Old Wine in New Bottle

Soon after Raheel Sharif’s departure Bajwa puts old wine in new bottle by ditching Zarb e Azb and launches Radd ul Fasaad. Pak army has a history of launching elimination operations against its citizen’s in the past. What is common in all these operations carried by the Army in past

a. Operation Rah-i-Haq-I in Swat valley and Shangla district (2007)

b. Operation Rah-i-Haq-II in Swat valley and Shangla (2008)

c. Operation Sirat-i-Mustaqeem in Khyber Agency (2008)

d. Operation Sherdil jointly launched with Frontier Corps in Bajaur Agency (2008)

e. Operation Rah-i-Haq-III in Swat valley and Shangla (2009)

f. Operation Black Thunderstorm in Buner, Lower Dir and Shangla district (2009)

g. Operation Brekhna in Mohmand Agency (2009)

h. Operation Rah-i-Rast, commonly known as Swat Operation, (2009)

i. Operation Rah-i-Nijat in South Waziristan (2009)

j. Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border (2014)

k. Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country (2017)

Earlier the operations were confined to selected provinces, now they seems to have covered the whole country. It also shows that existence of Pakistan as a nation is in danger. Who knows that it may be a clever ploy of new Army Chief to garner sympathy from the western world especially from Trump Administration who has warned Pakistan to take credible actions against terror or face consequences. House arrest of Hafiz Saeed is also a pointer in this direction. How long Pakistan can fool the world remains to be seen.

The second face of Gen Bajwa is also being projected as being more rational and less hostile towards India. Only thing which one can read between the lines is that, after being accused of medalling with foreign affairs of the country, Pakistan Army now looks forward to justify its existence once again and be seen as more professional and different Army from the past.

Only thing constant despite all the changes is that Pakistan is in constant state of turmoil

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