Exclusive Analysis/J. Choudhry
The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) that has emerged as a majority party in 2018 general elections is set to end ‘one-front’ for Pakistan Army as long as the PTI will be running the federal government. PTI has obtained around 118 seats of the Parliament, to be the leading party in the elections.
For the past one decade, Pakistan Army was facing unending series of conspiracies, intrigues and blatant open criticism from the previous governments of Pakistan People -Party (PPP) from 2008 to 2013 and Pakistan Muslim League (N), from June 2013 to May 2018.
The PPP government’s Memo Gate scandal was one of the major maneuverings of the PPP rulers against the Pakistan Army while the PPP kept on using other clandestine diplomatic channels to defame the military and put pressure on it to achieve their vested interests. Everyone remembers Zardari’s tirade against army (during PML-N days) when he boasted of “eent-say-eent bajana” (retaliating army), but then he immediately left for Dubai while anticipating a befitting response from the military establishment.
Meanwhile, the PML(N) set many bad precedents of damaging the image of Pakistani military on domestic and international fronts and made many open and secret conspiracies to demoralize the army and to defame our soldiers in the world.
The Dawn Leaks and PML(N) leaders open outbursts against army in the Senate, Parliament and in public rallies continued to level different allegations against military.
After disqualification, Nawaz Sharif even blamed the state for sponsoring the Mumbai terrorist attacks although some Indian security officials and international observers have termed those attacks the brainchild of the Indian agencies. Nawaz Sharif’s allegation of state’s involvement in Mumbai attacks was a terrible allegation over an incident that was planned and executed by the Indian intelligence agency to defame Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif also never uttered a word over the arrest of Kulbhushan Yadev, the RAW operative from Pakistan, who was master-mind of many terrorist attacks in Pakistan. So Nawaz Sharif was more loyal to India than his own country that he ruled for many years and plundered an immeasurable amount of money that was shifted to London, Dubai and other countries in the world. The Panama case was the brainchild of the American CIA, but Nawaz Sharif and his cronies continued to blame the Pakistani establishment for this scam that involved billions of dollars corruption of Sharif and his family.
Thus in last 10 years, the military continued to counter the intrigues of the PPP, PML(N) and also remained engaged on borders with Afghanistan and India. Apart from this, the Pakistani military also boldly faced the nefarious designs of the foreign intelligence agencies operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan whose potential target was to destabilize Pakistan, create hatred among the people and anarchy within the country. During the past 10 years, we have witnessed lots of gory incidents that claimed thousands of lives of our innocent people.
It is the money-laundering of Nawaz Sharif, Zardari and other such big thugs that led to the inclusion of Pakistan in the Grey-List by the Financial Action Task Force of the United Nations. Though it is more a political decision rather than a real problem. But the money launder of Nawaz Sharif’s family through Habib Bank New York branch and Summit Bank chairman Hussain Lawai’s arrest in a mega money-laundering case are two most important examples that have defamed Pakistan at every forum. Hussain Lawai was Chairman of Pakistan Stock Exchange when he was taken into custody for money-laundering through the Summit Bank Limited.
So once the PTI forms its government in the center in coming few days, Pakistan army’s 10-year invisible and visible tug of war with the federal government would be over that would enable our soldiers to shift their focus on our borders with Afghanistan, India with more focus and to give a befitting response to the anti-Pakistan intelligence agencies in this country to foil their nefarious motives of supporting the terrorists and their networks in Pakistan and Afghanistan who are shedding blood in Pakistan for the past many years.
Let us expect some drastic changes in our rotten culture after the formation of government by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf led by Imran Khan.