A British Pakistani, A doctor by profession. Part of Pakistani Brain Drain to UK I blog about Health issues, Cricket, Pakistani society, psychological problems. I feel betrayed by both illiterate fanatic muslim Mullahs and self style liberals of Pakistan. Supporter of democracy, education and science I say no to political or sectarian Islam.
- · Biggest argument against army is, the involvement of army is political system. I agree is very wrong and the collective damage Zia and Musharaf has caused is probably never going to be recovered. General Ayub was on the other hand responsible for the atmosphere in which 1971 happened. But did I just not mentioned the names of chief of staff’s, may be some of their core commanders were also equally responsible. But then would you call on to disarm the whole force just because we had few rouge generals? we must differentiate the role of generals on the top to the professionalism and hard work of the army as a force itself.
- · Some argue we have disproportionally large army. But did we really had the choice. Did we really chose to grow the army this big or were we put in the position to feel unsafe by the aggressive neighbour. I would say India has made us keep a disproportionally large army to maintain our existence. Some liberals say India has not been the real threat to Pakistan and it is our own insecurities which make us feel threatened by India. I would say 1971 was not just a insecure dream but a living nightmare and we know how India took advantage of an internal conflict of Pakistan.
- · Some foreign funded intellectuals say Army is corrupt and maintain resources way beyond it actually require. They even give example of army to be running a bank, housing schemes, building work, and even bakery and restaurants. Well if the army is trying to maintain its cost by doing business then what is wrong in it. Pakistan is a poor country and if our army has generated ways to create some faineances then why is that such a big problem. Same liberals will have a problem with Pak Army if they took 100% budget from the tax payers (although the liberals themselves are the biggest tax dodgers). The liberal class themselves maintain private security guards for themselves and can pay anything to maintain them. But they don`t like nation to be protected and call for disarming of the Pak Army.