Devil descends on Pakistani Awam: The Pakistan Army The Marauder Burning Own House Down

Since last forty years, Pakistani generals & politicians have transferred huge amounts of public and black money from Pakistan. For fear of being questioned in future, they have simply disappeared and have started living in other countries.

Ex chiefs of Pakistan Army, live a Royal life abroad, any wonder how they got so rich?

While being the only military of the world, that officially has a billion-plus Empire, since its inception, there is lot of underhand dealings that they had gradually being doing, starting with managing and subsequently owning the illegal border trade.

Not just simple corruption related to defence deals, however what is on table here, and bare, is the extent of mega ultra-unfathomable corruption. Pakistan Army has its hands in all kind of business from, bakeries to banks, from golf clubs to booming real estate business including all along CPEC Chinese hubs. Any business that you can think of and you will find Pak army in it. They are consuming almost 70% of the total budget of Pakistan. They are doing all the work except for being a Professional Force.

“Milibus” : Timur like Raiders of Own People

The most famous Islamic Conqueror in Central Asia, and revered figure of a pretext, which was more of convenient excuse, for Islamic jihad against so-called Kafirs: The Ghazwa-e-Hind, was Timur (Timur the Lame). He had been a mass plunderer, executioner, rapist and murderer, with faint regard to humanistic or Islamic values, of a degree world had never seen before.

Culture, inhabitation and way of life was laid waste in his region to whole of area of present-day Iran, Baluchistan, Sind, Pakistan, Northern India till Mathura, Afghanistan, Turkestan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan up till the Caspian Sea.

Though his excuse was to preserve Islam and punish non-believers, in reality he killed, looted, raped and pillaged without one consideration to Islam and its values.

Similar is the advent of Pakistan Army, some 800 years later, on similar principles of self-furthering, looting, raping and pillaging whatever it can lay their hands on, without regard for religion or region.

Yes, the Punjabi themed and dominated Army, hardly bats an eyelid to put up their region of Punjab and its Punjabi people, up for garage sale, to the highest bidder.

Civil Bureaucracy-Military Period (1949-1977)

According to prominent Pakistani journalists, in the initial years after the country’s independence, the military’s economic stakes were limited to drawing resources from the national budget as part of the annual defence allocation. Lacking knowledge of the functioning of government, the military did not push the civil bureaucracy out of prominent positions in the government. Instead, the Pakistan Army partnered with the civil bureaucracy for running the affairs of the state, and through a gradual and a guided process, a legitimate civil-military bureaucracy was initiated by Ayub Khan. This was aimed at giving birth to the Retired Army officers’ owned business-industrialist class, wherein 22 families, owned about 68 percent of Pakistan’s industries and 87 percent of its banking and insurance assets were army owned.

However, still the corruption was in terms of land allocation and giving favors to the Punjabi Landlord class(which were highest subscribers to Pakistan Army Officers Corps). Post-1977 coup, Zia devised a ruthless cunning plan, to curb the Civil unrest period( initiated by Pakistani defeat) from 1971-1977.

To disengage public attention from Civil-Military debacle of three decades, he introduced Pakistan to Mullah-Military.

Mullah-Military Period (1977 coup – Till Date)

The Pakistan Army initiated connivance between the military and the religious radical Islamism right, also brought sociopolitical legitimacy to the military. Like the Turkish armed forces, Pakistan’s military entered into a collusive arrangement with the integrated economic elite, to propel the Mullah’s reach into civil society and governance.

Islamists were driven in to occupy the governance, civil services and public offices. Political space were forced to comply with the functioning of a Radical Islam driven government machinery. Being Radical and anti-India, came in fashion, to court good posts and promotions.

With advent of CPEC, and China approved Bajwa’s rule, it went a trip further and even translated to Political space directly. Soon PPP and PML(N) were ousted from the political space, as Military and  ISI gave Imran Khan’s PTI, support from radical Islamist religious parties.

In contrast to the democratic and global South Asia, with susceptible immoral governance fabric ridden countries like Army dominated Pakistan, Beijing has always tried to create social structures within such countries. These social structures in turn serve China-centric motives in an easily bribery accustomed 1% elite class, giving it security and economic self-aggrandizement.

Through the CPEC, China created these amoral and unscrupulous social structures in the Pakistani army, as well as in its supportive civilian government, so that Pakistan’s interests and interests of its citizens are relegated to dearth, against Chinese colonial ambitions.

Sufferers?

The already abused people of Pakistan and overlooked provinces of Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mohajirs, Sindhis and Gilgit-Baltistanise are now being systematically economically subjugated and terrorized.

