From madrasa to media, the Pakistani awam is being disserved
As the Pakistani army prepared for battle in South Waziristan, a spate of articles appeared in the Urdu press, which while recognizing the combatants as “extremists”, ascribed to the notion that these were merely people who had been led astray by the conjuring of an evil power. This is a theme that has resonated well with the media since major operations commenced against the Taliban. Hence Operation Rah-e-Rast — Operation Right Track — in Swat.
With regard to the operations in South Waziristan, the October 19, 2009 editorial of the Urdu newspaper, the Daily Ausaaf typifies the kind of mindless harangue dished out by Pakistan’s vernacular media on the subject. Replying to it would be futile and unnecessary to the readers of this blog.
That Pakistan can do no wrong is a foregone conclusion and cannot be debated. Therefore, if things are going wrong, it is most likely the work of Pakistan’s enemies. The same indoctrination follows the people, from madrasa to media. The shackles of indoctrination cannot be broken until Pakistan’s terror consortium of the maulvis, ISI and army comes to terms with the rapidity of diminishing returns in such mindless propaganda.
Today those groups that waged jihad in Kashmir have turned their guns on their masters on the streets of Rawalpindi and Lahore. The army is in an all out war against the very Taliban it nurtured. Baluchistan is in the middle of a secessionist uprising. Anti-Shia groups that surfaced as a result of oil money from Saudi Arabia have complicated Pakistan’s relations with Iran.
Who is bleeding by a thousand cuts?
An excerpt of the October 19, 2009 editorial of the Daily Ausaaf is enclosed below. The entire original editorial in Urdu can be read here: