A State within a State - A Modern Rogue Army
The line between ‘white lies’ and other kinds of lies is constantly being blurred, but when any Army – which is considered a social institution and is defined by the most important feature
i.e., discipline uses white lies to serve its own and not its people, in no way can it then call itself a professional army.
does the Hadeeth say?
Ibn Shihaab, one of the narrators of the hadeeth said: I did not hear of any concession being granted concerning
anything that people call lies except in three cases: War, reconciling among people and what a man says to his wife or a woman says to her husband.However, If we talk about lying in the case of war, the rule in Quran is “never to deceive in principle.”
It appears that people often misunderstand what Prophet said, that war is khud’ah. Khud’ah is a stratagem, a tactical maneuver to mislead the enemy. It is not treachery, deception or breach which would be ‘khiyaanah’. The scholars of
Islam agree, a Muslim is permitted, indeed, required, to hide an innocent or wrongly persecuted person from oppressors, and if he must lie in this pursuit, he can. But even in such cases, lying should be avoided if possible.
Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq the most truthful man of the ‘Ummah who accompanied the Prophet on his flight to Madeenah, was accosted by an acquaintance of his who did
not know the Prophet by face but had probably heard of the Makkan search for him. He asked Abu Bakr, about his companion, to which Abu Bakr, said: “He is my guide. He shows me the way.” Abu Bakr did not lie even in such dire circumstances but simply
Apropos, it is concluded that white lies are certainly not permissible especially at the cost of principles, ethos or
the quintessence of professionalism. Then why have white lies become the order of the day for Pakistan Army? Why can’t they righteously earn respect rather than adopt unfair means to stay relevant? Why keep their own people in dark or is Pakistan Army
above their own people?
‘White lies’ have become Pakistan Army’s most potent weapon to stay in power in Pakistan
Throughout age and evolution of Pakistan, from 1947 till date, Pakistan army has consciously acted in a fashion that it is singularly recognized
as the most important pillar of Pakistan. While Generals Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Zia ul Haq and Musharraf ruled directly as Presidents or Chief Martial Law Administrators, the other army chiefs achieved perfection in the fine art of backseat driving. It is
a known fact that the Pakistan army repeatedly hijacked polity under the guise of the ‘doctrine of necessity.
“Today, the real catastrophe in Pakistan
is the cynical use of Islamist extremism by Pakistan Army/ISI to hold democracy hostage and to foment the insecurity it needs to maintain its grip on power.”
Deep fissures in Pak civil-military
Pakistan remains a politically underdeveloped country. While there
is no denying that the country’s politics, directly or indirectly, is a by-product of the policies the military favored as an institution, in general, civilian institutions are not allowed to grow out of the phase where they have to concur with the military.
The Pakistan army had been watching the ex PM’s efforts to consolidate power which signaled his oust. It then connived with the judiciary to ensure that it had two members
(one each from military intelligence and the ISI) in the Joint Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court to put him under trial to ensure his (governments) permanent collapse.
This ploy of ousting of PM Nawaz Sharif is already seen having ripples in the existing military-civil divide. Sharif is believed to have bought this fate for crossing the military by pursuing conciliatory policies
towards neighbors and by reportedly demanding that ISI end its use of militant groups as tools of foreign policy. The controversy surrounding Pak Rangers deployment outside the court hearing corruption references against him, followed by their withdrawal from
Parliament House on 4th Oct, asking for written instructions further confirms deep fissures cracking up Pakistan’s army and its civilian government and once again exposes the modus operandi of Pak Army to not let any party be successful for a full term
at as it may then threaten the Army.
What follows is the fabrication of white lies by the Pak Army to increase its stature in front
of its own (the commoner). Unfortunately, the ‘sold out’ democracy and the hijacked media are merely sitting ducks who fear their own disappearance at the hands of the ruthless Army which supposedly is to protect them.
Deep state nexus, fingers dipped in every pie of state and civil life
today stands violent and divided. Taliban insurgency spread in its north-west frontier region and the army’s counter-insurgency operations in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are no success; its establishments have
been repeatedly attacked; its relations with its NATO allies have plummeted to an all-time low, it has earned at least the tag for a “terrorist haven”, military aids been suspended and but obviously the morale of the rank and file is low. The barbarism
of Pak Army in Baluchistan has further gained notoriety internally (flak from Pak media) and globally (at UNHCR recently).
