How I see Zarb-e-Azb

This writer put into words what I was not being able to even systematically think. I have tried to support the operation, Zarb-e-Azb, but my feelings have been all over the place. It is our war – against our people. But then, there are times when you have to amputate your limbs away. No matter how much we hate the doctor or his surgical kit, wisdom lies in lending all our support to him.

Even so, if the infection was an outcome of poor hygiene practices in the hospital, misdiagnosis of the doctor, or negligence of the nurse, in the first place, there is no reason why I should not be disturbed; no reason why my heart should not bleed in pain over a tragedy that could have been avoided.

Earning the auspices and support of a major player in global politics, such as the US or Russia or China, is understandable. But lending military support through proxies is a big big step. This we did when the Soviets came to Afghanistan.

Then, after 2 decades or so, a dictator got up one otherwise fine morning and told our proxies, “We need your lot back. The cause you were fighting for is a cause no more.” The following day, it was declared that we were lending logistic support and even our airbases to US – hellbent upon wiping out any signs of life from (at least parts of) the land. All we told our men was, “We told you!”

Yet perhaps the unforgivable mistake of our (erstwhile proxy) men was terrorising and targeting civilians after US invasion – who had neither to do with their creation in the first place, nor their abandonment later.

The military is probably avenging that.

We are with our soldiers with all our heart – though our suffering runs deep!

(The News International, Newspost, ‘Our people, our war, our suffering‘, June 19)

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