Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former Saudi intelligence chief “As long as the armed forces are intact, the state is not going to be at risk,” he told The Washington Times.
The Saudi Prince genius has figured it all out – by himself! So now that it is out, no harm in sharing the insight with the unwashed millions.
It is not Islam, nationalism, pride, identity, brotherhood and other fringe intangibles that keeps this half of Pakistan intact. It is Da Bomb!
The successors to the Raj, and her satellite cohorts would like to get their hands on the Da Bomb. You must be familiar with the arguments floated: we need to keep it from falling in the hands of the big beards. This killer machine, dubbed the Muslim Bomb would wreak havoc as indiscriminately as the Christian, Communist, Jewish or Hindu bombs. Bu that is a digression.
The Army that has a country – yeah a stale joke – but valid to make the point – knows an insurance policy when it sees it.
So, even if Kahota is wiped out – never put all your eggs in one basket – it would have sufficient of those Da Bombs in its hideouts elsewhere to retain its blackmailing potential.
Blackmailing? Strike it out. Sub it with ‘survival.’
This Army has been fed a high protein, high cholesterol diet for the past 60 years through lean and leaner times. Often at the expense of health, education and welfare of the citizens. It has grown obese – and grown fatter and lazier.
Their officers are guaranteed plots at throwaway prices that turns them in to millionaires overnight. The retired (read retreaded) officers are parachuted into civilian sinecures. Their pensions and perks are guaranteed by the provincial governments. What else would they need?
Ah yes, a country.
But the country is in turmoil. The federal writ which was threadbare, is now almost extinct. In the name of a personalised Allah and Shariat, the uncouth, untrained, unqualified and uneducated moulvi-mullah nexus is usurping what by right belonged to the Bomb Khadims of the Da Bomb Sharif.
After Mushy years, the maligned Army is nursing its wounds now, some whisper. They also say it would rather let the civilians manage (read mismanage) and share the blame for the economy, deteriorating law and order, talibanisation influx, down turn in the economy. And hope that when they occupy the presidential palace again, the awam with fickle memory would welcome them with garlands once again.
All this is predicated on the big bluff they hope is not called.
Meanwhile, experts and axe grinders are in full bloom speculating on the demise of the state. Which brings me to the quote of the Prince,“As long as the armed forces are intact, the state is not going to be at risk.”