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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 . Wars and genocide Provinces and Assorted Fragments Pakistan. plebiscite. Jihad and Terrorism The Government and criminal activity Pakistan .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.
and it has been an aggressive and implacable neighbor of India. In fact Pakistanis have spent all those decades since independence trying to show how Pakistan is not like India. a Review of the literature is often used to collect and collate information about a disease from various sources. "Pakistanis are just like us". 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". While these features have been noted time and again by innumerable people in a large number of books. And in the intervening years Pakistan. 6 . no effort been made to collect this information and put it all together between the covers of a single book. 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. Most Indians do not understand Pakistan or Pakistanis. newspaper reports and magazines. Pakistani institutions and Pakistanis have developed certain unique and recognizable defining features. In the field of medical research. That document then serves as a comprehensive reference point for information about the subject. More that anything else. populous and diverse nation that has the curious distinction of having been suddenly born in 1947. this book can be considered a Review of the literature on Pakistan.Chapter 1 WHY PAKISTAN? Why write about Pakistan? Pakistan is a huge. Many tend to look at the similarities and remark.
referring to Pakistan does not mean that we are obliquely referring to Indian Muslims. It is a summary of the experiences and descriptions of many people who have reported or written about Pakistan. while the sources from which the quotes have been taken are listed in the reference section at the end of the book. and it is an insult to Indian Muslims to refer to them as being associated with Pakistan. Vir Sanghvi.This book is a collection and review of what has been written about Pakistan in various sources over many years. lest they should hurt the sentiments of Muslims in India. the managing editor of the Hindustan Times has written about this (1): At a sub-conscious level. and are sometimes called saffron sympathisers. This is both unfortunate and unfair to Indian Muslims. not to be discussed by secular non-Muslim Indians. Today. This is an obvious logical fallacy and it is also deeply insulting 7 to all Indian Muslims - . 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. For this reason Pakistan and Islamic extremism emanating from Pakistan have almost been taboo subjects in India. some Indians make the simplistic assumption that because (nearly) all Pakistanis are Muslims. The book carries many direct quotes from various authors and these quotes are in italics. First. so all Muslims must be Pakistanis in their hearts. There are a few things that Indian readers should keep in mind while reading this book. Indians who talk about Pakistan or Islam are often considered to be opponents of secularism and tolerance. Indians often become embarrassed or angry in discussions about Pakistan and Pakistanis.
they are Indians.including Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan who are setting out for Pakistan. Muslims in India are not Pakistanis. and call for an avoidance of what seems to be an Indian obsession with Pakistan. a hangover from partition. not Indians. There are many assumptions and misconceptions that need to be reviewed. 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. a separate nation. 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. and Pakistanis are Pakistanis. to say nothing of the thousands of Muslims who have died fighting Pakistan. determined to keep the Indian flag flying on the cricket field. 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. 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. and these will become clear in subsequent chapters. Confusion and misunderstanding in Indian attitudes more than five decades after independence are certainly a factor in the Indian Pakistan policy. not Pakistanis. Here again. Indians are Indians. Pakistanis are no longer Indians. Pakistan is Pakistan. One of the purposes of this book is to show precisely what has been done with Islam in Pakistan. The situation and attitudes of Muslims in India are no longer comparable to those in Pakistan. But 8 . This vestigial thought process remains in many Indian minds like a dark cloud. and that is unfortunate.
unless treated in an especially favorable and kind manner. The events of independence and partition had a deep effect on the Indian psyche.Pakistan cannot be ignored by India for many reasons. with people who were brothers and compatriots until very recently created a complex conflict. 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. and the fifth engagement with Pakistan still continues at the time of writing. neither of whom were able to look upon Indian Muslims as they should have been looked at. In the first 55 years after independence. a love-hate relationship that affected Indian society. In five of those wars armed forces from Pakistan have been the adversary that Indian civilians and Indian soldiers have had to face. as Indians like everyone else. the Indian armed forces have had to fight wars on eight occasions (2). With Pakistani leaders attempting to speak for the Muslims in India. would somehow feel upset enough to want to side with Pakistan. many non-Muslim Indians got polarized mainly into two groups. Another group of Indians took the opposite viewpoint that Indian Muslims. The appearance of the new nation Pakistan as a neighbor. the to expand to keep pace with the massive build up and continuing 9 . 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. Apart from the deep mental scar that partition left on the Indian psyche. Four of these conflicts are discussed in chapter 11. From Indian armed forces and paramilitary have had of armed of a low1965. Pakistan has thus had a great impact on Hindu-Muslim relations in India. with the infiltration terrorists from Pakistan into India as part grade war to bleed India (chapter 12).
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. discrimination against minorities and maldistribution of wealth. A policy of ignoring Pakistan's military intent and might would be a formula for a disaster of unimaginable proportions. 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. It is still possible for Indians to make the mistakes Pakistanis have made. Indians cannot afford to forget the lessons that can be learned from events like the India-China conflict of 1962. Overconfidence. or the naive policy of appeasement of Adolf Hitler followed by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. mistakes that India could still make. and India would do well to learn from that. ignoring corruption. Pakistan has made a whole tapestry of errors that Indians can choose to repeat or avoid. That is one of the mistakes that Pakistani leaders committed. and if necessary take the battle into the aggressor's territory.assaults from Pakistan. By studying what Pakistan has done. the presence of a belligerent neighbor is a signal that military strength must be adequate to meet any aggressive intent. underestimation of problems and hurdles. Indians have a lot to learn. 10 . 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. blindness to the impact of religious discrimination. a population explosion and social inequity. No matter how well intentioned and peaceable a nation state may be.
comparison will show that the India box has 30 eggs. But what is hidden from this comparison. There is a very important reason for that. A direct broken and it shape. and the Pakistan box has only 5 broken eggs. the two entities cannot really be compared. All that this does is to hide the magnitude of the problems in Pakistan. but 30 of those eggs are broken. Imagine Pakistan to be a smaller box with 10 eggs in it. This means that all numbers and figures relating to India are automatically bigger than those of Pakistan. South Asian poverty. every attempt has been made in this work to avoid direct comparisons between India and Pakistan. and South Asian illiteracy. Direct comparisons of numbers regarding Pakistan and India are misleading because of the difference in size. Although both India and Pakistan started off as having been part of one nation in the pre-Independence era.Finally. 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. and it requires elaboration. South Asian hunger. 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. 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. All references to Pakistani problems are referred to by Pakistani spokespersons as South Asian problems. and 5 of those eggs are broken. would seem that the India box is in a far worse with many more broken eggs. except where it is unavoidable. 11 and hide the chronic .
But that is not the case. it has moved ahead in literacy and is racing ahead in other parameters.mismanagement of Pakistan. but Pakistan is failing even to achieve a smaller task. 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. And while these figures get worse. In 2007 12 . and is falling behind. but these details will be discussed later. but a comparison of the real figures between India and Pakistan shows that Pakistan is not doing well. That is because. India and Pakistan do share many of the same problems. For every child that Pakistan educates. Pakistan of course was amply aided by other nations. the Indian army is less than one and a half times as big as the Pakistani army. 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. With India having a population that is seven times as big as that of Pakistan. In this book we will examine the state that Pakistan has got itself into and deal with how it got into its current crisis. Pakistan's task should have been easier. even though the number of people who are poor in Pakistan. 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 India is not merely matching Pakistan. India has to educate seven children in order to "match Pakistan". the Indian army should have been at least three or four times the size of the Pakistan army.
Anyone who has wished for anything bad to happen to Pakistan is likely to find great joy in the condition that Pakistan has reached. 13 .Pakistan is not in an enviable state.
living space. or one Pakistani is born every 10 seconds.8% per year. 53. food. 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. Pakistan's internal turmoil prevented a routine census from taking place in 1991. Some estimates say that Pakistan's population will double to over 300 million. The "average Pakistani" is poor and uneducated.. 70% of the population of Pakistan is uneducated. The Pakistani paper the Jang reported in September 2003 (3): Pakistan's population will swell to 349 million by year 2050.With almost one third of the population living in abject poverty. by the year 2050. 54 million people do not have access to safe drinking water ... arable land and clean water The vast majority of Pakistanis are villagers.. The population explosion has led to the shortage of educational facilities.1% and 2. living in rural areas. Nobody knows exactly. but it was finally conducted in 1998. housing units. health services.Chapter 2 THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN Pakistan is currently estimated to have between 160 and 170 million people. and education among women is very low since few women are allowed to acquire 14 . but even at the lower estimate 8000 children are being born every day in Pakistan. Pakistan's population is currently thought to be increasing at the rate of between 2. According to some estimates.5 million are illiterates.
bureaucracy.000 in all. As the description suggests. a cadre of nearly 1. well spoken Pakistani men and women that one may see on television" form a small. But that is another curious hidden fact about Pakistan. it is believed. they are rich. A report in the Jang (5) on Dec 5th 2003 says: Top 20 per cent of the population has 50 per cent of 15 .000 landlords owning more than half the cultivable land. Making up the of these four interest groups. In an editorial in the Indian Express that appeared on January 28th 2002. numbering perhaps 25. land and industries of Pakistan are said to be concentrated among about 43 top families of Pakistan. Most of the wealth. VP Dutt wrote: Another fundamental flaw is the very narrow social base of the groups feudal nucleus ruling elite. they speak English and they form the elite. form the cream of Pakistan(4). wealthy elite group that have been described by the expression "Rich. Pakistani Elite". nearly 2. are a dozen corps commanders. It is they who own Pakistan and rule in the name of the people. well spoken Pakistani men and women that one may see on television. who. Anglophone. The "smartly dressed. Pakistan is ruled by four interest or their coalition: military. mixing with strangers. They actually form a very small minority. the lords and the industrial barons.an education in a society that believes the women should not be seen in public places. These facts may seem surprising considering the smartly dressed. the cream of Pakistani society. along with top army officers.000 officers and less than 50 industrial families.
the New York Times carried a report about Pakistan: In the cities. While the wealthy send their children to college in America or Britain. eking out a subsistence. The literacy rate is below 40 percent.7) forming about 8% of the population. feudal landowning families as well as from the armed forces. many of the poor are deprived of even an elementary education. In some areas. A fifth of Pakistan's government schools are "ghosts.000 acres of land in a Pakistan that is full of impoverished people. with some feudal lords owning over 20. The contrast with India now is stunning with estimates of the middle class in India forming about 25 16 ." with buildings but no students or teachers A third curious anomaly of Pakistan is the almost complete absence of a "middle class". They drive the Pajeros and the Mercedes-Benz cars of Pakistan. while the bottom 20 per cent has only 6 percent. About 75 percent of all Pakistanis reside in rural areas. Oxford and Cambridge. Their children go to the best schools in Pakistan. The Rich Anglophone Pakistani Elite have a great influence on the image of Pakistan abroad. and often study abroad in the best institutions of the US and UK. The elite of Pakistan come from rich. Most are sharecroppers. On October 2nd 2001. feudal families still hold sway. such as Harvard. the turn of a street corner can seem to be time travel between centuries. and they own much of the land. The middle class in Pakistan have been estimated as being about 10 to 12 million in total (6.national income. making private laws and operating private jails. Wide boulevards clogged with expensive cars become narrow lanes where shrouded women carry jugs of water on their heads.
On top of that the rising of the fundamentalist groups in Pakistan is a fact. This is a dangerous trend as the middle class is the backbone for any progressive society. Nine out of ten Pakistanis are poor and uneducated. Fitting in perfectly well with these facts are other items of information about the life of Pakistanis. consists of a small.000 cars. Less than one out of ten belongs to the middle class and a very small number are extremely rich.to 30% of the population. A large middle class is an indicator of the development of a society from the traditional feudal pattern into a more modern society. The old feudal structure of society which Pakistan still retains. The whole of Pakistan has only about 400. More and more people in Pakistan are slipping in to poverty. (8. very rich elite governing a large mass of poor people. A large middle class is an essential component of a ‘modern’ state and its absence marks a feudal state.9) We can thus define the "average Pakistani". Pakistan has only 3 million TV sets. The average Pakistani is an illiterate and poor Muslim. for a population of 145 million. 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. 17 . 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. Being a Muslim is important to the Pakistani citizen because it brings a semblance of order to his otherwise miserable and unenviable existence. which the nation cannot keep denying anymore.
answerable to an angry or demanding 18 . Islam teaches its followers to accept their lives as being preordained by God.Religion also helps to define the psyche of the Pakistani. which is dealt with in chapter 5. 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. Paradoxically. without having to be population. the poor and deprived Pakistani does not question or complain about his miserable life. religion also helps in the survival of the rich. tyrannical and corrupt leaders of Pakistan. and. as a result of this belief.
imagine a small town or village that needs a school. For example. the United States of America. English speaking Pakistani elite and the postworld war superpower. Pakistan was believed to be a leading light among developing nations. 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 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. Teachers are needed and for this the teacher himself must be educated .a separate education system must exist to have a supply of teachers. with electricity for light bulbs. Development and technology require education. But it 20 appears that a series of . The low literacy rate in Pakistan is an indicator of the facts that these fundamental investments have been ignored or sidelined for decades. A building is required. 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.Chapter 3 EDUCATION Through the 1950s and 1960s. and the world's most powerful media apparatus that came with the US.
000 in 2004. populations in many countries remained relatively stable.500 primary schools. Pakistan has today 21 a very young population ." said Zubaida Jalal. 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. maybe more. They can become 10. Effective means were developed to reduce complications and deaths during pregnancy and childbirth. Pakistan's minister for education. In the 20th century. Until these developments occurred. 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. and simple treatments were devised to save lives in cases of deadly killer diarrheas. making it increasingly difficult to catch up. "The numbers that came up is 8. 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. That's the kind of numbers we needed two years earlier. A report on reforming education in Pakistan on NBC said (10): Two years ago.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. populations began to rise rapidly. As a result. But once these scientific changes affected human society. because the number of people dying was approximately equal to the number of babies being born.
more poverty. developing country that is barely able to feed and provide employment for 1 million people. it will double to 4 million in a further ten years.structure. Unless a great deal of money and effort is put into planning for population growth such as food production.12). healthcare and education. and they need to be educated regarding the importance of birth control and family planning. a rapid rise in population typically leads to more hunger. and then become 8 million in ten more years and so on. more diseases from malnutrition and more unemployment. 22 . The population has increased by 50 million people in the last 15 years and the number of poor has doubled. 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. Populations grow by what is called "geometric progression". That means more people who are unhappy and have reason to be angry. Unfortunately Pakistan's leaders have never put in the required amount of money and effort into education of the Pakistani masses. That means that if a population of 1 million people doubles to 2 million in ten years. If the original 1 million people lived in a poor. All these extra people have to have food and opportunities for employment. This is exactly what is happening in Pakistan (11. with 43 per cent below the age of 15 and 63 per cent below the age of 25. since that is essential for slowing down the population explosion. In fifty years. a population of 1 million can increase to 32 million. it will have to look after 32 million people just fifty years later.
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
.. children. on the other 30 .In the 'Fundamentals of War' themes like objects and causes.Hindus did not respect women. the old and the young with extreme cruelty and heartlessness. nature. 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. principles ethics. 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. In our mosques. and an attempt to define one's national identity in relation to the 'other'. operations. Another book tells the students: Hindus worship in temples which are very narrow and dark places.. where they worship idols.. nay hundreds of thousands of women.The subject of hate in Pakistani educational material is Hindu and India. The first serves the military and the second the political Islamists.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. Only one person can enter the temple at a time.. modern weapons. reflecting both the perceived sense of insecurity from an 'enemy' country.. as a result of which the Hindu and Sikh enemies of mankind killed and dishonoured thousands. the means short of war and modern Warfare were thoroughly discussed.
. The genocide committed in the territory that now constitutes Bangladesh . the child should be able to 31 . If the Hindus had any national aspirations then these were clearly a sign of their prejudices. 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.... Pervez Hoodbhoy. but they did not allow it to be so. all Muslims can say their prayers together. the Hindus as a monolith were always cunning. Regarding history as taught to Pakistani children Kamila Hyat wrote in the Jang in August 2003 (22): . scheming. The Hindus always desired to crush the Muslims as a nation.hand. are hardly ever discussed or even spoken off on passing within the Pakistan of today. 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.. a Pakistani scientist writes (23): At the completion of Class-V. while if the Muslim kings and invaders plundered Hindu temples then presumably they did so with very noble intentions. 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.. For another. and conspiring to deprive the Muslims of their due rights.. the terrible events that led to the breaking away of East Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh are never mentioned.
an acknowledgment of the existence of a biased curriculum 32 ." Hoodbhoy goes on to say in the same article: A moronic." "India's evil designs against Pakistan. and ideologically charged education bureaucracy today squarely blocks Pakistan's entry into the 21st century. Even children who study in Pakistani state schools imbibe a curriculum of discrimination and hate. Meanwhile. The problem is so serious that the Pakistani government must be engaged and encouraged to change the curriculum in Pakistani schools... corrupt. 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. in the first sign that a glimmering of realization of the consequences of a curriculum of hate. "Make speeches on Jehad and Shahadat" "Understand Hindu-Muslim differences and the resultant need for Pakistan. self-obsessed. It is clear from this that it is not only the madrassas that offer a curriculum of hatred to Pakistani children.. 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. This mindset cannot be wiped out overnight. 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. incompetent.
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. 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. Mazari.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. As a result these people are likely to form a strong body of anti-India. 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. In a sternly worded reaction to the idea of reform of the hate curriculum. anti-Hindu opinion for decades to come. Several social organizations have raised objection that hatred is fanned against India through the curricula of educational institutions in Pakistan. Dr. The authors' warped logic is that knowing the differences breeds hatred! So one should really do away with 33 inculcating the rationale . the influential director of the Pakistan Institute of Strategic Studies. 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.
with the madrassahs now a central target of the West. 34 . 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. With influential Pakistanis opposing change in the curriculum. efforts at change are in serious danger of being quashed even before they commence. Dr. Mazari dismissed criticism of madrassas as having an anti-Islam motive . In the same article.behind the struggle for Pakistan! Of course.a time honored diversion used by the Pakistani elite to criticism (see chapter 8). Dr. Mazari's words: deflect "Also. Islam seems to have also become fair game.
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. sports goods such as footballs and cricket balls.. That is far from the truth. 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. More than fifty years after independence. Pakistan failed to do even the basics of economic development which most of the developing countries have done. Pakistan remains primarily an agricultural economy. textiles and agricultural products like sugar.Chapter 4 INDUSTRIES AND ECONOMY OF PAKISTAN In a report about the Pakistani economy.Easy and cheap availability of goods and services through foreign aid discouraged the development of a large scale indigenous industry.. Still. It is worth looking at some of these items and Pakistani claims in 35 . clothes. a sophisticated Pakistani public relations machine has managed to build up the idea. at least in the minds of Indians. 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. At another level. that Pakistani industry is producing some state of the art high technology goods. scooter or motorcycle has appeared on the international market with a Made in Pakistan label on it. Not a single wrist-watch.
The most likely reason for maintaining this charade of indigenous development of missiles is to obscure the fact that dangerous. as well as the liquid propellants to fuel its missiles 36 .. specifically missiles and Pakistan's nuclear program. or North Korean No-Dong missiles (27). or at least their major component parts. but even a cursory search of authoritative sources shows that Pakistan's Hatf.Pakistan will remain dependent on North Korea for importing complete liquid engines. Ghauri and Shaheen.some detail. nuclear capable missiles are being supplied by countries like China and North Korea to Pakistan ignoring international treaties that forbid such exports. 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. 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.given names like Hatf. Pakistani spokespersons never tire of speaking of Pakistan's indigenous missiles . The idea is not to downplay the considerable risk that Pakistan's missiles pose to India and other nations. 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. guidance systems. In a detailed report on Pakistani missiles from NTI Nuclear Threat Initiative.. These brave names may perhaps be essential for national pride. Ghauri and Shaheen missiles are Chinese M-9 or M-11 missiles.
