Monday, November 24, 2008

Top Pakistan ex-commando killed - So what?

I appear to have got some knickers in a twist through these remarks on another blog in adulation of a recent assassination victim.

I have no hesitation in reproducing not only one remark but two if that seems to be something of novelty to some, while it's shared by many in this country:

Top Pakistan ex-commando killed

Zeemax said...

I have little sympathy for people like this if all they're capable of doing is capturing the Qila of Lal Masjid and killing their own people in Wana for the Americans, and then twirl their moustache. Never seen real action against the enemy who has as much firepower as he had.

What did Musharraf know about Conduct Unbecoming anyway? Instead, he should have promoted him to Lt. General for whatever reason. Both the same breed.

Good riddance, in my view.

But I agree with you there will be plenty more to come who'll meet the same fate.
November 20, 2008 8:35 AM

pavocavalry said...

my dear brother , the man had nothing to do with lal masjid....the very mysterious part of the story is that musharraf was apparently very close to him and the SSG commandos played a crucial role in 12 october coup ....commandos were brought in helicopters to islamabad for the operation.......later musharraf retired him abruptly and did not promote hom to the rank of lieutenant general........
November 20, 2008 8:48 AM


Zeemax said...

Pavo,

I know he was retired a year before the Lal Masjid op but it was his kith & kin you see in the pic below, raising victory signs after having blown to bits a bunch of schoolgirls with dandas and their handful of helpers with 14 kalashnikovs. You would think they were ghazis returning from raising the flag over Red Fort of Delhi.


Ghazis?

I suspect many of those in this truck would have been blown to bits as well in the Tarbela revenge bombing.

Sorry but you know I feel very strongly about this. This was the single act of beyghairati coupled with brutality and cowardice which pushed Pakistan over the brink and prompted formation of PTT.
November 21, 2008 12:09 AM


Comment:

Someone being a batchmate, a friend, a relative, or father is one thing. That unfortunately does not automatically make that person a hero for everyone else. He certainly wasn't mine, and I feel no compulsions to feel any different due to others' nostalgic personal associations with anyone.

8 comments:

Majumdar said...

Zee sahib,

I remember the photo very well. But who was it - was it you or was it Boom Boom sahib- who pointed out not the soldier who was making the V for victory sign but the two soldiers who looked very grim.

Regards

Zeemax said...

Salam Majumdar Sahib,

I remember that comment very well. It was neither me nor Echoboom who said that but someone else I can't recall. It was so true.

Perhaps those grim soldiers knew what they had done - but had to do it under orders.

As late Gen Jamshed Gulzar Kiyani (R.I.P) said in his famously revealing interview of 2nd June 2008 which many people hold as the last nail in Musharraf's coffin:

"Commander 10th Corps wahan tha, DG Rangers wahan tha, SSG wahan thi. Yeh konsa mahaz fatah karney gaye thhey?"

Merey Mutabiq - June 2, 2008

Majumdar said...

Zee sahib,

And if I remember correct, one of those commando units mess (Zarrar?) was suicide bombed sometime last winter, wasnt it?

Regards

Zeemax said...

Majumdar,

This is Zarrar Company you see in the truck. It was the SGS unit assigned to the operation.

Yes their mess at Tarbela was bombed at dinnertime killing 26.

Majumdar said...

There is a good article by HP sain on chowk. It wud have been nice if you had participated.

Regards

Zeemax said...

Majumdar,

It is no more than a forum for exchanging mutual taunts and ridicule. So few genuine interactors are left on it now that it's a waste of time.

Zeemax said...

... but in fact I did participate. I said all these criminals should be arrested and immediately sent to jail :)

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