Musharaff’s memoirs: Follies unlimited from Bunglers Inc. aka Government of Pakistan

 From what i understand of Musharaff’s memoirs and Sharif’s Book, The Pakistani response to failure or folly is refreshingly simple: just forget about the damned thing ! :). Consign it to the godown (an ever expanding one!!) of unwelcome memories and act as if nothing happened.

They did it with the ‘65 war, no one at the top ever publicly admitting that far from India being the aggressor, Pakistan’s actions in Kashmir invited Indian retaliation. Any internal army analysis about how the Ayub command walked into that mess? It is safe to assume that even the almighty is groping in the dark on this one.

Come 71′, Any admission of atrocities committed in East Pakistan? Any commission set up to investigate the truth? There was the Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report kept under wraps for years and released by the current regime only after India Today exposed it and brought egg on Pakistani faces. You could be forgiven if you assumed for a moment heads would roll. Nope not here Sir, The Pak army’s skin is really thick!.

For 20 years the Pakistan army and its intelligence agencies played baffling games in Afghanistan aimed at keeping Afghanistan forever in Pakistan’s orbit of influence. Acquiring ‘strategic depth’ is what their Erwin Rommels called it.

Well the fruits of that policy are bountifully evident today. Guns, drugs, religious extremism, a proliferation of religious schools, the rise of mullah power and a refugee population that has done Pakistan serious damage. A country that cannot acknowledge its war dead cannot be expected to do even a few things correctly. To refuse accepting war dead and insulting them by denying their existence doesn’t speak very well about any aspect of Pakistan.

In this context Musharaff’s account comes across as rather very sorry. While the status of his ‘credibility’ is well known, Pakistan comes across as a rather lousy unsporting loser. The general’s memoirs only reinforce that! It also shows after 59 years of existence the Pakistani nation is yet to come to terms with its identity/ realise what to do. It is just bungling from pillar to post clueless. It presents a very sorry picture indeed and only confirms the already widespread view of Pakistan being an irresponsible nation!

Tailpiece: It is difficult to even imagine that Kargil could be thought as as a ‘victory’ ,  even Ares, the god of war wouldn’t be amused!!!  😦

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