The strong Pakistani insistence that the program is entirely indigenous is contradicted by the facts.. They are a serious risk either way. 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. worked at the Urenco uranium enrichment facility in the Dutch city of Almelo in the 1970s.. This is true.Even more peculiar is Pakistan's nuclear program.In 1976. The designs that Abdul Qadeer Khan obtained from the URENCO labs were for centrifuges. 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. helping Pakistan develop its first nuclear bomb. Abdul Qadeer Khan. A news report about this in a New Zealand news portal reads (29): The father of Pakistan's atom bomb." A report from the Netherlands. Centrifuges are devices that are used to rotate something 37 at high speed to . After his return to Pakistan he was convicted in absentia of nuclear espionage by an Amsterdam court. Back home in Pakistan. Khan suddenly left Europe before his espionage was detected.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. 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. Experts have argued that it does not matter if Pakistan's atomic bombs are stolen or made in Pakistan..
The latter. 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. a rotating centrifugal dryer in a washing machine is a centrifuge that separates water from clothes and makes wet clothes much more dry. by centrifuges Khan from the But making a nuclear bomb goes far beyond merely enriching Uranium. It is widely reported that China gave to Pakistan the complete design of a nuclear bomb that it had tested in 1964 (31). Making a workable and reliable nuclear bomb requires further technology. the heavier U238 and lighter U235. Indian analyst K.Subrahmanyam quotes Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam as being skeptical about Pakistani ability to actually produce a working nuclear bomb. Uranium occurs naturally primarily in two forms. and 38 . For example. China provided Pakistan with the necessary technology to make its nuclear bomb. For this reason Uranium needs to be enriched to get material that contains 90% or more of U235.separate out heavier from lighter components. which can then be used for making a nuclear bomb. Obtaining centrifuges was necessary for Pakistan to start enriching Uranium. 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. Several techniques exist for this and Pakistan chose the route of Uranium enrichment using the technology stolen by Qadeer URENCO labs. One week after the Indian nuclear tests of May 1998. U235 is needed for nuclear bombs but occurs in very small quantities mixed with U238.
it lends credence to the theory that Pakistan may actually have tested a ready made Chinese nuclear device. 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. Pakistan does not currently produce any fighter. there is no way Plutonium could have appeared. It appears that this was done with the knowledge and tacit approval of the military government of Pakistan. the father of Pakistan's nuclear program. It is said that the device failed to detonate. funded by unlimited financial support from the Pakistani government. Some experts believe that the device tested was a ready made device provided to Pakistan by China after the failure of an earlier test. During this period mysterious news reports surfaced that Plutonium was detected in the atmosphere over Chagai in Pakistan (32). in exchange for missiles from North Korea and great personal wealth for himself. At the time of writing this. Since Pakistani bomb designs were Uranium based ones. and its army chiefs of staff (chapter 13). If the Plutonium story is true. on the 28th of May 1998. Abdul Qadeer Khan stands discredited and accused of selling equipment and the plans for Uranium enrichment centrifuges to Libya.a one week before the official Pakistani nuclear test an announcement was made at a G8 meeting that Pakistan had tested a nuclear device. Iran and North Korea. The next week. 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. bomber 39 .
Pakistan's industrial sophistication today is arguably not much higher than that of Britain in the early 20th century. Pakistani leaders. Rwanda and Sudan. according to the most recent United Nations Development Program report. Pakistan's literacy rate ranks below that of countries like Haiti. On March 31 2002. single engine. possibly for domestic consumption that it is a leader in many technologies. the State Department said in its most recent human rights report. 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. Another trainer aircraft that Pakistan became involved in is a Chinese designed K-8 jet trainer. Barely a third of Pakistan's population is literate. called the Saab Supporter in Sweden is assembled in Pakistan under the name Mushshak. Pakistan's labor force is growing at the rate of 2. Furthermore A UNDP report in 2003 ranked Pakistan a low 138 . Even using a very low standard. two seater trainer aircraft from Sweden. but the number of unemployed people in Pakistan is rising at more than twice 40 that rate 6% (34). But in 1981 Pakistan imported the entire assembly line for the manufacture of a 1969 vintage Swedish designed. in a list of 174 countries (33).or civilian aircraft and does not have a noteworthy aerospace research or design team. such as Haiti and Rwanda. and not in Pakistan. a report in the The New York Times stated. The aircraft. but Pakistan has continuously maintained. This pretence probably does Pakistan more harm than anyone else.4% per year. The th st . Current reports indicate that the trainers will be manufactured in China.
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. according to a recent report by Pakistan's auditor general.corrupt military officers have siphoned off more than $1. showing a decline in their welfare level On February 5 2003. 37. A large number of reports speak of all the economic th problems that Pakistan has (35. fully integrating itself into every facet of the economy and draining state coffers with generous benefit plans for its officers. 40) Some of these problems. population increased by 6 million people (4.. while the population of the poor during the period under review increased by 10 per cent. In the Punjab province. one percent of the landowners own 26 percent of the land. the San Francisco Chronicle reported: Pakistan's powerful military has ruled the country for more than half of the nation's 56-year history. army run businesses and private enterprise due to rampant corruption at the highest places. The report warns that population is shifting from upper poverty bands to lower ones. The Karachi Stock Exchange has trading in only about 30 stocks ..Pakistan Human Condition report of 2003 says that between 1998-99 and 2000-01. Aid and loan money has been constantly misused for personal gain by the Pakistani army. 39.2 billion in the last 10 years to purchase such amenities as land. mansions and luxury cars. One report (36) says only one million Pakistanis pay tax in a country of over 150 million people..with 41 .000 acres of land. 38. But many other factors contribute to the decrepit state of the Pakistani economy.46 per cent). 36. regarding industries and poverty have been listed above.
says Muhammad Mansoor Ali. being told that India is forever planning to attack Pakistan and kill all Muslims. which includes everything from underground banking to narcotics to the smuggling of consumer goods." The number of such damning reports is enormous. corrupt and self-serving army officers and feudal lords who literally rule over their subjects like medieval kings. range up to 100% of the so-called formal sector. 42 . Governing these people is a small elite of wealthy. 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. and they help build up a picture of Pakistan as a country of predominantly poor people. one of Pakistan's leading economists. Estimates of the size of the country's black-market economy. The same report goes on to say. The population is kept busy with jihad. That ratio "is probably the most severe" of any country in the world. The Exchange is run by a handful of crooked brokers and scams are rampant.over 700 other stocks listed for tax advantages. "It is essentially a parallel economy. 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.
sorrow. anger. and must be taken into account in negotiation. Pakistanis. just like Indians. communication between cultures becomes difficult if negotiators from different cultures cannot understand each others' behavior. while most Indians. it is worth recognizing minor differences because this knowledge has some value in understanding behavior. The important role of saving face and avoiding shame is well recognised. like all other people. because the behavior is very much like that of anyone else. display the usual range of human behavioral patterns: joy. pain and other emotions which are indistinguishable from anyone else on an individual level. For example. experiences and history of their particular society. including Indian leaders and strategists have been content with describing Pakistanis as being “Just like us” . who live together in nations tend to develop certain unique patterns of behavior based on the stresses. Even so. Some cultures. 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.e. But groups of thousands or millions of people anywhere in the world.i.Chapter 5 PAKISTANI PSYCHE .GENERAL OBSERVATIONS Very few studies exist on the subject of the mind of the Pakistani or the Pakistani psyche. Another well known example of the consequences of an inability to understand cultural nuances comes from a transcript 43 of a telephone . such as Japanese culture have been well studied (41). and in negotiation and reaching agreements. Pakistan has been too low on the priority of sociologists and psychologists. Sometimes these unique patterns of behavior are very difficult to recognise.
and their importance must not be underestimated. 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. In his testimony to the United States' Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in January 2004 (43) Stephen Cohen. "artificially nurtured memories of Muslim superiority and a subconscious desire to rectify the unfair arrangements of partition". In the words of one Pakistani of pride was in officer. a certain envy Pakistanis would not acknowledge openly about the 44 failure of their civil . Second. Dixit. J. There are few studies of unique behavioral patterns among Pakistanis. But such patterns do exist.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. speaking on India-Pakistan relations quoted a Pakistani army officer saying how important the question Pakistani actions relating to India. former Indian foreign secretary has spoken of the psychological hurdles that come in the way of Indian and Pakistani relations. The cultural need to avoid shame forced Nasser to state that his forces were fighting well against their enemy. and it literally calls the shots But the subject of a specific and defined Pakistani mind has not gone unnoticed among Indian observers. First. That left Hussein. but it cannot turn its back on a 55 year struggle. At stake is its pride. These are listed in a review of his book (44): Dixit identifies a series of Pakistani traits that refuse to live amicably with India. N. and Jordan unprepared for their defeat in the war subsequently (42).
Seventh. as was publicly declared by Foreign Minister Gauhar Ayub Khan at a press conference in Delhi. Sixth. who in the words of Maulana Azad. But after over 50 years of being a separate nation with different threat perceptions. and most significantly. Third. Eighth. Fourth. "the unarticulated ambition and hope that if India broke up. confidence that Pakistan's nuclear weapons program is an instrumentality to further geopolitical objectives in Kashmir. and with 75 % of present day Pakistanis having been born after 1947. problems and priorities. Of course. it can easily be observed that there are certain behavioral characteristics that can be called Purely Pakistani There is. which is a formal objective declared in the official oath-taking ceremony of every Pakistani officer-cadet when he graduates.society to solidify democratic and tolerant traditions in comparison to an India where khakis and bayonets follow popularly elected representatives. that is separate from the old Indian identity. Fifth. 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). irrational faith in the "profound capacity for commitment to jihad amongst the momin". could be exploited from forces across the border owing to their "socio-political schizophrenia" since partition. assumption by Pakistan of the role of protector and overseer of the welfare of Indian Muslims. in 1947 and a few years after that it would have been perfectly valid and accurate to describe Pakistanis as being just like Indians. Pakistan will emerge as the strongest and most powerful political entity in South Asia". It is useful to be aware of this in dealing with Pakistan 45 . in effect a Pakistani psyche or a Pakistani mindset. avenging the military defeat of 1971.
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. An article in the American magazine. Certain statements and actions are repeated time and again. and this characteristic has been used to good effect by Pakistan over the years. Hospitality and generosity: The characteristic of being extremely hospitable and generous to guests has stood Pakistanis and Pakistan in good stead. 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 . There are certainly some parallels in Pakistani behavior to Arab behavior described by Raphael Patai in his seminal book on The Arab Mind (42). and the most likely explanation is the internalization of Arab culture in Islam. It would be wrong to assume that every Pakistani displays all the characteristics described here. and a pattern can be seen in the way Pakistanis react to people and events. especially their leadership.as a nation and in predicting Pakistani responses to events. but careful observations of Pakistani statements and actions show that a sufficiently large proportion of Pakistanis. No visitor to Pakistan goes away without being touched by this. display one or more of the following characteristics to make them recognizable as general guidelines to Pakistani psyche. These similarities are striking. No single characteristic is unique to Pakistanis alone.
. the Indians are jerks. American diplomats and spooks often have a good deal of fun with their Westernized Pakistani counterparts. One prominent example is the famous American pilot. Eric Margolis and John Fricker. 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. and often just plain wrong." A series of Western writers and prominent people have been hosted and feted in Pakistan. maintaining a reputation for the PAF that extended far beyond its real performance. Prominent among people who have written warm words for Pakistan are writers like Brian Cloughley. As recently as June 2002. "I like 'em. Pakistani VIPs are often wittier. warmer. Chuck Yeager.the attractive character of elite Pakistani officials. who frequently visits south-central Asia. Compared with their haughty Indian and chaotic Afghan neighbors. politics. succinctly put it. 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. and more knowledgeable about the insider gossip of U. the Washington Post reported: It was mid afternoon Tuesday. 47 and Anwar Mahmood. . As one congressional staffer. 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. Pakistani hospitality has charmed a large number of prominent writers to write positively about Pakistan..S.
enforce identity and conformity of behaviour. respect. pride. complete with maps. dignity. and humiliation.. and the converse avoidance of shame. cheating.Five times in the past month. it's worth the $3.. 48 . You won't get such hospitality from the Indian army. maintenance of honour often relates to women and doubts about fidelity or adultery. There they are treated to hour-long military briefings. At a rural. lying..disgrace. Everything is permitted in order to safeguard the family or tribal honour.Pakistan's information secretary.The Pakistani government. he figured. Honour and Dignity: The need to maintain honour and dignity is a fundamental pillar in the mind of the Pakistani. It is often more important to maintain honour and avoid shame than anything else.. The powerful codes of shame and honour.. was on the phone discussing with an underling how to keep more than 100 foreign journalists happy for the rest of the week. displays of Indian mortar shells -.... tribal level in Pakistan. Death..and tea sandwiches served on trays by white-gloved soldiers. and even murder. David Pryce Jones has written (45) that the key to understanding some Islamic societies is to recognise the need for acquisition of honour. in the form of an honour killing is often the sentence carried out on a woman who is thought to have shamed the family..000 it will cost his ministry to rent the plane from Pakistan International Airlines. 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. eager to make its voice heard.if it keeps the reporters satisfied.
A brief study of the way Pakistan's wars with India have been reported in Pakistan are illustrative of this.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.But honour and dignity play an equally important role among the richer and apparently liberated Pakistani elite rulers of Pakistan. The 1965 war with India started with the infiltration of Pakistani special forces into Kashmir for sabotage and to incite acts of violence.. On 14th March 2003. military leader of Pakistan said about Pakistan's nuclear weapons aspirations (47) "We only want the deterrence capability to preserve our honour and dignity. 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.. while insisting that victory was always achieved. 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. As the conflict evolved war broke out over a wide front and by the time a cease fire 49 . General Musharraf.. Of course he wants to do this.. 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.. General Musharraf on the 6th of June 2002:(46) ." 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.. keeping intact the honour and dignity of the nation and the armed forces.
The Indian victory. More than ninety thousand Pakistani soldiers were taken prisoner of war. was born. Millions of refugees poured into India to escape this. 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. In a humanitarian move. But the 1965 war has always been portrayed from the Pakistani side as a war in which attacking Indian forces were defeated. The need to maintain honour and dignity is so important to the Pakistani. This was disliked by the West Pakistani Punjabi dominated army of Pakistan. despite its aside the armies of the battle of Panipat outside the walls of Delhi. who commenced a genocide in East Pakistan. the triumph of an East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) based political party in an election would have meant that a Bengali.was declared both India and Pakistan had captured small areas of each other's territory. sweep effete Hindus and win another dispelled any vain dreams India could. that any available fact may be either picked up or selectively forgotten in order to save face and maintain the pretence of victory. Sheikh Mujibur Rehman would have become Prime Minister of Pakistan. 50 . Significantly. Bangladesh. In 1971. and Pakistani General Ayub Khan's plans to take Srinagar were foiled. Indian forces entered East Pakistan and defeated the Pakistani military and a new nation. 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. with Indian troops in the towns on the outskirts of Lahore. Not an Indian brigade had to be moved West. Indian forces were well within striking range of the Pakistani city of Lahore.
fighting had ceased in East Pakistan and that Indian troops had entered Dacca. . The Kargil conflict of 1999 ended with the rapid withdrawal of Pakistani forces facing rout.The ignominious defeat of the Pakistan armed forces in 1971 and the formation of Bangladesh almost went unreported in Pakistan. By the time the withdrawal started the Indian forces had wiped out almost the entire Northern Light Infantry of the Pakistan army. said in an interview to the Weekly Independent from his place of exile in Saudi Arabia.700 soldiers were martyred and hundreds were injured. Some of the defeated Generals in that war even received gallantry awards and honours in later years.. neither were the failures admitted or analysed. when used in a psy-ops role. Mistakes made by the Pakistan army in the war were never investigated or made public. The death toll exceeds even that of the 51 ." Pakistani children are not taught about the 1971 war. The Pakistani need to maintain honour and dignity at the expense of truth is a fault that has done Pakistan no good. the whole Northern Infantry was blown up and 2. 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.when the battle began. Nawaz Sharif. who was Prime Minister of Pakistan during this conflict. It may even be a characteristic that can be used to predict Pakistani behavior or provoke desired responses from Pakistanis.
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. 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. face has been saved and honour retained by the Pakistani army. In doing this. It has been observed that Pakistan itself is ruled by a small group of between 22 and 43 families (4). 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. and yet do not explain how the Pakistan army withdrew from the conflict zone if they were not involved. The deeply Islamic fervor of the average Pakistani comes in handy here as all errors and defeats can be explained 52 . A study of Pakistani society and kinship patterns (50) notes that the household is the primary unit for kinship and the male descendants. With the entire ruling apparatus of Pakistan under control of a small group of family units. Pakistanis do not admit the involvement of their armed forces. because dishonour. (the biradari) are under pressure to maintain a picture of unity. the family obligations of Pakistani society to avoid shame creates the need for whitewashing military disasters and other mistakes. A quote from the study says: There disunity means is considerable pressure for patrilineal kin to maintain good relations with one another.
Rhetoric and Hyperbole: The Pakistani need for the maintenance of honour and avoidance of shame ideally involves and outright military 53 .away as God's will . a spotlight that has only become brighter after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. But the need to save Pakistani honour was too great after the Indian tests. it would have put India in a very tight situation. the test greatly diluted the international attention that India was getting after its tests. with international censure and sanctions. while Pakistan could have basked in the sympathy it would surely have got for having an aggressive nuclear neighbor in India. 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. Even before the 1998 tests Pakistan was widely acknowledged to possess nuclear weapons. 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. when India conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests. If Pakistan had not tested. breaking a 24 year self-imposed moratorium. Pakistan need not have tested immediately after India's tests. 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.an explanation that most devout Pakistanis will accept without question.
Ballistic missiles imported from China and North Korea are repainted and given Pakistani names to be flaunted as missiles designed and manufactured in Pakistan. the war needs to be continued verbally to avoid shame. Every accusation is made to show that an adversary is cowardly. Shame and honour involve publicity. 54 .victory. The degree of misinformation is astonishing. When such victory is not possible or unlikely. David Pryce Jones has described the connection between honour. righteous and heading for victory. its armed forces. wars are never lost. with Pakistanis being courageous. weak and untruthful. Indians are always depicted as being conniving and scheming. its wars and about India. shame and rhetoric (45): Honour makes life worth living whereas shame is a living death. Such hyperbole seems to be necessary psychological support for the Pakistani mind. and any defeats are temporary setbacks. Stemming directly from this rhetoric and hyperbole is the decades old campaign of misinformation that Pakistan has maintained about itself. 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. 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. Arms built under licence are always shown as indigenous. and shame means public humiliation. but easy to understand in the light of the deep Pakistani need to maintain honour and avoid shame. never as courageous and honourable. although it often sounds hollow and unconvincing. The Indian armed forces are always referred to by Pakistan as being weak and dishonourable and always accused of raping and murdering civilians. For example. success involves bragging.
addressed a press conference in New Delhi to say that he was convinced that Pakistan army had committed genocide in East Pakistan.000 Pakistani troops in East Pakistan at the end of the 1971 war. 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. 54. and denies the well documented genocide of ethnic East Pakistani Bengalis by West Pakistani troops (chapter 11). 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. Anjum's explanation of why reports of genocide by Pakistani troops are false is as follows: Senator Edward Kennedy.. Brigadier Anjum 55 records his version of . 55) have documented the surrender of 90. Brigadier Anjum (51. 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. 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.. having a pro-India prejudice .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. written by a former Pakistani army officer...
