with the passage of time. The Pakistani army has set itself on the course of a serious split. the With that seems to be represented almost all over Pakistan. Raman. On the other hand are the Islamists. with their businesses and lands. Based on this the army repeatedly took power in Pakistan with the promise of setting things right. the army commanders on the one hand and Allah on the other.two or three of the 10 corps commanders are seen as Islamicists. This Islamic zeal has gradually entered the ranks of the Pakistani army. It started unwinnable wars. says only one of the 30 officers of lieutenant-general rank and above is definitely a jehadi. In short the Pakistani army has people who are serving two masters. it is 115 . On the one hand are the rich and corrupt generals. In late 2003. it may be said that the Pakistani army retained a great degree of respect among the people of Pakistan from the time of independence.
difficult to imagine what could be in store for Pakistan other than serious instability when differences begin to show up between the Islamists and the corrupt mafia of the Pakistani army. 116 .
Pre-independence India (British India) consisted of present day India. Kashmir was not one of them. Demographer PH Reddy pointed out in an article in the newspaper The Deccan Herald on January 25th 2002 that the basis of division of British India into India and Pakistan was Sir Cyril Radciffe's Boundary Commission which had been tasked with demarcating the districts in India that had a Muslim majority of more than 75% which were to be allotted to Pakistan. shortly after independence and the formation of Pakistan. and video clips on the Internet (109.Chapter 11 KASHMIR. PLEBISCITE. WARS AND GENOCIDE It is beyond the scope of this book to enter into a detailed military discussion of the wars that Pakistan has fought with India. The 1947-48 war: The first conflict started in 1947. The exact circumstances under which this war started is generally lost in a maze of rhetoric. It is interesting to note that. But a brief description of the background and outcome of the wars that have been fought give an insight into how Pakistani leaders have viewed the world around them and their relationship with India. Much has been written on this subject and many references are available. in two clusters that were to form West and East Pakistan. 110. The commission found 76 out of 435 districts with such a majority. Within this 117 . myth and misinformation. documents 111). Pakistan and Bangladesh. and needs to be described. including some excellent online references complete with photographs.
but were Princely States with kings or rulers of their own.area were also about 600 states that were not directly ruled by Britain.or agreed to join India or Pakistan. When it was decided that British India was to be split up into India and Pakistan and given independence. and hastily commenced an invasion of Kashmir to take over the Kingdom before the Maharaja made up his mind (112). the 600 Princely States were given the option of joining either India or Pakistan by signing a document called the Instrument of Accession. Faced with this invasion from Pakistan. He was hoping to retain his kingdom. India wanted to formalize this agreement with a representative of the King. and he therefore requested both India and Pakistan to sign a treaty called a standstill agreement to maintain supplies and postal services to his landlocked state while he made up his mind. 118 . This King had not made up his mind about signing the Instrument of Accession at the time of Indian independence on 15th August 1947. the Maharaja of Kashmir signed the instrument of accession to India and requested assistance from the Indian Armed forces in protecting his people who were being subjected to rape and pillage by the invading Pakistani forces. The Instrument of Accession was a legal document saying that a state ruled by a Prince or King had acceded . The dominion of Kashmir was one such Princely State that was ruled by a King (Maharaja Hari Singh) who had to make the decision of joining India or Pakistan. the Pakistani army sent in irregular non-army forces as well as army personnel in civilian attire at the forefront of the invasion of Kashmir. Pakistani leaders suspected that this was a ploy by India to make the Maharaja of Kashmir accede to India. In a tradition that was to be repeated in 1965 and 1999.
and desperadoes with modern weapons have been allowed to infiltrate into the State. The entire text of the letter is reproduced in Appendix 1.The letter of accession to India written by the Maharaja of Kashmir (113) is as chilling as it is telling. (meaning a vote. Afridis. armed with up-to-date weapons. The United Nations resolution on Kashmir (Appendix 2) called for a withdrawal of military forces within five months from the date of the resolution.. 14th March 1950. the Government permitted a steady and increasing strangulation of supplies like food. soldiers in plain clothes. Though we have got a standstill agreement with the Pakistan Government. or a 119 . The wild forces thus let loose on the State are marching on with the aim of capturing Srinagar. After the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India..it has become difficult to stop the wanton destruction of life and property and the looting of the Mahura power house. which supplies electric current to the whole of Srinagar and which has been burnt. cannot possibly be done without the knowledge of the Provincial Government of the North-West Frontier Province and the Government of Pakistan. the Indian armed forces started their process of evicting the invading Pakistani marauders in a war that continued till an official UN sponsored cease fire was declared in 1949.. salt and petrol to my State. The number of women who have been kidnapped and raped makes my heart bleed.. after which a plebiscite. but an excerpt follows: The Dominion of India desired further discussion with representatives of my Government.. at a time when Pakistani forces still occupied about onethird of Kashmir in the North West..
History has shown that Pakistani forces have not withdrawn from the portions of Kashmir that they occupied even 600 months. Pakistan could do no wrong. Any ally was welcomed as long as he declared that he was opposed to communism. The Pakistan-India war of 1965: The early 1960s were great years for Pakistan. as well as the most sophisticated arms that were available. when Soviet nuclear missiles were placed in Cuba right under the nose of the US. armed with Sidewinder air to air missiles. or 50 years after the UN resolution was passed. These included state-of-the-art supersonic F-104 Starfighter aircraft. In the meantime. The economy was booming. The US in the 1960s had just emerged from the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Pakistan allied itself with the United States of America in the cold war against the Soviet Union. Pakistan's failure to get Kashmir on their terms. Pakistan's alliance with the US allowed a great deal of aid money to flow into Pakistan.referendum) could be held to poll the people of the state of Kashmir on the issue. subversion or diplomacy. deception. held afloat 120 . and was lauded as a progressive leader among developing nations. The US was also fighting communist forces in Vietnam. a portion of Kashmir that Pakistani forces occupied was gifted away to China it appears that no plebiscite of the people of Kashmir was required for giving away a part of the state to China. and the failure to bend the terms of the now defunct UN resolution to suit Pakistan has been the basis for all further attempts by Pakistan to take Kashmir by force. and communism was considered the most serious threat by the US. Under military rule.
as a general rule Hindu morale would not stand more than a couple of hard blows delivered at the right time and place. and that the Muslims of India were waiting to rise up in revolt and join Pakistan. Pakistan's military leader felt that the 1960s offered him a chance to invade and take over Kashmir from India. though leaflets were distributed. who would ask for international assistance. Pakistani leaders were wrong on both counts. after having naively trusted China to do good. mainly from Pakistan. Indian forces in 1962 fought valiantly but valor is no substitute for planning and equipment in a war that the Indian Army had not been given the funds or strategy to prepare for. the military dictator of Pakistan (58): General Ayub Khan in his letter to C-in-C General Muhammad Musa stated. In the event. genuinely believed that one Pakistani soldier equals six Indian soldiers (68). The plan was to conduct acts of sabotage and create mayhem after which a radio broadcast was to be made saying that Kashmir had been taken over by revolutionary liberation forces. Columnist Hamid Hussain quotes from a letter written by Ayub Khan. the infiltration of Pakistani forces was not welcomed with the pro-Pakistan rebellion of Indians in Kashmir that the Pakistanis had expected. The planned broadcast did not take place. starting from their military supremo Ayub Khan. Through August 1965 Pakistani forces in civilian clothes were infiltrated into Kashmir as part of Operation Gibralter (sic). 121 . In the heady 1960s. Pakistanis.by aid dollars. against India. India on the other hand was smarting from a military defeat in the hands of the Chinese in the 1962 war.
a massive armor attack on India. but no such awakening has occurred. Pakistan appears to be repeating the same mistakes again and again. By the time a cease fire was declared on 23rd September 1965. India ended the war holding about 1. India opened a second front by attacking Pakistan across the border in Punjab. on September 1st 1965 Pakistan launched Operation Grand Slam. with Indian troops occupying the Pakistani town of Barki in the Lahore sector.At this stage. The attackers were planning to take the town of Akhnoor. West Pakistanis always considered their East Pakistani 122 . In order to relieve the intense Pakistani pressure in Kashmir. beating back Indian defences. en route to the taking of Srinagar. the instability that Pakistan displays more than three decades after the 1971 war is indicative of the deeply dysfunctional internal forces that have kept Pakistan in turmoil since then. Pakistan occupied about 490 square kilometers of Indian territory in the Akhnoor region. Ayub Khan's plan of annexing Kashmir had been foiled. The cease fire was formalized with the Tashkent declaration of January 10th 1966 (Appendix 3) The 1971 war of liberation of Bangladesh: The 1971 war was one of the most shameful episodes in the history of Pakistan. and advancing toward the Pakistani city of Lahore. At the time of writing of this. the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.100 square kilometers of Pakistani territory in the Poonch and Lahore regions. Gen. The lessons and punishment suffered by Pakistan should really have been an eye-opener for any responsible and patriotic forces in Pakistan.
Bengali compatriots as somehow inferior and weak. Rafiqul Islam of Dhaka Just after midnight on the night of 25th March. This was the beginning of the Pakistani army's darkest and most shameful phase to date... which meant that true democracy in Pakistan could pave the way for an East Pakistani Bengali to become leader of Pakistan. and martial law was clamped in East Pakistan. I saw with my own eyes. But East Pakistan had a population greater than that of West Pakistan. The Pakistani army could not countenance this. followed by a genocide of East Pakistani Bengalis. headed by Sheikh Mujibur Rehman won a landslide victory and should have formed the government of all of Pakistan. What transpired around Iqbal Hall. Elections were somehow postponed or avoided until 1971. by University reads(114): Prof. The killing of Bengalis. the Awami league.. for a period of 36 hours from the night of the 25th till the 26th night. especially Iqbal Hall. who were all Muslims and fellow Pakistanis was shocking and brutal. when General Yahya Khan. That was unacceptable to the ruling elite of West Pakistan as well as the Pakistani army.Just after midnight Iqbal Hall came under a barrage of heavy mortar and machine-gun attack from near the pond in front and the police barracks behind it. Raging infernos everywhere. gambling that no party would get an overall majority. One description. 123 .I don't have the words to express the bestiality and barbarity that was perpetrated on the Dhaka University area. He was wrong. the Pakistani Army began their attack on the Student Halls and Staff Quarters of the University. Jagannath Hall... the incumbent military dictator of Pakistan allowed an election to be held. East and West. and adjoining residential areas. An East Pakistani party.
