Dangerous Duffers

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Editor’s Note: Pakpotpourri has on many occasions, introduced new writers.This is Talha Rehman’s first article being launched by Pakpotpourri2.

By: Talha Rehman  

The honourable lady who used these words for the individual members of Armed Forces or for the institution as a whole must be having enough proof to justify her outburst. The fact that our ever alert Honourable Courts did not take Suo Moto notice of the statement also indicates that there was nothing wrong, against the Constitution or unlawful about the episode. Our media in general was so busy in much more important issues that it could not give enough space and time to this minor cut on the minds and hearts of those, whose honour and dignity is otherwise being slaughtered by enemies and friends alike for a number of weeks now. The leadership of Armed Forces thought it was not their responsibility to get entangled in the war of words as it would only further aggravate the situation.So what could the soldiers and officers do who lost their limbs and lives for the sake of their Country , after observing such an apathy of the society at large? The parents of the shuhada must be thinking that the sacrifices of their sons had gone in vain.

After all Sepoy Fateh was getting about nine to ten thousand Rupees and free rations, and Capt Haroon was not getting less than thirty five thousand Rupees for defending their Motherland. Then what if Fateh is without his left leg and right arm because of the frost bite at Siachin and Haroon lost his life while valiantly fighting with terrorists in Swat. Men you are being paid for that. You are eating away major portion of the budget. What did you say ,it is not going in your pocket ? What about these so expensive tanks, guns and missiles that are your personal property and does not belong to this Nation ? If all this money was spent on the health , education and improving the law and order as honestly as the paltry amount being spent now by these institutions your Country would have been a developed and least corrupt in the comity of nations by now.

My dear Khakies, Blues and Whites, don’t be under any self illusion that you have ever given any extra ordinary sacrifices to defend your frontiers. The part of Kashmir that was taken by the volunteers with a bit of your help, expelled Indian Army from Rann of Kach , did not allow Indian Army to enter Lahore Gymkhana etc etc means nothing. The records and sacrifices of PAF pilots and madness to fight heavily outnumbered enemy is not appreciated in this land of the pure, after all you own forty year old F-16s , that as per the knowledge of our intelligentia are most modern and expensive aircrafts. Only a duffer would take his ship and submarine deep into enemy waters and fight them out there killing them and getting killed . Either you have no brains or you are doing it for money…. I don’t think higher ideals like self sacrifice, crave for shahadat or willingness to give your present to buy bright future for the grandchildren of Asma Jahangir, Chief Justices, Hamid Mir,Dadabhoys or choudrys, has anything to do with it.

So , now that you have been cautioned none other than the President of the Supreme Court Bar , and your actual face and mind has been very eloquently exposed, better mend your ways. What business you have to make best schools and colleges in the Country and why are you wasting your peanut minds in establishing best health facilities unnecessarily. Why do you keep your cantonments so clean and green and have flower competitions and maintain good traffic and other discipline out there ? Are you a special breed ? Can’t you live a simple,filthy , corrupt life just like your brethren elsewhre? Please join them immediately , otherwise you had it . Why did you show this nation that an organised living is possible by establishing Defence Housing Societies and why do you boast of Frontier Works Organisation that built KKH , Coastal and Highway and busy making roads in FATA? Anybody could have done it.

And your passion for takeovers is most disgusting. In the presence of so many brilliant minds and such a congenial democratic environment where the best are given the chance of leading their parties, you better mind your own business. What if huge amounts are being stashed in foreign countries, those are national reserves …duffer . If institutions are wrangling with each other and the poor masses seething under abject poverty, things will change soon, don’t worry. Then what If higher judiciary doesn’t know what is happening to the 500 apprehended terrorists who slaughtered the innocent people in Swat, how much time it takes for a woman to take her legitimate share of property, and what has happened to innumerable decoits,abductors and murderers who were caught redhanded or carried out their heinous crimes in broad daylights. Probably they have no time to think what is happening to 99 percent of the population, there are important constitutional matters to attend to.

So you with low IQs  ! don’t scratch your heads to discern whether Country, Constitution or Parliament is supreme ? Whether telling a lie regarding your qualification renders you disqualified for a public office? Whether it is the responsibility of media anchors to verify their facts and how much of speculation be allowed? Whether all corruption becomes legitimate if the poor downtrodden people vote you to the parliament?

And please don’t worry about the people of Pakistan..They do not matter except for the few days of elections. Media is powerful, wise politicians are efficiently running this Country, dispensation of justice specially for the poor is abundantly available. Fiscal and security policies are in able hands and our overall direction ….. Well please don’t tax your small minds, after all those who lay down their lives to defend all the muck described above and that too for a paltry few thousand rupees are naturally nothing but duffers no sir dangerous duffers.