On every occasion. Courage and a willingness to fight are honourable. Disputes and mediation: Pakistani leaders have initiated war against India mainly when they have assessed India as being weak. the Pakistani assessment of Indian weakness has led to a situation in which Pakistan is faced with military defeat. which avoids the need for defeat and dishonour. When faced with a situation in which Pakistan is the weaker party. That is what justifies the formation and existence of Pakistan. and offering peace is a sign of cowardice and an unwillingness to fight.000 socalled prisoners of war was just over forty thousands. the need to maintain honour and avoid shame requires that Pakistan must not sue for peace by directly negotiating with India. But to the Pakistani leadership. It is cowardly to call for peace directly. The feeling threatens the very existence of Pakistan and is a feeling that must avoided at all cost. were civilians and their families. an offer of peace by any party is considered as a sign of weakness. This calls for the introduction of a mediator or middleman. 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.history as: The number of combatant soldiers out of the 90. but it is honourable to agree to peace when mediated by a respected third party. Any concessions that Pakistan is forced to make can be conveniently blamed on 56 . The rest of PoWs mostly children.
when Pakistani forces were facing rout. which must be met with threats and demands for concessions. In the Kargil conflict. the International community or any other third party rather than facing shame by negotiating for settlement directly with India. It does not matter if anyone else considers that Pakistan was defeated. For India. The important need here is for Pakistani leaders to appear to be strong and retain their honour in front of their own people. because on the one hand India appears weak to them by asking for peace. third party mediation is unacceptable in what is essentially a bilateral dispute with Pakistan. Because talk of peace weakness. This confuses and angers the Pakistani leadership. but on the other hand India refuses third party mediation which a weak nation should 57 . weak or dishonoured as long as the Pakistani people see their leaders as having pulled off some kind of victory. but a respected third party's request from President Clinton of the US that made a triumphant Pakistan pull back from defeating India. But an India that appears to be showing weakness by talking about peace mystifies Pakistan by refusing third party mediation. the UN. 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. 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. and are not seen as having lost their honour to the weaker party India. 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 mediating party. Indian peace a sign of weakness.
or against America after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. 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). In 1857. 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.accept with gratitude to save its own face. with the courage and valor that such a military tradition suggests somehow enshrined in the Pakistani's genes.with military tradition in their blood. It is possible that Pakistani leaders consider all agreements and treaties as temporary instruments to buy time. The Martial Mind: One of the enduring myths to have come out of Pakistan is that Pakistanis are somehow a martial race . When faced with the stark choice of being with America. That rebellion was eventually quelled by the British with troops mainly from the Punjab particularly Muslim troops from what is now the Pakistani 58 . soldiers of the British Indian army rose up in a rebellion in what is now known as the first war of Indian Independence. 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. 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.
somehow superior by virtue of its being composed of martial races.Punjab. Various British writers like Philip Mason frankly admitted that the real reason for selective recruitment was political reliability in crisis situations. Amin goes on to write: The Pakistani nation had been fed on propaganda about martial superiority of their army. The British gradually began to refer to these groups as martial races. assisted by Pashtun troops. which are now part of Pakistan..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. Pakistan the nation was formed with the belief that its army was. by recruiting mainly Muslim Punjabi troops and Pashtun troops from the North Western parts of preindependence India. which the Punjabis had exhibited during the 1857-58 Bengal Army rebellion. 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. the British greatly changed the composition of the Indian army forces. 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. These troops were subsequently in the thick of all the campaigns that Imperial Britain was fighting.. After this event. 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 . from the beginning. as proved in 1965 war and felt that somehow. Maj.
that God would therefore be on their side no matter how preposterous or ill advised the action. 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. dark-complexioned and eat rice. to the detriment of Pakistan. while East Pakistanis (Bengalis) are short. fair-complexioned and eat wheat. 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. herself a Sindhi. Major Amin writes(57): 60 . Unfortunately that has occurred among Pakistan's elite. which now enter the zone of grandiose ideas and selfrighteousness. 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. The problem starts when these positive traits are stretched to unrealistic limits. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan. especially Punjabi Pakistanis is an extremely good and positive self-image of themselves and their people. recalls having been taught as a child that West Pakistanis are tall. Confidence in one's abilities. Benazir Bhutto. Positive Self-image: One remarkable feature noticeable among Pakistanis. 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.
dark and non-martial Bengalis could not face the idea of being ruled by an inferior Bengali as Prime Minister. the taller native. If Bengali Muslim East Pakistanis were considered racially inferior by West Pakistanis. and the liberation of Bangladesh. A subsequent genocide of over three million East Pakistanis led to the Indian military intervention in East Pakistan. 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. In one of the Pakistan. Amin writes.The Bengalis were despised as non martial by all West Pakistanis. who considered themselves superior to the short. an East Pakistan headed by a Bengali. Maj.. the 1971 elections gave a the Awami League.the generals were convinced that the Bengali was too meek to ever challenge the martial Punjabi or Pathan Muslim. But the Punjabi generals of the Pakistani army. ugly” Hindustani Indians. The results of the election were annulled and martial law was clamped in East Pakistan. Mujibur Rehman and his party should have formed the government of Pakistan in Islamabad. This feeling was a carry over from the pre-Independence days when the British relied on the martial race for their army recruits. 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 . If the results of these elections had been carried through to their logical conclusion. it is not surprising to note that Pakistanis have considered themselves racially superior to the “dark. Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. To Kiplings contemporaries.
Pakistan is always portrayed as being just. Stemming from the self-image of the Pakistani is his sense of entitlement. but in the Pakistani context it is a derogatory term for a nonMuslim. Spokespersons for Pakistan never tire of pointing out that Pakistan is not getting its due. Arab scholar Raphael Patai. dark. or already given more than necessary and that the onus is on the other party to pay Pakistan sacrifices made. Associated with the word is a picture of a kafir . or does not have any bearing on behavior. 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. The word kafir means unbeliever.which is often the picture of a Hindu of a Sikh. in his seminal work on Arab psyche (42) lists a few characteristics of Arab personality that arise from Islamic beliefs. Even today. From the profound application of Islamic beliefs among Pakistanis.Pakistani textbooks for small children to learn the Urdu alphabet. Pakistan is said to have already done. the US or the world owe Pakistan a lot more that it is getting. ugly. weak or cowardly. At every step. Children's alphabet books carry the word kafir as an example of a word that starts with the Urdu equivalent of the letter k. and that India. 62 . 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. fair and sacrificing.
The docility of the average Pakistani in day-to-day life is probably beneficial to the stability Pakistani society.it seems that the same characteristics can be seen among Pakistanis. but stem from Arabic and Persian respectively. For this reason. so long as it does not go against his Islamic conscience. poor uneducated Pakistani believes that his life is pre-ordained by Allah to be the way it is. which have been written down for him in God's Book to the smallest detail. the average Pakistani is unlikely to revolt against his lot in life. Not even in everyday life can a man do anything. but does not augur development. 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. Patai quotes this Islamic belief as the requirement that Man has no choice but to go through the course of events. or even to try to fight to make it better. and that he will be rewarded for his piety in an afterlife with an assured place in a well-stocked heaven. These beliefs are referred to in the words kismat and naseeb that occur in Urdu. with evidence of the same in their behavior. One powerful Islamic belief is that of predestiny. either to hasten or otherwise influence events. or religious leader tells him to do. He will do what his feudal master. 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 . The average. local lord. the belief that all events are predestined or decided beforehand by God and cannot be avoided or changed in any way.
as is quite likely. and the external consequences of that. and any subsequent violence he takes part in would ensure for him a respected place in his society as an Islamic warrior. 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. 64 .Allah to be as they are tampered with in any way. a relationship deliberately cultivated by the Pakistani elite for their own ends. Such a life is tempting because it meets all his human and psychological requirements. He is well looked after during the indoctrination and training period. there can be virtually no hope of achieving a sea-change in the internal situation of Pakistan. to die in action. Unless there is a fundamental and deep rooted effort within Pakistan to change the relationship of the Pakistani with his religion. or ensure a place in heaven if he were.
while a powerful clergy rejects all notions of equality and freedom for women.Chapter 6 WOMEN AND MINORITIES OF PAKISTAN With 108 men for every 100 women in Pakistan (59). the women of Pakistan could probably be called a minority. For example. Hindus and Christians. malnutrition and child labor are where the women are uneducated. and murder. to be counted along with other minorities of Pakistan such as Shia Muslims. many have been the victims of domestic violence. The importance of this fact lies in that many studies show that poverty. Most Islamic communities are averse to the idea of giving women social status equal to that of men. rape. 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. 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. That a strong feudal elite still rules the roost in the vast countryside is a major impediment to enlightenment and democracy. two out of three women in Pakistan are uneducated. The state of Pakistani women has a powerful bearing on the condition of Pakistan. Those women who rebel by asserting their rightful place in society are punished and considered immoral. Ahmedis. Another report (50) on Pakistani society says this about women: A woman's life is difficult during the early years of 65 .
An explanation of how this law is applied can be seen in the following quote (62): 66 . education of girls has a low priority in Pakistan. With girls being a liability to be given away after marriage. Sons will bring wives for her to supervise and provide for her in her old age. and failure to do this can lead to dishonour a crime punishable by death.. mothers favor their sons.. to be given away in an expensive marriage with their virginity intact. honour killings in which a father or a brother kill a woman for having dishonoured the family are common in Pakistan.marriage. One of the purposes of the Hudood ordinance is apparently to discourage extramarital sex. or Daughter in front of other adult and small members of the family..A wife gains status and power as she bears sons. Sister. A gender bias toward boys is clear from this description. Particularly egregious is the Hudood ordinance . she is subservient to her mother-inlaw and must negotiate relations with her sisters-inlaw. 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. A young bride has very little status in her husband's household. The woman of the family is considered fundamental to maintaining the honour of the family group. A woman must be chaste and subservient to the man.a law that is in effect in Pakistan. Daughters are a liability. Among some groups it is believed that education of girls leads to immorality. Therefore.
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
who are responsible for a rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism. 71 . but civilian as well. the preachers of a narrow brand of Sunni Islam.massacred hundreds of Shias and crushed their revolt. a few businessmen and the feudal lords and their allies. 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. Successive governments in Pakistan. mostly military. have consistently fought and opposed anyone and everyone.
72 . if at all possible. it was realised by these real or perceived descendants of Mughals that in a democratic India. live under non-Muslim rule.. Gandhi's Indian democracy was going to be Hindu. Living under the all-mighty British was unpleasant for many. For the English-educated Muslim elite. considered themselves the descendants of the Mughals who had ruled vast tracts of India. who were later to go to Pakistan. was worse. 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”. they would not automatically regain control of the lands they had lost to the British. some of the Muslim elite in India. whom the Muslim Mogul dynasty had dominated for centuries before the arrival of the English. Living under the far more numerous Hindus. Being different from Indians is a fundamental requirement that defines the Pakistani. It is a geographic expression of an ageold Islamic ideal: Muslims should not. primarily Muslim provinces of British India. The demand for a separate nation was a natural extension of this Mughal mindset. from the northern. it was intolerable. Pakistan isn't really a nation-state. When the British were set to leave India. 1947. The Weekly Standard reported in October 2001 (69): Created on August 15.. Before India was partitioned in 1947.Chapter 7 PARTITION AND THE TWO-NATION THEORY When Indians and Pakistanis meet. one is struck by their similarity. so a Muslim "Land of the Pure"--the literal meaning of Pakistan--was essential to protect and nurture the faithful. This group of individuals formed a migrant nation.
But Pakistan was not formed merely by people with this Mughal mindset. May be they would be punished for former uppishness and for real or imagined wrongs. and strengthened.actually equality of treatment with Hindus . not to accept democracy's implications.the leitmotif of preindependence Indian Muslim politics. These came from. 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 -. affected a superiority complex.MB Naqvi wrote in the Jang of Pakistan (70): Historically the majority of Muslims. originally low- caste Hindus. The second was to depend on a ruling or hegemonic power to get them their due. Muslims thus demanded weightage . which is what distinguished them from Hindus. Muslims all over the world. madrassas.reservations and separate electorate. angered them and an adversarial attitude vis-a-vis Hindus developed. Others' refusal to accept Muslims demands. Another root of partition lay with the defeat of the Turkish Caliphate by the British in 1918. That explained their demonstrative adherence to Islam. and certainly in pre-independence India attempted to go back to their Islamic roots. calculated to preserve imagined privileges. two traits: first. One of the consequences was that they discouraged their children from attending secular schools. especially in Northern India. The end of the Caliphate was a symbolic blow to Muslims who has grown up to look at the Islamic empire 73 . and encouraged education in Islamic schools. They feared being falling down into the vast assimilative sea of Hindudom surrounding them wherein they will be at the bottom of social heap. especially the equality with Hindus. When that occurred.
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. staying in India would be tantamount to living under subjugation in the dar ul harb. who were at war For Muslims who could not have their way with separate representation in pre-independence India. The word Caliph means deputy in Arabic. and the first Caliph had been appointed by the Prophet Mohammad. India and South East Asia to the East. Muslim existence was deemed a kind of permanent emergency (dar-ul-harb) and migration was considered an option in the defiance of British raj. when Islamic empire. although he by no means controlled even a fraction of that empire. Allama Iqbal. of Islam. Hindustan hamara later paradoxically endorsed the need for a separate nation for Muslims (72): 74 .a house or a group of followers of Islam. 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. consisting of unbelievers people who were not followers of Islam. Southern Europe to the North and Central Asia. the poet who composed the popular Indian patriotic song Saare Jahaan se achcha. a house of Islam . The demand for a separate state for Muslims only was a logical extension of this thought process. a completely unacceptable situation. Inherent in the concept of dar ul harb was that Islam. The Friday Times had this to say (71): In India. A concept in Islam speaks of a dar ul Islam. and a dar ul harb or house of war. The Caliph was the symbolic head of this empire.as extending from Arabia in the center to North Africa in the West.
Allama Iqbal asserted that there is only one nation opposed to the Muslim Umma. The result. Under the leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. and Islamic reasons being the basis for the formation of Pakistan. 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. right from the 75 . in addition to power and glory for himself and the new nation. the world is divided into two camps. 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. The TwoNation Theory was a manifestation of the doctrine of darul-islam versus dar-ul-harb. and that is the nation of non-Muslims! In other words. Another key player in the call for Pakistan was Maulana Maududi.. This theory is popularly known as two-nation theory. the movement. 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. Pakistanis have. 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. With Islam. the Muslims and Non-Muslims. as eloquently documented by Rajiv Malhotra. was (74): Without any concrete 'dispute' between Hindus and Muslims..
been taught to regard themselves as Muslims first and foremost. With Jinnah as leader the heady success of nation formation in 1947 was enough. civilizations can often be seen to behave like live beings. the splitting up of British India into modern India and Pakistan can be compared to an act of auto-amputation. Pakistan would represent Islam itself it would be a leading light of Islam in the world. It was the first Islamic state to be created in the modern era ab initio. A nation in decline. Pakistan would be progressive. Pakistan. Pakistan was supposed to be a homeland for Muslims of India and its formation was pushed through by the groups who wanted it. including some such as the Jamaat-i-Islami who did not favor the formation of Pakistan. it would not be out of place to mention briefly the civilizational effect that partition had on India. unbelievers. strong and Islamic. hunger and poverty. This is a condition in which a live human body spontaneously discards and casts off a dead or diseased part. When studied over centuries. and as opposed to being citizens of the nation. Pakistan would not be like India. Although the purpose of this book is to present a study of Pakistan after partition. Pakistan had come into existence. It was a victory of Islam over the British and the Hindus.beginning. For the new Pakistanis India was a land of kafirs. It was Islamic. honour and dignity. satisfaction. In civilizational terms. And Pakistan would claim to represent the Muslims who had stayed behind in India. It was a land of superstition. Not much thought was put into whether a state based on religion alone would be able to survive. such as a 76 . discrimination. over the wishes of other groups. It was not Indian. The fact of being Pakistani brought with it a liberal dose of pride.
a civilizational auto-amputation. this tumultuous self-mutilating act was a profoundly democratic one. For India partition was akin to that . The actual act of partition was accompanied by horrifying suffering and death. partition was not so much an act of separation of all Hindus from all Muslims. It is easier for these younger Indians to see that for India. Pakistan had filled itself with people whose intent was less to live and work in harmony. after the painful events of partition. They saw themselves as Muslims. stayed. 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. more than two-thirds of the population of India having been after 1947. The vast majority India.toe or a fingertip so that the body itself can survive and not be affected by the disease that damaged the toe or finger. In one convulsive act. continued in Pakistan. but it merely segregated a sub-group of Indians who did not want to co-exist with other Indians. but after five decades the memories of the pain are beginning to fade. with the formation of Bangladesh. 77 . and that India would fragment and break. Strange as it may sound. in which those who wanted to opt out of India were allowed to opt out. They were wrong. and and all the people who did not wish to live and work in India were placed in Pakistan. and those who wanted to stay. The initial fragmentation and breaking that occurred at partition. and Pakistani leaders assumed that the Muslims remaining in India would automatically rise up and revolt. of Indians rooted for India and worked for Pakistanis did not see things that way. and more to live away from some group or the other.
India and Indians were continuously and bitterly accused of being anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim. The 15 million mohajirs who migrated to Pakistan from India were not welcomed. The fact that East Pakistani Bengalis were Muslim did not help to stop the West Pakistani disdain for the short. 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. There were contradictions at every turn. wheat eating Pakistani Punjabi. This complex web of factors kept Pakistanis from uniting with each other but the Islam argument was used for unity. fair. as opposed to the tall. Any threat. dark. and the army had no intention of seeing its Punjabi dominance being subordinate to the inferior Bengali.a phobia against the scheming Hindu who was out to subjugate or kill all Muslims. dark. even when caused by internal politics and mismanagement was blamed on India. with its people. It was drummed into ordinary Pakistanis that they must be good Muslims.It was only after the formation of Pakistan that all the assumptions made about Islam as a unifying concept began to break down. the Bengalis. The mohajirs found that their survival in Pakistan would be made easier by creating and maintaining an India scare . rice-eating Bengali becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan. But they were educated and held all the important bureaucratic posts. and while Pakistanis struggled to meet the 78 . fish and rice-eating Bengali. The possibility of democracy in Pakistan brought with it the threat of a short. The mohajirs. Apart from the mohajirs was the other half of Pakistan. and any setback to Pakistan. East Pakistan. That would have been totally unacceptable to the Pakistani Punjabi. Punjabis made up 90% of the Pakistani army.
it was to be guided constantly by rules. The Pakistani citizen is judged by whether he is a good Muslim or not. And Pakistanis believed that this was all that was needed. Nobel Prize winning author V. and everything else would look after itself. One of the problems that crops up from this is the definition of “Who is a good Muslim?”.S. the ruling elite lived as they pleased. Among the Believers(75). To be a devout Muslim was always to have distinctive things to do.standards set for them. After all Islam had given them a nation. It was only necessary for everyone to be a good Muslim. 79 . and records interviews with a diverse group of Pakistanis. It would now provide for that nation. Naipaul describes travels through Pakistan. Naipaul says. it was to live in a fever of the faith and always to be aware of the distinctiveness of the faith. Every act or event in Pakistan has to be seen through the prism of whether it is Islamic or not. In his book. A repeated observation that comes out is that the ordinary Pakistani citizen is under pressure to be a good Muslim.
there were 76 in which more than 50 per cent of the people were Muslims. the Muslim League as the Flag of Islam and had said you cannot separate the Muslim League from Islam. and not all Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. out of a total of 435 districts in undivided India. A very popular slogan in Pakistan was. Demographer P. Pakistan was unable to grab and hold Islam as though Islam and Pakistan were one and the same.implying that Pakistan and Islam are one and the same. The slogan combines a few words taken from the the Islamic call to prayer La ilaha illallah . To be though before called sure.Chapter 8 ISLAM AND PAKISTAN In the end. Reddy noted in the Times of India on 8th April 2003 (77): According to the 1941 census. (76). Based on 80 . it could perhaps be said that Islam was too big for Pakistan to keep as its private domain. Even independence. Pakistan was formed for some. It is endlessly and erroneously repeated that Pakistan was formed for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. for decades behaved as Pakistan was Islam and Islam was Pakistan.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 . Pakistani leaders.H. "Pakistan ka matlab kya. Jinnah. This is a shameful piece of fiction that needs to be set right. the founder of Pakistan had the flag of his political party. But this charade could only last a few years before the fallacies began to show. La ilaha illallah".
