Originally Posted by zaigham
In this country of ours, they are organized warlords in their own right. To make themselves look better they have fostered corrupt to the core politicians. The word "patriotism" in its absolute sense, seems to be a patented term for armed forces generals. However their henchmen, cronies and bootlickers are generously labelled 'patriots', but in relative sense ofcourse. Criticism is quickly labelled 'insult' with a broad sweep of a brush and sooner the critic finds himself an established 'Indian agent'.
Give a dog (civilian ofcourse) a bad name and kill him.
For instance I used to criticize the MQM (a terrorist organization of the past), based on the knowledge leaked out by agencies backed by the Army. But all of a sudden we saw a paradigm shift when our omnipotent, 'patriotic' general gave them the whole Karachi in a silver platter, after issuing them the certificates of patriotism. We were told that since Army always acts in the nation's wider interest, hence no one dare critcize. Then we saw him calling Benazir a 'security risk'. Again as 'intellect' in its entirety is not in 'bloody civilians' domain, we gobbled it up with religious zeal. But nation's wider interest knew no bounds when NRO was signed between Army and Benazir, mediated by USA.
I would like to take you a further back to eighties and ninties when a whole breed of 'patriotic pakistanis' was prepared to believe that Afghanis fighting the soviets are doing a noble job. It was a legitimate struggle , a Jehad -- attested and verified by Yanks. Islamic cause and national cause were deemed the same and those opposing were not only 'unislamic' and atheists but 'fifth columnists' as well.
There were generals who owned Taliban in nineties by saying "yeh taliban hamaray bachay hain" and duffer nation was again ready to glorify their 'defenders of the ideological and geographical frontiers with additional job of defenders of the faith'.
I used to hate Nawaz Sharif like anything when he invited Indian PM in Lahore. Military general's apparent dislike in wake of Lahore declaration compelled my slavish civilian mind to believe that infallible and patriotic general's optics are the truth and Nawaz Sharif has compromised on national issue. But several years later, again in nation's wider interest, I was indoctrinated that Jihadis of past are terrorists of the present, and there is an 'out of the box' solution to Kashmir dispute, those who think otherwise are 'terrorists', 'kharjis', 'indian agents' and 'traitors'. Again like a stupid civilian, I had no other choice but to give in.
"Long Live Pak Army" and "May the evil eye rot!"