Then a new bunch of prisoners was brought out. they were easy targets. and the Pakistan army tended to line up men along river-banks at night and shoot them. allowing their bodies to float down-river (115) They were in batches of six or eight. The prisoners fell on their sides and their bodies lapped against the shore. the cars parked around the residences were burning. or near army camps. The genocide by the Pakistani army in East Pakistan was the worst seen after the holocaust of Jews by the Nazis in the second World War. floating down rivers. and then silence. the smell of gun-powder and the stench of the burning corpses all transformed the area into a fiery hell. shooting down at the compact bunches of prisoners wading in the water.young boys.J. Rummel likewise writes that "the [sought] out those especially likely Pakistan army to join the resistance -. There were screams in the hot night air. In the morning the village boatmen hauled the bodies into midstream and the ropes binding the bodies were cut so that each body drifted separately 124 . Sweeps were conducted of young men who were never seen again. and the process was repeated. One online source (115) has a collection of references to this and the descriptions are horrific: R.the slum was burning. Bangladesh is a nation criss-crossed by rivers. black against the silvery water. Bodies of youths would be found in fields. The executioners stood on the pier. and in the light of a powerful electric arc lamp. The heaped bodies of the dead from the slum were also set on fire near the Nilkhet rail gate petrol pump. The sound of shells bursting and guns firing. the smoke and fire.
p. A two-front war broke out when the Pakistani Air Force commenced hostilities in the West with air raids on Indian targets on December 3rd 1971. guerrilla and conventional forces. Bengal. Unable to stand by and watch the horrific events in East Pakistan. Massacre [Macmillan. now Bangladesh (literally Land of Bengal). Shelford Bidwell summarized the military action as follows(48): A close study of this campaign will edify military students for a long time to come. taking 93. The Indian plan was a masterly combination of airborne. The army of the martial races of Pakistan had capitulated and surrendered a nation of 144. Military historian Brig. In a whirlwind war the Indian armed forces overran East Pakistan. the Indian Prime Minister Mrs.) Descriptions of rape and killing of Hindus abound and over over 3 million people were killed over a 267 day period seconds an average of one murder committed every 8 by Pakistani army personnel for nearly 9 months. More than 10 million people were accommodated in refugee camps in India.000 prisoners of war. while Bengali resistance fighters sought Indian help. 1973].000 square kilometers along with 93. 55. the new nation of Bangladesh was born out of the ravaged remains of East Pakistan. (Payne.downstream. The killings in East Pakistan led to a massive influx of refugees into India. At the end of this action. Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Armed forces into East Pakistan on the humanitarian mission of stopping the killing. comprehensively defeating the Pakistani army. putting a great strain on resources. based on complete mobility and the bypassing of all centres of 125 . is an eminently defensible country cut up by rivers five miles wide and obstructed by marshes.000 of its men in a mere 16 days.
The 1999 Kargil conflict: It was a while before anyone realized that a war had erupted between India and Pakistan in 1999. the war started after their discovery. For the third time since independence. boat. albeit a war limited in area.it was a Blitzkrieg without tanks. This ultimately has a great bearing on credibility and international standing.resistance. Pakistani fortified soldiers in civilian garb occupied themselves within Indian territory in and the heights of the mountains in the Kargil region of Kashmir. While the entry of these Pakistani forces had gone undetected. the Pakistan army had sent soldiers disguised as civilians into Indian territory. One of the major disadvantages of a state trying to deny involvement in a war is that neither escalation nor pullout are possible without admitting involvement or conceding that the earlier denial of involvement was a lie in the first place. Pakistan seems to have gleaned more shame than honour from this action. An astonishing momentum was maintained from start to finish . The advance was not held up for bridging operations. These soldiers were then in an advantageous position to defend their positions and to direct accurate artillery fire to cut off a major Indian highway and Indian army supply route. when Indian forces began the 126 process of evicting the . troops and guns were ferried over the rivers by helicopter. canoe or country cart as suitable. and tried to deny any involvement with the conflict. and 'supply and transport' was by air.
why did they admit to involvement later? What was it that Pakistani leaders hoped would be achieved by this action? While there are more questions than answers. Small organizations. let alone nations cannot function if leaders display a disconnect between their actions and reality.Pakistanis from their positions within India. The Kargil conflict is very difficult to explain from the Pakistani viewpoint. By the time the last abandoned Pakistani soldiers' corpses had been buried by the Indian army. mountain bunkers and supply depots occupied by Pakistani forces were systematically destroyed. Using the overwhelming firepower at the disposal of the Indian army and air force. Pakistan's Northern Light Infantry had been all but wiped out in a war that Pakistan denied till the last moment (105). The war ended when the last few surviving Pakistani soldiers were pulled out in a humiliating retreat that Pakistan conducted under the fig-leaf of American mediation . Pakistan denied any involvement in the war until coffins of their soldiers started turning up at their hometowns in Pakistan.the retreat being announced after a visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to meet US President Clinton. and an equally frightening lack of communication and cooperation between the leaders themselves. accompanied by Indian media coverage of captured Pakistani army identity papers and weapons. 127 . any answers that fit the known facts suggest a frightening disconnect between perception and reality among the seniormost leaders of Pakistan. Why did Pakistan do it? And having done it. why did they deny involvement? If they did not want to be identified as being involved. why was it done so half-heartedly? If they wanted to be involved in the conflict.
What could have been Pakistan's motive and ultimate objective in sending army troops dressed in mufti to fortify themselves and occupy positions above 15. after which a Pakistani attack would have isolated and encircled Indian positions in Siachen glacier region. Pakistani military leaders believed India to be very afraid of Pakistan. In the 1965 war. and some of the explanations are ludicrous enough to be unbelievable. and pretending not to be involved? Why the was its did the Pakistani military not plan a counter-offensive to blunt or stop India from relentlessly clearing the heights as it did? The logic defies explanation. It appears that Pakistani generals believed that India would be afraid to repeat that in 1999 because they feared nuclear retaliation from Pakistan. Another theory. it was believed that the morale of the Indian armed forces was at breaking point and that Indian soldiers would be ready to run away from battle at the slightest threat. But did they not expect Indian retaliation when they were discovered? Were they so worried about the possibility of discovery that they refused to allow their men to wear uniforms? But that was futile. why Pakistan so concerned about keeping the identity of men secret. since they could not prevent their men from carrying identification papers in their personal effects. It has been said that after Pakistan's nuclear tests in 1998. is that the men on the mountains were there to help cut off the Srinagar-Leh highway. India had taken Pakistani pressure off Kashmir by opening a second front in Punjab. the more commonly quoted one. If that was the case. And within Kashmir it was 128 .000 feet high on mountains just within the Indian border? One explanation is that they sought to salami slice into Indian territory by surreptitiously occupying unguarded Indian territory. Furthermore.
Gen. In February 1999. with a self-image amounting to delusions of grandeur rather than objective and rational military judgment. Ved Prakash Malik. This statement by a senior Pakistani army general eerily echoes the assessment made by Pakistani dictator Ayub Khan 34 years earlier when he stated that Indian morale would break after a couple of hard blows. Such an attitude can be termed as nothing short of suicidal. senior Pakistani General Javid Nasir wrote in the prestigious Pakistani Defence Journal (116): I say with all the authority and professionalism that 'The Indian army is incapable of undertaking any conventional operations at present what to talk of enlarging conventional conflict' It is inconceivable that a professional Pakistani soldier and senior officer should deliberately and publicly choose to underestimate an adversary without paying the slightest heed to the possibility that the assessment may be wrong. It is interesting to note that the large and powerful army of Pakistan has cultivated a leadership that somehow believes that the Indian military will be a pushover in battle. at about the time when Pakistani army men were secretly taking up their positions in the mountains near Kargil. such assessments are more indicative of the psychological state of the Pakistani army officer. less reassuring assessments. As indicated in the description of the Pakistani mind in chapter 5. the 129 . or that there may be alternate. After the Kargil conflict.expected that the Indian army would capitulate and run away. as events have shown.
Indian frustration will lead to escalation. will either over-react or under-react.India is militarily weak and unprepared. the chance of Pakistan viewing India with any sanity or objectivity can also be dismissed as high hopes.The coalition government in India. 6. Some other assumptions and misperceptions which led to the Pakistani offensive operation in Kargil were: 1. putting the onus of escalation on India. 4.Military operation under the garb of Mujahideen would focus attention on Kashmir and Pakistan would be able to claim this as a victory. 3. weak and indecisive. 130 . 2. less rosy scenarios. But it does not appear that the Pakistani army had planned for anything but easy and cheap victory in Kargil. 5.Indian Chief of Army Staff who oversaw the defeat of Pakistani forces in the Kargil conflict wrote about Gen Javid Nasir's article and misperception within the Pakistani army's high command that led them to attempt the Kargil misadventure (117): This was not only a gross underestimation of a possible adversary but also a poor assessment and misperception.Nuclear umbrella allows offensive action without risk. That is a disquieting thought.International community would intervene or stop the war at an early stage. If Pakistani Generals persist in thinking of war and easy victories against India. Assumptions regarding enemy weakness and fear can only be termed as high hopes unless they are balanced out by other.
but held together forcibly by the wrapper. to freedom from torture. Punjab. Much of this area is sparsely populated. The “wrapper” that holds the Pakistan state together is the Pakistan army. The state of Pakistan can be compared to a shattered cookie within an intact wrapper – each fragment is separate.In the "war on terror". Indeed more than half the land area of Pakistan is outside the control of the Pakistan government.. including the right to life. to the security of the person. Pakistan has violated a wide array of human rights. but the peoples in such areas have either declared independence. In 2006 Amnesty International published a report (159) about human rights violations in the tribal Pakistan.” Pakistan has four provinces. and to legal remedies and reparations. which has regularly massacred people within those provinces in an effort to maintain control. An excerpt from the report says: areas of “. Sindh. Balochistan and the Northwest Frontier Province. to freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. Each province is one part that contributes to the whole. with vast swathes of Pakistan falling outside the bounds of any control. or are seeking separation from Pakistan.Chapter 12 PROVINCES AND ASSORTED FRAGMENTS The word “provinces” calls to the mind the idea of a nation that has been divided into smaller blocks for administrative reasons. The map below 131 . other illtreatment and enforced disappearance. In the case of Pakistan this idea is misleading – Pakistan’s provinces belong to the Pakistani state in name only.
but are home to over 80% of Pakistan’s population. in the absence of any reliable recent census is estimated to be between 160 and 170 million in 2006. The fact that most of the population and economic activity of Pakistan occurs in these three provinces can be seen in the photograph below. Punjab is by far the dominant province. which. Sindh and the Northwest frontier provinces (N.W.F.) form the “core provinces” of Pakistan. and contributing over 60% of the personnel in the Pakistan armed forces. These provinces form less than half the land area of Pakistan. Punjab. with Punjabis comprising over 50% of Pakistan’s total population.depicts the provinces of Pakistan. These were the provinces that voted to be part of Pakistan from the outset.P. which shows a map of Pakistan super-imposed on a satellite 132 .