" "We wish our people". The 76 Muslim-majority districts were grouped together in two clusters. he declared. Egyptians live in peace with their past.. One cluster was in north-west India and the other in north-east India.this demographic fact. and Arab culture adopted and internalized Islam..9 per cent of the total population of India. arts and architecture produced by an intermingling of two rich cultures. An entire literature and culture of Islam developed in Persia.54 crore. and do not seek to deny the ancient. literature". social customs. that they "derive their inspiration from different sources of history". preIslamic Egyptian civilization of Pharaohs who built the Pyramids. Islam spread peacefully into Indonesia and was absorbed and rationalized by the local culture. Arab culture had existed in Arabia for centuries before Islam was born. different heroes and different episodes. Muslims numbered 3.In 1951. Over the centuries Islam reached a balance with the cultures of the people who adopted Islam. the Sir Cyril Radcliffe's Boundary Commission allotted these 76 districts to Pakistan. "to two different civilizations". making up 9. "to develop to the fullest our spiritual. The formation of Pakistan sought to deny this vibrant entity. social and political life in a way that we think best and in consonance with our own ideals 81 and according to the .. economic. Western Pakistan comprised the north-west part of the sub-continent and Eastern Pakistan comprised eastern part of Bengal and one district in Assam. (with) different epics. using the Persian language.. cultural. Similarly Islam developed and flowered in India with its own unique literature. which was born in Arabia. Jinnah exploited a cleavage in Indian society to proclaim: Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies.
But there were inconsistencies and contradictions right from the beginning and the confusion has remained to this day.. and nobody had any idea of what would replace the void. Christians. The only thing people knew was that Pakistanis would have to be Islamic. Pakistan was deliberately set on the path of being an orphan. but it was definitely not going to be Indian any more. Pakistan was not Arabic. In an experimental and unparalleled act of ignorance.genius of our people. you are free to go to your temples.. free from India or any Indian roots. you free to go to your mosques or to any other places worship in this State of Pakistan. it was not Indonesian. and the You are of Parsis . But the leaders of the new Pakistan who took over after Jinnah died in 1948. Indian culture had to be actively cleaned out of the minds of millions of Pakistani citizens . The India connection had to be stripped clean.. The formation of Pakistan was considered a great victory." Perhaps Jinnah did not mean to strip Pakistan of the rich culture that Islam had developed in its centuries of interaction in India (78). They will enjoy same rights and privileges as any other citizens.You will find that in 82 . Was Pakistan Jinnah say: .a culture of centuries was to be washed clean.we have a nation for Muslims only? But why did many non-Muslims - Hindus.but they are all Pakistanis. and good Muslims. for Muslims alone.. leaving Pakistan purely Islamic. it was not Egyptian or Persian. Islamic. certainly felt that Pakistan should be stripped of all its connections with India. culture-less nation.. are free.
That is indeed what some Pakistani Islamists believe: Muslims all over the world must realize that nationalism is kufr. nobody could question 83 . and Pakistan.) Pakistani leaders. Was Pakistan the leader of all Islamic nations. were purely Islamic. as the majority of Muslims chose to remain in India.course of time Hindus would cease to Muslims would cease to be Muslims. parts of Pakistan. As long as Islam anything. People who are not Islamic. Islam was and still remains the ultimate excuse. or to accuse an adversary of Pakistani leaders hid behind the excuse for their actions. ended up trying to make Pakistan take all the routes that it could possibly take simultaneously. today. Pakistan had failed at birth.. groups of directions. (79) (kufr refers to unbelievers i. a modern day Caliphate? But if that was the case Pakistan should not have had any boundaries. 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. to get aid. And like a man whose arms and legs are being pulled apart by horses moving in different directions. and social and ethnic Pakistan have all headed in different resulting in the chaos that Pakistan is Pakistani leaders claimed that they. an example for Islamic nations to follow as the leader of the ummah. and that the modern nation-states are a creation of that period in history when Muslims were defeated and dominated by kufr. (76) Was Pakistan a nation for all Muslims be Hindus and of the Indian subcontinent? If so. and represented Islam. in their confusion as to what Pakistan was and what it should do. For Pakistan.e.
instead of consolidating and unifying the new state of Pakistan. As long as the money kept coming in. They had to starve. aid and funds poured into Pakistan in the early years as part of US aid to Pakistan as a cold war ally. and 84 . If Pakistan obtained military and economic aid from the US. its leaders set about using Islam to divert Indian territory of all problems. Pakistan was Islamic. India could be fought and opposed. But as repeated Pakistani assaults against India failed. it was because Islam was naturally anticommunist. And conveniently. They were not Islamic enough they had to strive to be better Muslims. there was no pressure to change policy. Allah (God). Pakistan could do no wrong. democracy or common sense. After all. And in this manner. and to meddle with and Indian Muslims. enemy of Islam. Opposing Pakistan was anti-Islamic. genocide. Islam could not fail. Pakistanis had failed the faith. was providing funds and arms via the US. be it development. and elections postponed. from waging wars. and therefore the The India problem had to be solved. corruption could not be criticized by anyone. the people of Pakistan could be kept busy. and that took priority over everything else in Pakistan. The threat from India became the common denominator for all Pakistani actions. attention to India.them. avoiding elections. Any criticism of Pakistan was criticism of Islam. for postponing elections and for postponing development of Pakistan indefinitely. India did not dare question Pakistani claims no matter how preposterous or obscene they were. and therefore anything that Pakistan did. because Pakistan was Islamic. the number one threat to Pakistan. who had given Pakistan to the faithful. sacrifice and allow their army to get stronger. India would be defeated. Money and the economy were not a problem. so that Islam could be upheld against India. India was the source the enemy of Pakistan.
The Pakistani elite. The Islam card was used by everybody in Pakistan to suit their own purpose. commitment to Islamic ideology and the need to unite against all odds. Muslims in Kashmir. and later all the Muslims in India would be rescued from Hindu tyranny by Pakistan. migrants from India..the migrant elite. Elections were a threat that had to be postponed or canceled and an imaginary threat to Islam was invoked. Foolishly our ruling elite. used in Pakistan to make every opinion or move. 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. 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.. holding all the important government posts. No method was ruled out.dreaded the prospects of their exit from power in the event of elections. 85 . Islam gradually became the tool..it remained a major potential challenge. saw their positions threatened by the prospect of elections which would unseat them in favor of locals. no sacrifice could be too great in opposing India. thought they could isolate the Bengali nationalists by raising religious slogans of Islamic ideology and Islamic identity to counter Bengali anger.. instead of going some way to meet Bengali demands..therefore to Islam. because opposing India meant devotion to Islamic ideals. In his essay on the role of the power structure in Pakistan (80). the prop.. 1952 the historic Bengali language movement erupted spontaneously all over East Bengal.
'There was a hidden hand deflecting the rounds'. Finally. Middle ranking officers must take courses and examinations on Islam. M. and they supported every measure to make Islam the basis of the existence of all Pakistanis. And as Islam was stirred into the mindset of the Pakistani army.The army of Pakistan was initially subservient to the government. There are even serious attempts under way to define an Islamic military doctrine. A. After 1971 Zia-ul-Haq started a campaign of Islamization of the Pakistani army. so as to fight in accordance with the Koran. as distinct from the international military doctrines.. Hussain wrote (82): 86 . the army started seeing Islam in more and more of its actions. Pluralism or Western-style democracy was incompatible with the mullah's world view. anything less than an Islamic state in Pakistan was a threat. Rajiv being introduced into Pakistani military training. 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.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 strengthened the process of Islamization of Pakistan started by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Another compelling reason to be very cautious about overuse of religion is to avoid seeping of sectarian tendencies into the armed forces. Only in an Islamic state could mullahs be influential and prominent. for the mullahs (Islamic scholars) of Pakistan. whom Zia Malhotra wrote (74): Islamic texts are had deposed in a coup.
. went to Pakistan as they saw no role in India for themselves.. The men 87 who controlled the sword.have a vested interest in establishing an Islamic state where they are locus of power and have tremendous scope for employment. Mo-alim.. who had opposed Jinnah. It explains why even those Ulamas and Maulavis (like Moulana Maudoodi). which remains to this day the blueprint for a genuinely Islamic society. Everything should have fallen in place. No Muslim polity has measured up to the combination of piety and social justice achieved by the Medinese community.Imam. 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.But trying to replicate the Medinese polity remains an ideal. he left behind a tradition.. The idea of an Islamic state seemed noble enough. Every group in Pakistan needed Islam only for their narrow self interest. The Ideal Islamic state existed at the time of the Prophet Mohammad. but there were no written guidelines on how a state should be run. but making it reality was easier said than done. etc. the army and the mullahs seemingly being in agreement with each other on the question of the Islamic status of Pakistan. and gone without a hitch. there really should have been no problem. Maulavi. the bureaucracy and government. the people. With everyone in Pakistan. . But that did not happen. When the Prophet Mohammad died in AD 632. Mozin. In the absence of such guidelines. Islamic people often ended up being controlled by the nearest strongman.
. 88 and was implemented and .by the soldiers.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. a Professor of religious studies...In general. and he did not leave behind a specific political system or designate a successor. In a report on the relationship of the mullahs and the military in Pakistan by the International Crisis Group... The precedent of the strongman . But in practice the Muslim sultan of India was a perfect autocrat and his word was law. wrote (The Prophet) Muhammad's prophetic mantle was not inherited by his successors. the poets and the ulema of the age.controlled the ulema (scholars) and the people. And Pakistan is no exception. Tamara (84): Sonn. and this was understood and acquiesced in. The real source of the sultan's authority was military strength. Succession of leadership among Islamic people has been a bone of contention ever since that time. the Prophet's successors were expected to be personally pious and to behave according to the guidance left by the Prophet.the military ruler taking absolute control over Islamic people had already existed in Mughal India. (a non-profit multinational organization resolving conflict) the introduction following quote (85): committed to carries the The Muslim state in India was a theocracy.. but there were no formal criteria for determining the community's leadership or judging its legitimacy.
More and more Islamic laws had to be passed and implemented. After all Pakistan was formed for Islam.S Naipaul in his believers”(75) Islamic has been book “Among the This Islamic state couldn't simply be decreed. no feminine immodesty. The effort to make Pakistan purely described by V.perpetuated in Pakistan. liked it. East Pakistanis their minds poisoned by India according to some West Pakistani commentators. And it was all done in the name of Islam. It was done. Anything that Pakistan did was done in the name of Islam. and put and end to the people's misery. seceded and formed Bangladesh (chapter 11). and held on to power. Pakistani leaders were always right. always Islamic and they compelled their people to be more and more Islamic. and the Hudood ordinance were brought in. Islamic fervor. such as the politicians. revolted. and in that invention faith was of little help. zakat. But soon in 89 . no interest in the banks. Criticism of Pakistan was criticism of Islam. Other forces in Pakistan who wanted power and influence. The Pakistan army was invited to take power. It was to be assumed by all who were watching that Pakistan itself was the embodiment of Islam. it had to be invented. at the moment. would solve all of Pakistan's problems. Faith. to uphold Islam and represent Islam. or reached some accommodation with the army. bureaucrats and the ulema used the army. Gradually the non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan were squeezed out (chapter 6) They had no role in Islamic Pakistan. could only supply the simple negatives that answered emotional needs: no alcohol. Pakistani leaders claimed. The sharia. it was implied. This blow to Pakistan was explained on the basis of Pakistan not being Islamic enough.
However. More and more Pakistanis were needed to fight Pakistan's wars. ready to embrace 90 .Pakistan these negatives were to be added to: no political parties. Each Islamic jihadi. ensured the delivery number of men to fight for Pakistan. The elite stayed rich. but the external violence of the Generals and their games of military domination. the serfs and underlings. was ready to die for a cause.. brought up with fervor of any in a madrassa. and their modern. no dissent. They preached jihad. no law courts. They took charge of the madrassas with gusto and preached with fervor. the army. Jihad against the enemies of Islam. The rich got money. liberal lifestyle conveyed the impression of a progressive society to Western aid givers. The mullahs of Pakistan were doubly happy. Pakistan's alliance with the U. while the poor of Pakistan got madrassas (Islamic schools) to ensure that they became more Islamic. and in the vacuum only the army could rule. the army got weapons. The army brass. secure and happy in their newly funded madrassas. So existing institutions were deemed to be unIslamic and undermined or undone. Men were needed to fight India. In order to be good Muslims. the rulers and influential people of Pakistan did not have to be all that Islamic. no parliament. and the army became richer.S. the faith was asserted because only the faith seemed to be whole. ensured that foreign aid poured in and the economy of the wealthy in Pakistan boomed. self correcting jihad of the Koran. Men were needed to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. getting richer.not the internal. The burgeoning of madrassas and ensured that they would have jobs and influence. needed men to do their fighting. Pakistanis were urged to do jihad . and the mullahs. for Islam. Pure Islam was for the hoi-polloi.
In a remarkably prescient passage Naipaul observes (75). obtainable only by violence and death. but faith didn't. This glorious scene became Pakistan's version of Islam.Extraordinary claims began to be made for Pakistan: it was founded as the land of the pure. Failure only led back to the faith. preaching an Islam that would keep the mullahs comfortable in this life. And as these men prepared for and died fighting for the cause that they had been told was Islamic . As the institutions of Pakistan failed in this unique and unorthodox concept of a nation. indoctrinated and prepared for death. in league with lazy Generals.the people who trained them and sent them to die the army and the mullahs. The Islam of Pakistan's mullahs. The state withered.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 . the faith Islam.. and more powerful. their families accepting that the death of their son would bring glory and honour. or the faith flawed. aiding the Generals' wars. And in that quest of the Islamic absolute the society of believers. If the state failed it wasn't because the dream was flawed. while their wards and students were encouraged to seek the pleasures of an afterlife. grew stronger. Rich generals doing office jobs while men from the poor classes with little to live for were trained. The state had been founded as a homeland for Muslims. it could only be because men had failed the faith.. where every action was instinct with worship men lost sight of the political origins of their state. got fatter.
’ upholding the faith and protecting Pakistan. 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. India had been held in check only by God and the Pakistani army. ‘the army of Islam. which presented itself as the savior.The average Pakistani citizen was coerced or co-opted by putting Islam first.S. Every Pakistani had to strive to be a good Muslim. it was stressed. out of its Islamic striving. And the Pakistani state died. Naipaul concludes (75): Step by step. In his characteristically astute manner V. Pakistan. was created by Muslims for Muslims. and replaced it with nothing 92 . Muslim clerics. It was drummed in that this was necessary because India was always there to swallow up Pakistan. To be Pakistani was to be a good Muslim. Pakistan had undone the rule of law it had inherited from the British. 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.
and go on further to define themselves as pure Muslims. So the country of Pakistan was built on hate and nothing else. The birth. Then in the second quarter. Pakistanis define their identity as being non-Indian. They hated the foreigners and they hated the Hindus. No other nation has attempted to so totally reject its existing culture while retaining only the faith or religion. and encouraged the replacement of that culture by an invented Islamic culture. and he has published his collected writings on Pakistan in a book entitled Pakistan Papers (86). and survival of Pakistan required the rejection of all that was Indian. (75) Naipaul quotes the words of a man story of this quarter of this everything that describing Pakistan. This experiment is unique in the world. Pakistani authorities have done everything in their power to discourage any Pakistani from displaying cultural traits that are seen as Indian in character. I will tell you the country in two sentences.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. In their effort to ensure that Pakistanis are not Indian. In his book. 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. the Muslims of India woke up. But Mani Shankar Aiyer has recognised a gradual change of attitudes to India 93 . They had a double hate. In the first century the Hindus of India decided that was wrong had to do with foreigners and foreign influence. Among the Believers. Aiyer says that the best definition for Pakistani is “One who is not Indian”.
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. 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. Aiyer writes (86): . Like life itself. India struggled but improved.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. which evolved from simple 94 . Up until 1971 it was hate and contempt. perhaps hours. Aiyer continues: From 1947 to 1971 the general belief (in Pakistan) was: 'hans hans ke liya tha Pakistan. Dislike and distrust of India became an industry in Pakistan. or ten or whatever number of Kafirs was widely believed.. while Pakistan split up and tottered. Pakistani attitudes have changed to hate and fear. it was put about and accepted implicitly that in a matter of days. but after 1971.among Pakistanis. as a great victory.. the flag of Islam would be imparted on the ramparts of the Red Fort. And hatred of India grew. till 1971 he looked back on what happened .
based on assumed religious superiority. It was worth alone. and opposition to India was the reason for Pakistan's birth. Raychaudhuri sums up Pakistani attitudes to India: This shattering of the psychological indoctrination. This was a source of resentment to many elite Pakistanis who had left everything in India to be in Pakistan. The act of partition at independence left Pakistanis with a small moth-eaten nation. makes it difficult for the Pakistanis to accept the reality of India's intrinsic superiority in size and economy. hatred of India was nurtured to evolve. fragrant flowers. elephants. In an article written for Pinnacle magazine (87). The fact that in 1965 and also in Kargil it was the Moslems of India who alerted the country is too insulting to believe. Pakistan existed because Muslims would be suppressed in India. a national obsession in Pakistan. insects and men. Hatred and mistrust for the creation of Pakistan. India who caused the trauma of of India was the reason defeating India for this reason was a hateful nation of people partition. grow and metamorphose into a multitude of reasons and justifications.one-celled organisms into a multitude of life forms. tigers. The cup of Pakistani hatred brims over and India. huge Banyan trees. Brig. defeated and brought to its knees. with active hatred being taught in Pakistani schools as described in Chapter 3. to be fought. For these people nothing would be better than exacting revenge for their lost lives. Pakistanis evolved a plethora of reasons to hate India. in the Pakistani mindset. Hatred for India and Indians has been made into a national purpose. For others. India was the enemy. is the cause of their 95 .
to make them good Muslims. India had to be hated to keep Pakistanis in line. Pakistanis were poor because of Indian aggression. the continued occupation of that state against the will of its people. and Islamic fervor had to be increased to oppose India. Pakistanis had to be good Muslims to survive. • Developing Pakistan-specific nuclear and conventional arsenal. thus forcing this country to enter into a suicidal arms race with the consequent irreparable damage to its economy. and for the health of army businesses surviving on state handouts. because India was there to subjugate or kill all Muslims. just like India was accused of killing or raping 30. and the merciless killing of thousands of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces. hatred and fear of India had to grow stronger. • Conducting terrorist activities in various parts of Pakistan to exploit ethnic and religious differences. And as India grew stronger. Pakistan could not develop because of India. to make them more Islamic. they had to give up Indianness. As recently as December 2003. Furthermore.000 or 70. 96 .. • Constant efforts to destabilize Pakistan through its agents.000 or whatever number of people in Kashmir. some of which are: • Indian usurpation of Jammu and Kashmir. 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. who are always at work to create disgruntlement in Pakistan's smaller provinces. hatred of India was needed as the justification for the wealth of the Pakistan army.nation('s) deprivations.
must be emphasized in our schoolbooks.the Arab.. • Changing the name of Pakistan's national monetary unit . Expecting an enemy with such a criminal record to change its heart overnight and become friendly toward us is nothing but inanity.the following steps are necessary: • Political: Pakistan's.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 . • Educational: The other major facets of Pakistan's identity .• Keep bullying Pakistan by concentrating Indian armed forces on its borders and on the Line of Control in Kashmir on trumped up grounds. If this requires drafting new books on Pakistan studies. Persian. Ahmad Quraish wrote in the Pakistani paper the Nation (89): . even denying 97 . And while some Pakistanis have reacted to India with this degree of hatred and suspicion.. by adopting either the Riyal or the Dinar. to the apogee of wiping out memories of India.instead of the Rupee. 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 .ministries must.... • Cultural: Islamabad's cultural cooperation with West Asian and Central Asian countries must be revitalized.from the perigee of wanting to occupy and subjugate parts of India.. having previously imposed three wars on Pakistan.. others try to urge Pakistan to virtually move out of the Indian subcontinent into Central Asia or even the Middle East. so be it.
