Unfortunately, it was only eleven years later, that Pakistan Army officially acknowledged its role, named 453 soldiers and officers killed in the
1999 conflict. Captain Karnal Sher and Havildar Lalak Jan, who were both killed on 7 Jul 1999, were awarded Pakistan’s highest honor, the Nishan-e-Haider.
Thereafter, Mumbai attacks, Pathankot attacks, Uri attacks the list of so-called Pakistani freedom fighters (working under the aegis of ISI) disowned by Pakistan is endless. Pakistan has repeatedly disowned terror attack militants
as “unverifiable bodies” despite compelling pieces of evidence which prove their nationality. Under the garb of these non-state actors, the Pakistan Army has been nurturing terrorism and thereafter disowning their deeds & also their dead
The tragic story of Pakistan Air Force Wing Commander Shahaz–ud-Din
It now appears that not much has changed in Pakistan over the years. Unfolding the events after Pulwama attack on 14 February, Pakistan has clearly been on a denial mode. Not only denial,
but it has also been churning out fake news to satiate the domestic audience in order to stay relevant. Despite such inputs being trashed by credible sources Pakistan Army continues to carry out such propaganda against its own people.
First Post daily reported that, on 1 March, a family in Pakistan was in mourning – silent, blacked out from the public view, their sacrifice unacknowledged. Pakistan Air Force Wing Commander
Shahaz-ud-Din, (of 19 Squadron, also known as the ‘Sher-Dils’) the F-16 pilot was shot down in a dogfight over the Nowshera sector, and was reportedly lynched by a mob in the Laam valley.
Remains of the downed F-16 Jet
Pakistani military spokesperson Major-General
Asif Ghafoor had asserted, on the morning of 28 February, that two Indian jets had been shot down and two Indian pilots injured – one of whom was in Army custody, and the other in the hospital.
Later in the evening, Major-General Ghafoor took a U-turn and stated that only one Indian pilot was in Pakistan Army custody, without explaining his earlier comments. There was probably
some miscommunication up the chain of command. It appears that the Pakistan Army is on a back foot for the use of F-16 for such misadventures and under the fear of the US has quietly drowned the sacrifice of one its finest pilot.
On the other hand, an IAF who crossed the LoC fighting the adversary after downing an F-16plane became a captive but showed utmost bravery at the face of the enemy was not
only acknowledged by the military but also brought back home safe. His valor was revered in unison by the entire country.
It is further
reported that Shahaz-ud-Din’s father, Waseem-ud-Din, is also an Air Marshal in the Pakistan Air Force, and has flown F-16 and Mirages. Wonder how this man will face his son later, at least he should have come out in public and acknowledged his son’s
sacrifice for the country.
Pakistan Army is usually caught in a vicious circle of lying and denial. Had they made some gains on the political
and strategic fronts during Kargil, they might have even accepted the truth. But as the entire mission was a big failure, there was no choice but to deny it’s involvement.
Do they deserve this humiliation?
Pakistan’s media is under seize is a known fact.
In order to hide their failure, false stories of valour of their soldiers and success stories are published in the media to stay relevant. Many such false claims are doing the rounds even now.
Continuous war propaganda by a military-controlled mullah, media, curriculum and
political narrative that there are enemies around us who want to destroy Pakistan (and Islam) is self-destructing and suicidal. Pakistan is almost at the edge of catastrophic failure; civil-military divide, puppet democracy, baffled military files &
rank, social-ethnic keg, and a ripped economy.
Self-proclaiming to be the finest army makes no sense when you are destroying your own
country-countrymen first. Most importantly expending fine soldiers as a dispensable entity and thereafter depriving them of an honorable burial.
Mar 19/Thursday Written by Afsana