Against the wishes of many in Pakistan, across its eastern borders and elsewhere, it has become practically impossible to disintegrate the country like in 1971 through military means because it is now a nuclear state. Pakistan will remain a formidable adversary for India notwithstanding the offer of “no first strike” by Pakistani leaders or the development of Cold Start Doctrine by India. The best way to hit the very foundations of the country, as they have learned from the fall of USSR, is through hitting its soft underbelly, its national security apparatus. This is exactly what is being done in the near past since May 2011. The notorious memo-gate speaks volumes about the new strategy put in place to discredit Pakistan’s security establishment in line with the commitments made in the memo.
This strategy is also evident from the known views of the principal culprit in the scandal expressed in his book, his role in the Kerry-Lugar Bill and his choice of lawyer to defend his case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The lawyer, on the other hand, is well-known for spitting venom against Pakistan’s security establishment and her links with anti-Pakistan elements.
If we recall the way a tirade was unleashed against army and the ISI by immature media anchors and corrupt politicians following OBL raid on May 2, everything starts falling in place. Never known then, it was actually in line with the deliverables promised in the memo. Picking up the thread, the highest military authority in the US, who happens to be the recipient of the memo, charged ISI with the murder of a little known Pakistani journalist working for an equally little known online newspaper. His unfortunate murder, which is being investigated by an independent commission on ISI’s request to identify the killers, was given so much importance as if the slain journalist was another Raymond Davis for the US. And this was not without a reason because his book, Inside Al Qaeda and the Taliban, clearly shows the motives behind this ill-researched work. The tirade of the US, India and pro-India lobby in Pakistan (the gang in the garb of human rights NGOs) was sustained and well-focused.
Finally, there was a disclosure about the memo by the courier himself in Financial Times. This alerted the security establishment which carried out an investigation and confronted the top political leadership thrown up as a result of NRO and a questionable electorate exercise of 2008. Having no answer, cosmetic measures to hush up the matter were taken including sacking of Pakistan’s envoy to the US and entrusting the investigation to government’s hand-picked legislative committee on national security. The matter, however, landed in the apex court of the country for a judicial probe. In the meantime, there were efforts to pressure and silence the security establishment through accusations of keeping and protecting OBL and conspiracies to pack up the government.
The real face of the NGO gang was exposed during hearing of the petitions in the court where instead of arguing the case, the advocate of Pakistan’s sacked envoy, a human rights activist having close liaison with extremist elements in India focused all her defense on the insults and invectives against the security establishment. The court, however, decided to have the matter investigated through an independent judicial commission. This clearly meant that the court wanted an independent inquiry. This visibly annoyed the NGO gang and the HRW criticized the court verdict, not on legal grounds. It criticized it in order to further tarnish the image of the security establishment.
The game-plan is very clear: Pakistan as a nuclear state has to be packed up. And the best way to achieve this objective is through the pliant “democratic” set-up. But having realized that this would not be allowed as long as the security establishment is intact, the tactic now being employed is to discredit this establishment in the eyes of the people. It is easy to attack the establishment because it is the soft underbelly of Pakistan’s national security. Incidentally, this is not going to work as the army is still overwhelmingly popular in Pakistan. Right or wrong, but the hapless people of Pakistan still look towards the army to deliver them from the clutches of a corrupt democracy.
- Pakistan Court Approves Coup Memo Investigation – Voice of America (voanews.com)
- A unique Coup d’état …. Interesting, unprecedented and downright treasonous. (passivevoices.wordpress.com)
- Pakistan Commission to Probe Memo Scandal (time.com)