98 .Pakistan's links with India and claiming imagined links with Central and West Asia. And all this while Indian children are taught to recognise Pakistanis as just like us.
one can find people who have made the quote: Pakistan is not a nation with an army.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. guns. industry. It has been noted in an earlier chapter (Chapter 5) that due to historic reasons dating from the 1857 war of Indian independence. Calling the Pakistan army by that name is akin to describing a 30-course meal as a light snack. lucre and self preservation. crime. and from many sources. the British increasingly recruited people from the Northwest of undivided India. generals. But its tentacles have spread into politics. antagonised or disagreed with. greed. There is almost no activity in Pakistan that the army is not involved in doing. power. How the Pakistani army changed from a regular army into this Hydra-headed monster has an interesting history. Time and time again. which included a large number of Punjabi Muslims from the area that was to later become Pakistan. terrorism. But yet. although that has begun to change recently. with soldiers. these troops began to be known as hailing from a martial race 99 . Because of their loyalty and docility under British leadership. being admired by most of Pakistan. the Pakistani army started off as a regular army. and there is no group in Pakistan or among Pakistan's neighbors that the Pakistani army has not fought. the Pakistani army leads a charmed existence. religion. deception. tanks and valor. it is an army with a nation Of course. business. and has diversified into more ventures than most armies in the world could dream of doing. fighting by proxy.
who began to see themselves as being of a superior martial race. several other unique observations can be made about the Pakistani province of Punjab (West Punjab) at the time of independence and partition(80). • As part of the settlement of retired army personnel. • 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. the military in Pakistan was not merely the military. • Pakistani Punjab was militarized because of the large number of Punjabis in the military. • Punjab was the most populous province of Pakistan. vast tracts of land in West Punjab had been awarded to them. The military also actually owned a lot of land because of the policy of settling retired soldiers by gifting land. The Punjabi dominated army 100 also considered itself a .(57). For these reasons. Thus the Pakistani army was dominated by Punjabis. but had political clout as well as political opinions. so the personnel in these army units served both as protectors of the civilians as well as sufferers as their villages partition. • Pakistani army units from Punjab were tasked with the protection of civilians in the post-partition violence. Apart from the predominance of Muslim Punjabis in the Pakistani army. 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.
Besides 101 . and the rule of Pakistan to a Bengali party from faraway East Pakistan. and apart from the Punjabi dominated Army. and for Islam. But there was an additional factor that led to the induction of the Pakistani army into the role of absolute rulers of Pakistan. After all. All these tendencies were present or had set in shortly after independence in 1947. in the same way as they would later refuse to hand over power. These people suddenly had a nation to lead. 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. It was a victory for them. who stood to lose their lands and influence. considered an inferior race. might actually end up ruling all of Pakistan.one of the biggest countries on earth. the reason these migrants had left India was precisely because they privileges. and the Hindu Indians. The army. legal experts. It was also inconvenient for the feudal lords in Pakistan. having been tasked to protect Pakistanis during partition began to consider itself as the protector and savior of Islam. there were not many educated local people to make up the bureaucrats. Democracy was feared democracy attenuating their inconvenient for the ruling elite of Pakistan. a new nation.martial race with superior fighting and leadership qualities compared to the East Bengalis (East Pakistanis) who were considered effeminate. Pakistan . And democracy also brought with it the danger that the more numerous Bengalis. These posts were filled by the educated elite migrants from British India. engineers and technocrats that were required in the government of the new Pakistan. largely mohajirs and Punjabis. The areas that constituted West Pakistan were largely rural.
A report from the International Crisis Group (53) has this to say: In the first decade of Independence. It seems virtually certain that no single individual in the Pakistani 102 army could have been a . Pakistan was nominally a parliamentary ruled the state with the elections were held ..these facts. 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.the the Prime Minister and democracy but civil bureaucrats military as junior partner. and to Islam itself.. from their huge neighbor India. and stopped being a junior partner to the civil bureaucracy in government. And what better way to do that than to declare a threat to Pakistan. The ruling elite of Pakistan therefore had a deep vested interest in not handing power to the people of Pakistan. general Mohammad Ayub Khan. And Pakistani army officially came into power. In the period from 1958 to 1971 the Pakistan Army gradually consolidated its hold on power in Pakistan. No President had power to dismiss used it liberally. (Governor- General Iskander) Mirza. the migrant elite faced some resistance from the locals in West Pakistan.. who had to give up space and resources to the migrants from India.ruled in league with Army Chief. Dispensing even with the pretence of democracy. 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 army nevertheless had shared power with the elite in Pakistan for nearly a decade before that.
finances or honour are not harmed. The Army replaced Ayub Khan when it was sensed that popular opposition to Ayub Khan would harm the Army’s interests.strongman without the connivance and cooperation of the Punjabi and feudal lord dominated military brass of the Pakistani army. undesirable individuals or rewarding others is. Sidelining discreetly Ayub exercised total control of Pakistan before. the (army) high command transferred power to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. thus.The military's defeat in the 1971 war with India had. during and after 1965 when he launched and lost a war with India. 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. rather than power handed down from a single supremo. In this environment. The Pakistani army is like a close-knit fraternity. It is a cooperative system. been 103 . be they power.. and General Yahya Khan. that protects its own from harm and disrepute. a family or brotherhood. 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. a preferred choice. while ensuring that its interests. however. severe punishments to individuals or extraordinary treatment of a similar nature are viewed as undermining the morale of the institution. a biradari. 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.
its infrastructure in the West was untouched. the Hamoodur Rehman report was never made public until a copy was obtained and published by the Times of India. Despite 93. 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. a sparkling new facility 104 .. It is informative to look at the perquisites. All military governments in Pakistan. One of the fanciest clubs in Karachi is the Defense Housing Authority County and Golf Club.limited to East Pakistan. businesses and non-military interests of the Pakistan army that are so keenly protected and preserved.000 prisoners of war in India. But the Pakistani army has always grabbed power from elected governments or prevented democracy from actually being established. 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.. and have prevented all attempts to check the finances or power of the military in any way. The army ensures that its officer class live in great style and luxury. In fact a damning report on the actions and defeat of the Pakistani army in the 1971 war.
166 for civilians. jewelry stores. 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. 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. for example. a two-story driving range and a gracious stone clubhouse overlooking an inlet of the Arabian Sea.. the handsome school is an educational showpiece whose computer. the development consists of spacious.with lush fairways. A gated community protected by paramilitary troops.One of Pakistan's most coveted addresses. restaurants and a yoga studio Describing the decrepit and run-down state of most schools in Pakistan. 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..in the upscale Karachi suburb of Clifton. Active-duty military personnel can join the club for an initiation fee of $16. is the blandly named Army Housing Scheme II. The Independent of London described the contrast between a Pakistani army establishment and the rest of Pakistan (92): 105 . Nearby are clothing boutiques.. compared with $9. Mediterranean-style villas grouped around a playground and an elaborately landscaped Japanese-style garden..
in relation to country's per capita income Pakistani senior military officers are one of the best paid in the world.Outside in the street. No rubbish litters this perfect world of discipline. senior military officers have been transformed into powerful landlords through grants of choice agricultural lands and real estate... rose bushes surround welltended lawns and officers' messes decorated with polished brass fittings.. newly painted cannons and battalion flags. Their children have a quota at most public universities. The Pakistan Weekly reported (94): .. but in Pakistan the army has a country. No other career. Defense expenditures consume between onethird and one-half of the national budget. behind the ancient. Inside. and serving and retired officers are routinely inducted into civilian jobs. 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. Where does the money for all this come from? A report in the Daily Times of Pakistan in August 2002 says. In recent decades. Retired officers head 106 . All countries have armies. 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. with equivalent academic qualifications and so little productivity produces comparable personal affluence as that of the officer cadre of the Pak military.
public corporations. as Pakistan's poor multiply and the economy falters. The excuse for the high defence expenditure has been the external threat from India.4% of GDP. This garrison economy is increasingly unsustainable. 2001: Pakistan reported on Sunday As a % of GDP. For decades almost 35 to 40 per cent of Pakistan's and no- revenues have been going into questions-asked defence budget. if not most. Shaheen Sehbai. In her study of the Pakistan military's economic activities.many. but the army ensures great personal wealth for its serving and retired personnel especially those of the higher ranks. and those seen as cooperative people who toe the line. Part of the army's wealth is from the extremely high defence budget that Pakistan has maintained for decades. at 4. from among the poorest of countries . The high defence budget is not the only source of income for the luxury loving Pakistani army. Ayesha-Siddiqa Agha describes 107 why the businesses were . It also controls a huge business empire.. security analyst Dr. Shaheen Sehbai wrote in the Weekly Independent in 2002 (95). spends the highest on defence. Pakistan. at the expense of all other expenditure and all other groups in Pakistan. un-audited For this report and other reports on the activities of the Pakistani army. The News International. 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).
cement. Later these two branches started off their own businesses. to 9. . Aksari aviation was set up merely to accommodate retired army helicopter pilots who could not get a job in the 108 . mostly in middle and upper management positions. pharmaceuticals. The Fauji foundation's assets have grown from Pakistani Rs. aviation. The four key armed-forces run business organizations in Pakistan are The Fauji Foundation. wool. fish farms. rice and sugar mills. and employs 6 to 7 thousand military personnel. They are not necessarily profitable.the military's business empire in Pakistan was created to guarantee welfare of retired and serving personnel. fertilizer. travel agencies. shoes. commercial complexes. competition is scared off by military threats. power and education and healthcare. insurance and security with many bearing the name Aksari. and the vast enterprise has grown to gargantuan proportions. cement factories. and the senior employees make fat salary packets. The Pakistani army's business enterprises were started for the welfare of retired personnel. stud farms. Siddiqa-Agha. cereal and corn.800 million according to Dr. with a small quota for the Air Force and Navy. the Shaheen Foundation and the Bahria Foundation. It was a pattern inherited from the pre-independence days. plastics. hosiery.started in the first place (90). 152 million in 1970. but they survive on government subsidies and grants.. The Army Welfare Trust has 26 projects including farms. Initially only the army had its businesses. Natural gas. safe from accountability and questions. The Fauji Foundation's businesses include sugar mills. the Army Welfare Trust. banking.
deep sea fishing. construction. The Bahria Foundation deals in commercial complexes. paints. dredging. FM That left Pakistan's smallest force. knitwear and commercial complexes. to start its own venture. 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. the 17. 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. During my days at the village. There is no nation in the world whose armed forces are involved in as many non-military business ventures as the Pakistan armed forces. radio. salvage and even a university. the Pakistan air force established the Shaheen foundation which is now involved in air transportation. my wife wanted to build a house. the navy. Banking. Farrukh Saleem. The only sugar that I ever liked was either from the four Fauji Sugar Mills or Army Welfare Sugar Mills. insurance.000-acre dairy. meat and grain-producing project. milk use to come from the nearby Okara Military Farms. ship breaking. Not to be outdone. 109 I didn't want to be . Not too long ago. pay TV. the Bahria Foundation in 1981. But they are normal and routine for the Pakistani armed forces. the Pakistani armed forces have diversified into fields well outside the mandate of an armed force. trading. Like a core business that has diversified. The only wrapping that Fauji Cereal ever uses comes from Fauji Poly Propylene Products. Dr. a travel agency.private sector. insurance. airport services. cargo.
The paint for my house must come from no one but Bahria Paints. corruption and self-interest. the military run businesses of Pakistan are above all accountability. 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. Fauji Jordan Company. The businesses run by the Pakistani armed forces are marked by inefficiency. A feature peculiar to a number of cases is. 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. and the defence ministry manned by retired military officers. In her study of the Army's businesses. (98) With the military in government. FONGAS. Fauji Fertilizer Company. Siddiqa-Agha makes a scathing indictment(90): Ayesha The top management of the armed forces jealously guard their interests. the ventures were started not based on any feasibility study but on the whims of the top management to accommodate certain highranking officers. Over the years the interests have narrowed down from the greater benefit of the institution to the personal welfare of the generals. employing thousands of serving and retired army personnel.anywhere but in one of the six Askari Housing Schemes. Fauji also owns and operates Fauji Corn Complex. The army also operates what is called the National Logistic Cell (NLC) which is a trucking and transportation giant in Pakistan. The only cement I will use is Fauji Cement. Fauji Oil Terminal Company Project and Mari Gas Company. Dr.
"to defend it from the enemy. the risk to this life is not so 111 . heart of Punjab. With this degree of money.a list of over 100 armed forces men who allotted to themselves at least 400 or more acres of prime land in Bahawalpur. wealth and power. which could cure many political and social imbalances in the Pakistani society.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.. the South Asia Tribune reported (99): . and there is evidence of corruption.competitors or people who try to question their activities. the Pakistan army's main problem shifts away from the defence of Pakistan to the defence of their own wealth and power. Such lists exist all over Punjab and Sindh where a new breed of landlords has already been created through similar allotments.. The list is only of one District. Nearly half the billionaires were from the army or close relatives of senior army personnel. 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. In another report in August 2002. An online report in the Crescent International revealed a list of Pakistani billionaires and millionaires with accounts in Swiss banks.." Siddiqa-Agha said. you find out they are inefficient." at the throw away rate of Rs 380 per acre (US Dollars Six & 50 cents). Corruption in running these businesses has been noted by Siddiqa-Agha and others (96): "When you dig into them. "There is also evidence of corruption linked to monopolization of government contracts.
the Pakistan army has maintained a mutually profitable relationship with Islamic elements in the country. as in Afghanistan since 1979 and in India since 1989. and recruitment to the army benefits the poor who are inclined to Islamic fundamentalism. the hundreds of Islamic seminaries have become breeding 112 . but by anger and opposition to the corrupt and wealthy army from the desperately poor people of Pakistan. The Islamicists have offered two critical inputs to the military: they have provided armed manpower for the military's security agendas in the neighborhood. 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.much from an attack by India. rallied radical Islamic forces to the cause. Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi noted in an article in the Friday Times of Pakistan (101): Since the late 1970s. a staggering 85% of whom live on less than US $2 per day (100). 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. Poverty and destitution in Pakistan are because India is trying to attack Pakistan and kill Muslims. because the sacrifice of jihad is required to fight India. 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. The people must be more Islamic. the center of anti-Indian sentiment. A report in the Washington Times recognised this (102): The Pakistani army. In fact. Pakistan is a poor country.
Each jihadi commander is given funds and the brief to devise a strategy for his unit's combat operations. As the Pakistani army generals consolidated their financial and business empires. from which they generate summaries of their operations for their military officers. the army has become a harbinger for Islamic ideological orientations. subcontracted its fighting to the jihadis. so in the 1990s it was decided that they would act as a front-line force in any IndiaPakistan war.grounds for terrorism and centers for the recruitment of junior officers to the Pakistan army. in the course of the 1989 uprising in Kashmir. But there is an Army of Islam. The commanders have lap top computers in which they store their data.. First-hand observations by this correspondent in Azad Kashmir camps confirm that the jihadi outfits are in fact paramilitary troops. 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. a regular army of around 500. they gradually subcontracted the actual fighting to Islamist irregular forces. However.purpose was to develop a paramilitary force that would assist the Pakistan army in the event of war. these jihadis played so vital a role that they outdid the army. with a total strength of about 200.Raman was quoted in the online portal Rediff (104): Pakistan has two armies. The jihadi outfits.000. During the Kargil conflict 113 of 1999.. Each unit has a commander who reports to an army officer. over the course of the last few decades.. Thus. The Pakistan army has.000. Former Indian Intelligence analyst B.. so-called by Pakistan itself. Pakistan .
Parthasarathy. In another article. except the Khmer evidence following (1971). saying that Kashmiri mujahideen were doing the fighting. controls the largest network of elite public schools. but not before the Pakistani Northern Light Infantry was virtually wiped out. former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan wrote (106): The Pakistan army is today the largest investor in the Karachi Stock Exchange. 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. Rouge led by the genocidal Pol Pot.refused to admit that any of their forces were involved in the fighting. 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). But as Pakistani soldiers bodies began appearing in Pakistan the truth leaked out. information regarding the Pakistani army would be incomplete without mention of the criminal activities and genocide that they have been involved in: G. Finally. 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. Pakistani troops withdrew in the face of defeat. but also heroin from Peshawar for export from Karachi. Documented of the numbers of Pakistani citizens killed the carnage by the Pakistan army in Bangladesh Baluchistan (1972-1974). rural Sind (1983 onwards) and the urban centres of Sind against the MQM 114 .
Raman was quoted in a report (108): . Raman. says only one of the 30 officers of lieutenant-general rank and above is definitely a jehadi. A large number of men in the lower ranks of the Pakistani army now have fundamentalist Islamic leanings. This Islamic zeal has gradually entered the ranks of the Pakistani army.(in the 1990s). It started unwinnable wars. the With that seems to be represented almost all over Pakistan. 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. it is 115 . In short the Pakistani army has people who are serving two masters. In late 2003. But the army did none of these things.two or three of the 10 corps commanders are seen as Islamicists.. B. The Pakistani army has set itself on the course of a serious split. the Pakistani army being the only viable institution out. Based on this the army repeatedly took power in Pakistan with the promise of setting things right. India. 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. On the other hand are the Islamists. with their businesses and lands. it may be said that the Pakistani army retained a great degree of respect among the people of Pakistan from the time of independence. promising to bring back democracy and to fight and defeat the number one enemy. confirms this fact. RAW's former Pakistan expert. In conclusion. who are indoctrinated on the exclusivity and superiority of their brand of religion. the army commanders on the one hand and Allah on the other. Indian Intelligence analyst B. On the one hand are the rich and corrupt generals. and these lower ranks will be senior officers with the passage of time.
116 .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.
Pre-independence India (British India) consisted of present day India. The commission found 76 out of 435 districts with such a majority. Much has been written on this subject and many references are available. myth and misinformation. The 1947-48 war: The first conflict started in 1947. and needs to be described. and video clips on the Internet (109. 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. Within this 117 . Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is interesting to note that.Chapter 11 KASHMIR. The exact circumstances under which this war started is generally lost in a maze of rhetoric. PLEBISCITE. documents 111). including some excellent online references complete with photographs. in two clusters that were to form West and East Pakistan. shortly after independence and the formation of Pakistan. 110. 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. 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.
the 600 Princely States were given the option of joining either India or Pakistan by signing a document called the Instrument of Accession.area were also about 600 states that were not directly ruled by Britain.or agreed to join India or Pakistan. and hastily commenced an invasion of Kashmir to take over the Kingdom before the Maharaja made up his mind (112). India wanted to formalize this agreement with a representative of the King. This King had not made up his mind about signing the Instrument of Accession at the time of Indian independence on 15th August 1947. When it was decided that British India was to be split up into India and Pakistan and given independence. He was hoping to retain his kingdom. but were Princely States with kings or rulers of their own. 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. Faced with this invasion from Pakistan. Pakistani leaders suspected that this was a ploy by India to make the Maharaja of Kashmir accede to India. 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. In a tradition that was to be repeated in 1965 and 1999. 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. The Instrument of Accession was a legal document saying that a state ruled by a Prince or King had acceded . 118 .
