Pakistan: The Demise of a Soldier


President Arif Alvi, Lt. Gen, Asim Munir the Chief of Army Staff (COA), Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), PM Shahbaz Sharif

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by Mian Hameed    4 December 2022

The Pakistan Army Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Asim Munir’s demise began the day he became the choice of Nawaz Sharif, a convicted criminal and an absconder. Shahbaz Sharif, is a signatory to Gen. Munir’s charter that badged him with four stars, is another criminal—Shahbaz Sharif, who pardoned himself from about to be convicted of the crimes with the shelved secret laws they anxiously awaited to hatch.

The press and the social media takes on absurdity when they speak of “Bajwa doctrine.” Bajwa was a man of no doctrine. He was cloaked in a deadly ideology of consequences. His was indoctrination from a diminished self-goodness, which made him take on hostilities toward his country.

Like a Führer’s general, who said, “I have chosen you for the job Colonel Kappler. I would not like to think I have made a mistake.” Thereupon, the DGC ISI Gen. Faisal Naseer, DG ISI Nadeem Anjum and Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza in duty to the Führer—Bajwa, they seem to have sworn to, “In a war I do whatever it takes to do it – The Third Reich is the future.” –The Scarlet and The Black.

Colonel Kappler was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes in Italy. Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest was Kappler’s only visitor. In 1959, Col. Kappler, the Gestapo head in Rome was baptized into the Catholic faith by the head of the Irish Priest.  –Id.

Likewise, can Munir be subjected to an imprisonment trial for he is a patron of the “Dagger of the mind” (hallucination of anti-state activity, tyranny, torture and murder turning actual)? And for a Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty look alike to come along to influence Munir, and to ‘baptize’ him to express his affiliation to goodness.

Bajwa turned Pakistan into a concentration camp. The people saw abductions, a systematic use of torture, deaths of crime-investigators and murders short of being butchered. Gen. Asim Munir is more than a witness to “Dagger of the mind.”

General Munir is a soldier who chose silence, and a pledge of loyalty not to his country, but was given to a person. Gen. Munir committed his obedience to his Führer. He could have resigned, but subsided to his personal wellbeing and his fears to exhibit high character.

Men of honor and values have resigned before. George Washington resigned as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. “Americans ever since have viewed this event as a testament to Washington’s republican values.”

Regardless of the new army chief Gen. Asim Munir’s values and his future course of actions, I bring to his attention the high character of Gen. Collin Powell. Gen. Powell regretted, falsely alleging that Saddam Hussain possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Later Gen. Powell, said, “[It] will always be a part of my record.”

Gen. Munir’s past inactions are his record. He did not defend those that could not defend themselves. Defending Constitution and defending himself from ills is his shortfall. His actions do not speak of defending Pakistan from a tyrant—Bajwa. He has shown no remorse.

“Everybody is not guilty, but everybody is responsible.” We have a catastrophic failure of this Group. How does Gen. Munir convert group guilt into an individual guilt and a crime. The repudiation of individuals into acceptance of their absconding of duty to country.

Gen. Munir along with others in my view have committed high treason. How will the army chief subject himself and others to Article VI, for contributing to committing high treason? Yet the nation in hope is looking up to Munir for accountability. Quite perplexing.

The apocalyptic Group after constitutional botchery acted through a tyrannical autocracy. They have practically bankrupted their country. They have emotionally drained the country and they have revived and blessed a culture of individuals working for the Group. An example, the Chief Justices and the many journalists relinquishing their responsibilities in promotion of the Group. To confirm their lies, their behavior has extenuated tyranny.

Tyranny does not do good. For the good to take hold, how does one kill self. Munir Vs Munir. Good Vs Evil. For Munir is from the Group—“The Clot.” “Whoever Allah allows to stray, none can guide, leaving them to wander blindly in their defiance.” –Surah Al A’ Raf (The Clot.) Is Munir from The Clot?

Did Gen. Munir obey “those in authority (uli al-amr) among you.”? And if he differed “concerning any matter, [did he] refer it to God and the Messenger? This is the best and fairest resolution.” –An Nisa, The Quran.

Did God not tell us about (uli al-amr) infallibility; were we not told of “the odd and the even;” “The day and the night.” Is then Gen. Munir of a lesser faith or with a cowardice trait? “O believers! Obey Allah [God].” –The Clot. Why did Munir obey the authority within the clot?

How can Gen. Munir make good decisions if he comes from the clot. His association with the clot. Gen. Munir can attempt to disassociate from this Group.  He can attempt to pray for Allah to disassociate him from “The Clot.”  Then Allah my not allow him to stray. For the moment, Gen. Munir’s decisions are troublesome.

Gen. Munir’s judgement and decisions by assigning Gen. Babar Iftikhar from DG ISPR to the Southern command will be a part of Munir’s record. Gen. Iftikhar, as the DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), his actions have amounted to the promotion Bajwa-a ring leader of the Joint Criminal Enterprise who took away from Pakistan her legal life. Who has allegedly authorized crimes against humanity.

Gen. Munir, though a Hafiz e (memorized) Quran, hence my numerous references from his faith; he has faltered far a flung from the principles of Islam. Is he expected to fix the troublesome direction of the high ranking officers have taken? In the case of Bajwa, in a paradigm shift directing Pakistan foreign policy’s affinity to the West in a guise of a regime change.

The power of policy making is a democratic function. An army chief may serve as a principal advisor to his Prime Minister, but it is not for the army chief to make strategic policy statements in public. An alarming strategic acumen and a sense of exercising individual power if it is prevalent among the remaining high ranking officers is concerning.

How Gen. Munir within his own conscientious depravity can be tasked to examine the intellectual atrophy of his peers. The reality is, because of a few policy characteristics prevailing in the West, if those would hold, Pakistan’s vital interest cannot be achieved in the West. Bajwa thinks otherwise, and is able to implement his vision alone, is a mind boggling degeneracy of an institution.

In academia, argumentation about policy is acceptable. Once a scholarship is published, it is subjected to critical reviews. Only then a scholarship could hold merit. Diverse intellectual view points is a vibrant norm—a collective action.

Much is wrong with Gen. Asim Munir. He was ‘dead,’ and now has risen from the dead to revive his country. The answer is early elections and Gen. Munir’s thought thereafter to submit his resignation. His acts, Pakistanis may ever since view these events as a testament to Munir’s republican and religious values.