The hypocrisy of Pakistan Army exposed by a retired Lieutenant
Colonel, who is a research scholar at the International Affairs Dept of Karachi University
Excerpts from the article
published in https://defence.pk/pdf/threads/women-in-pakistans-military.229499/
Back in 2006, all indications were that the Pakistan Army was planning to incorporate/induct women on a large scale. But that did not happen. Why the military hesitated
to go any further? Most women in the military are today employed with the sole aim to treat the patients; out of almost 4000 female officers serving in the military 3000 are employed in the AFNS(Armed Forces Nursing Services). Over 600 are female doctors
in the AMC(Army Medical Corps). The remaining women serve as female officers on non-combatant roles in the ISPR, Signals and Engineering departments of the military.
Are women in Pakistan less capable of adopting the manly qualities of a soldier? The problem is not that the women are not dying in Pakistan. Those forced into marriages against their liking, victims of acid throwing, child
marriages and even those who are married to Quran; most are sidelined to live abnormal lives. There are others who are routinely raped, killed and some are even murdered in the name of honor. Does it hurt when women in Pakistan die in such
situations? If it does then it should hurt less when those who volunteer to serve their nation lay down their lives for the sake of their country. Why is it that only the men are allowed to harbor ambitions such as serving and dying for their country? Is it
not only fair to provide the women also with such opportunities where they are encouraged to serve their countries putting their lives at stake as well?
Arguably women are more capable, perhaps even more efficient and effective to perform a range of military-related duties. They can also be employed in ‘female alone’ air defense units considering Pakistan military deploys
a large number of air defense units to safeguard strategic assets. If military can overcome its gender subordination mindset it might as well than find reasons to induct increased number of women in the armed forces. To do that it will have to forgo the recruitment
conditions of women being postgraduates and over 28 years old and train them for a full two years instead of six months training that they are currently put through.
Lastly, what is it that the all men army has achieved for us that the women can’t; by recruiting more women in the military the state may move one step forward to end gender subordination. This may also be one strong
measure to effectively respond to the world economic forum ‘Global Gender Gap Report that ranked Chad, Pakistan, and Yemen as the worst of all the countries as far as gender gap is concerned.
Pakistan Army instead of glorifying community-based achievements should lead the
way to actually empower women in all fields of employment. To cut the long story short, first Pakistan should ensure that clerics like the one in the video below are jailed for spreading toxic anti-women speeches.