.... 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. The entire text of the letter is reproduced in Appendix 1. cannot possibly be done without the knowledge of the Provincial Government of the North-West Frontier Province and the Government of Pakistan. soldiers in plain clothes.. salt and petrol to my State. and desperadoes with modern weapons have been allowed to infiltrate into the State. 14th March 1950. at a time when Pakistani forces still occupied about onethird of Kashmir in the North West. which supplies electric current to the whole of Srinagar and which has been burnt. after which a plebiscite. (meaning a vote. After the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India. Though we have got a standstill agreement with the Pakistan Government. 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. but an excerpt follows: The Dominion of India desired further discussion with representatives of my Government.The letter of accession to India written by the Maharaja of Kashmir (113) is as chilling as it is telling. the Government permitted a steady and increasing strangulation of supplies like food. Afridis. The wild forces thus let loose on the State are marching on with the aim of capturing Srinagar. The number of women who have been kidnapped and raped makes my heart bleed.it has become difficult to stop the wanton destruction of life and property and the looting of the Mahura power house. or a 119 ..
Pakistan's alliance with the US allowed a great deal of aid money to flow into Pakistan. Pakistan allied itself with the United States of America in the cold war against the Soviet Union. History has shown that Pakistani forces have not withdrawn from the portions of Kashmir that they occupied even 600 months. Under military rule. 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. Pakistan could do no wrong. Pakistan's failure to get Kashmir on their terms. when Soviet nuclear missiles were placed in Cuba right under the nose of the US. armed with Sidewinder air to air missiles. and communism was considered the most serious threat by the US. held afloat 120 . as well as the most sophisticated arms that were available. The Pakistan-India war of 1965: The early 1960s were great years for Pakistan. The US in the 1960s had just emerged from the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The US was also fighting communist forces in Vietnam. and was lauded as a progressive leader among developing nations. Any ally was welcomed as long as he declared that he was opposed to communism. deception. In the meantime. 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. The economy was booming. These included state-of-the-art supersonic F-104 Starfighter aircraft. subversion or diplomacy. or 50 years after the UN resolution was passed.referendum) could be held to poll the people of the state of Kashmir on the issue.
by aid dollars. The planned broadcast did not take place. the military dictator of Pakistan (58): General Ayub Khan in his letter to C-in-C General Muhammad Musa stated. genuinely believed that one Pakistani soldier equals six Indian soldiers (68). In the event. Pakistan's military leader felt that the 1960s offered him a chance to invade and take over Kashmir from India. 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. after having naively trusted China to do good. India on the other hand was smarting from a military defeat in the hands of the Chinese in the 1962 war. and that the Muslims of India were waiting to rise up in revolt and join Pakistan. who would ask for international assistance. 121 . 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. Through August 1965 Pakistani forces in civilian clothes were infiltrated into Kashmir as part of Operation Gibralter (sic). Pakistani leaders were wrong on both counts. Columnist Hamid Hussain quotes from a letter written by Ayub Khan. as a general rule Hindu morale would not stand more than a couple of hard blows delivered at the right time and place. Pakistanis. In the heady 1960s. though leaflets were distributed. against India. mainly from Pakistan. starting from their military supremo Ayub Khan. the infiltration of Pakistani forces was not welcomed with the pro-Pakistan rebellion of Indians in Kashmir that the Pakistanis had expected.
en route to the taking of Srinagar. Pakistan occupied about 490 square kilometers of Indian territory in the Akhnoor region. with Indian troops occupying the Pakistani town of Barki in the Lahore sector. India opened a second front by attacking Pakistan across the border in Punjab. 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. and advancing toward the Pakistani city of Lahore. India ended the war holding about 1. but no such awakening has occurred. a massive armor attack on India. on September 1st 1965 Pakistan launched Operation Grand Slam. the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The lessons and punishment suffered by Pakistan should really have been an eye-opener for any responsible and patriotic forces in Pakistan. At the time of writing of this. In order to relieve the intense Pakistani pressure in Kashmir. By the time a cease fire was declared on 23rd September 1965. Pakistan appears to be repeating the same mistakes again and again.100 square kilometers of Pakistani territory in the Poonch and Lahore regions. 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. The attackers were planning to take the town of Akhnoor. Ayub Khan's plan of annexing Kashmir had been foiled.At this stage. West Pakistanis always considered their East Pakistani 122 . Gen. beating back Indian defences.
gambling that no party would get an overall majority. Raging infernos everywhere. That was unacceptable to the ruling elite of West Pakistan as well as the Pakistani army.. But East Pakistan had a population greater than that of West Pakistan. the Awami league. followed by a genocide of East Pakistani Bengalis. I saw with my own eyes. for a period of 36 hours from the night of the 25th till the 26th night. Jagannath Hall.I don't have the words to express the bestiality and barbarity that was perpetrated on the Dhaka University area. One description.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. Rafiqul Islam of Dhaka Just after midnight on the night of 25th March. the incumbent military dictator of Pakistan allowed an election to be held. 123 . and martial law was clamped in East Pakistan. Elections were somehow postponed or avoided until 1971.. headed by Sheikh Mujibur Rehman won a landslide victory and should have formed the government of all of Pakistan. which meant that true democracy in Pakistan could pave the way for an East Pakistani Bengali to become leader of Pakistan.. and adjoining residential areas. He was wrong. The Pakistani army could not countenance this. the Pakistani Army began their attack on the Student Halls and Staff Quarters of the University. especially Iqbal Hall.Bengali compatriots as somehow inferior and weak. who were all Muslims and fellow Pakistanis was shocking and brutal. An East Pakistani party. East and West. This was the beginning of the Pakistani army's darkest and most shameful phase to date. What transpired around Iqbal Hall. when General Yahya Khan.. The killing of Bengalis. by University reads(114): Prof..
they were easy targets. or near army camps. Sweeps were conducted of young men who were never seen again. and the process was repeated. floating down rivers. allowing their bodies to float down-river (115) They were in batches of six or eight. 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. the smell of gun-powder and the stench of the burning corpses all transformed the area into a fiery hell. the cars parked around the residences were burning. Bodies of youths would be found in fields. and in the light of a powerful electric arc lamp. Bangladesh is a nation criss-crossed by rivers. shooting down at the compact bunches of prisoners wading in the water. Then a new bunch of prisoners was brought out. 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 . One online source (115) has a collection of references to this and the descriptions are horrific: R. There were screams in the hot night air. the smoke and fire.J. The executioners stood on the pier. and then silence. black against the silvery water. Rummel likewise writes that "the [sought] out those especially likely Pakistan army to join the resistance -.young boys. The sound of shells bursting and guns firing.the slum was burning. and the Pakistan army tended to line up men along river-banks at night and shoot them. The heaped bodies of the dead from the slum were also set on fire near the Nilkhet rail gate petrol pump. The prisoners fell on their sides and their bodies lapped against the shore.
now Bangladesh (literally Land of Bengal). (Payne. The Indian plan was a masterly combination of airborne. p. Unable to stand by and watch the horrific events in East Pakistan.) 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. guerrilla and conventional forces. the new nation of Bangladesh was born out of the ravaged remains of East Pakistan. At the end of this action. 55. 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. Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Armed forces into East Pakistan on the humanitarian mission of stopping the killing. More than 10 million people were accommodated in refugee camps in India. Military historian Brig. comprehensively defeating the Pakistani army.000 of its men in a mere 16 days. Bengal. The army of the martial races of Pakistan had capitulated and surrendered a nation of 144. based on complete mobility and the bypassing of all centres of 125 .downstream. taking 93.000 square kilometers along with 93. while Bengali resistance fighters sought Indian help. The killings in East Pakistan led to a massive influx of refugees into India. the Indian Prime Minister Mrs. In a whirlwind war the Indian armed forces overran East Pakistan. 1973].000 prisoners of war. putting a great strain on resources. Massacre [Macmillan. is an eminently defensible country cut up by rivers five miles wide and obstructed by marshes. 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.
This ultimately has a great bearing on credibility and international standing. albeit a war limited in area. Pakistan seems to have gleaned more shame than honour from this action. The 1999 Kargil conflict: It was a while before anyone realized that a war had erupted between India and Pakistan in 1999. An astonishing momentum was maintained from start to finish . and 'supply and transport' was by air. when Indian forces began the 126 process of evicting the . boat.resistance. canoe or country cart as suitable. 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. the war started after their discovery. Pakistani fortified soldiers in civilian garb occupied themselves within Indian territory in and the heights of the mountains in the Kargil region of Kashmir. troops and guns were ferried over the rivers by helicopter. While the entry of these Pakistani forces had gone undetected.it was a Blitzkrieg without tanks. 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. and tried to deny any involvement with the conflict. the Pakistan army had sent soldiers disguised as civilians into Indian territory. For the third time since independence.
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. why was it done so half-heartedly? If they wanted to be involved in the conflict. mountain bunkers and supply depots occupied by Pakistani forces were systematically destroyed. Pakistan denied any involvement in the war until coffins of their soldiers started turning up at their hometowns in Pakistan. The Kargil conflict is very difficult to explain from the Pakistani viewpoint. 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 . By the time the last abandoned Pakistani soldiers' corpses had been buried by the Indian army. Small organizations. any answers that fit the known facts suggest a frightening disconnect between perception and reality among the seniormost leaders of Pakistan. let alone nations cannot function if leaders display a disconnect between their actions and reality. 127 .the retreat being announced after a visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to meet US President Clinton. Why did Pakistan do it? And having done it.Pakistanis from their positions within India. Pakistan's Northern Light Infantry had been all but wiped out in a war that Pakistan denied till the last moment (105). and an equally frightening lack of communication and cooperation between the leaders themselves. Using the overwhelming firepower at the disposal of the Indian army and air force. accompanied by Indian media coverage of captured Pakistani army identity papers and weapons. why did they deny involvement? If they did not want to be identified as being involved.
It has been said that after Pakistan's nuclear tests in 1998. since they could not prevent their men from carrying identification papers in their personal effects. 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. And within Kashmir it was 128 . is that the men on the mountains were there to help cut off the Srinagar-Leh highway. Another theory. If that was the case. the more commonly quoted one. Pakistani military leaders believed India to be very afraid of Pakistan. It appears that Pakistani generals believed that India would be afraid to repeat that in 1999 because they feared nuclear retaliation from Pakistan. after which a Pakistani attack would have isolated and encircled Indian positions in Siachen glacier region. In the 1965 war. 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. India had taken Pakistani pressure off Kashmir by opening a second front in Punjab. why Pakistan so concerned about keeping the identity of men secret. Furthermore.What could have been Pakistan's motive and ultimate objective in sending army troops dressed in mufti to fortify themselves and occupy positions above 15.000 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.
at about the time when Pakistani army men were secretly taking up their positions in the mountains near Kargil. 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. as events have shown.expected that the Indian army would capitulate and run away. the 129 . or that there may be alternate. Ved Prakash Malik. such assessments are more indicative of the psychological state of the Pakistani army officer. As indicated in the description of the Pakistani mind in chapter 5. Such an attitude can be termed as nothing short of suicidal. After the Kargil conflict. 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. with a self-image amounting to delusions of grandeur rather than objective and rational military judgment. Gen. 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. In February 1999. less reassuring assessments.
Indian frustration will lead to escalation. Some other assumptions and misperceptions which led to the Pakistani offensive operation in Kargil were: 1. Assumptions regarding enemy weakness and fear can only be termed as high hopes unless they are balanced out by other. putting the onus of escalation on India. That is a disquieting thought. 3. But it does not appear that the Pakistani army had planned for anything but easy and cheap victory in Kargil. 4.India is militarily weak and unprepared.Military operation under the garb of Mujahideen would focus attention on Kashmir and Pakistan would be able to claim this as a victory.Nuclear umbrella allows offensive action without risk. 130 . 6. If Pakistani Generals persist in thinking of war and easy victories against India. 5.The coalition government in India. 2. weak and indecisive.International community would intervene or stop the war at an early stage. less rosy scenarios. will either over-react or under-react.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. the chance of Pakistan viewing India with any sanity or objectivity can also be dismissed as high hopes.
other illtreatment and enforced disappearance. Each province is one part that contributes to the whole. An excerpt from the report says: areas of “. In the case of Pakistan this idea is misleading – Pakistan’s provinces belong to the Pakistani state in name only.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. which has regularly massacred people within those provinces in an effort to maintain control. The map below 131 . The “wrapper” that holds the Pakistan state together is the Pakistan army. Indeed more than half the land area of Pakistan is outside the control of the Pakistan government. Sindh. including the right to life. or are seeking separation from Pakistan. to the security of the person. Balochistan and the Northwest Frontier Province. The state of Pakistan can be compared to a shattered cookie within an intact wrapper – each fragment is separate. to freedom from torture. Pakistan has violated a wide array of human rights. and to legal remedies and reparations. but the peoples in such areas have either declared independence. but held together forcibly by the wrapper. Punjab.In the "war on terror". In 2006 Amnesty International published a report (159) about human rights violations in the tribal Pakistan.” Pakistan has four provinces. to freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. with vast swathes of Pakistan falling outside the bounds of any control. Much of this area is sparsely populated..
which shows a map of Pakistan super-imposed on a satellite 132 .W. and contributing over 60% of the personnel in the Pakistan armed forces. These were the provinces that voted to be part of Pakistan from the outset.) form the “core provinces” of Pakistan.depicts the provinces of Pakistan.P. Punjab is by far the dominant province. Sindh and the Northwest frontier provinces (N. The fact that most of the population and economic activity of Pakistan occurs in these three provinces can be seen in the photograph below. which.F. but are home to over 80% of Pakistan’s population. with Punjabis comprising over 50% of Pakistan’s total population. Punjab. These provinces form less than half the land area of Pakistan. in the absence of any reliable recent census is estimated to be between 160 and 170 million in 2006.
including natural gas and minerals. which show lights and population activity.photograph of the Indian subcontinent at night. Sindh and N. but it has a population of only about 7 million – or just over 4% of Pakistan’s population. comprising 42% of the land area. except for a strip close to the Indian border representing the provinces of Punjab. The people of Balochistan have long fought for independence of their land from Pakistani rule. Balochistan is rich in natural resources.P. Balochistan became part of Pakistan after it was forcibly annexed by the Pakistani army after Pakistan was created in 1947.F. resources being exploited in In return.. and more recently for a fair share of the proceeds from the natural Baluchistan. Almost all of Pakistan is dark. BALOCHISTAN: Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan.W. the Pakistan army and successive governments have shown that they want the natural resources more than 133 .
for the first time in its history in 2002 on the pretext of helping the US in its war on terror. Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.A. signing a peace deal with the Taliban who control an area of the F.A. F.they want the people of Balochistan.A. area that and other 134 . 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. This has resulted in the death in 2006 of a prominent and respected Balochi leader and a fierce opponent of Pakistani occupation. in an serves as a safe harbor for the Al Qaeda assorted Islamist militia personnel.A. including helicopter gun ships.A.T. In 2006 the same army made an ignominious retreat from the area after suffering hundreds of casualties. of whom less than 2% live in urban areas.T. The Pakistan army actually entered the F. Despite a long struggle the sparse population of Balochistan cannot match the firepower of the Pakstani army. – or Federally Administered Tribal Areas is a euphemism for a completely lawless area that does not come under Pakistani control at all. It is a strip of land on the Northwest border of Pakistan with Afghanistan populated by tribes.T.A. 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). as well as the payment of reparations for damage. A series of massacres of Balochi tribals have occurred with the use of deadly force.A. called Waziristan (see map on page 136).T.A. The F. This has been described as a defacto acceptance of an independent “Islamic Emirate of Waziristan” – ruled by the Taliban.
according to the U. 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. About two-thirds of all designated terrorist groups in the world have a Pakistani connection. Treasury Department. working tirelessly. The sorcerer (magician) is Mickey himself and has the task of drawing water from a well to fill job himself. 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 . The statement was a vindication of long-standing Indian concerns. JIHAD AND TERRORISM When it was declared by the US Treasury department that two thirds of all terrorist groups had a link with Pakistan. the statement came as sweet music to the ears Indians who have been fighting terrorism from Pakistan for over a decade (118).S. India had been ploughing a lonely furrow in the diplomatic capitals of the world calling attention to Pakistan's role in terrorism. A charming tale for children is told in an animated film called “The Sorcerer's Apprentice” featuring Walt Disney's cartoon character Mickey Mouse. falls asleep the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Since 1989. the magic broom. transfers enough water to cause a flood and does not stop. The terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001 in the US. Being too lazy to do the uses his magic powers to make a to draw water to fill the tub. the sorcerer broom grow hands and legs As Mickey relaxes and a tub.Chapter 13 PAKISTAN.
have repeatedly tried to point out that jihad is not terrorism. But this assertion goes against the facts on the ground. 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. In his study of jihadi groups in Pakistan. Arif Jamal. The government in Islamabad supports these militants and their religious schools as cheap ways to fight India and educate Pakistan's youth. this Pakistani society. terrorism and jihad are one and the same. especially from Pakistan. It is stated that jihad is an internal struggle and not external violence. But this policy is creating a culture of violence that exacerbates internal sectarianism Without change. was published by the Asia Times online. and terrorism associated with jihad now has a life of its own and may be getting out of control of the Pakistani army. In the Pakistani context. The Pakistani army tried to use jihad to do it's work but jihad.get out of control. monster threatens to devour Islamic scholars. 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. Jessica Stern. Pakistan and jihad are like the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. and destabilizes the region. Jamal has this to say about jihad (121): 136 . Terrorism and senseless violence are being routinely committed in the name of jihad.
A report from the US council of Foreign Relations said: According to The Washington Post.The main objective of jihad even today is to defeat the infidels and establish Islamic states all over the world. Madrasahs are the supply line for jihad.in Pakistan.000 madrasahs in Pakistan have registered with the government.350 of the estimated 40. Jihad became a driving force in Pakistan under General Zia ul Haq in the 1980s.000 to 50. One of the ideological founding fathers of Pakistan. And with jihad being defined as holy war to defeat infidels. (120) so Pakistanis are not strangers to the concept of jihad. placed a great emphasis on jihad.000 students.000 madrasas currently operate in Pakistan. acts of terrorism are considered normal and par for the course by a large number of Pakistanis. 2002: there are as many as 500. Maulana Maududi. Pakistani officials estimate that 10 to 15 percent of the madrasas in Pakistan promote extremist ideologies.. with enrollment at more than 650. some 7. 137 . The New York Times reported on May 27.Muslim holy war organizations ... 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 4.000 members of jihadi .. including many thousands committed to the cause of forcing India out of the sector of Kashmir that it controls.
mainly heroin..500 madrassahs produced a 138 crop of 225. With US arms.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.. Jihad in Pakistan received a lot of funding from the US and Saudi Arabia.. were created.The 2.5 billion from these countries in the 1985 to 1989 period. with funds coming in from diverse sources such as Libya. Jihad became an important business in Pakistan. a network of madrassahs (religious boarding schools).. funded by the Saudi regime. to fund the US backed war against Soviet troops in Afghanistan. Stern reports that Pakistan received US $ 3. The purpose was to develop a para-military force that would assist the Pakistan army in the event of war.000 fanatics . paving the way for the Pakistan sponsored Taliban to form a government in Afghanistan. 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. Iraq. the Soviet Union was put under sufficient military pressure to withdraw from Afghanistan. General Zia-ul-Haq. Tariq Ali wrote in The Independent of the UK (123): religious fundamentalism is the legacy of a previous military dictator.During his rule (1977-89). Iran and other Gulf states. Saudi funds and Jihad recruits from Pakistan. Along with the money came guns and drugs.
have captured Kabul on their own . Dispatched across the border by the Pakistan Army. 139 .. Meanwhile strategic Afghanistan itself was depth .that is. The Pakistani army could describe the jihadi-terrorists as freedom fighters and deny any link with them.The Taliban could not. the Taliban government was a double blessing..The Taliban creed is an ultra-sectarian strain. inspired by the Wahhabi sect that rules Saudi Arabia. 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 . Afghanistan also served as a safe place to continue to train jihadis to fight Pakistan's war against India.. control of Afghanistan with its puppet. they were hurled into battle.. The forces of jihad provided a huge supply of trained and experienced soldiers to fight India in a low cost war.They were armed and commanded by "volunteers" from the Pakistan Army For the Pakistani army. should this ever become necessary. a US based non-profit organization that helps policy and decision making. however.. ensuring that Pakistan has sufficient strategic depth to undertake a protracted conventional war on the subcontinent..ready to kill and die for their faith when asked to do so by their religious leaders. while Pakistan claimed to provide only moral and diplomatic support to them. Pakistani forces and leaders could withdraw into Afghanistan and continue to fight..