Sindh and N. except for a strip close to the Indian border representing the provinces of Punjab. including natural gas and minerals. which show lights and population activity.photograph of the Indian subcontinent at night. the Pakistan army and successive governments have shown that they want the natural resources more than 133 . BALOCHISTAN: Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan.P. and more recently for a fair share of the proceeds from the natural Baluchistan.W.F. comprising 42% of the land area. resources being exploited in In return. Balochistan is rich in natural resources. Balochistan became part of Pakistan after it was forcibly annexed by the Pakistani army after Pakistan was created in 1947. but it has a population of only about 7 million – or just over 4% of Pakistan’s population. Almost all of Pakistan is dark. The people of Balochistan have long fought for independence of their land from Pakistani rule..
area that and other 134 .A. This has resulted in the death in 2006 of a prominent and respected Balochi leader and a fierce opponent of Pakistani occupation. signing a peace deal with the Taliban who control an area of the F. including helicopter gun ships. of whom less than 2% live in urban areas.A.A. called Waziristan (see map on page 136). The “peace deal” (160) made by the Pakistani Army with people who are supposed to be Pakistani citizens guarantees that the Pakistani army will never return to Waziristan and a return of confiscated weapons.T. In 2006 the same army made an ignominious retreat from the area after suffering hundreds of casualties. Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. F. as well as the payment of reparations for damage.A.A. It is a strip of land on the Northwest border of Pakistan with Afghanistan populated by tribes.T.A. This has been described as a defacto acceptance of an independent “Islamic Emirate of Waziristan” – ruled by the Taliban.T.A. – or Federally Administered Tribal Areas is a euphemism for a completely lawless area that does not come under Pakistani control at all. Despite a long struggle the sparse population of Balochistan cannot match the firepower of the Pakstani army. A series of massacres of Balochi tribals have occurred with the use of deadly force. in an serves as a safe harbor for the Al Qaeda assorted Islamist militia personnel. The F. for the first time in its history in 2002 on the pretext of helping the US in its war on terror.they want the people of Balochistan. The Pakistan army actually entered the F.T. They do not recognize Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan and the area is home to a thriving arms industry in which clones of almost any type of small arms are made in small workshops (139).A.
Since 1989. the statement came as sweet music to the ears Indians who have been fighting terrorism from Pakistan for over a decade (118). Treasury Department. working tirelessly. Being too lazy to do the uses his magic powers to make a to draw water to fill the tub. A charming tale for children is told in an animated film called “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” featuring Walt Disney's cartoon character Mickey Mouse. the sorcerer broom grow hands and legs As Mickey relaxes and a tub. About two-thirds of all designated terrorist groups in the world have a Pakistani connection. The statement was a vindication of long-standing Indian concerns. the magic broom. in which aircraft were hijacked and crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington were a wake-up call to the somnolent and blinkered intelligence communities of the West about the deep changes taking place in Pakistan. The terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 in the US. A panicky Mickey wakes up and chops the magic broom into small pieces but each piece then becomes a new apprentice that carries water and the flooding starts to 135 .Chapter 13 PAKISTAN.S. JIHAD AND TERRORISM When it was declared by the US Treasury department that two thirds of all terrorist groups had a link with Pakistan. according to the U. transfers enough water to cause a flood and does not stop. India had been ploughing a lonely furrow in the diplomatic capitals of the world calling attention to Pakistan's role in terrorism. falls asleep the Sorcerer's Apprentice. The sorcerer (magician) is Mickey himself and has the task of drawing water from a well to fill job himself.
But this assertion goes against the facts on the ground. In the Pakistani context. It is stated that jihad is an internal struggle and not external violence. Jamal has this to say about jihad (121): 136 . was published by the Asia Times online. terrorism and jihad are one and the same. Jessica Stern. Terrorism and senseless violence are being routinely committed in the name of jihad. this Pakistani society.get out of control. But this policy is creating a culture of violence that exacerbates internal sectarianism Without change. monster threatens to devour Islamic scholars. Pakistan and jihad are like the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. In his study of jihadi groups in Pakistan. and terrorism associated with jihad now has a life of its own and may be getting out of control of the Pakistani army. and destabilizes the region. Arif Jamal. The Pakistani army tried to use jihad to do it's work but jihad. The government in Islamabad supports these militants and their religious schools as cheap ways to fight India and educate Pakistan's youth. an expert on terrorism wrote (119): Pakistani militant groups are killing civilians and engaging in terrorism in Indian-held Kashmir under the guise of holy war. especially from Pakistan. have repeatedly tried to point out that jihad is not terrorism. Ehsan Ansari says of jihad (120): various Islamic groups have been interpreting it to mean 'holy war' against everything the perceive as being 'non Islamic' An interview with a leading Pakistani expert on jihad.
Madrasahs are the supply line for jihad. Jihad became a driving force in Pakistan under General Zia ul Haq in the 1980s.000 to 50. And with jihad being defined as holy war to defeat infidels.The main objective of jihad even today is to defeat the infidels and establish Islamic states all over the world. Pakistani officials estimate that 10 to 15 percent of the madrasas in Pakistan promote extremist ideologies. 2002: there are as many as 500. One of the ideological founding fathers of Pakistan. acts of terrorism are considered normal and par for the course by a large number of Pakistanis.Muslim holy war organizations .000 madrasahs in Pakistan have registered with the government.000 members of jihadi ... some 7.. including many thousands committed to the cause of forcing India out of the sector of Kashmir that it controls. 137 .350 of the estimated 40. Maulana Maududi. The New York Times reported on May 27.000 madrasas currently operate in Pakistan. The extent to which the system to promote violent jihad against non-Muslims has spread in Pakistan may be gauged from the following reports: Terrorism expert Jessica Stern writes (119): Only about 4. A report from the US council of Foreign Relations said: According to The Washington Post. placed a great emphasis on jihad..in Pakistan. (120) so Pakistanis are not strangers to the concept of jihad. with enrollment at more than 650.000 students.
Tariq Ali wrote in The Independent of the UK (123): religious fundamentalism is the legacy of a previous military dictator.. paving the way for the Pakistan sponsored Taliban to form a government in Afghanistan. Iran and other Gulf states. Jihad became an important business in Pakistan. The purpose was to develop a para-military force that would assist the Pakistan army in the event of war. funded by the Saudi regime. mainly heroin. with funds coming in from diverse sources such as Libya..Quoting Jessica Stern (119): Pakistani dictator General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq promoted the madrasahs as a way to garner the religious parties' support for his rule and to recruit troops for the antiSoviet war in Afghanistan..000 fanatics .The 2. General Zia-ul-Haq. were created. Jihad in Pakistan received a lot of funding from the US and Saudi Arabia.. Iraq.During his rule (1977-89). the Soviet Union was put under sufficient military pressure to withdraw from Afghanistan.5 billion from these countries in the 1985 to 1989 period. With US arms. to fund the US backed war against Soviet troops in Afghanistan. a network of madrassahs (religious boarding schools). Saudi funds and Jihad recruits from Pakistan.500 madrassahs produced a 138 crop of 225. Stern reports that Pakistan received US $ 3. Along with the money came guns and drugs. This is supported by a report in the Asia Times (122): The jihadi outfits were in fact a part of the ISI's operations and the brainchild of late dictator General Zia ul-Haq and General Akhtar Abdul Rehman.
a US based non-profit organization that helps policy and decision making. Meanwhile strategic Afghanistan itself was depth .ready to kill and die for their faith when asked to do so by their religious leaders.. Dispatched across the border by the Pakistan Army. The Pakistani army could describe the jihadi-terrorists as freedom fighters and deny any link with them. the Taliban government was a double blessing. RAND... if seen by Pakistan as India ever attacked Pakistan. carried the following passage in a commentary (124): Sponsoring militancy in Kashmir is regarded as a relatively cheap and effective way of offsetting existing power symmetries (essentially through the philosophy of a 'war of a thousand cuts') while simultaneously .The Taliban creed is an ultra-sectarian strain. have captured Kabul on their own . inspired by the Wahhabi sect that rules Saudi Arabia... while Pakistan claimed to provide only moral and diplomatic support to them. 139 . The forces of jihad provided a huge supply of trained and experienced soldiers to fight India in a low cost war.. Pakistani forces and leaders could withdraw into Afghanistan and continue to fight. they were hurled into battle..They were armed and commanded by "volunteers" from the Pakistan Army For the Pakistani army.The Taliban could not. should this ever become necessary. ensuring that Pakistan has sufficient strategic depth to undertake a protracted conventional war on the subcontinent. control of Afghanistan with its puppet.that is. Afghanistan also served as a safe place to continue to train jihadis to fight Pakistan's war against India. however.
A report in the New York Times (27 May 2002) describes how the jihadis from Afghanistan were applied against India: drawing on the 80. The Kashmir jihadis are our cannon fodder because they are willing to die for their cause in a way that no paid soldiers would. this was to be an army not just for Pakistan. "We have fought three wars with India and have not won even one of them.. 140 .. Walls between Havelian and Haripur are full of jehadi slogans and adverts Pervez Hoodbhoy. Jihad is advertised in Pakistan as a career path to follow. the recruitment has to go on.Pakistan's military and intelligence services struck upon the idea of employing jihadis to wrest control of the Kashmir from India. a Pakistani scientist and columnist th wrote(126): Islam. "The success of the jihadi strategy in Afghanistan compelled the generals to try it on India. Shahid Nadeem wrote in the Daily Times of Pakistan (125): The moment we left Fortress Abbottabad.. Just a few kilometers from the Havelian cantonment. A new ethos was created. Wall chalking after wall chalking advertised jehadi outfits and announced recruitment for jehadi fighters.." said an expert on the country's jihad movements." And even today as Pakistani jihadis continue to be used as cannon fodder against India. Pakistan. it was jehadi territory. too.000 fighters whom Pakistan had trained and armed to fight the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Jihad became emblazoned on banners at Pakistani army recruitment centers. there are slogans such as Jehad is the shortest route to Paradise and Contact us for commando Jehadi training. .
(124): annual ISI expenditure to the main militant organisations runs to between US$125 and $250 million a year.S. A RAND report quotes Indian Intelligence estimates of the budget of the Pakistani agency responsible for training and coordinating jihad-terrorist action in India the so called Inter Services Intelligence or I. The article is revealing in the extent to which Pakistan has been organizing and funding terrorists who have long been said to receive only moral and diplomatic support from Pakistan. The Holy Scriptures of virgins of the take the spirit the first drop Islam also say that houris [beautiful Koranic Paradise] come down to Earth to of the mujahid who is about to die before of his blood falls to earth. These funds are used to cover salaries for fighters (which run from 5. support to next of kin. These houris are more beautiful than all the beauties of the world combined.000 rupees a month).000 to 10.but for the greater glory of Islam.I. With jihad and terrorism being Pakistan's main industry. There are salary and pension rules in place as well. cash incentives for high-risk operations and retainers for guides. Appendix 4 reproduces an article carried in the online paper Mid-Day listing details of incentives and salaries offered to terrorists from Pakistan. porters and informers. Jihad has been made attractive and financially rewarding. among more worldly rewards (127): The mujahideen were assured of entering Paradise before the first drop of their blood fell to earth. 141 . The rewards of waging jihad include the following. The martyrs are promised 72 houris in Paradise.
but have the option of withdrawing from their 142 .the effect on India has been murderous. A paper published by the South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG) carries examples of newspaper headlines resulting from terrorist acts sponsored by Pakistan in India(128). the officer said.000 terrorists who were found committing acts of terrorism or infiltrating into India from Pakistan.000 assault rifles and machine guns. Men have to be met by men in deadly face to or cordon and the luxury of Indians do not face encounters at the end of long vigils search operations. The attackers killed four women and two children. and over 59. shot dead another person and set off two explosions damaging a bridge " • "Terrorists have slit the throats of two of the four policemen abducted after the attack on a police post in Udhampur on Sunday. hiding in jungles in mountainous regions cannot be fought with tanks and attack aircraft. Statistics of deaths of Indians in Kashmir show that over 17. A few samples are quoted below: • "Suspected Islamic militants axed to death six members of a shepherd's family overnight.000 civilians have been killed by Pakistani trained terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir from 1990 to 2003." • "Militants slit the throats of two women. along with the staggering recovery of over 27. The US in Vietnam had being able to withdraw from Vietnam.000 kilograms of explosives (129). 6 million rounds of ammunition and 34.000 hand grenades. Over the same period Indian security forces have intercepted and killed 17. The US army discovered in Vietnam that groups of armed men carrying machine guns and explosives.
the only country that tried to alert the world about the global terrorist threat emanating from Pakistan's jihad factory 143 was India. and gradually. One Indian army major is quoted in an interview as saying (131): Once somebody picks up the gun then his family knows that it is only a matter of days before they hear that he has been killed in an encounter. trained and indoctrinated terrorists built up in Pakistan. We put the average lifespan of a terrorist at two-and-half years. because the Pakistani government started protesting against the presence of large numbers of Indian counterinsurgency personnel within India. and the average life-span of a jihadi-terrorist entering India from Pakistan was reduced to weeks or months rather than years (130). This seems to have had a significant effect on the morale of Pakistan's army backed jihadi-terrorist apparatus. and diplomatic protests grew shriller as Indian security forces chalked up success after success. jihadis started getting eliminated in increasing numbers. these terrorists began to target other nations of the world. but Indian . terrorists from Pakistan were unable to enter India at all or were able to infiltrate through in the smallest numbers. with hundreds of thousands of jihadis entering from Pakistan required a robust response.own land. and India met the threat by building a powerful counter-insurgency apparatus. Within this period we are bound to eliminate him. Once again. Terrorism. In many areas. and by starting to fence the India-Pakistan boundary where possible. A backlog of violent. As the Indian strategy proved effective.
Pakistan has now become the home base of global terrorism.I. Since Pakistan have been th found in countries like Burma. This view is echoed by one 144 of India's premier anti- . had this to say in its December 2003 edition (132): There is a terrible price to pay for this facilitation because the same forces that drive jehad in Jammu and Kashmir drive it in other lands too. Afghanistan. Bangladesh. including links to the September 11th attacks (133). intelligence communities of the world then terrorist links leading back to the September 11 That woke up the with a jolt. Indonesia and the Philippines. and Pakistan itself is being targeted by the Islamist groups spawned and nurtured by the Pakistani army and its intelligence cell. Not only would they become too large for the ISI to manage but also their strong links with the underworld would create a sort of double whammy. UK. (119. Uzbekistan. Nepal. Russia. the I.. until 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. Latvia. Kuwait. Turkey. in time. In an article on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.Indian authorities reckon that groups like the LeT could. Canada. The entire world. and it is by no means certain that anybody in Pakistan can control the forces that have been unleashed. Chechnya.information fell on deaf ears. referring to the L-e-T (Lashkar-eTayeba). Australia.132). Tajikistan. Mongolia. the magazine India Today. a powerful and deadly Pakistan based jihad group. Yemen. Terrorism Central would not be an inappropriate name for Pakistan. become more dangerous. The Sorcerer's Apprentice is out of control. A detailed study exists in an online portal of the evidence of Pakistani links to terrorism against the US..S.
Pakistan is awash with weapons. the second one. The fact route of the motorcade he was travelling in was the people who wanted to kill him suggests that someone close to General Musharraf was involved in these attempts.P. 145 . K. 136). There are an estimated 18 million illegal firearms in Pakistan.S. a report carried by RAND said (124): it is no longer apparent that the army or ISI exercise complete control over the proxies they have helped to create. Other reports too have pointed to Islamist forces within Pakistan as being responsible for wanting to replace General Musharraf. Gill. a suicide bombing involving multiple bomb laden trucks was a very real indicator of the sort of forces that exist in Pakistan today. Apart from multiple Islamist groups. General Pervez Musharraf. In an interview quoted in the BBC (137). who warned (134): There is now mounting evidence of a loss of control as these autonomous religious groups challenge. These forces will not be easy to eliminate. In an indication of increasing international understanding of how jihad threatens to eat up Pakistan. in addition to 2 million registered ones (139). some of which are now openly talking about fomenting a fundamentalist revolution in Pakistan itself. but the Government itself. President of Pakistan occurred that the known to survived two attempts to assassinate him that within days of each other (135. In Decemeber 2003. Although the first of the two assassination attempts was thought to have been stage managed by Musharraf's supporters to win greater sympathy for him (138). not only their Army and ISI handlers.terrorism experts. Musharraf blamed the Al Quaeda for attempting to assassinate him.
into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan. That means that the government. in Pakistan's case) retains the armed power to suppress and control all other groups. 146 . (the army. including inexpensive clones of the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. being able to spray a high volume of fire at targets.Pakistan is home to a Kalashnikov culture with hundreds of firearm manufacturing workshops making weapons. the government retains coercive power. But that monopoly over coercive power may have slipped out of the hands of the Pakistani army. In a coherently functioning nation-state. a reliable weapon of choice for terrorists.
I rise to bring to the attention of my colleagues a report that appeared in the Washington Post of September 12. The report from Karachi. Heroin addicts become so physically dependent on the drug.Chapter 14 THE GOVERNMENT AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY There is probably no government in the world which does not have one or more people in power who are either themselves criminals or have links to criminals. headlined `Heroin 147 Plan by Top Pakistanis a news . Heroin smuggling and Narco terrorism: Heroin is a drug that is a derivative of the medically used pain-killer morphine. However. and crave the drug so much that they are willing to pay very high prices to obtain it. which describes a disturbing link between narcotics and terrorism. In most countries of the world. it is extremely addictive when administered to normal people. US Senator Frank Pallone brought to the attention of the US house of representatives report in the Washington Post (140): Mr Pallone said: Mr. People are said to crave for the drug after experiencing its effects just once. 1994. It is obtained from the Opium Poppy plant. Pakistan. Although heroin itself has medicinal value as a potent pain-killer. making trade. heroin is illegal to manufacture or possess because of its dangerous potential to cause addiction. heroin the star compound of the illegal drug In October 1994. successive Pakistani governments and the army have been unique in actively supporting and participating in international criminal activity as an integral component of the Pakistani economy and foreign policy. Speaker.
B. Indian analyst. Raman writes (141) that money earned through Pakistan's heroin trade was used to fund Pakistan's arms purchases. the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) with the blueprint for a plan to export heroin to raise money for the Pakistan army's covert foreign operations a euphemism for Pakistan sponsored terrorism in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Zia ul Haq's rule and in the early years of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Asad Durrani. under one Brigadier Imtiaz. Gen. Raman writes: Pakistan's illegal heroin economy has kept its legitimate State economy sustained since 1990 and prevented its collapse. submarines from France and components for Pakistan's covert nuclear program. During the late years of Gen. The news report said that three months after Nawaz Sharif became Prime Minister of Pakistan he was approached by the Pakistan army chief of staff. The report cites Pakistan's army chief and head of intelligence agency proposing to then-Prime Minister Sharif `a detailed blueprint for selling heroin to pay for the country's covert military operations in early 1991. Aslam Beg and Gen. including missiles from North Korea. a special cell was set up by Pakistan's ISI for the use of heroin for covert action.Alleged' quotes Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying that `drug deals were to pay for covert operations' brings to mind other reports not so long ago of Pakistani involvement in using the Bank of Credit and Commerce International [BCCI] to launder drug money that was eventually believed to have been used in financing terrorist groups involved in the New York World Trade Center bombing. It has also enabled it to maintain a high 148 .
level of arms purchases from abroad and to finance its proxy war against India through the jehadi organisations. which the otherwise cash strapped economy of Pak could ill afford to pay for. Rawalpindi and other such city centres. Also recovered was 60 Kilograms of Charas . where the drugs were processed. the Indian army captured from Pakistani infiltrators about 19 Kilograms of Heroin with a street value of US $ 5 million. In a one and a half year period from January 1997 to May 1998.a drug derived from Cannabis (Ganja). Islamabad. The primary reason for indulging in narcotics trade by these two premier institutions of Pakistan is the need for money to finance covert foreign operations. They have been used only twice in August 1945 when the Unites States dropped a bomb on each of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even during the Afghan crisis Pak trucks and National Logistic Cell (NLC) vehicles transporting arms to Afghan Mujahideen were used for shipping large consignments of drugs from the drug producing areas to Karachi. packaged and despatched towards their destination. Pak trucks are used by the drug mafia for narcotics smuggling. also known as atomic bombs are extremely destructive. 149 A single bomb . which is in the thick of action against terrorists from Pakistan has this to say in an article on Narco-Terrorism on its website (142): Both the Pakistan Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency are known to be extensively involved in narcotics trade. The nexus between Pak ISI and Pak Army with the drug mafia is a well documented and established fact. The Indian army's 15th Corps. Nuclear Proliferation: Nuclear weapons.
reduced each city to rubble. That brought the second World War to an end. And their destructive potential. Libya and Iran. it became clear that Pakistani nuclear technology to enrich Uranium had been supplied to North Korea. Khan was encouraged and funded by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at the time.a weapon of power to scare a potential attacker from for fear of being hit by nuclear weapons. Centrifuges made from the very designs Qadeer Khan had stolen from URENCO were found in Iran. Enrichment of Uranium is one of the first steps in making one type of nuclear bomb. the technology for manufacturing nuclear weapons remained a closely guarded secret. Abdul Qadeer Khan. The destructive potential of nuclear weapons made them attractive terrifying waging war because of to nations as a deterrent . and these centrifuges had radioactive contaminants that unmistakably bore the signature of a Pakistani source. As described in chapter 4. Abdul Qadeer Khan became a hero and achieved cult status in Pakistan as the father of Pakistan's Islamic bomb In late 2003 and early 2004. Shipments of centrifuge components to North Korea and Libya were intercepted. along with actual blueprints of nuclear bomb designs in order to help these nations manufacture atomic bombs. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to set up facilities to enrich Uranium manufacture nuclear bombs. killing hundreds of thousands of people. Pakistan had obtained funds from Libya in exchange for this technology and North Korea paid for the technology by supplying Pakistan with ballistic missiles capable of 150 . a Pakistani metallurgist stole the blueprints for making Uranium enrichment centrifuges from a Dutch concern called URENCO that he worked for. Upon his return to Pakistan. causing Japan to surrender within days. available to only a handful of nations in the world.
nuclear experts and a former prime minister of Pakistan expressed doubts Monday about how Khan and a handful of associates could have circumvented the extraordinary controls on the country's nuclear technology without the military's blessings. Benazir Bhutto. the New York Times reported (144): experts inside and outside the government say it is difficult to believe that Pakistan's nuclear secrets could have been exported without the knowledge of some in 151 ." On February 4 th 2004. "It is difficult to accept that the scientists could have violated government policy on their own. Khan by President and army chief Gen. with no knowledge of the Pakistani army or government. An article in the online edition of the L. Times said (143): U. who served twice as prime minister before going into exile in the face of corruption charges. officials. In early 2004 the world was witness to an incredible drama on Pakistan television in which Abdul Qadeer Khan made a public confession of having sold nuclear weapons technology to other nations entirely on his own.carrying nuclear weapons (143).S. "Those who violated the policy are now hiding behind the scientists." she told the Los Angeles Times.A. Musharraf. It would be naive to imagine that successive Pakistani governments and the military were unaware of Khan's activities. This confession was followed by a prompt presidential pardon for Dr. said she doubted that the transfers could have taken place without the knowledge of senior military officials.
He has the deepest ties to the military. investigators believe. Khan operated alone. It is virtually certain that the televised drama of Qadeer Khan absolving the army of all responsibility for proliferation while taking all the blame. especially since some shipments were made on Pakistani military aircraft. Clearly. the Pakistani government must have known something about how its new missile fleet materialized.the military and the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agency. If it had been for the murder that the hijackers committed was who not and their success in achieving their aim of securing the release of jailed terrorists in India terrorists who were later to enter Pakistan and mastermind further murders and play a role in the suicide attacks of September 11th 2001 in New York. in return for uranium enrichment technology. Pakistan got missiles from North Korea. Bush's aides believe Pakistan's story that Dr. Airliner hijacking: The most blatant case of an airliner hijacked with Pakistani army and government complicity is the shameful episode of Indian Airlines Flight number IC 814 that hijacked in December 2000 by five Pakistani nationals boarded the flight in Kathmandu in Nepal. this whole hijacking story could have 152 . the New York Times carried a report in which it was said (145): Few of Mr. and supplied it with a cargo fleet. only to be pardoned by the army is in keeping with the Pakistan army's time honoured tradition of protecting its self interest and attempting to appear farcically squeakyclean in the face of contrary evidence. Four days later. which oversaw the Khan Research Laboratories.
Pakistan's record with reference to Indian airliners hijacked to Pakistan has been condemnable. the money was deposited in the account of a Pakistani diplomat in Delhi. The five hijackers actually received their weapons in a diplomatic bag checked in by Pakistani First Secretary in Nepal. Mohammad Aziz. The plane was then flown to Kandahar in Afghanistan. and 153 . including Maulana Masood Azhar the founder of the Pakistan based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Gen. On Aziz's instructions the hijackers demanded a ransom of nearly one million US dollars.come out of a B-grade semi-comic motion picture. and his body thrown out of the aircraft while his wife remained on board for the rest of the duration of the hijack. implicated in helping to fund Trade center in New York. After a 1971 hijack the hijackers were granted asylum in Pakistan. The hijackers also secured the release of three dangerous Pakistani terrorists in prison in India. Amritsar and Lahore. where it came under control of Pakistan's puppet Taliban government. and disappeared from Kandahar Omar Shaikh was later the attacks on the World was finally arrested for the murder of the Jewish-American reporter Daniel Pearl. which was to be delivered in cash. the hijackers were provided with new weapons in Kandahar. In a surreal turn of events. The released terrorists and resurfaced in Pakistan. Mohammad Arshad Cheema (146). and the newlywed husband of a honeymooning couple was murdered by slashing his throat. a Pakistani Corps commander (148). as reported by a French tourist hostage who survived the ordeal (147). and Omar Shaikh. When that was decided to be impracticable. The hijacked aircraft was flown to the UAE. Indian intelligence agencies who monitored and recorded the communications of the hijackers on the aircraft in Kandahar found them receiving instructions from Lt.
Dawood Ibrahim. the hijackers were given refuge in Pakistan. leader of Jaish-i-Mohammad. He is also wanted for an attack on the J&K Assembly on Oct 1. funding alleged criminals. In two instances of hijacking in 1981 and 1984. and obtain refuge. man behind the attack on India's parliament on December 13. He lives in and operates from Karachi. Refuge for Criminals: Pakistan has positioned itself as an ideal place for any criminal from India to seek. an Indian underworld don. The following is a list of names of the twenty. He operates from Muridke town. Pakistan. Pakistan. Maulana Masood Azhar. He currently lives in and operates from Bahawalpur. murder and smuggling. counterfeiting. also blamed for the attack on parliament in New Delhi. near Lahore in Pakistan. India has a list of 20 most wanted criminals who are living in Pakistan.the aircraft blown up on the ground. 2001. 2001 in which 38 people were killed. the hijackers received a weapon along with snacks in Lahore (149). Ibrahim is wanted in connection with cases of arms supply. and a brief description of their activities (150): 1. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. the hijackers were imprisoned for a token one month in Pakistan for entering Pakistan without due documents. And in an unbelievable second hijacking event in 1984. 154 . 2. After a 1976 hijack. man behind the planning and financing of 13 explosions in Mumbai in 1993 in which almost 300 people died. 3. drugs trade. co-founder of Lashkar-e-Toiba.
He is wanted in connection with the hijacking of IC-814 and 155 . Ibrahim Athar. accused of involvement in the Mumbai blasts. Pakistan. He is alleged to have helped his brother Ibrahim Memon carry out the blasts. He lives in and operates from Karachi. Chhota Shakeel. He currently lives in and operates from Bahawalpur. 8. extortion. kidnapping and murder. 6. Pakistan. He lives in and operates from Karachi. Wanted for murder. Ayub Memon. kidnapping. lives in and 9. Abdul Razzak. kidnapping. India. Pakistan. He lives in and operates from Karachi. Syed Salahuddin. blackmail of businessmen and film stars in India. terrorism and smuggling arms and explosives in India. a member of Harkat-ul-Ansar. an associate of Maulana Azhar Masood and was one of the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 from Kathmandu to Delhi in 1999.4. 7. He is wanted in cases of terrorism and arms smuggling. accused of executing the 1993 Mumbai blasts. head of Hizbul Mujahideen. extortion. He is wanted in cases of murder."Tiger" Ibrahim Memon. He is wanted in cases of terrorism and smuggling. Pakistan. Pakistan. 5. He is a member of Jaish-i-Mohammad and is wanted for hijacking. accused of executing the 1993 Mumbai blasts. He is currently living in Pakistan. 10. Zahoor Ibrahim Mistri. He currently operates from Muzaffarabad. a key associate of Dawood Ibrahim. which has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks on Indian forces in Kashmir. which later changed its name to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.
Pakistan. He lives in and operates from Lahore. Azhar Yusuf. Shahid Akhtar Sayed. Pakistan. is wanted He lives in and for the IC-814 hijacking and for kidnapping and murder. 14. 17. Ranjit Singh Neeta. is also wanted in connection with the conspiracy to kill Advani. He lives in and operates from Karachi. Wadhawan Singh Babbar. 15. 16. an associate of Dawood Ibrahim. Pakistan.in cases of kidnapping and murder. operates from Karachi. operates from Karachi. Pakistan. He lives in and operates from 156 . Pakistan. chief of Khalistan Zindabad Force. a Kashmiri terrorist blamed for more than 30 bomb blasts in Delhi and parts of northern India in 1996-97. bomb blasts and smuggling of arms in India. He lives in and operates from Lahore. He lives in and 13. He is wanted in cases of murder. which was involved in an insurgency in East Punjab during the 1980s. murder and in connection with the assassination of East Punjab's then chief minister Beant Singh. 11. Abdul Karim.K. He is wanted in over a dozen cases of sedition. Sagir Sabir Ali Shaikh. Pakistan. an associate of Dawood Ibrahim. He lives in and operates from Karachi. 12. Pakistan. He lives in and operates from Karachi. is wanted in connection with a conspiracy to kill Indian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister L. Advani. wanted in the IC-814 hijacking case and in cases of kidnapping and murder. chief of Sikh group Babbar Khalsa International. Ishaq Atta Hussain.
19. Dawood Ibrahim was subsequently designated a global terrorist by the US for his links with Al Quaeda and the Lashkar-e-Tayeba. treason. Rediff reported (151): Pakistan has admitted gangster Dawood Ibrahim's presence in the country. Pakistan. which the inspector general of Sindh police said was "ostensibly owned by Ahmed Jamal but actually belonged to Dawood Ibrahim".Gajinder Singh. is wanted in cases of arms smuggling. Pakistan admitted the presence of the third man on the list. conspiracy to attack government leaders in Delhi and inciting religious hatred in East Punjab. the Kawish Crown Plaza. 20 . is accused of hijacking an Indian Airlines plane from Srinagar to Delhi in 1981. according to a report. 18. Paramjit Singh Panjwar. the Islamist extremist group that was founded by Maulana Masood Azhar. Pakistan. leader of the Khalistan Commando Force. conspiracy and arms smuggling. Pakistani journal The Herald said. He is accused of trying to revive the Sikh insurgency in East Punjab and is wanted in more than a dozen cases of murder. He lives in and operates from Lahore. He lives in and operates from Lahore. Pakistan. leader of Sikh group Dal Khalsa. He lives in and operates from Lahore. leader of the International Sikh Youth Federation.Lahore. Pakistan. Lakhbir Singh Rode. the first man on India's 157 . The admission came after a bomb blast at a Karachi business centre. He was arrested by Pakistan after he hijacked the plane to Lahore and tried. Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan in September 2003 after news of a bomb blast in Karachi.
The right contacts can ensure that Pakistani counterfeit 158 . The Pakistani ambassador tried to stop the arrest claiming diplomatic immunity for the staffer but it turned out that he did not have diplomatic immunity. which apparently intended to destabilize the Indian economy by flooding India with fake currency.Most wanted list.the range depending on the buyers' bargaining skills and the volume required. The Indian Express reported (152): Officials said the quality of fake notes was "such that it could only be printed in security presses". One report (153) quoted the street value of the Pakistan made counterfeit currency in India: The prevailing price for counterfeit currency in Punjab is Rs 40-60 (83 US cents-$1. a staffer from the visa section of the Pakistan embassy in Nepal was arrested in Kathmandu (Nepal) after passing counterfeit Indian currency to Nepalese police in a sting operation. in an apparent hint that Pakistan was indulging in massive printing of fake notes to abet its terrorist activities against India. With Indian currency being valid in Nepal. one of the prisoners released by India after the 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines aircraft to Kandahar in Afghanistan.25) in exchange for every Pakistani-made Rs 100 note . that country was a natural choice for anti-India activities from Pakistan. Printing and circulation of counterfeit currency: In January 2000.