Holocaust of Pakistani Provinces Continues

Post Partition, East Pakistan(Bangladesh), was kept deliberately out of the budget allocations, along with Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. Bengali civil servants existed in meager numbers and that too in the lower echelons, in departments which did not influence the ‘vital areas of economy and national policy’. The bulk of the Bengali representation in the Central Secretariat was mainly at the section Officer, with little influence and say.

At the time of partition, the two wings of Pakistan were economically more of less similar, with both being industrially underdeveloped. However Punjabi dominated Pakistan Army led Civil Bureaucracy-Military combine, kept the GDP allocation to Punjab area, where they can accrue personal business and real estate. Thus all other provinces were deprived of any development.

Bangladesh endured what was to be known as worst genocide of the Century, committed by a standing Army. Yahya Khan coerced Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, to refuse Mujibur Rahman’s victorious party, the ought-to-be office of Prime Minister of Pakistan, and sent the army to repress any dissent, thus prompting a full-scale civil war, on the lines of genocide.

The assessment of the death toll and the qualification of the violence, estimates the death toll to be between 300,000 and 3 millions. Add to it, between 200,000 and 400,000 women raped and what you get is a gory picture of barbaric, medieval Genocide by Pakistan Army.

According to the Bangladesh authorities, the Pakistan army was responsible for killing three million Bengalis and raping at least 200,000 East Pakistani women.

Baluchistan during most of the post-colonial period, can actually be interpreted both as a phenomenon linked to the righteous rejection as State’s formation, as the Baluchi tribal leadership refused at Independence to merge within Pakistan and as State violence against an ethnic minority.

Natural resources of the province, especially gas and coal, were directly exploited by the Landlord-Pakistan Army’s combine, without any redistribution of the wealth. Despite being the least developed province of the country, it is rich in energy and mineral resources, meeting more than 40% of Pakistan’s energy needs and accounting 36% of its total gas production while large energy reserves remain untapped. And underdevelopment of the area was staggering. Baluchi council plans for corporatization of resources, to fuel its own development of the province,  was purged by Pakistan Army, killings prominent figures and leaders.

Following the arbitrary and unconstitutional dismissal of the provincial government by Prime Minister Bhutto in 1973, an armed insurgency spread all over the province for four years. It was violently suppressed by the Pakistani army, something reminiscent of the capability showcased by Pakistan Army in Bangladesh five years earlier, through excessive and indiscriminate use of lethal force resulting in thousands of civilian deaths.

War for independence took shape in 2003, wherein natural resources and mineral wealth contracts were awarded to Chinese, with Pakistan Army business houses, as parteners. This was beginning of blatant loot of resources of a state. Independence struggle resulted in the most devious state-sponsored purge of societal structure. Era of doom, rape, murders, mass graves, enforced disappearances began. At one time , mass graves of 1000 Baluchis was found along with famous  “kill-and-dump” case of Jalil Reki, with most body dumpings in area of insurgency – regions of Quetta, Qalat, Khuzdar and Makran , as a reminder of punishment to dissidents, demanding their rights.

 

Sindhis-Mohajirs were pitted against each other, by the Pakistan Army as a gruesome reminder of Pakistan Army’s use of divide and rule, learnt from the British. Fearing rise of Sindhi dominated PPP party of Bhutto, Pakistan Army’s ISI incited the radicalized Muhajirs(relocated population from India). To destabilize the PPP government and undermine the Sindhi led democratization of Pakistan and its resources, Pakistani Army incited riots included 1988 Black Friday and 1990 Pakka Quila Massacre resulting in 1000 casualties.  They pitted Pashtuns against Mohajirs in 1986 Karachi riots. With codenamed ‘Clean-up’ it was directly led by the military at Sohrab Goth, a mohalla infamously known as a drugs and arms market, multitudes of Pathans and Mohajirs were killed, as designed by Pakistan Army.

This was used to destabilize the Sindh’s hold on government, and whatever good work Bhutto had done, to strip Pakistan Army of its economic hold on Baluchi, Sindhi and Pashtun resources, was undone. Sindh was again kept secondary to Punjab till 2008, while, the marauder raided the length and breadth of Pakistani provinces of Baluchistan, Sindh and Pashtuns.

Pashtuns and Baltistanis have been clamoring for independence based on ethnic delineation from repressive Pakistani state. The idea of Pashtunistan, a unified nation for Pashtuns that straddle the Afghan-Pakistan border, has been a national movement in the region predating the creation of Pakistan.

