Heading for Stone Age
Fahim Zaman, dawn.com, May 19, 2011
The Abbottabad Operation not only ended the American quest for the most wanted fugitive in the world, it also exposed the ‘incompetence’ of Pakistan’s military establishment.
For us Pakistanis, the impotency of our security establishment for being unable to intercept the raid within one of the most sensitive military zones is a major shock. Many now seriously doubt the ‘sincerity’ and ‘sanity’ of those holding us hostage in the name of our security and national interest.
Initially, some media outlets tried to highlight a tribute to Pakistan in US president Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speeches which was simply not there – isolated lines that may have been inserted by the speechwriters, perhaps to lessen the feeling of humiliation back home in Pakistan.
Do people in our country consider Osama Bin Laden a hero? Most definitely not. Rather, he was a cause of many deaths and pain amongst Pakistanis. I still remember the day in 1996 when the inauguration for Shaheed-e-Millat Flyover was planned by then PM Benazir Bhutto. The Intelligence Bureau informed us that bin Laden had issued the fatwa for BB’s death.
Did people of Pakistan consider Osama someone who rightly or wrongly dared to challenge the writ of the greedy western powers bent upon sucking us dry? I am sure that not only most Pakistanis – but even many among our next door neighbours – share that view. However none of this can bring any solace to the grieving nation – grieving not for bin Laden, but rather for its own state of affairs.
Image Courtsey Hamid Mir