The Kashmir jihadis are our cannon fodder because they are willing to die for their cause in a way that no paid soldiers would.Pakistan's military and intelligence services struck upon the idea of employing jihadis to wrest control of the Kashmir from India.. Pakistan. this was to be an army not just for Pakistan. Jihad is advertised in Pakistan as a career path to follow. there are slogans such as Jehad is the shortest route to Paradise and Contact us for commando Jehadi training." said an expert on the country's jihad movements. . "We have fought three wars with India and have not won even one of them. "The success of the jihadi strategy in Afghanistan compelled the generals to try it on India." And even today as Pakistani jihadis continue to be used as cannon fodder against India. it was jehadi territory. Jihad became emblazoned on banners at Pakistani army recruitment centers.. too. Wall chalking after wall chalking advertised jehadi outfits and announced recruitment for jehadi fighters..A report in the New York Times (27 May 2002) describes how the jihadis from Afghanistan were applied against India: drawing on the 80. Walls between Havelian and Haripur are full of jehadi slogans and adverts Pervez Hoodbhoy. 140 . a Pakistani scientist and columnist th wrote(126): Islam. Shahid Nadeem wrote in the Daily Times of Pakistan (125): The moment we left Fortress Abbottabad. A new ethos was created.000 fighters whom Pakistan had trained and armed to fight the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Just a few kilometers from the Havelian cantonment. the recruitment has to go on..
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. These houris are more beautiful than all the beauties of the world combined. Jihad has been made attractive and financially rewarding.000 rupees a month).000 to 10. These funds are used to cover salaries for fighters (which run from 5. (124): annual ISI expenditure to the main militant organisations runs to between US$125 and $250 million a year. There are salary and pension rules in place as well. among more worldly rewards (127): The mujahideen were assured of entering Paradise before the first drop of their blood fell to earth. porters and informers. With jihad and terrorism being Pakistan's main industry. The rewards of waging jihad include the following.I. The martyrs are promised 72 houris in Paradise. support to next of kin. cash incentives for high-risk operations and retainers for guides. 141 .but for the greater glory of Islam. 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.S. Appendix 4 reproduces an article carried in the online paper Mid-Day listing details of incentives and salaries offered to terrorists 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.
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).000 kilograms of explosives (129).000 civilians have been killed by Pakistani trained terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir from 1990 to 2003.000 hand grenades.the effect on India has been murderous. The US in Vietnam had being able to withdraw from Vietnam." • "Militants slit the throats of two women. Over the same period Indian security forces have intercepted and killed 17. 6 million rounds of ammunition and 34. 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. The US army discovered in Vietnam that groups of armed men carrying machine guns and explosives. The attackers killed four women and two children. but have the option of withdrawing from their 142 . A few samples are quoted below: • "Suspected Islamic militants axed to death six members of a shepherd's family overnight.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. hiding in jungles in mountainous regions cannot be fought with tanks and attack aircraft. the officer said. along with the staggering recovery of over 27. Statistics of deaths of Indians in Kashmir show that over 17. and over 59.
and gradually. trained and indoctrinated terrorists built up in Pakistan. A backlog of violent. This seems to have had a significant effect on the morale of Pakistan's army backed jihadi-terrorist apparatus. Once again. because the Pakistani government started protesting against the presence of large numbers of Indian counterinsurgency personnel within India. 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. We put the average lifespan of a terrorist at two-and-half years. and diplomatic protests grew shriller as Indian security forces chalked up success after success. these terrorists began to target other nations of the world. with hundreds of thousands of jihadis entering from Pakistan required a robust response. terrorists from Pakistan were unable to enter India at all or were able to infiltrate through in the smallest numbers. the only country that tried to alert the world about the global terrorist threat emanating from Pakistan's jihad factory 143 was India.own land. Terrorism. As the Indian strategy proved effective. but Indian . and by starting to fence the India-Pakistan boundary where possible. Within this period we are bound to eliminate him. jihadis started getting eliminated in increasing numbers. and the average life-span of a jihadi-terrorist entering India from Pakistan was reduced to weeks or months rather than years (130). In many areas. and India met the threat by building a powerful counter-insurgency apparatus.
S. Terrorism Central would not be an inappropriate name for Pakistan. in time. Bangladesh.Indian authorities reckon that groups like the LeT could. Canada. Indonesia and the Philippines. Pakistan has now become the home base of global terrorism. The entire world. Tajikistan. Kuwait. Turkey. until 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.I. Latvia. A detailed study exists in an online portal of the evidence of Pakistani links to terrorism against the US. and it is by no means certain that anybody in Pakistan can control the forces that have been unleashed. the magazine India Today. In an article on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. The Sorcerer's Apprentice is out of control. Australia. 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. Chechnya.. Afghanistan. Russia. This view is echoed by one 144 of India's premier anti- . Mongolia.132). UK. intelligence communities of the world then terrorist links leading back to the September 11 That woke up the with a jolt. the I..information fell on deaf ears. Since Pakistan have been th found in countries like Burma. Yemen. and Pakistan itself is being targeted by the Islamist groups spawned and nurtured by the Pakistani army and its intelligence cell. a powerful and deadly Pakistan based jihad group. including links to the September 11th attacks (133). 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. Uzbekistan. (119. Nepal. referring to the L-e-T (Lashkar-eTayeba). become more dangerous.
K. Musharraf blamed the Al Quaeda for attempting to assassinate him. 136). some of which are now openly talking about fomenting a fundamentalist revolution in Pakistan itself. Apart from multiple Islamist groups. In an interview quoted in the BBC (137). not only their Army and ISI handlers.S. Gill. the second one. President of Pakistan occurred that the known to survived two attempts to assassinate him that within days of each other (135. Other reports too have pointed to Islamist forces within Pakistan as being responsible for wanting to replace General Musharraf. 145 . In Decemeber 2003. but the Government itself. These forces will not be easy to eliminate. 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). There are an estimated 18 million illegal firearms in Pakistan. In an indication of increasing international understanding of how jihad threatens to eat up Pakistan. a suicide bombing involving multiple bomb laden trucks was a very real indicator of the sort of forces that exist in Pakistan today.P. in addition to 2 million registered ones (139). 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.terrorism experts. General Pervez Musharraf. 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. Pakistan is awash with weapons. who warned (134): There is now mounting evidence of a loss of control as these autonomous religious groups challenge.
That means that the government. (the army. In a coherently functioning nation-state. a reliable weapon of choice for terrorists. But that monopoly over coercive power may have slipped out of the hands of the Pakistani army. 146 .Pakistan is home to a Kalashnikov culture with hundreds of firearm manufacturing workshops making weapons. into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan. being able to spray a high volume of fire at targets. in Pakistan's case) retains the armed power to suppress and control all other groups. including inexpensive clones of the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle. the government retains coercive power.
People are said to crave for the drug after experiencing its effects just once. which describes a disturbing link between narcotics and terrorism. In most countries of the world. 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. It is obtained from the Opium Poppy plant. Heroin addicts become so physically dependent on the drug. Speaker. it is extremely addictive when administered to normal people. making trade. However. The report from Karachi. headlined `Heroin 147 Plan by Top Pakistanis a news . heroin the star compound of the illegal drug In October 1994. Heroin smuggling and Narco terrorism: Heroin is a drug that is a derivative of the medically used pain-killer morphine. I rise to bring to the attention of my colleagues a report that appeared in the Washington Post of September 12.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. 1994. Although heroin itself has medicinal value as a potent pain-killer. US Senator Frank Pallone brought to the attention of the US house of representatives report in the Washington Post (140): Mr Pallone said: Mr. and crave the drug so much that they are willing to pay very high prices to obtain it. Pakistan. heroin is illegal to manufacture or possess because of its dangerous potential to cause addiction.
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. Indian analyst. submarines from France and components for Pakistan's covert nuclear program. It has also enabled it to maintain a high 148 . Gen. B. Raman writes (141) that money earned through Pakistan's heroin trade was used to fund Pakistan's arms purchases. Asad Durrani. including missiles from North Korea. a special cell was set up by Pakistan's ISI for the use of heroin for covert action. Raman writes: Pakistan's illegal heroin economy has kept its legitimate State economy sustained since 1990 and prevented its collapse. During the late years of Gen. Aslam Beg and Gen. Zia ul Haq's rule and in the early years of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.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. 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. 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. under one Brigadier Imtiaz.
149 A single bomb . 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. Also recovered was 60 Kilograms of Charas . Islamabad. where the drugs were processed. Nuclear Proliferation: Nuclear weapons. 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. Rawalpindi and other such city centres. packaged and despatched towards their destination. the Indian army captured from Pakistani infiltrators about 19 Kilograms of Heroin with a street value of US $ 5 million. The Indian army's 15th Corps.a drug derived from Cannabis (Ganja). also known as atomic bombs are extremely destructive. In a one and a half year period from January 1997 to May 1998. which the otherwise cash strapped economy of Pak could ill afford to pay for. The nexus between Pak ISI and Pak Army with the drug mafia is a well documented and established fact. 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. Pak trucks are used by the drug mafia for narcotics smuggling.level of arms purchases from abroad and to finance its proxy war against India through the jehadi organisations. 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.
along with actual blueprints of nuclear bomb designs in order to help these nations manufacture atomic bombs. available to only a handful of nations in the world. Khan was encouraged and funded by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at the time. Enrichment of Uranium is one of the first steps in making one type of nuclear bomb. Libya and Iran.reduced each city to rubble. Upon his return to Pakistan.a weapon of power to scare a potential attacker from for fear of being hit by nuclear weapons. the technology for manufacturing nuclear weapons remained a closely guarded secret. Abdul Qadeer Khan. a Pakistani metallurgist stole the blueprints for making Uranium enrichment centrifuges from a Dutch concern called URENCO that he worked for. Shipments of centrifuge components to North Korea and Libya were intercepted. And their destructive potential. 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. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to set up facilities to enrich Uranium manufacture nuclear bombs. Centrifuges made from the very designs Qadeer Khan had stolen from URENCO were found in Iran. As described in chapter 4. causing Japan to surrender within days. The destructive potential of nuclear weapons made them attractive terrifying waging war because of to nations as a deterrent . it became clear that Pakistani nuclear technology to enrich Uranium had been supplied to North Korea. 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 . and these centrifuges had radioactive contaminants that unmistakably bore the signature of a Pakistani source. killing hundreds of thousands of people. That brought the second World War to an end.
who served twice as prime minister before going into exile in the face of corruption charges." On February 4 th 2004. officials. It would be naive to imagine that successive Pakistani governments and the military were unaware of Khan's activities. Musharraf. Khan by President and army chief Gen.carrying nuclear weapons (143). Times said (143): U. said she doubted that the transfers could have taken place without the knowledge of senior military officials.S. "It is difficult to accept that the scientists could have violated government policy on their own. "Those who violated the policy are now hiding behind the scientists. This confession was followed by a prompt presidential pardon for Dr." she told the Los Angeles Times. with no knowledge of the Pakistani army or government. 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. 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 . 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. An article in the online edition of the L.A.
the military and the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agency. Bush's aides believe Pakistan's story that Dr. He has the deepest ties to the military. Four days later. Pakistan got missiles from North Korea. investigators believe. Clearly. the Pakistani government must have known something about how its new missile fleet materialized. It is virtually certain that the televised drama of Qadeer Khan absolving the army of all responsibility for proliferation while taking all the blame. which oversaw the Khan Research Laboratories. 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. 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. and supplied it with a cargo fleet. the New York Times carried a report in which it was said (145): Few of Mr. 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 . Khan operated alone. in return for uranium enrichment technology. especially since some shipments were made on Pakistani military aircraft.
In a surreal turn of events. implicated in helping to fund Trade center in New York. and the newlywed husband of a honeymooning couple was murdered by slashing his throat. The released terrorists and resurfaced in Pakistan. The five hijackers actually received their weapons in a diplomatic bag checked in by Pakistani First Secretary in Nepal. as reported by a French tourist hostage who survived the ordeal (147). The plane was then flown to Kandahar in Afghanistan. a Pakistani Corps commander (148). 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. Mohammad Arshad Cheema (146). Indian intelligence agencies who monitored and recorded the communications of the hijackers on the aircraft in Kandahar found them receiving instructions from Lt.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. On Aziz's instructions the hijackers demanded a ransom of nearly one million US dollars. When that was decided to be impracticable. including Maulana Masood Azhar the founder of the Pakistan based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad. and Omar Shaikh. where it came under control of Pakistan's puppet Taliban government. and 153 . 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. Mohammad Aziz. the hijackers were provided with new weapons in Kandahar. After a 1971 hijack the hijackers were granted asylum in Pakistan. Gen. The hijackers also secured the release of three dangerous Pakistani terrorists in prison in India. Amritsar and Lahore. The hijacked aircraft was flown to the UAE.
the hijackers received a weapon along with snacks in Lahore (149). 2001 in which 38 people were killed. Pakistan. Dawood Ibrahim. also blamed for the attack on parliament in New Delhi. He currently lives in and operates from Bahawalpur. And in an unbelievable second hijacking event in 1984. man behind the attack on India's parliament on December 13. 3. and a brief description of their activities (150): 1. 154 . murder and smuggling. man behind the planning and financing of 13 explosions in Mumbai in 1993 in which almost 300 people died. 2. He lives in and operates from Karachi. He operates from Muridke town. In two instances of hijacking in 1981 and 1984. Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. near Lahore in Pakistan. leader of Jaish-i-Mohammad. 2001. and obtain refuge. The following is a list of names of the twenty. Refuge for Criminals: Pakistan has positioned itself as an ideal place for any criminal from India to seek. Ibrahim is wanted in connection with cases of arms supply.the aircraft blown up on the ground. Maulana Masood Azhar. funding alleged criminals. Pakistan. counterfeiting. an Indian underworld don. the hijackers were given refuge in Pakistan. He is also wanted for an attack on the J&K Assembly on Oct 1. co-founder of Lashkar-e-Toiba. the hijackers were imprisoned for a token one month in Pakistan for entering Pakistan without due documents. India has a list of 20 most wanted criminals who are living in Pakistan. drugs trade. After a 1976 hijack.
He is currently living in Pakistan. lives in and 9. Pakistan. Abdul Razzak. Pakistan. Pakistan. He currently lives in and operates from Bahawalpur. He is wanted in connection with the hijacking of IC-814 and 155 . extortion. which later changed its name to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. a key associate of Dawood Ibrahim. Zahoor Ibrahim Mistri. extortion. accused of executing the 1993 Mumbai blasts. He is wanted in cases of terrorism and arms smuggling."Tiger" Ibrahim Memon. Ibrahim Athar. terrorism and smuggling arms and explosives in India.4. He lives in and operates from Karachi. kidnapping. 8. kidnapping and murder. He is wanted in cases of murder. which has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks on Indian forces in Kashmir. accused of involvement in the Mumbai blasts. He is alleged to have helped his brother Ibrahim Memon carry out the blasts. kidnapping. Pakistan. He is wanted in cases of terrorism and smuggling. accused of executing the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Syed Salahuddin. head of Hizbul Mujahideen. 10. Ayub Memon. Pakistan. He lives in and operates from Karachi. Wanted for murder. India. He lives in and operates from Karachi. 7. He is a member of Jaish-i-Mohammad and is wanted for hijacking. Chhota Shakeel. 6. blackmail of businessmen and film stars 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. He currently operates from Muzaffarabad. 5.
Pakistan. He lives in and operates from Karachi. an associate of Dawood Ibrahim. Ranjit Singh Neeta.K. Pakistan. wanted in the IC-814 hijacking case and in cases of kidnapping and murder. an associate of Dawood Ibrahim. Pakistan. Pakistan. murder and in connection with the assassination of East Punjab's then chief minister Beant Singh.in cases of kidnapping and murder. Pakistan. chief of Sikh group Babbar Khalsa International. is also wanted in connection with the conspiracy to kill Advani. 16. Ishaq Atta Hussain. chief of Khalistan Zindabad Force. He is wanted in over a dozen cases of sedition. operates from Karachi. which was involved in an insurgency in East Punjab during the 1980s. is wanted He lives in and for the IC-814 hijacking and for kidnapping and murder. He lives in and operates from Karachi. Abdul Karim. 14. 15. 17. Sagir Sabir Ali Shaikh. He lives in and operates from Lahore. operates from Karachi. He lives in and operates from Karachi. is wanted in connection with a conspiracy to kill Indian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister L. Wadhawan Singh Babbar. Advani. bomb blasts and smuggling of arms in India. He lives in and operates from 156 . Azhar Yusuf. 12. a Kashmiri terrorist blamed for more than 30 bomb blasts in Delhi and parts of northern India in 1996-97. Pakistan. Pakistan. He lives in and 13. He is wanted in cases of murder. He lives in and operates from Lahore. Shahid Akhtar Sayed. 11.
He lives in and operates from Lahore. leader of the International Sikh Youth Federation. the Kawish Crown Plaza. Paramjit Singh Panjwar. He was arrested by Pakistan after he hijacked the plane to Lahore and tried. He lives in and operates from Lahore. Pakistan. treason. leader of the Khalistan Commando Force. Pakistani journal The Herald said. Lakhbir Singh Rode. Rediff reported (151): Pakistan has admitted gangster Dawood Ibrahim's presence in the country. He is accused of trying to revive the Sikh insurgency in East Punjab and is wanted in more than a dozen cases of murder. according to a report. Pakistan. 20 . Dawood Ibrahim was subsequently designated a global terrorist by the US for his links with Al Quaeda and the Lashkar-e-Tayeba. is accused of hijacking an Indian Airlines plane from Srinagar to Delhi in 1981. The admission came after a bomb blast at a Karachi business centre. conspiracy to attack government leaders in Delhi and inciting religious hatred in East Punjab. Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan in September 2003 after news of a bomb blast in Karachi. the first man on India's 157 . Pakistan. conspiracy and arms smuggling. Pakistan admitted the presence of the third man on the list. leader of Sikh group Dal Khalsa. the Islamist extremist group that was founded by Maulana Masood Azhar. 18. is wanted in cases of arms smuggling.Gajinder Singh. He lives in and operates from Lahore.Lahore. which the inspector general of Sindh police said was "ostensibly owned by Ahmed Jamal but actually belonged to Dawood Ibrahim". Pakistan. 19.
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. Printing and circulation of counterfeit currency: In January 2000. The right contacts can ensure that Pakistani counterfeit 158 . which apparently intended to destabilize the Indian economy by flooding India with fake currency. 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. The Indian Express reported (152): Officials said the quality of fake notes was "such that it could only be printed in security presses". in an apparent hint that Pakistan was indulging in massive printing of fake notes to abet its terrorist activities against India.Most wanted list. With Indian currency being valid in Nepal. 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. that country was a natural choice for anti-India activities from Pakistan. 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 .the range depending on the buyers' bargaining skills and the volume required.
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. 159 . Joint Commissioner of Police. 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. 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). Crime Branch. "The counterfeit currency notes were sent for damaging the Indian economy.currency is available even cheaper. U K Katna said. 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..
