: RESTRUCTURING PAKISTAN
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ABOUT THE BOOK
a bold departure from conventional thinking on the subject,
the author presents an exciting blueprint for
the Resurgence of Pakistan from a terrorism sponsoring
state to a dynamic and responsible member of the comity
of nations. In a veritable tour de force he demonstrates
that ‘fundamentalism’ has a limited life span.
He goes on to say that if fundamentalism is not given
up it will self-destruct the polity that adheres to it.
The new global currents linked to the spread of knowledge,
thanks to the information revolution, will take care of
that, says the author who has dealt with several other
issues ranging from the nuclear issue to the interplay
of global forces in South and Central Asia.
IMPRESSIONS ABOUT THE BOOK:
BY Maj. Gen. (Retd) Vinod Saighal
”The doves should be able to read it dispassionately
and concede many of its assertions as being valid.” (MOHAMMAD
SHEHZAD, DAWN, KARACHI, SUNDAY 02 FEBRUARY 2003)
“ The West fought communism in
the Islamic world through an appeal to religion: a blunder
that could haunt
both America and the Islamic world for a long time to
come”. But just as “communism sank under the
declining vigour of its own ideology,” the author
warns, “the tragedy of communism must not be revisited
on Islam in the 21st century”. (SOUTH ASIA POLITICS,
Regardless of all else Pakistan, while rattling the
nuclear sabre, is well on the road to self-destruction.
Not because of the Indian action, but because of the
global reaction to a potential threat that could as
easily manifest itself in the underbelly of Europe or
an American city as it does in Chechnya,” Saighal
says. (NEWS TIME, HYDERABAD, MAY 27, 2002).
any possibility of Islamabad stopping support to terrorists,
Saighal says the Pakistani
run the country were directly responsible for the Kargil
debacle. “Their gamble failed. Gamblers, especially
military leaders - who lose are expected to pay the price.
In this case they carried out a coup against the civilian
government and made the erstwhile Prime Minister pay the
price. They are thus left with no option but to continue
with cross- border terrorism in the desperate hope that
the world will take note”. (DECCAN HERALD, BANGALORE,
MAY 27, 2002).
“ Those at the helm of affairs
in India have also to realise that Islam, although a transplant,
create one of the most magnificent Islamic heritages of
the past thousand years. …Beyond the killings and
suppression of the adherents of the older Indian faiths
lay the synthesis of a unique blend that led to a cultural
efflorescence, the parallel to which would be difficult
to find except in the European renaissance” the
book says. (PTI).
A blueprint for Pakistan to give up sponsoring
terrorism and turn into a dynamic and responsible nation.
TODAY, JUNE 10, 2002).
There are recommendations on a wide range
of issues related to Pakistan, Afghanistan, US and India
that make this
book worth the attention of policy-makers and analysts
of not only these four countries but others too. (THE
PIONEER, FEBRUARY 9, 2002).
General Vinod Saighal has written an absorbing book
on a theme that is of urgent relevance
to India and
the subcontinent in ways that the author himself did not
probably fully comprehend at the time of writing. The
book’s title effectively describes its theme, although
the book also contains some discussion of the US strategy
in its war against terror and possible alternatives. (THE
ECONOMIC TIMES, MUMBAI, SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2003).
The problem and its solution
Reviewed by Mohammad Shehzad
(DAWN, KARACHI, Sunday 02 February 2003)
The author of this book, Vinod Saighal, a retired Indian
army officer, feels there is much in Pakistan that needs
to be restructured if it is to emerge as a factor for
peace in the region. He believes that Pakistan's folly
of seeking 'strategic depth' in Afghanistan has led to
the global turmoil. Its strategic misadventures are responsible
for the sufferings of the Afghans, and the spread of jihad
and global terrorism.
Then there is the military regime which is suppressing
the democratic forces and strengthening the religious
bigots. There is also the subjugation of the silent majority
through a proxy force i.e. radical Islamists under the
cover of religion. 9/11 has proved Pakistan's links with
the origin and hub of terrorism. The planes collide with
the towers of New York and the Pentagon building and the
terrorists' links are found in Pakistan!