Another report of the arrest counterfeit currency said (154): of a man carrying The racket was being remote controlled by Aftab Butki from Dubai in United Arab Emirates (UAE). 159 .. Butki is a front man of notorious mafia don Dawood Ibrahim and controls the gang for pumping fake currency into India through the porous Indo-Nepal border. The high quality of the counterfeit notes and official sponsorship of this and other criminal activities by Pakistani governmental agencies is a frightening indicator of the chaotic state that Pakistan is in with no expense being spared to prepare for war or jihad against India and very little being spent on development and education within Pakistan. Crime Branch. U K Katna said. "The counterfeit currency notes were sent for damaging the Indian economy.currency is available even cheaper. Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan has been providing logistical support to the underworld dons for flooding the Indian market with counterfeit currency with the sole aim of creating panic in the Indian market. Joint Commissioner of Police.
A second curious anomaly is that the name of this nation that is claimed to be derived from Urdu and Persian is composed of letters in the English alphabet with the English letters forming the acronym. a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what 160 . Sindh (including Karachi and Kathiawar). A passage attributed to him says (155): "Pakistan" is both a Persian and an Urdu word."Indian" and "Asian". Iran. That is. Such an acronym is non-existent when the name is written in Urdu. Tukharistan. In the first place. It symbolizes the religions. It seems more likely that the acronym theory of the name is a confabulation. Afghania (North West Frontier Province). the Pakistan described by the acronym includes Iran and Central Asia (Tukharistan) as part of Pakistan and makes no mention of East Bengal. Punjab. Another theory is that the acronym was composed by a group of students in Cambridge in England. It is not clear if Rehmat Ali was one of these students. beliefs and the ethnical stocks of our people. and it stands for all the territorial constituents of our original Fatherland. and Baluchistan. It is composed of letters taken from the names of all our homelands . It means the land of the Paks-the spiritually pure and clean. which was part of Pakistan until it seceded with the creation of Bangladesh. The theory that Pakistan is an acronym does not stand up to scrutiny.Chapter 15 PAKISTAN FAILED STATE The credit for coining the name Pakistan probably goes to one Choudhry Rehmat Ali who is said to have thought of the name in 1933 as an acronym containing letters from the names of all the areas which this man thought were representative of the ancestry of his people. Afghanistan. Kashmir.
Conditions of life for a Pakistani depend on what class of society one belongs to and whether one lives in a rural or urban area. rather than concentrate on nation building. To define purity. India. poverty and greed were all minor blips in the route to Pakistan's mythical purity. They are the Rich Anglophone Pakistani Elite. that has Urdu as its official language suggests that the real origin of the name Pakistan derives from the Urdu word Paki. Classical Hindi and English defines Paki as Purity . That stress on purity . and can only be grasped in relation to something else that is impure. Christians.with stan meaning country (156). As noted in chapter 2. Minorities and religious groups in Pakistan were impure Hindus. Purity is a subjective concept.P. Ultimately.or purity with a narrow definition has certainly played a role in Pakistan's undoing. corruption. Sikhs. sometimes facetiously referred to by the acronym of that name. Further purity was required by fighting wars and making sacrifices. is perhaps an apt description of what 161 . the very rich and the very poor and these classes comprise 90% of Pakistan's population.E. and Indians were impure and were rejected. and Pakistanis have spent the years since 1947 years struggling to weed out anything that they consider impure. There is a very small.is remembered as to how Pakistan got its name. the stress on pure Islam and a nation purely for Muslims. The acronym R. Ahmediyas and later even Shia Muslims in Pakistan were not pure enough for Pakistan. very rich class of Pakistani. there are only two main classes of society in Pakistan. The dictionary of Urdu. Social imbalance. one must simultaneously define what is impure.A.
and the army staff who served the small gathering had apparently been trained at a fivestar hotel. the mascara and lipstick adorned women in designer dresses.The food and refreshments were of the highest quality. the waiters. the tasteful furnishings and the overall level of luxury. But 90 percent of Pakistanis are rarely seen or heard outside Pakistan. The lifestyles of these people can be compared to that of the rich and famous anywhere.this class have been doing to Pakistan.. They might be rich industrialists and businessmen. actors and society people. They are the feudal lords. who may own thousands of acres of land. The elite are educated. No burkha (veil) for these women. They travel. the casual laborers and sharecroppers. These are the beautiful people. the 162 . London. They live in fabulous mansions. and came away hugely impressed by the acres of immaculate lawns. the sweepers. or they might be serving or retired army officers. often in the best schools and universities of the world... and are familiar with all the major cities that a man of this world should know about New York. They are seen in parties and receptions attended by friends and diplomats. maintained and supported by armies of servants. Paris. the handsome men clad in lounge suits or traditional sherwanis. the discreet lighting.. They are the servants. Their photographs appear in glossy magazines and on the Internet. Geneva. These charmed people are the Pakistanis that we see and hear. Irfan Husain wrote in the Dawn: An old friend was recently invited to a serving general's official residence for a small dinner party. Rome.
Pakistani leaders have sacrificed enormous and fruitless amounts of money. The hard life. More than half these people do not earn enough money for a decent life. and girls are not sent to schools either. Any education that can be gained. Malnutrition is rampant. as is lack of education.goatherds and the cleaners with their wives and their children. and many try to find work in the Middle East to earn a living as menial laborers. or in times of illness or drought. And that has been an integral part of Pakistan's problem. hunger. For more than five decades since independence. human life and 163 effort to somehow equal. are covered in burqas as expected of women in Islamic Pakistan. The women do not work outside the home and may have four or more children to bring up. But girls are not allowed. They can be seen on Pakistani streets and in the villages. Life is harsh. Even those who earn more than that often sink below poverty level at certain times of the year. can be gained only from madrassas that often provide food and shelter for its students. Others are angry and frustrated at their lot and these people are told by their elite masters that poverty and hardship are because of Indian aggression or some other extraneous factor. That is a welcome source of relief for a very poor family with many children to care for. Most earn less than the equivalent of US $1 per day. in the few places where schools exist. . if seen at all. Pakistani leaders. Others try to migrate to Europe and beyond. The men wear crumpled and seemingly unwashed salwar suits. time. poverty and destitution are accepted by some people as the will of Allah that cannot be questioned or mitigated. The women. being Islamic and who appear forever busy to defend Pakistan. are above blame.
to be directed at India. but even then the wasteful expenditure did not stop. while the stoic Pakistani public. The bloated ranks of army retirees had to be accommodated. Israel.Islam.match or defeat India. Anger is carefully re-directed away from the ruling elite. Even criminal activity aimed against India. Money from any source was poured developing nuclear weapons to deter India. Pakistan was halved when Bangladesh seceded. and later to defend against an India that had no intention of attacking Pakistan. The build up of Pakistani armed forces into a formidable war machine was initially to defeat India and take Kashmir. Popular devotion to Islam is channelled to provide an endless supply of men for jihad. In the midst of this. The anger is compounded by what is taught in schools and madrassas following curricula that actively teach hatred and discrimination to impressionable children. but their emotional hunger for explanations 164 . And even that is used against Pakistan's arch enemy. with women and children at the bottom of the pile received little. India. the US or other Western nations. roads and hospitals in Pakistan was spent on building a war machine that could never overwhelm an India that was just too big. the poor of Pakistan are left with the only succour they can get . The madrassa is the place where students' physical hunger is assuaged. Money and effort that should have gone into building schools. gun running or currency counterfeiting swallowed funds that should have gone into schools and healthcare in Pakistan. Money was diverted to training Islamist operatives for covert operations against India. and a system of salaries and pensions had to be set up for them. and businesses were custom made for employing them. and development of the poor was bypassed as usual. or is internalised as people not being "Islamic" enough.
The people are docile. They do not easily rise up in revolt against tyranny or injustice. or in the company of a man who is not her husband or father. live at home until they come of age. they are generally uneducated. the level of education for women is invariably less than that of men. but individuals in such a society grow up in 165 . But women hold the key to family honour. On the one hand the society has a small minority of wealthy and emancipated people among whom women can get educated and work. The other extreme is the harsh life of a woman living under the two or and burden of strict discriminatory rules. The girl child gets less food and is more likely to die of malnutrition and disease. A woman's place is in the home . and sending one son to die for jihad financial reward to the family. marry and produce children. brings honour and Girls grow up uneducated. or a woman who marries against the wishes of her family is considered to be committing a crime by bringing dishonour on the family .about the miserable existence of their families is often met by a call for violent jihad against forces that are blamed for hunger and misery. The ratio of men to women in Pakistan is grossly skewed with many more men than women.she is not supposed to be seen outside. Every son sent to a madrassa is one mouth less to feed for a poor family. Between these extremes are a vast mass of Pakistanis who are more less generally poor.an act that is punishable by death. either alone. Boys are preferred in all ways in this male-dominated society. as the British had found them. Pakistani society has both extremes. A woman who breaks rules by exposing herself or by being seen with a non-approved male companion.
But the money. the businessmen and feudal lords get money. the ruling elite of Pakistan behave like moderate. fuel oil and cement. Pakistanis have been told that the army and the ruling elite have protected Pakistan and Islam from these external threats. This ruling elite is composed of senior army officers. aid money or export profits is split up and shared by a small percentage of wealthy people at the top. roads. business magnates controlling key businesses such as transport. the army businesses do well. secular and well-intentioned democrats who are keeping Islamic fundamentalism at bay. All the money in Pakistan. is under threat from India. schools. as well as feudal landowners. The only funding that reaches this level comes from unaccounted and unaccountable sources funding the madrassas that preach an agenda of hatred and jihad. For aid givers like the US and rich Western nations. For the survival of corrupt business interests in Pakistan the elite must remain in power and not be bothered by rebellion or the uncertainties of democracy. people and will to provide these things never reach the population. The to people need clean drinking water. and very little reaches the Pakistani on the ground. and other nations. and access to family planning so that births can be spaced out. giving a mother time to recover and nurse an earlier child before bearing another child. Islam. be it government funds. Pakistan is controlled by an oligarchy of a thousand individuals or so (157) in a few dozen families. Time and again Pakistani leaders change masks depending 166 . health care. The Army gets money.conditions that make their minds receptive indoctrination into a life of terrorism and jihad. The 140 million mostly poor people of Pakistan are kept in check with the excuse that their faith.
he was publicly pardoned by Pakistani President General Musharraf. 167 . The threat that is held up is that if the ruling clique goes.on whom they are addressing. In the meantime the ruling clique in Pakistan ensures its own survival. the US administration and some US think tanks seem to believe this providing the ideal setting for Pakistani rulers to play a double game of pretending to be devoutly Islamic for their people. Opponents are rarely killed. Each member of this elite community knows that too much action in curbing or controlling the vast business empires of their rivals will upset one's own business interests. punished severely or publicly humiliated. while people are constantly fed with the anti-Muslim India threat. The ruling clique of Pakistan stands to gain from this form of loose cooperation in which all the business interests survive at the expense of the constitution and law. They appear in Western suits or crisp army uniforms. along with sops to keep them happy. speaking in English to aid givers and donors. they appear in traditional Pakistani salwar suits. while appearing moderate to aid givers. and allowed to keep all the wealth that he had earned from nuclear proliferation activities. They are gently sidelined. Western aid givers are the ruling elite are forces at bay and that are essential for told what they want to hear. This mechanism was clearly illustrated after the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb Abdul Qadeer Khan made a public confession that he was responsible for the proliferation of nuclear technology (chapter 13). that fighting to hold fundamentalist more aid and lifting of sanctions the prevention of a Islamic fundamentalist takeover of Pakistan. and speak in Urdu. To their deprived population. Pakistan will sink into an uncontrollable morass of 160 million hankering for an Islamic state. Within a day. Whether this is likely or not.
