Went through the writer piece; though I am personally having positive approach to the writer Farhat Taj opinion, observations, data, research based work of the book he’s elaborated in his own words.
No doubt Pakistan is a federation instead of using a word “nation” for it; as Pakistan came into being on the lands of Pashtun, Baloch, Sindhi, Siraikis, Punjabis and Bengalis. What happened from day first till 1971 when Bengalis were rejected to have the ruling seat though they proved they were the majority.
After this the dictating eras and not letting Pakistan to become a democratic state in the future. Every army ruler from Ayub, Yahya, Zia, Musharaf tried their muscles to rule the country. And these illegal attacks on parliament and political forces have taken more than 50% of the total life period of the country. In this regard; the dictating rulers tried ways that were against the formation of Pakistan, its constitution, will of people. e.g: Gen Ayub didn’t surrender himself and even challenged the rule of Fatima Jinnah (sister of country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah). As he was dictator so he used the establishment power to remain a ruler for a decade. And in his whole era took-over the then initial state of govt formation and ruled the country with the waves of his batton instead of respecting law made after 9 years of the creation of Pakistan.
Gen: Zia, though was switched to a way Pakistan had never faced with “extremism and terrorism” under the title of our religion Islam. And this way completed his decade long ruling by violating country’s constitution and killing the then elected Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (A Sindhi). He jumped to the USSR and US cold war as field commander of the imperialist block not for his ideological friendship with Americans and Jews but the only reason was to keep Afghanistan stab in the back that the Pashtun who are having majority in Pakistan and the longest piece of land in the country would never be asked by Afghanistan. As the history of Durand Line shows that the said Pashtun land in Pakistan was actually Afghan motherland and grabbed by the then British Empire in sub-continent after two Afghan Anglo wars for a century. This was used as a buffer to keep Afghans away from sub-continent and rule the continent calmly. After the creation of Pakistan Afghanistan opposed Pakistan in UN because it’s having half of Afghan historical territory in the newly born state on the face of Asia.
Therefore, Pashtuns are never owned nor given rights as rest of the nationalities Baloch, Sindhi, Siraikis and Bengalis. Pashtuns natural resources are exploited; let it alone even their historical motherland on the other side of Durand line is even now considered the fifth province of Pakistan. Because if Kabul raise its head would always demand the natural piece of its land and masses fensed in Pakistan through International Court of Justice in the light of International Law. Because the treaty of Britishers and Abdul Rahman Khan is not ratified for the second time to let Pashtun land a permanent part of Pakistan. This is why Pakistan remained the field commander of US-USSR cold war. And 100% of its interest was the weakening of Afghanistan for securing the remaining Pashtun lands and continuing their natural resources. Take a history of the Afghan warlords the then Mujahideen and then their change into Taliban and 9/11, Pakistan’s “U” turn in words with the then American President George W Bush Junior then dodging him and keeping international community aid and support make their way to Pakistan. A share of these aids was spent on the regrouping of Taliban to keep American and Nato forces busy in Afghanistan and never let the country raise as a developing state on the face of earth. These are proved that the world wanted Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was killed miles away from Pakistan capital Islamabad; in the garison town of Abbottabad. Same is the case of recently announced death of the then emir of the faithful, as Taliban called him, Mullah Omer’s death in Karachi, the Quetta Shura, Haqqani Networ, Peshawar Shura active role attacking both the Afghan security forces and Nato field force for last 15 years.
No doubt Punjab is Pakistan and Pakistan is Punjab; if it had respect for other nations would have respected the Bengalis majority in 1970s democratic election. The only way of exploitation of nations including Pashtun, Baloch, Sindhi, Siraiki is by mean of terror. This is why even now as I write these lines; Pakistan F-16 Jet have bombarded the civilian populations in South Waziristan, these sort of activities take place in rest of FATA in the name of so called Zarb e Azb operation one and two (these operations are neither monitored by Human Right groups nor media) the only source we have is ISPR. And thousands of innocent people are killed in the so called Zarb e Azb. Drone only killed AlQaeda and their linked groups commander; would have also killed the civilians where these targets were hiding; and drone as a technology had only 0.001% of missing target where as Jet and Pakistani forces raids have 90 to 100% chances of civilian deaths if compared to the US drones.
I know that the writer is a student of Punjab university; and would be having love of his nationality Punjab but it doesn’t mean he should condemn some one Pashtun presenting data and research based facts being proved by the OBL, MO Quetta Shura, Peshawar Shura and Haqqani Network memebers death and their existence and safe heavens in Pakistan. Even now Pakistan army is having control of Pakistan government civilian policies as an unannounced war against Afghanistan is underway, Indian clashes take place on border. Iran is not happy and always shell mortars on Pakistani land because it feels threat from this piece of land we are part of. These are facts and can’t be hidden by a piece we write in the unseen or unintentional, emotional love of Pakistan (actually Punjab the piece of land the writer belong to).
Note: Link to the article who had criticized Farhat Taj’s book Taliban and Anti Taliban