Why is the country in such a mess? This is attributed
to the predominance of the military in the country's government.
Since the start Pakistan has been under the control of
a rogue army. This country needs to resort to a bit of
introspection. If it fails to change its course, it is
destined to be buried in its own 'strategic depth'.
Pakistan needs to be emancipated from military bondage.
This lies at the root of the evil which is undermining
it. If left unaccountable the army would ultimately weaken
the country's foundation. There is need for the liberal
and progressive forces to respond to the crisis and struggle
for a solution which lies in democracy. In order to democratize
the system the political and social forces must resist
dictatorship and prevent the talibanization of Pakistan
and the spread of state-sponsored terrorism.
The experience of the military's rule has not been a
positive one. It has supported extremists to weaken the
liberal forces that are capable of challenging its highhandedness.
As a result the country is in a state of despondency.
Most young people are not proud to be identified as 'Pakistanis'.
A very large number of them want to leave because this
is a society where just a handful of zealots are able
to terrorize large chunks of population which feel helpless
At present, the alternative to army rule is radical Islam.
The prospect of this also dismays many people. Pakistan
can still opt for controlled reconstruction or await a
civil war and a subsequent break-up. Meanwhile, should
the menace of radical Islam grow it will invite retaliation
from outside. Hence rather than serve as a tool in the
hands of the great powers for their ulterior motives,
Pakistan should strengthen its economy and democracy to
become an influential state in the region. Its real asset
is its civil society that has unfortunately been made
hostage to a narrow extremist minority.
Many readers would refuse to buy the author's arguments,
regarding his 'overly exaggerated fears' as venom against
Pakistan in the light of his past association with the
Indian Army which casts doubts on his credibility as an
objective analyst. His detractors would even pose counter
questions with reference to the Indian atrocities in Kashmir,
Restructuring Pakistan would be vulnerable
to such demurs from Pakistani readers. The hawks would
dismiss it as
RAW propaganda. However, the doves should be able to read
it dispassionately and concede many of its assertions
as being valid.
Manas Publications. (New Delhi).
Distributed in Pakistan by Mr Books, 10-D Super Market,
244pp. Rs. 595
Maj. Gen. (Retd) Vinod Saighal
Terror and Pakistan
The Economic Times, Mumbai Sunday 26, January 2003
Major General Vinod Saighal has written an absorbing book
on a theme that is of urgent relevance to India and
the subcontinent in ways that the author himself did
not probably fully comprehend at the time of writing.
The book’s title effectively describes its theme,
although the book also contains some discussion of the
US strategy in its war against terror and possible alternatives.
Restructuring naturally has to take into account both
the present state of affairs and the desired reconfiguration,
along with the mechanics and logistics of effecting
Gen. Musharraf referred to Pakistan as the fortress of
Islam. Maj. General Saighal argues that Pakistan has converted
itself, with historical British and proximate American
help and Saudi Arabian funding into a fortress of radical
Islam with pan-Islamic ambitions. It oppresses ordinary
people, suborns the youth, erodes state authority and
civil society, terrorizes women and blackmails the world
with the horrendous possibility of an Islamic nuclear
bomb. The Taliban were created, trained and armed by Pakistan.
Al Qaeda is inextricably linked to Pakistan’s
Inter-Service Intelligence: The Pakistani army has a substantial
influence of radical Islam. The civilian administrations
of that country have kowtowed to the army and the ISI,
and sought to manipulate the Islamist forces to their
own sectarian advantage, in the process feeding their
growth to power and influence.
the covert disbanding of the Taliban, in the wake of
the US offensive against Taliban-controlled Afghanistan,
the term Talibanisation might seem an obsolete piece of
journalese but there is no mistaking the gruesome horror
of the process. “Nobody would be willing to call
the state of Pakistan a civilised society any more. In
Pakistan, the proponents of terror and their supporters
talk of the strengthening of religion. It is irreligion
that is flourishing”. Peace and economic cooperation
with India are premised on-retention of Pakistan’s
separate identity as a nation. The book is well written,
makes sense and deserves to be read.
Pub: Manas Publications. (New
Pages: 244. Price. Rs.595/-