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DG ISPR : I AM DISAPPOINTED AS A SOLDIER AND A CITIZEN OF PAKISTAN

16 Oct 17/Monday

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had criticised the ISPR commenting on matters of the economy and unwanted interference in government functioning which was echoed by the rest sparking further animosity in the already cracked mil-civil parternership in Pakistan. Clarifying his earlier statement which got him whacking from the political corridors, ISPR Director General and the official spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor stressed the need for “stability” in the country, exposing the doldrum which Pakistan is caught in. Recently, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had also expressed concern over Pakistans ‘sky-high’ debt,  and called for broadening tax base and bringing in financial discipline to break the ‘begging bowl’. He warned that Pakistan was a strategically challenged state and to recover from debts it would tax its own citizens.

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The country faces so many crises. The country’s democracy is plagued with corruption and has been thwarted by repeated coups. Most of the political leaders have been assassinated. With an average of more than one suicide bombing every week, 50,000 Pakistanis have died since 9/11. In the province of Baluchistan there is a fourteen year-old nationalist insurgency that shows no sign of going away. The law and order situation in Karachi is now so dire that there is an average of 4.7 murders every night. Most are politically motivated targeted killings. Pakistan is looked upon as a impoverished, jihadi-run, nuclear state. As per prestigious Foreign Policy magazine Pakistan, a country which is run by a military obsessed with India and by a civilian elite that steals all it can and pay almost no taxes, has been ranked 13th in the latest ranking of failed states. No one seems to be in total control over anything and  Pakistan is functioning on puppet civilian government with no real power  in terms of International or economic policies Pakistan has lost  control over bordering regions of Afghanistan and Baluchistan and  Taliban is slowly  gaining ground in it. The economy is in turmoil with no real jobs being generated for the unemployed youth as no company wants to invest and create jobs there. This is due to mass radicalization and general instability as the civilian government cannot ensure the guarantee of security to neither there citizen nor to any foreign or domestic investor. This leads to frustration amongst the unemployed youth and they blame the US, India, Western countries. This  leads to poverty and in short, very fertile grounds for sowing the seeds  of hatred and angst. Their frustration with the system and poverty is then channelized into radical thinking and terrorism. It leads to more violence and hence more instability. It’s a vicious circle and the juggernaut is very difficult to break. The only economy which is booming in Pakistan is that of war economy as Pakistan is the biggest importer of arms and ammunition. Pakistan doesn’t have real leaders; it has a broken spine and still hallucinates of J&K. All Kashmiri’s are aware that Pakistan is a ticking time bomb, about to explode any time. It is high time that Pakistan stops its evil vendetta in Kashmir, because Pakistan’s mess is exposed to all and only a fool would want to align with another fool.

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