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. beliefs and the ethnical stocks of our people. The theory that Pakistan is an acronym does not stand up to scrutiny. That is. Such an acronym is non-existent when the name is written in Urdu. Iran. Punjab.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. It means the land of the Paks-the spiritually pure and clean. Afghanistan. Tukharistan. It is composed of letters taken from the names of all our homelands . In the first place. It seems more likely that the acronym theory of the name is a confabulation. the Pakistan described by the acronym includes Iran and Central Asia (Tukharistan) as part of Pakistan and makes no mention of East Bengal. Afghania (North West Frontier Province). It is not clear if Rehmat Ali was one of these students."Indian" and "Asian". A passage attributed to him says (155): "Pakistan" is both a Persian and an Urdu word. which was part of Pakistan until it seceded with the creation of Bangladesh. and Baluchistan. a plausible but imagined memory that fills in gaps in what 160 . and it stands for all the territorial constituents of our original Fatherland. Kashmir. Sindh (including Karachi and Kathiawar). Another theory is that the acronym was composed by a group of students in Cambridge in England. It symbolizes the religions.
very rich class of Pakistani. rather than concentrate on nation building.P.or purity with a narrow definition has certainly played a role in Pakistan's undoing. and Pakistanis have spent the years since 1947 years struggling to weed out anything that they consider impure. sometimes facetiously referred to by the acronym of that name. Purity is a subjective concept. Social imbalance. The acronym R. and can only be grasped in relation to something else that is impure. They are the Rich Anglophone Pakistani Elite. Classical Hindi and English defines Paki as Purity . the very rich and the very poor and these classes comprise 90% of Pakistan's population.is remembered as to how Pakistan got its name. the stress on pure Islam and a nation purely for Muslims. To define purity. that has Urdu as its official language suggests that the real origin of the name Pakistan derives from the Urdu word Paki. Minorities and religious groups in Pakistan were impure Hindus. and Indians were impure and were rejected. There is a very small. 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. That stress on purity . Ahmediyas and later even Shia Muslims in Pakistan were not pure enough for Pakistan. is perhaps an apt description of what 161 .with stan meaning country (156). The dictionary of Urdu. one must simultaneously define what is impure. there are only two main classes of society in Pakistan. Sikhs. Further purity was required by fighting wars and making sacrifices. Ultimately.E. poverty and greed were all minor blips in the route to Pakistan's mythical purity. corruption. Christians. India. As noted in chapter 2.A.
the waiters.The food and refreshments were of the highest quality. But 90 percent of Pakistanis are rarely seen or heard outside Pakistan. or they might be serving or retired army officers. These charmed people are the Pakistanis that we see and hear.. Their photographs appear in glossy magazines and on the Internet. They might be rich industrialists and businessmen. Rome. actors and society people. They live in fabulous mansions. maintained and supported by armies of servants... and came away hugely impressed by the acres of immaculate lawns. They are the feudal lords. often in the best schools and universities of the world. They travel. These are the beautiful people. the handsome men clad in lounge suits or traditional sherwanis. They are the servants. the 162 . The lifestyles of these people can be compared to that of the rich and famous anywhere. Paris. Geneva. Irfan Husain wrote in the Dawn: An old friend was recently invited to a serving general's official residence for a small dinner party. the mascara and lipstick adorned women in designer dresses. who may own thousands of acres of land. They are seen in parties and receptions attended by friends and diplomats. the sweepers. the casual laborers and sharecroppers. the tasteful furnishings and the overall level of luxury. London. The elite are educated. the discreet lighting..this class have been doing to Pakistan. No burkha (veil) for these women. and the army staff who served the small gathering had apparently been trained at a fivestar hotel. and are familiar with all the major cities that a man of this world should know about New York.
More than half these people do not earn enough money for a decent life. if seen at all. hunger. time. For more than five decades since independence. being Islamic and who appear forever busy to defend Pakistan. Others try to migrate to Europe and beyond. Most earn less than the equivalent of US $1 per day. 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. are covered in burqas as expected of women in Islamic Pakistan. Any education that can be gained. The hard life. Life is harsh. Pakistani leaders.goatherds and the cleaners with their wives and their children. And that has been an integral part of Pakistan's problem. as is lack of education. That is a welcome source of relief for a very poor family with many children to care for. . Malnutrition is rampant. and girls are not sent to schools either. are above blame. The men wear crumpled and seemingly unwashed salwar suits. and many try to find work in the Middle East to earn a living as menial laborers. The women do not work outside the home and may have four or more children to bring up. Even those who earn more than that often sink below poverty level at certain times of the year. But girls are not allowed. can be gained only from madrassas that often provide food and shelter for its students. Pakistani leaders have sacrificed enormous and fruitless amounts of money. in the few places where schools exist. poverty and destitution are accepted by some people as the will of Allah that cannot be questioned or mitigated. or in times of illness or drought. human life and 163 effort to somehow equal. The women. They can be seen on Pakistani streets and in the villages.
roads and hospitals in Pakistan was spent on building a war machine that could never overwhelm an India that was just too big. with women and children at the bottom of the pile received little.match or defeat India. Israel. The madrassa is the place where students' physical hunger is assuaged. In the midst of this. and businesses were custom made for employing them. The bloated ranks of army retirees had to be accommodated. Money from any source was poured developing nuclear weapons to deter India. Pakistan was halved when Bangladesh seceded. and development of the poor was bypassed as usual. or is internalised as people not being "Islamic" enough. Even criminal activity aimed against India. gun running or currency counterfeiting swallowed funds that should have gone into schools and healthcare in Pakistan. and later to defend against an India that had no intention of attacking Pakistan. And even that is used against Pakistan's arch enemy. to be directed at India. while the stoic Pakistani public. India. but their emotional hunger for explanations 164 . Money and effort that should have gone into building schools. The build up of Pakistani armed forces into a formidable war machine was initially to defeat India and take Kashmir. The anger is compounded by what is taught in schools and madrassas following curricula that actively teach hatred and discrimination to impressionable children. the US or other Western nations. the poor of Pakistan are left with the only succour they can get . and a system of salaries and pensions had to be set up for them. Anger is carefully re-directed away from the ruling elite. but even then the wasteful expenditure did not stop. Popular devotion to Islam is channelled to provide an endless supply of men for jihad.Islam. Money was diverted to training Islamist operatives for covert operations against India.
Every son sent to a madrassa is one mouth less to feed for a poor family. brings honour and Girls grow up uneducated. Pakistani society has both extremes.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. or a woman who marries against the wishes of her family is considered to be committing a crime by bringing dishonour on the family . live at home until they come of age. as the British had found them. or in the company of a man who is not her husband or father. they are generally uneducated. On the one hand the society has a small minority of wealthy and emancipated people among whom women can get educated and work. Between these extremes are a vast mass of Pakistanis who are more less generally poor. marry and produce children. A woman who breaks rules by exposing herself or by being seen with a non-approved male companion.she is not supposed to be seen outside. either alone.an act that is punishable by death. but individuals in such a society grow up in 165 . But women hold the key to family honour. Boys are preferred in all ways in this male-dominated society. The ratio of men to women in Pakistan is grossly skewed with many more men than women. They do not easily rise up in revolt against tyranny or injustice. and sending one son to die for jihad financial reward to the family. The other extreme is the harsh life of a woman living under the two or and burden of strict discriminatory rules. The people are docile. A woman's place is in the home . The girl child gets less food and is more likely to die of malnutrition and disease. the level of education for women is invariably less than that of men.
The 140 million mostly poor people of Pakistan are kept in check with the excuse that their faith. Pakistanis have been told that the army and the ruling elite have protected Pakistan and Islam from these external threats. the ruling elite of Pakistan behave like moderate. 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.conditions that make their minds receptive indoctrination into a life of terrorism and jihad. the army businesses do well. For aid givers like the US and rich Western nations. schools. giving a mother time to recover and nurse an earlier child before bearing another child. is under threat from India. business magnates controlling key businesses such as transport. Pakistan is controlled by an oligarchy of a thousand individuals or so (157) in a few dozen families. the businessmen and feudal lords get money. people and will to provide these things never reach the population. secular and well-intentioned democrats who are keeping Islamic fundamentalism at bay. All the money in Pakistan. aid money or export profits is split up and shared by a small percentage of wealthy people at the top. health care. be it government funds. fuel oil and cement. roads. The Army gets money. Islam. The to people need clean drinking water. But the money. as well as feudal landowners. This ruling elite is composed of senior army officers. and very little reaches the Pakistani on the ground. Time and again Pakistani leaders change masks depending 166 . and other nations. The only funding that reaches this level comes from unaccounted and unaccountable sources funding the madrassas that preach an agenda of hatred and jihad. and access to family planning so that births can be spaced out.
speaking in English to aid givers and donors. he was publicly pardoned by Pakistani President General Musharraf.on whom they are addressing. that fighting to hold fundamentalist more aid and lifting of sanctions the prevention of a Islamic fundamentalist takeover of Pakistan. they appear in traditional Pakistani salwar suits. 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. while appearing moderate to aid givers. Opponents are rarely killed. while people are constantly fed with the anti-Muslim India threat. To their deprived population. 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). They are gently sidelined. Pakistan will sink into an uncontrollable morass of 160 million hankering for an Islamic state. Whether this is likely or not. punished severely or publicly humiliated. In the meantime the ruling clique in Pakistan ensures its own survival. The threat that is held up is that if the ruling clique goes. and speak in Urdu. Western aid givers are the ruling elite are forces at bay and that are essential for told what they want to hear. along with sops to keep them happy. 167 . 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. and allowed to keep all the wealth that he had earned from nuclear proliferation activities. Within a day. 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.
This ploy is a fail safe formula that has allowed the survival of the Pakistani oligarchy so far. even as the human condition of the people in Pakistan has gradually deteriorated. The average poor Pakistani is taught that his misery is because of Indian aggression. he addressed Pakistanis in Urdu and. The powerful and wealthy groups of Pakistan stand to lose their money and lifestyles if funds are diverted to education. These people will form a huge mass of uneducated and unemployed 168 . 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. 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. because of the US' war on terror. or more recently. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. But in the course of the same speech. knowing that this would be understood by viewers in the US. saying words of support to please the US. health care and development of the poor. elite and feudal leadership of Pakistan will be under no pressure to change. and the population of the poor is rising rapidly. using Islamic examples.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. 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. He spoke in English initially. External anti-Islamic forces are always to blame. 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.
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
forcing India to become conscious responsibility in the region. of its role and 173 .
APPENDIX 1 http://www. I could not arrange this in view of the developments indicated below.html Letter from Maharaja Hari Singh to Lord Mountbatten on the eve of Pak invasion on J&K in 1947 My dear Lord Mountbatten. In their external relations the Dominion of India and Pakistan cannot ignore this fact. at first in the Poonch area.the State of Jammu and Kashmir has not acceded to either the Dominion of India or Pakistan. The result has been that the limited number of troops at the disposal of the State had to 174 . Though we have got a standstill agreement with the Pakistan Government.com/LegalDocs/Maharaja_letter. I to accordingly enter into approached Dominions and Pakistan standstill agreement with my State. Afridis. As Your Excellency is aware. salt and petrol to my State. my State has a common boundary with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and with China. I have to inform Your Excellency that a grave emergency has arisen in my State and request the immediate assistance of your Government. and desperadoes wnh modern weapons have been allowed to infiltrate into the State. of course with friendly the and cordial of relations India with both. lhe Govemment permitted a steady and increasing strangulation of supplies like food. soldiers in plain clothes. ln fact the Pakistan Goernment under the standstill agreement is operating the post and telegraph system inside the State.kashmir-information. The Pakistan Government accepted this arrangement. Geographically my State is contiguous wit h both of them. then from Sia1kot and finally in a mass in the area adjoining-Hazara district on the Ramkote side. 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. The Dominion of India desired further discussion with representatives of my Government. Besides.
the summer capital of my government. if further explanation is 175 . 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. On this basis no civilised government can exist or be maintained. so that it has become difficult to stop the wanton destruction of life ad property and the looting of the Mahura power house. Menon is fully aware of the gravity of the situation and will explain it to you. In fact. The number of women who have been kidnpped and raped makes my heart bleed. Inspite repeated appeals Government no attempt has been made to check these raiders or to stop them from coming into my State.P.be dispersed and thus had to face the enemy at several points simultaneously. both radio and the Press of Pakistan have reported these occurences. With the conditions obtaining at present in my State and the great emergency of the situation as it exists. coming regularly in motortrucks. The other alternative is to leave my state and people to free booters. The people of my State. using the Manwehra-Mazaffarabad road and fully armed with up-to-date weapons. 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. which supplies electric current to the whole of Srinagar and which has been burnt. as a first step to overrunning the whole State. both Muslims and non-Muslims. I have accordingly decided to do so. generally have taken no part at all. The wild forces thus let loose on the State are marching on with the aim of capturing Srinagar. I have no option but to ask for help from the Indian Dominion. Naturally they cannot send the help asked for by me without my State acceding to the Dominion of India. and I attach the instrument of accession for acceptance by your Government.The mass infiltration of tribesman drawn from distant areas of the North-West Frontier Province. The Pakistan radio even put out the story that a provisional government has been set up in Kashmir. V. 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. needed. If my State is to be saved. immediate assistance must be available at Srinagar. Mr.
Yours sincerely. 1947 176 .In haste and with kindest regards. Hari Singh October 26.
Having also received and noted the report of General A. (Document No. United Kingdom and United States and adopted by the Security Council on March 14. submitted by the Representatives of Cuba.htm Resolution 80 (1950) Concerning the India-Pakistan question.edu/acad/intrel/kashun80. 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. 177 . S/1469).mtholyoke. 1950. Considering should be that based the upon resolution the of the outstanding measure of difficulties agreement of substantial fundamental principles already reached. 1949. L. G. 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 for a cease-fire. 1949.APPENDIX 2 http://www. and commending the parties in particular for their action in partially implementing these Resolutions by (1) The cessation of hostilities effected January 1. 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. 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. THE SECURITY COUNCIL. (2) The establishment of a cease-fire line on July 27. 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. Nimitz shall be Plebiscite Administrator. Norway. 1950). 1948 and January 5. and (3) The agreement that Fleet Admiral Chester W. dated the 14th March.
Extends its best thanks to the members of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan and to General A. 1949. 5. Agrees that the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan 178 . 4. 1948 and January 5. without prejudice to their rights or claims and with due regard to the requirements of law and order. Requests the two Governments to take all necessary precautions to ensure that (heir agreements regarding the cease-fire shall continue to be faithfully observed. in his opinion. Calls upon the Governments of India and Pakistan to make immediate arrangements. 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. (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. L. G. 3. McNaughton for their arduous and fruitful labours. submitting his conclusions and any recommendations which he may desire to make. 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 13.1. to report to the Security Council as he may consider necessary. 2. 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. 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. 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. (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. 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.
Against: None Abstaining: India and Yugoslavia Absent : USSR 179 .S. and U. Cuba. Ecuador. Norway.A. France. 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.shall be (terminated. U.K. Egypt. The Security Council voted on this Resolution on 14-3-50 with the following result: In favour: China.
consider the attainment of these objectives of vital importance for the welfare of the 600 million people of India and Pakistan. The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan.indianembassy. It was against this background that Jammu and Kashmir was discussed. 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. II 180 . having met at Tashkent and having discussed the existing relations between India and Pakistan. capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Soviet Union. 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. They considered that the interests of peace in their region and particularly in the Indo-Pakistan Sub-Continent and.org/South_Asia/Pakistan/Tashkent_Declaration_January_ 10_1966. 1966 The 1965 armed to an conflict end by between India and Pakistan at was formally the brought signing this declaration Tashkent. They reaffirm their obligation under the Charter not to have recourse to force and to settle their disputes through peaceful means. the interests of the people so India and Pakistan were not served by the continuance of tension between the two countries. indeed. 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.APPENDIX 3 http://www. and each of the sides set forth its respective position.html Tashkent Declaration January 10.
1965. to the positions they held prior to 5 August. VI The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan have agreed to consider measures towards the restoration of economic and trade relations. Both Government shall observe the Vienna Convention of 1961 on Diplomatic Intercourse. 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.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. 181 . and both sides all observe the cease-fire terms on the cease-fire line. 1966. communications. as well as cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan. 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. and will encourage propaganda which promotes the development of friendly relations between the two countries. 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.
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 also agreed that both sides will create conditions which will prevent the exodus of people. friendly and noble part in bringing about the present meeting which has resulted in mutually satisfactory results.S. 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 also express to the Government and friendly people of Uzbekistan their sincere thankfulness for their overwhelming reception and generous hospitality. They invite the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR to 182 . 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. the the Soviet of Government of and the personally U. 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. to the Chairman Council Ministers for their constructive. 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. They further agreed to discuss the return of the property and assets taken over by either side in connection with the conflict.S.R.
a 183 . Payments relate directly to performance. APPENDIX 4 http://web.000 to Rs 10. number of casualties the terrorist has inflicted upon Indian security forces. Nevertheless. 2003 What motivates a young man to take up terrorism.000 that can go up to Rs 7.000.com/news/nation/2003/november/67781. area of operation.mid-day.000. A district commander gets around Rs 20.000 per month ensures that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) meets its manpower requirements. However. the heftier the pay package and the more discreet it becomes. The higher they go. motivation level and other HR criterion.htm Terrorists earn a peon's wage By: M K Tayal November 2.000. fire at the Army and possibly never return home? It is a small pay package that equals the wage of a peon or driver. A Kashmiri company or battalion gets from Rs 5. Some of the more 'enthusiastic' Kashmiri youth get around Rs 5. not every terrorist gets Rs 3. The rank and file from Pakistan or Afghanistan or any other country gets a starting salary of Rs 5. The lure of a mere Rs 3. the ISI maintains dossiers and gives annual marks to its cadres very much like the Pakistan Army does for its regular employees. one thing is clear that Kashmiri youth get a raw deal compared to the Pakistani or foreign counterpart.000. A commander starts at anything above Rs 25.000. infiltrate India.witness this declaration. In short. The pay scale is not rigid as it varies depending on the risks one is willing to take and his commitment to the cause. the annual increment increases. Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) Doda district commander Mohd Shahzad.000. enrol himself at a training camp in Pakistan. The Kashmiri mujahideen is paid less by the ISI than a Pakistani terrorist. With the number of years one puts in. Commanders get much more.
However. The main attraction in joining the ISI is the initial offer." Shahzad had said. There is a catch. "Poor economic conditions in the Valley force some to cross over to Pakistan for their training. "It has become a style. 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.Pakistani national. The amount is too tempting for anyone to say 'no'." a militant said to an army officer serving in the Valley. I could get as much as I wanted. he remained silent when asked what was the amount his parents were getting in Pakistan. There are other factors too at work. The second term involves training of special operations-explosives. 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. A Kashmiri gets Rs two lakh as one-time payment to join. Competition and style for instance drive most youth into the realm of the AK-47. His monthly emoluments were being directly sent to his home in Pakistan.000 per month but that limit was waived off as a special case." explains an official. The fidayeens (soldiers on a suicide mission) get highly sophisticated training but their emoluments remain a mystery. said he came to Jammu & Kashmir to be a jehadi and was paid nearly Rs 20. But it is sure that the money Shahzad got was for operations in his area and his logistical support. If you don't have a gun you don't get good girlfriends and nobody respects you. "Money didn't matter. The basic training at the 85 training camps is the same and involves handling small arms (AK-47) and explosives. small unit tactics of raid and ambush and radio communication. since naturally none survive to tell their tale. Sources also point to the presence of foreign militants who come to the Valley after sessions of intense motivation and psychological drills. captured by the Army after a fierce encounter in September 2003. 184 .
so did it the commitment. Realising this." explained a source.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. "If a militant motivates and enrols another youth.5 lakh. Though no one complains publicly. initially the ISI made sure the money was delivered to the militant's parents but as the numbers started dwindling. Kashmiri youths are now averse to taking up the gun while recruitment from Pakistan remains high. the ISI makes sure that those who help recruit while on the job are not neglected." he said in a heart-to-heart talk. there have been reports of parents of the deceased militant not getting a single penny. However. he can make upto Rs 1. 185 . However. It rewards handsomely.
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