The powerful and wealthy groups of Pakistan stand to lose their money and lifestyles if funds are diverted to education. External anti-Islamic forces are always to blame. he addressed Pakistanis in Urdu and. This ploy is a fail safe formula that has allowed the survival of the Pakistani oligarchy so far. No power on earth can coax this small group of rich and powerful Pakistanis that wealth in a nation has to be shared and spread around for development of society and the nation as a whole. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. elite and feudal leadership of Pakistan will be under no pressure to change. These people will form a huge mass of uneducated and unemployed 168 .When Pakistani President and Army Chief Pervez Musharraf was given an ultimatum by the US government in September 2001 that he could be With the US or against the US in its war on terror. or more recently. As long as the poor can be left to vent their anger against some external foe by joining jihad or accepting their misery as Allah's will the rich army. and the population of the poor is rising rapidly. But in the course of the same speech. He spoke in English initially. because of the US' war on terror. told them that his alliance with the US was akin to a temporary alliance with the devil to deter an immediate threat. and their level of education is falling. saying words of support to please the US. even as the human condition of the people in Pakistan has gradually deteriorated. he made his decision to support the US in a speech (56) that used the time tested Pakistani mask-changing routine to address different groups of people. The average poor Pakistani is taught that his misery is because of Indian aggression. knowing that this would be understood by viewers in the US. using Islamic examples. health care and development of the poor.
people in a few years' time. The ruling elite of Pakistan are engaged in a strange experiment in which they seem out of touch with reality. They exist on a different plane from the poor and they do not seem to understand that the burgeoning population of the poor, and the anger that is now being channeled against India or the West can turn inwards. The poor are over 100 million strong now but will be twice that number in a single generation, and they will be jobless, hungry and angry. Nations like India, China, Russia and Western countries, who have all had to face the violent consequences of trained jihadi fighters from Pakistan are vigorously resisting and neutralizing them. The forces of jihad are unlikely to receive sanctuary or be allowed to survive in these nations in the current geo-political scenario. Faced with such pressure outside Pakistan, thousands of indoctrinated, armed and dangerous young men could well turn inwards at Pakistani rulers, blaming them for their inability to help in the victory of jihad over unbelievers. If Pakistani leaders can show constant military victories, it is likely that their population will at least temporarily continue to be happy at the successes. But when low-tech irregular Islamic militias spawned by the Pakistani army and governments are unable to achieve victories despite tremendous losses, they are increasingly likely to ask the leaders of Pakistan, the army and the elite why they are being defeated. From the beginning Pakistanis, rich or poor have had no sense of nationhood, no sense of whom and what they are other than being a group of Muslims who have escaped from India. Every effort at development and good governance has been destroyed by a vested interest, always living in the vain hope that some Western nation, or rich Islamic 169
nation will bail the country out. Democracy was first derailed by the migrant bureaucracy who had moved to Pakistan from India. Later it was the army that stood to lose from democracy. Political parties have been disempowered, and the judiciary lives under the shadow of the army. The only forces that are gaining strength are those of fundamentalist Islam, the forces that seek to fight India or the US, or even Shias within Pakistan. The two most powerful groups in Pakistan today are the army and Islamic groups, Pakistan is getting to the stage when the Islamic groups have infiltrated into the ranks of the army and appear set to take control of Pakistan. The Islamic groups themselves are divided, and their unity may only last as long as it takes for them to gain control of Pakistan. None of these powerful groups seems to be interested in development or progress. No group seems set to allow modern education, peace with India, women's rights or birth control in Pakistan, all essential for progress. The political parties and democratic forces did not do this. The army did not do it and the Islamic groups do not show any intent of fostering a progressive Pakistan. Predictably, they too are careening down the path of more and purer Islam as the answer to Pakistan's problems. And worse for Pakistan, Islamist groups, with trans-national loyalties, cannot be guaranteed to be interested in the territorial integrity and borders of Pakistan as they exist. And so the disease eating Pakistan from the inside continues. Jessica Stern wrote (119): Pakistan is a weak state, and government policies are making it weaker still. 170 Its disastrous economy,
exacerbated by a series of corrupt leaders, is at the root of many of its problems. Yet despite its poverty, Pakistan is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on weapons instead of schools and public health. Ironically, the government's "cost-saving" measures are even more troubling. In trying to save money in the short run by using irregulars in Kashmir and relying on madrasahs to educate its youth, Pakistan is pursuing a path that is likely to be disastrous in the long run, culture of violence to take root. allowing a
Pakistan is in an unstable state and there appears to be no leader who can show Pakistan a way out. Too many Pakistanis have been taught that they exist only for Islam and for jihad and these people are now caught between the twin pincers of the global war on terror being conducted by many nations on the one hand, and by the rich and corrupt Pakistani rulers on the other. The long term outlook for Pakistan does not appear encouraging. In a paper on Pakistan, Stephen Cohen wrote (158): When security, human services, justice, and necessities are not provided, states fail.
Pakistan can be compared to a broken biscuit whose pieces are held together by some wrapping paper. The area labelled as Pakistan on maps is called Pakistan, but that area is not wholly under the control of any single government or leadership, as one would expect of a normally functioning nation-state. The first fragment of the biscuit that broke off was Bangladesh, in 1971. There is no guarantee that the other fragments dysfunctional state will hold together. of this
Pakistan is already a nation that is only partially under control of its government which is basically the army. 171
Only 5% of Baluchistan, Pakistan's largest province, is under Pakistani control. Tribal law rules the sparsely populated land. The Pakistani government has little or no control over the Federally Administered Tribal Areas the so called FATA. Areas of Pakistan's first city, Karachi, are outside government control. Gaining control of Pakistan is easier said than done. As indicated in Chapter 12, weapons. The FATA areas arms factories and shops million illegal firearms, Pakistan is awash with illegal are home to hundreds of small that sell them (151). With 18 Pakistanis outside the military
and government have enough weapons to equip several armies, and anyone trying to bring heavily armed private militias under control will have to contend with a lot of firepower. But as the history of nations shows, if the Pakistan government is unable to control its own territory, someone else is likely to step in to fill the vacuum sooner or later. Therein lies the real significance of having large areas in a country that are out of governmental control. The fact that a government can only govern areas that it controls means that areas beyond government rule are ripe for control by some other force or alternate government. These schisms are begging to be exploited. The United States already has a powerful military presence in Pakistan, and perhaps that is an eerie harbinger of yet another civilization set to rule this lawless land. Pakistan is perhaps fortunate that the nation state of India is not yet as adept and conscious of international hegemonic games and how India can interfere to bring law and order to the fraying edges of Pakistan. But that may be changing as the lawlessness of Pakistan continues to spill into an increasingly powerful India as terrorism, 172
of its role and 173 .forcing India to become conscious responsibility in the region.
and desperadoes wnh modern weapons have been allowed to infiltrate into the State.kashmir-information. soldiers in plain clothes. Geographically my State is contiguous wit h both of them. I have to inform Your Excellency that a grave emergency has arisen in my State and request the immediate assistance of your Government. then from Sia1kot and finally in a mass in the area adjoining-Hazara district on the Ramkote side. of course with friendly the and cordial of relations India with both. I wanted to take time to decide to which Dominion I should accede or whether it is not in the best interests of both the Dominions and of my State to stand independent. Besides. The Dominion of India desired further discussion with representatives of my Government.com/LegalDocs/Maharaja_letter. Afridis. I could not arrange this in view of the developments indicated below. The result has been that the limited number of troops at the disposal of the State had to 174 . ln fact the Pakistan Goernment under the standstill agreement is operating the post and telegraph system inside the State. Though we have got a standstill agreement with the Pakistan Government. at first in the Poonch area.html Letter from Maharaja Hari Singh to Lord Mountbatten on the eve of Pak invasion on J&K in 1947 My dear Lord Mountbatten. The Pakistan Government accepted this arrangement. I to accordingly enter into approached Dominions and Pakistan standstill agreement with my State. my State has a common boundary with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and with China.the State of Jammu and Kashmir has not acceded to either the Dominion of India or Pakistan. As Your Excellency is aware. salt and petrol to my State. In their external relations the Dominion of India and Pakistan cannot ignore this fact. lhe Govemment permitted a steady and increasing strangulation of supplies like food.APPENDIX 1 http://www.
both radio and the Press of Pakistan have reported these occurences. generally have taken no part at all. In fact.be dispersed and thus had to face the enemy at several points simultaneously. which supplies electric current to the whole of Srinagar and which has been burnt. the summer capital of my government. both Muslims and non-Muslims. If my State is to be saved. The wild forces thus let loose on the State are marching on with the aim of capturing Srinagar. so that it has become difficult to stop the wanton destruction of life ad property and the looting of the Mahura power house. if further explanation is 175 . I have accordingly decided to do so. cannot of possibly be done of without the knowledge made of by the my Provincial Govemment of the North-West Frontier Province and the Government Pakistan.P. as a first step to overrunning the whole State. V. and I attach the instrument of accession for acceptance by your Government. Menon is fully aware of the gravity of the situation and will explain it to you. immediate assistance must be available at Srinagar. needed. using the Manwehra-Mazaffarabad road and fully armed with up-to-date weapons. This alternative I will never allow to happen so long as I am the ruler of the State and I have life to defend my country. The number of women who have been kidnpped and raped makes my heart bleed. On this basis no civilised government can exist or be maintained. Inspite repeated appeals Government no attempt has been made to check these raiders or to stop them from coming into my State. Naturally they cannot send the help asked for by me without my State acceding to the Dominion of India. The Pakistan radio even put out the story that a provisional government has been set up in Kashmir. coming regularly in motortrucks. With the conditions obtaining at present in my State and the great emergency of the situation as it exists. I may also inform your Excellency's Government that it is my intention at once to set up an interim government and to ask Sheikh Abdullah to carry the responsibilities in this emergency with my Prime Minister.The mass infiltration of tribesman drawn from distant areas of the North-West Frontier Province. Mr. The other alternative is to leave my state and people to free booters. I have no option but to ask for help from the Indian Dominion. The people of my State.
