Monday, September 13, 2010

Revolution Calling!! Civilian Govt Fails & Army Wins!!!!

Don’t you see the way military is taking care of flood victims & carrying out rescue operation? Where is civilian government? They have failed, we are doomed without army. Please call army, we need revolution, these civilians are corrupt and their voters are illiterate.

These voices are echoed mainly by Urdu media and so called educated middle class living in Karachi & Lahore.

First & foremost these so called educated people forget that military is nothing more than a department that reports to Ministry of Defense, that falls under civilian government!!!

Secondly, as tax payers we allocate 20% of our tax collection to army, taking care of over half million armed personnel. It is their job to be available to civilian government any time, be it peace or war, they have to follow orders. I agree they are carrying out their responsibilities professionally.

During recent flood in China or anywhere else, whenever military is called to rescue as per the instructions of the government, no one eulogizes them because its military’s job. As professional I am required to carry out my job, if i do it, I am paid for that, nothing to glorify.

Another interesting debate is going on in the media regarding revolution calling & demanding military rule against feudal. An interesting article published by Dr Aisha Siddiqa “the author of MILITARY INC” titled Green Revolution, she argues that feudal “The concept, as defined by Karl Marx, refers to a particular mode of production in which capital and labour are concentrated in a single hand. Over the past 63 years, concentration of land in the hands of the few has reduced substantially. Akbar Zaidi’s research, which shows substantial reduction of large land holdings and the largest province, in any case, does not have huge tracts of land”.

She further explains that feudalism is an attitude that is prevalent in both rural as well as in urban society “Many people not only acquire land but also the behavior and mindset representative of feudalism. Marx never explained the politico-cultural dimension of feudalism which signifies contempt for ordinary people and the tendency to impose one will on the rest by use of force. This mindset is found among the urban elite and the middle class as well. Private jails in Karachi, target killing of opponents and psychological coercion of the educated into submission to a central leadership is a behavior not confined to just one part of Pakistan”.

She rightly points out that educated middle class killed many people than notorious feudal “After all, it was an educated segment of Pakistan that killed thousands of Bengalis in 1970, the Baloch in 1973 and later and the Sindhis during the 1980s”.

She concludes “This is not a defence of feudalism or the landowning elite but an attempt to say that in their arrogance to impose their choices on ordinary folk and a bulk of this country, representatives of middle class could destroy more than they might build. It will help develop respect for people before we advocate change”.

We have already experienced Military action in East Pakistan & burning Balochistan is an example of immature handling . We have no choice but to respect people and their mandate, let the process continue. Instead of middle class adventure, we need to wait and vote people out.


floydian said...

Afreen Baig Writes, “Dr Ayesha Siddiqa’s ‘The Military Inc.’ is a book deflective of reality, highly derogatory and against the very notion of sovereignty.”
“”The book ‘Military Inc’ is based upon a series of presumptions and false accusations. Throughout her book, the author obstinately insists that the growth of Military economy is the case of self interest and predatory acquisition by senior officers, in which it allow the Generals to seek benefit for themselves and their clients.
The author fails to provide, any concrete evidence that could confirm her allegations, that questionable transfer of wealth is made to individuals connected with armed forces. All she could give in example were the 500 sq yard official plots given to the Generals at the end of their service, as part of their benefits, and hence her assumption that a retired general is worth from Rs.150 million to Rs.400 million.
Rarely do critics mention, that nominal deduction from the pay of all military officers are made during their service, in return for a small apartment or a small housing, which is handed over at the time of their retirement. However, this facility is still not available to all retiring servicemen.”"
She further says,
“”Next, the book alleges that the military’s economic greed increases in totalitarian systems, where the general public, private businessmen, civilian corporate sector and national business units are all oppressed to encourage and endorse military business units. Her book focuses largely on the four welfare projects managed by the Pakistan Military i.e. The Fauji Foundation (FF), the Army Welfare Trust (AWT), Shaheen Foundation (SF) and Bahria Foundation (BF), and in some places the Frontier Works Organization (FWO).
The author believes that “the profit earned by military is directly proportional to power and gives the armed forces a sense of being independent of the incompetent civilians” – which can only be considered as an extremely reckless comment.
There was great wisdom behind establishing these welfare projects. The visionary minds knew that “the profit earned by the military will be directly proportional to Sovereignty of the Country and the Institution”.
The Military established its first welfare foundation in 1954, with funds received from the British as part of Pakistan’s share of the Post War Services Reconstruction Fund. In India, those funds were distributed immediately amongst those who fought the Second World War. Unlike India, Pakistan’s wise military opted to use those funds to establish projects that would ensure the overall well-being, availability of jobs, and a decent pension for their armed forces.
The initial purpose of these welfare projects was to create employment opportunities for the honorable retired or disabled military personnel. Servicemen – whose only obligation is defending the borders of Pakistan.”"

Ayesha Siddiqa is just another pseudo intellectual who gains attention by molding the truth and fabricating lies. She creates fantasies and some people just make a home and live there.

Down with democracy of hypocrisy. Hail Pakistan Army.

Imran Baloch said...

Floydian, i may disagree with your views....but respect your thoughts and glad you took time to share your views.

floydian said...

Dear Imran,

Thanks for agreeing to disagree. This really is the essence of civility. Respect your opinion too. Regards.

Pradeep said...

There should be no military government for many reasons but one above all...

Power corrupts... Absolute power corrupts absolutely.