*The writer is based in Karachi. He is a consultant in Human Resources.
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  • shahbaz  On June 21, 2011 at 3:25 am

    well said

  • Brig Farooq H. Khan  On June 21, 2011 at 4:27 am

    simply brilliant. hope asma jahangir reads this article. i doubt if you would sleep peacefully after going thru this writeup.
    Brig Rertd Farooq Hameed Khan

  • A. Zuberi  On June 21, 2011 at 4:55 am

    What may appear to be a satire to some who look at this article through the lenses borrowed from devil, this is a beautifully written article.
    Those who fail to understand the systematic destruction of the nation and well planned demoralizing campaign against the armed forces should take heed from this eye opener, although those who don’t get it, won’t get it.

  • I.Zubair  On June 21, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Love this writing, it has a lot for those who get the point and understand, yes, those who can make some sense out of all the nonsense taking place, please save the morale of our armed forces since it is being targeted and with a well thought out plan taking effect in phases.

  • Nadeem  On June 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

    This should be published as an open letter in all newspapers in Pakistan. A copy of this should also be respectfully delivered to all the ‘honourable’ in government, legislatures, judiciary and affiliated organizations.

  • Imamat  On June 21, 2011 at 6:58 am

    An extremely well written article.
    My salute to Mr Talha.
    Besides other duties,our Armed Forces also act as a punching bag for frustrated minds like those mentioned above who use it a shield to hide their own weaknesses.
    NS is heading this group.


  • khan saheb  On June 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Agreed that our society is thoroughly corrupt.But for a few good men in the armed forces and the civil society, our country continues to exist.There will always be some good souls to stand up for God sake,those who wd love their country and compatriots.Remember Pakistan was created by God and it is meant to stay……..Inam Khan

  • Shaikh Mohammad  On June 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Pakistan Army should take over the country. Political parties and elections should be banned. Zia ul Haque [murderer of Palestinians in Jordan] should be commended for his rule in the country. He banned all the political parties.
    General Kayani, the Army has already taken over Pakistan’s economy. Please complete the job and make Pakistan an Army state where everyone follows the diktat of the Army and USA.
    Shaikh Mohommad

  • Varris  On June 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

    My belief is that ‘Duffers’ are only ones who come to rescue of the
    nation in the event of natural calamities like Earthquake / floods.
    The ‘Genius’ spent Rs 250 million on Advertisements about floods out
    of a total sum collected of Rs 260 million. Only 10 million was spent
    on relief work.

    No wonder these self sacrificing jawans are called duffers.


  • Rauf  On June 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    When, heart, mind and soul bleed profusely, and logic and reason fast disappear from
    the society, this is precisely how one feel and could express true inner feelings.

    Yes this should be widely circulated and it should also be translated in to urdu.

    My heart felt thanks to the writer.

    May Allah bless all of us.


  • Ijaz ul Haq  On June 22, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Simply great. Pakistan speaks out in your words.

  • Azhar Masud  On June 22, 2011 at 1:42 am

    In 1977 I would think like Asma Jehangir.
    Remember those ho hold guns know how to use them

  • Mubaschir Inayet  On June 22, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Like I said, an equally emotional response to an emotional outburst. We as a nation operate on extremes! There is no middle way!

    Must be the spices we eat!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  • Kausar Bajwa  On June 22, 2011 at 1:52 am

    NK ji.
    I agree with you 100%. For his first attempt Mr. Talha has done a superb job. Yes, it must be translated in all the regional lingos of the country and published in their newspapers.

  • Inam Khan  On June 22, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Agreed that our society is thoroughly corrupt.But for a few good men in the armed forces and the civil society, our country continues to exist.There will always be some good souls to stand up for God sake,those who wd love their country and compatriots.Remember Pakistan was created by God and it is meant to stay……..Inam Khan

  • Mansoor Mubeen  On June 22, 2011 at 5:03 am

    dear inam sahab

    i sincerely believe that we have more good people in our ranks, either civilian or armed forces, that probably any other nation. according to the findings of aga khan fund research, the amount of charities which this nation doles out, if compared with other nations, keeping in mind the respective GDPs, is just phenomenal. care of neighbors, specially in poor areas is definitely on very high tones. we have institutions like SIUT, INDUS HOSPITAL, MARIE ADELAIDE LEPROSY, LRBT EYE HOSPITAL, TABBA DIALYSIS, TABBA HEART, ALAMGIR WELFARE, SEELANI WELFARE, and Allah know how many others, which are providing free medical care without asking sect, religion, race or language.

    problem surfaces, when the interests of groups are involved, individually we are as good as any other nation, but our collective decisions as groups are generally taken without the consideration of community at large.


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