In haste and with kindest regards. Hari Singh October 26. 1947 176 . Yours sincerely.
and commending the parties in particular for their action in partially implementing these Resolutions by (1) The cessation of hostilities effected January 1. submitted by the Representatives of Cuba. Norway. Having received and noted the reports of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan establishing its resolutions 39 (1948) of 20 January and 47 (1948) of 21 April 1948. and (3) The agreement that Fleet Admiral Chester W. L. Having also received and noted the report of General A. Considering should be that based the upon resolution the of the outstanding measure of difficulties agreement of substantial fundamental principles already reached. THE SECURITY COUNCIL. Commending the Governments of India and Pakistan for their statesman like action in reaching the agreements embodied in the United Nations Commission's resolutions of August 13. McNaughton on the outcome of his discussions with the representatives of India and Pakistan which were initiated in pursuance of the decision taken by the Security Council on December 17. 1949. 177 . and that steps should be taken forthwith for the demilitarisation of the State and for the expeditious determination of its future in accordance with the freely expressed will of the inhabitants. 1949.edu/acad/intrel/kashun80.htm Resolution 80 (1950) Concerning the India-Pakistan question. Kashmir and for for the the demilitarisation determination of of the its State final of Jammu and in disposition accordance with the will of the people through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite. (Document No.mtholyoke. 1950. dated the 14th March. Nimitz shall be Plebiscite Administrator.APPENDIX 2 http://www. S/1469). 1949 for a cease-fire. (2) The establishment of a cease-fire line on July 27. 1949. United Kingdom and United States and adopted by the Security Council on March 14. G. 1948 and January 5. 1950).
and "calls upon them to take all possible measures to ensure the creation and maintenance of 'in atmosphere favourable to the promotion of further negotiations. to arrange at the appropriate stage of demilitarisation for the assumption by the Plebiscite Administrator of the functions assigned to the latter under agreements made between the parties. Calls upon the Governments of India and Pakistan to make immediate arrangements. 1948 and January 5. Extends its best thanks to the members of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan and to General A. McNaughton for their arduous and fruitful labours. Decides to appoint a United Nations Representative for the following purposes who shall have authority to perform his functions in such place or places as he may deem appropriate.1. without prejudice to their rights or claims and with due regard to the requirements of law and order. (a) to assist in the preparation and to supervise the implementation of the programme of demilitarisation referred to above and' to interpret the agreements reached by the parties for demilitarisation. Agrees that the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan 178 . to exercise all of the powers and responsibilities devolving upon the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan by reason of existing resolutions of the Security Council and by reason of the agreement of the parties embodied in the Resolutions of the United Nations Commission of August 13. 2. 5. Requests the two Governments to take all necessary precautions to ensure that (heir agreements regarding the cease-fire shall continue to be faithfully observed. are likely to contribute to the expeditious and enduring solution of the dispute which has arisen between the two Governments in regard to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. submitting his conclusions and any recommendations which he may desire to make. L. 3. in his opinion. to report to the Security Council as he may consider necessary. 4. G. to prepare and execute within a period of five months from the date of this resolution a programme of demilitarisation on the basis of the principles of paragraph 2 of General McNaughton proposal or of such modifications of those principles as may be mutually agreed. (b) to place himself at the disposal of the Governments of India and Pakistan and to place before those Governments or the Security Council any suggestions which. 1949.
Egypt. and U. U.K.S. France. The Security Council voted on this Resolution on 14-3-50 with the following result: In favour: China.shall be (terminated. Norway. Ecuador. and decides that this shall take place one month after both parties have informed the United Nations Representative of their acceptance of the transfer to him the powers and responsibilities of the United Nations Commission referred to in paragraph 2 (c) above.A. Cuba. Against: None Abstaining: India and Yugoslavia Absent : USSR 179 .
indeed. I The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan agree that both sides will exert all efforts to create good neighborly relations between India and Pakistan in accordance with the United Nations Charter. II 180 . They considered that the interests of peace in their region and particularly in the Indo-Pakistan Sub-Continent and. It was against this background that Jammu and Kashmir was discussed.indianembassy.org/South_Asia/Pakistan/Tashkent_Declaration_January_ 10_1966. They reaffirm their obligation under the Charter not to have recourse to force and to settle their disputes through peaceful means. The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan. Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and President Ayub Khan signed it on behalf of their respective countries in the presence of the Soviet Premier Alexi Kosygin who mediated between them.html Tashkent Declaration January 10. capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Soviet Union. hereby declare their firm resolve to restore normal and peaceful relations and between their countries between and to promote They understanding friendly relations their peoples. the interests of the people so India and Pakistan were not served by the continuance of tension between the two countries. having met at Tashkent and having discussed the existing relations between India and Pakistan.APPENDIX 3 http://www. consider the attainment of these objectives of vital importance for the welfare of the 600 million people of India and Pakistan. 1966 The 1965 armed to an conflict end by between India and Pakistan at was formally the brought signing this declaration Tashkent. and each of the sides set forth its respective position.
IV The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed that both sides will discourage any propaganda directed against the other country.The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed that all armed personnel of the two countries shall be withdrawn not later than 24 February. and to take measures to implement the existing agreements between India and Pakistan. 1965. and will encourage propaganda which promotes the development of friendly relations between the two countries. as well as cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan. to the positions they held prior to 5 August. III The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed that relations between India and Pakistan shall be based on the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of each other. Both Government shall observe the Vienna Convention of 1961 on Diplomatic Intercourse. VI The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed to consider measures towards the restoration of economic and trade relations. communications. 1966. V The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed that the High Commissioner of India to Pakistan and the High Commissioner of Pakistan to India will return to their posts and that the normal functioning of diplomatic missions of both countries will be restored. and both sides all observe the cease-fire terms on the cease-fire line. 181 .
S. the the Soviet of Government of and the personally U.R. IX The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed that the two sides will continue meetings both at the highest and at other levels on matters of direct concern to both countries. They further agreed to discuss the return of the property and assets taken over by either side in connection with the conflict.S. Both sides have recognized the need to set up joint Indian-Pakistani bodies which will report to their Governments in order to decide what further steps should be taken. friendly and noble part in bringing about the present meeting which has resulted in mutually satisfactory results.VII The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed that they will give instructions to their respective authorities to carry out the repatriation of the prisoners of war. They invite the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR to 182 . The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan recorded their feelings of deep appreciation and gratitude to the leaders of the Soviet of Union. to the Chairman Council Ministers for their constructive. VIII The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed that the two sides will continue the discussion of questions relating to the problems of refugees and eviction/illegal immigrations. They also express to the Government and friendly people of Uzbekistan their sincere thankfulness for their overwhelming reception and generous hospitality. They also agreed that both sides will create conditions which will prevent the exodus of people.
A commander starts at anything above Rs 25. Some of the more 'enthusiastic' Kashmiri youth get around Rs 5.000 that can go up to Rs 7. the annual increment increases. infiltrate India. A district commander gets around Rs 20.000. enrol himself at a training camp in Pakistan. The rank and file from Pakistan or Afghanistan or any other country gets a starting salary of Rs 5. motivation level and other HR criterion.000. However.htm Terrorists earn a peon's wage By: M K Tayal November 2. The pay scale is not rigid as it varies depending on the risks one is willing to take and his commitment to the cause. 2003 What motivates a young man to take up terrorism. number of casualties the terrorist has inflicted upon Indian security forces. The Kashmiri mujahideen is paid less by the ISI than a Pakistani terrorist. With the number of years one puts in. the heftier the pay package and the more discreet it becomes. Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) Doda district commander Mohd Shahzad.com/news/nation/2003/november/67781. Commanders get much more. the ISI maintains dossiers and gives annual marks to its cadres very much like the Pakistan Army does for its regular employees.000 to Rs 10. APPENDIX 4 http://web. In short. area of operation.000. one thing is clear that Kashmiri youth get a raw deal compared to the Pakistani or foreign counterpart.000.witness this declaration. Nevertheless.000 per month ensures that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) meets its manpower requirements. fire at the Army and possibly never return home? It is a small pay package that equals the wage of a peon or driver.mid-day. not every terrorist gets Rs 3. The higher they go. The lure of a mere Rs 3.000. Payments relate directly to performance. a 183 . A Kashmiri company or battalion gets from Rs 5.000.
LeT's Shahzad said he came to Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) to fight jehadis as he was told harrowing stories of atrocities being committed on the Muslims in the Valley. There are other factors too at work. Competition and style for instance drive most youth into the realm of the AK-47. The second term involves training of special operations-explosives. "Poor economic conditions in the Valley force some to cross over to Pakistan for their training. The amount is too tempting for anyone to say 'no'. "Money didn't matter. One must go over to Pakistan to get the complete four to five month training and then work his way back into India from the 120 launch pads. The main attraction in joining the ISI is the initial offer." a militant said to an army officer serving in the Valley. A Kashmiri gets Rs two lakh as one-time payment to join. small unit tactics of raid and ambush and radio communication." Shahzad had said. he remained silent when asked what was the amount his parents were getting in Pakistan." explains an official. said he came to Jammu & Kashmir to be a jehadi and was paid nearly Rs 20. If you don't have a gun you don't get good girlfriends and nobody respects you.000 per month but that limit was waived off as a special case. Sources also point to the presence of foreign militants who come to the Valley after sessions of intense motivation and psychological drills. However. captured by the Army after a fierce encounter in September 2003. since naturally none survive to tell their tale. The fidayeens (soldiers on a suicide mission) get highly sophisticated training but their emoluments remain a mystery. 184 . There is a catch. His monthly emoluments were being directly sent to his home in Pakistan. The basic training at the 85 training camps is the same and involves handling small arms (AK-47) and explosives.Pakistani national. But it is sure that the money Shahzad got was for operations in his area and his logistical support. I could get as much as I wanted. "It has become a style.
I felt I had to take revenge but now after fighting the army for more than three years I realise the futility of this 'freedom' movement. However.5 lakh. Kashmiri youths are now averse to taking up the gun while recruitment from Pakistan remains high. However. initially the ISI made sure the money was delivered to the militant's parents but as the numbers started dwindling. It rewards handsomely." explained a source. so did it the commitment. the ISI makes sure that those who help recruit while on the job are not neglected. Realising this. "If a militant motivates and enrols another youth." he said in a heart-to-heart talk. Though no one complains publicly. 185 . he can make upto Rs 1. there have been reports of parents of the deceased militant not getting a single penny.
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