The past few days I was being forwarded a shocking video of a few Pakistan Army jawans assissinating six blind-folded shalwar kameez men. This is a low quality mobile video showing a number of Pakistani Army soldiers escorting six blind folded men to a corner, they lined them up and a high ranking officer walks to each of the six person, as if asking them to beg for forgiveness, having received none he conveintly walks back to his jawans and orders them to open fire. The uniformed soldiers raise their G-3 rifles and let loose a volley of shots killing most of the prisoners instantaneously. After the dust settles two soldiers walk up take aim to shoot the targets yet again to ensure that they are dead
This is the scene of a shocking video that is circulating on the web, every portal that puts them up is quickly blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, as it is within their policy framework to immediately remove content that is deemed abusive of the Pakistan Army.
The New York Times providing some independent reviews have deemed the video more or less credible saying
“American officials, said it appeared to be credible, as did retired American military officers and intelligence analysts who have viewed it” The video adds to reports under review at the State Department and the Pentagon that Pakistani Army units have summarily executed prisoners and civilians in areas where they have opened offensives against the Taliban, administration officials said.
On the flip slide, the Pakistan Army denies, the spokesperson ISPR Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, dismissed the video as part of a propaganda campaign by jihadists to defame the Pakistani Army. “No Pakistan Army soldier or officer has been involved in activity of this sort,” – wants the world to believe that this is a staged video counter offensive to damage their activities in the region. Admittedly it could very well be rouge Talibans dressed in Army uniforms and assassinating army soldiers in this video, an important aspect of this video is that this is NOT a covert / hidden video, and is being documented as video evidence, a covert mission, would not document incriminating evidence against themselves, that in my point of view is the only weakest link. Rest is open for discussion
Without doubt this is a shocking video, it is also by no surprise that we hear ISPR vehemently denying this video, and it is my opinion that their comments should more or less be ignored, since they are a party to this incident. Were they framed, possibly, but one must then must look at the larger picture and question if these practices exists within the Pakistan Army cadre and I can bet Musharraf’s Tushie, this is a standard operating procedure since long.
Pakistan Army has used these and other torture tactics in the past – In the 90’s when Pakistan Army was given the green light to crackdown against MQM in karachi – it was then that MQM was most vocal on the in-humane methods used by Pakistan Army in the crackdown against them. It is also a known fact that every militarized party in Pakistan has deployed similar inhumane tactics against their opposition to show their muscle power, from the torture cells of the 80’s and 90’s in Karachi to the present day battlefield in Swat and also more recently again in Karachi by the rival gangs hoping to come out victorious.
Another suspicious silence is by the media on this issue, they are seemingly numb to this incident, or is everyone on their pay-roll….. ?
The video at the moment can be see on LiveLeak, please watch with care