Everyone believes that Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is running the affairs of Pakistan while the civilian elected government and Parliament are just cosmetic needs to meet global demands. From the honorable departure of former military dictator Gen. Musharraf to restoration of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, the Kerry-Lugar bill issue to meeting of all Federal Secretaries at the GHQ, and many other examples are being counted how the Pakistan Army is actually ruling the country. So, Gen. Kayani is the main character to take decisions on part of Pakistan.
Amid escalating tension, Pakistan Army Commanders held a day-long meeting yesterday but, as it happens traditionally, no press release was issued by the military’s public affairs wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations. However, the mainstream English language newspapers have reported about the meeting through their “sources” in the military establishment.
The Express Tribune writes:
Now here are some basic questions regarding the current US-Pakistan tense standoff. The Terrorland Team has given their possible answers:
Whose 'war' is it anyway?
Pak Army Chief Gen. Kayani (left) and US top commander
Admiral Mullen at start of the standoff in Spain. (Reuters)
1- It's not a 'war' between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
2- It's actually a 'war' btween the Pentagon and GHQ.
3- It's also a 'war' between the CIA and ISI.
What the US is doing now?
2- Creating economic hurdles.
3- Preparing for a possible military strike if its demands are not met.
1- Increase in drone attacks in the tribal areas and possibly others settled area in Pakistan.
2- Ground troops may enter Pakistan from the west (Afghanistan) and there is uncertainty in the east (India) as well.
3- Surgical air strike at over 100 military targets across Pakistan.
1- Pakistan Army Chief will get some more aid and start action against the Haqqani Network inside Pakistan.
2- Pakistan Army Chief will take 'action' against some officials of the ISI for 'helping' the Haqqanis.
3- Pakistan Army Chief, in the first ever egoistic standoff, will insist on the traditional narration of the military establishment and will face the American forces.
4- When the US starts attack, Pakistan will knock at the doors of friends, neighbors and the United Nations, but until then irreparable damages would have been done to Pakistan as a nation state.
5- However, ex-US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has said: "Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." Therefore, ultra caution is needed as the military officials are very loud... a tiny slip can bring devastation!
6- There is hope for a renewed friendly relationship between the US and Pakistan that should, and would be, based on equality, respect and mutual trade not aid.