Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Set a thief to catch a thief!

The killing of Osama bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad by the U.S. navy SEALS in a Hollywood movie-style sting operation was awesome for many and awful for some. For the U.S., it was a 'justice is done' moment; for the military and its intelligence outfits in Pakistan, it was a double loss of face: One, the mole was found and done to death not in a remote hole but in a made-to-order compound near Kakul Academy. Two, they were found snoring while the U.S. special  troops completed its operation with a bang, literally.  The ruling clique in Pakistan was blushed and nonplussed at its best; incoherent and gibberish at its worst. Even the ghairat brigade was numbed as if struck by the hand of the death. 
To add more to the comedy of error and terror, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced  in Parliament that a lieutenant general, Javed Iqbal, would head an inquiry “to get to the bottom of how, when and why” bin Laden had been hiding in Abbottabad. Who doesn't know answers to these three simple questions? Let's begin our inquiry with the first question: "How bin laden had been hiding in Abbottabad?" Someone (or some organization) who could afford demarcated a plot in the shades of Kakul and built a compound as secure as they could. They brought bin Laden and his bevy to live there without fear and feast on rich food like steaks of rabbit. 
Now the second question: When? Poor Mr. Prime Minister, five years back! This is what one of bin Laden's widows told the all-knowing ISI. However, answer to the third question of why is not that simple. It needs a bit of introspection which our former Commando President Pervez Musharraf did for us just yesterday. He says some rogue elements within the ISI and military might be involved in hiding the terror master in cool shades of Abbottabad. 
Armies in Third World Countries function like a tribe; they don't let their ilks down especially in front of 'bloody civilians'. But when it gets tough to hide skeletons in their cupboards, they blame low-rank persons in their ranks. Going by Musharraf's account low-rank persons in the ISI and the military are powerful enough to further their own agenda at the cost of the country and its people. The last time I checked the armed forces are known for being organized with an efficient chain-of-command. Either the 'chain' has broken or the 'command' is doing doublespeak. 
That a lieutenant general would conduct the inquiry is akin to task a thief to probe a theft. Mr. Prime Minister, you roar in the east and the rot lies in the west. There are no rogue elements; the whole institution has become rogue.

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