Post 9/11 Afghanistan policy was followed with a choice of resignation to military personnel who opposed the major policy shift. Further filtering was carried out by dismissing those who were seen as a potential threat to the new policy. This was done to cleanse the military from the prevalent radical mindset.
However, time and again, the attacks on sensitive military territories depict that the purification process has gone in vain. It can not be ignored that the interaction between Pakistani armed officers and Mujahideens of Soviet War has left deeply rooted influence in the armed forces. The U-turn in Afghan policy brought dissatisfaction among the ranks. Many serving and retired armed officers continue to remain loyal to jihadis, providing them assistance when needed.
At the same time, many of the personnel┬á┬á exasperated at the desertion of Kashmiri militants who had paralyzed the Indian Army in Kashmir which Pakistan army had never been able to do directly.┬á As a result, there was rising sympathy for the militants who were friends at the time of need. ┬á
Apart from the religious inclination and sympathy, anti American sentiments has equally grabbed the civilians and soldiers. The situation worsened after the 2nd May operation, forcing General Kiyani to visit six garrisons in a week to dispel unrest among the jawans who are not yet convinced to own the war.
The resentment is not confined to army only but the minor destruction of PAF aircrafts used for surveillance in Fata and the recent strikes on Navy assets reveal the rebellion within all three branches of armed forces.
The rebellious armed personnel do not contact face to face but they have surely formed a network using modern means of communication. It cannot be denied that Al Qaida has been successful in gathering supporters from the opponents. In turn, this will weaken the supreme power in Pakistan, the military who Al Qaida perceived as an enemy for being an ally to USA. It will lead to the achievement of the goal of Al Qaida who believed that the ΓÇ£strategic depth for AfghanistanΓÇ¥ lies in Pakistan. ┬á
An uprising is surely brewing in the military which is going to shape in a traditional mutiny sooner or later, bringing Pakistan military on its last legs and an easy prey for Al Qaida.
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