Date : 17 Jan , 2013
The Interior Minister of Pakistan, Mr Rehman Malik meeting the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi
“PM gives ‘tough message’ to Pakistan” says the media. Did he by the meek remark of ‘business cannot be as usual’, delivered in characteristic apologetic body language? The fact this message was give after so many days speaks for itself. How many such messages has India given – after Parliament attack, serial blasts, 26/11 Mumbai terrorist strike and what have you? Scant regard the hierarchy gives to the rank and file of the armed forces and the central armed police forces is crystal and how the armed forces are sidelined and held on a leash is no secret either. Government orchestration of statements of Service Chiefs is further proof. First the Air Force Chief is allowed to talk of other options – any different from Parliament attack and 26/11?
This barbaric act of Pakistan was not the first one and neither the denial. How does one expect civility from a military in the first place when they are organizing institutionalized killings of Shias in their own country in cahoots with terrorist organizations?
Then after an eternity, the Army Chief is permitted to ‘talk tough’ with no option left with mandatory Army Day message to be broadcast but not before he is thoroughly lambasted on Facebook and Twitter for hiding under the desk, not making a statement, not visiting the martyrs family and someone even posting an article titled ‘Required – Service Chiefs with Balls’. Was this delay by design to rub the nose of the military in mud further and keep them under the rod? Would anyone ask the pundits why the Naval Chief, who recently stated quite logically that the Navy can send warships to Asia Pacific to safeguard our interests, has not been permitted a statement? Have we not effectively blockaded Pakistan from sea earlier? Now please don’t reply in the nonsensical that Service Chiefs can make any statements they want. This farce can’t work anymore!
The issue in any case is too frivolous for the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces to make a national broadcast. The only time the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces did so was in the wake of Operation Blue Star although he himself as Home Minister India was entertaining, arming and financing terrorists, an act that got him the Presidency as the Congress thought it best to kick him upstairs and ensconce him the regal surroundings of the President’s estate.