In the tribal areas, the Pashtuns have been similarly neglected by the Pakistani state. The region is an important part of the Afghan poppy trade. While exploiting the rich Oil and Natural gas reserves, the population was orchestrated into smuggling of illicit goods, including weapons and drugs across the border prompted the opening up of new trading and business opportunities for tribes in the region. As a result, posts in the Pakistani administrative and security apparatus in the border areas became highly lucrative, with agents getting a share of the profits being made by the smugglers. With deliberately not implementing economic regulation nor a proper judicial system, and with the explosion of militancy-related violence, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas or FATA suffered over the years, and today remain significantly underdeveloped. Tribal autonomy is brutally crushed, pitted against each other and Pashtun Tahfuz Movement(PTM) to locate missing and abducted people, has been brutally repressed in Baluchistani fashion.

PoK and Baltistanis have been resisting the development apathy and plunder of the regions. Pakistan Army in collusion of , Chinese companies are reportedly plundering natural resources in the Gilgit-Baltistan region which includes precious metals like gold, platinum, cobalt and precious gemstones like Topaz and Aquamarine.

Exploitation of natural resources at a large scale has resulted in widespread public protests recently across Gilgit Baltistan, an Indian territory, part of greater Kashmir region, forcibly occupied by Pakistan.

At behest of Pakistan Army, who are bribed by Chinese companies, are plundering natural resources in the Gilgit-Baltistan region which includes precious metals like gold, platinum, cobalt and precious gemstones like Topaz and Aquamarine.

Exploitation of natural resources at a large scale has resulted in widespread public protests recently across GB, an Indian territory, part of greater Kashmir region, forcibly occupied by Pakistan. They intend to submerge much of the areas, just to generate power supply for Chinese industrial conclaves.

Viewpoint

Over the years, Balochistan and Pakhtun areas have functioned as a Pakistani colony, with its economy being run on the extraction of natural resources like minerals and hydrocarbon. The provinces, however, lags behind in physical and economic infrastructure, human capital, and investments. Moreover, the resources being extracted from its territory are not even going to balance of Pakistan, but to elite Pakistan Military pockets. They are processed elsewhere, leaving the people of Provinces with little share of the revenues generated by the province.

Sindhis have traditionally been the business hub of Pakistan, however have been disallowed to express themselves. Pakistan Army made business empire, has excluded Sindhis, while promoting Radical Islam fires burning in the complete regions, pitching Mohajir-Sindhi-Pashtun narrative against each other.

CPEC has increased Chinese-Military authority in the province, to the level of autonomy. Baluchi nationalists are opposed to the development of the port; they believe that they are the subject for subjugation and exploitation by the Chinese. The influx of foreign workers has reinforced their claim that they are being reduced to a minority in their homeland.

CPEC has resulted in Baltistanis also losing their homeland to Chinese hegemony over their lands. While seeing no representation in governance, with pseudo rule from Islamabad and equally lagging in any notion of development, they don’t want to be under Chinese exploitation.

They are raising voice against Power Construction Corporation of China, “Power China”, which has been made owner of half of Baltistan, using partnership with the Frontier Works Organization (FWO), a construction farm of Pakistan Army, to float a consortium.

This has been the case such for all the CPEC projects across Pakistan.

 Chinese will get their technical expertise man pool , their own civil engineering resources, establishing their factories and companies in Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and Baltistan, using up mineral wealth of these provinces, giving negligible job opportunities to locals-limited to daily wage labor.

They shall charge electricity and road toll on to the hapless, jobless locals, dumping the processed cheap goods – made from Pakistani mineral resources, thereby shutting off Pakistani local industry.

In addition they shall recover CPEC loan payments from Pakistan, in form of “Chinese Administered Autonomous Conclaves” (on lines of Hambantota Port) thereby having their rules on the local population and resources, in Uyghur fashion.

And guess what, Pakistani Army elites shall get few pennies, in form of local partnership companies getting royalty out of the above, while Pakistan Army shall ensure any dissent across all provinces of Pakistan, shall be quelled in the chilling fashion of Bangladeshi-Baluchi Genocide.

In Timurid fashion, religious and regional kins will also be sale to Chinese and be put to sword, as ruthlessly as was done few centuries back, by their role model, Timur-The-Lame.  A lame excuse, eh!

This time, ethnic Punjabi population shall also receive the same brute force repression, that their neighbor provinces had been receiving since independence, just because they could not rise up at the right time, like their Baluchi, Sindhi and Pashtun neighbors are resisting now.

04 Jul 20/Saturday                                                          Written By: Fayaz