& Impression management through white lies is what is keeping the Pakistan Army afloat today, as it has nothing concrete to prove its efficacy. People are aware that wars in the past it has only lost, Jihad & Taliban which it propagates for vested
interests has now begun to bite its own back. Due to poor relations with neighbors Economy is at all time low burdened under Chinese debt. Therefore how does it keep itself relevant? By adopting the easiest way – white lies! But for once Pakistan Army
needs to respect their motto “Iman, Taqwa and Jihad fi Sabilillah means- faith, piety, and war in the name of God” and try and exist by not deceiving principle and certainly not its own people.
White lies to stay relevant
Pak army triggering radicalization
along the lines of al-Qaeda’s rhetoric is based on the fact that Lashkar and Pak Army recruit from the same pool of educated youth, mainly Deobandi sect and the districts of Punjab. The army gets the pick of the youth, while the Lashkar chooses from
those remaining. Madrassas are not the factories of jihad, what they do endanger is a mindset that supports jihad, what they do engender is a mindst that supports jihad common to both Pak army and terrorists.
To propagate this ideology and to spread white lies Pak Army has been successful in making a huge web of multi support propaganda channels and in fact diverted all its resources only in such deceitful acts. These channels
propagate false inputs to show army in good light and as the only savior of the people of Pakistan. False claims like the recent announcement by Major General Asif Ghafoor, official spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces, who is very active on social media
“that sanctuaries of all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network, have been eliminated from Pakistan’s soil” only come to show desperate measures to stay relevant.
White lies have become the order of the day of Pakistan Army
Such white lies
have become a daily practice in Pak Army. Since they have forgotten the rule in Quran – “never to deceive in principle” and instead have made white lies permissible to suit their vested interests.
Here are a few recent examples which are not only embarrassing but shatter the faith of a commoner in its protector(Army) who is adopting cheap tactics to stay relevant.
Caught lying red-handed
When Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan envoy to the United Nations allegedly showed 2014 Gaza war victim’s (Rawya Abu Jom’a) photograph as an image of Indian atrocities
at the UN General Assembly, she accidentally exposed the Pakistan govt/army’s web of white lies to the world.
Similarly, the case of a morphed photo of an Indian girl, which led to the suspension of the official twitter handle of ISPR (operating under the garb of defence.pk) once again exposed the white lies of Pak Army/ISI.
A tweeted (doctored) video by the official spokesperson of Pak Army saying: “In befitting response Pak Army destroyed Indian posts in Nowshera
Sec”, put a big question mark on the credibility of the Pakistan Army which can go to any extent to fool its public and stay relevant. The video failed to convince any real action taken against adversaries and instead once again exposed Pakistan’s
The video has clear visibility of editing marks, and therefore, must be deemed to be unreliable and incorrect.
-“Sangad” or thick protection wall is normally made around Indian Army posts. No such wall is visible in the posts destroyed by the
-Communication trenches can’t be seen in the posts shown.
-Any visible point of start and impact of the firing in the video is absent.
-The video shows blasts happening down below. This usually happens in case of
IED blasts and not artillery fire.
Chinese made drone Phantom 3, Failed photo ops once again
The recurring lies of shooting down (Chinese
made) Indian drones is also a part of the white lies web. ‘Phantom 3 advanced drone’ shown in the picture is made by DJI, Headquartered in Shenzhen, widely considered as China’s Silicon Valley. It is a known fact that Indian Army doesn’t
use Chinese equipment. Shanghai-based Observer website too reported the faux pas by Pakistan Army. Once again photo-op gone wrong.
Milbus in Pakistan unstoppable
Lastly, Pakistan Army’s business involvement; suspicious Fauji Foundation,
Army Welfare Trust, Shaheen Foundation and Bahria Foundation all using an unaccounted military capital for the personal benefit of the military fraternity) at the cost of the public economy is now an open book.
Why the US doesn’t trust Pakistan anymore and accuses its army of providing safe havens for terrorists
- Sheltering Osama Bin Laden in a compound about a mile from its military academy in Abbottabad
a Pakistani doctor who helped US officials certify Bin Laden was in the compound, where he was killed by US Seals.
- Appearing to warn militants to help them escape
US drone bombings.
- Allowing or even encouraging militant groups such as Lashkar-i-Toiba to carry out terrorist attacks on India.
- Allowing the Afghan Taliban to shelter in the Pakistani city of Quetta and in largely ungoverned tribal areas such as Waziristan; and then slip them into Afghanistan to attack Afghan, US and NATO troops.
Pakistan Army the sticking point in its country’s progress
Well, the Pandora’s box has popped open and tyrant power of Pakistan Army on the state has been unleashed. It is for the people of Pakistan to now analyze that is it the failure of the political
system or has the Pakistan army, for its own survival caused the system to fail so as to justify their influence?
21 March 2018/Wednesday.