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Scars of a patriot

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The writer is an Islamabad-based TV journalist and tweets @FarrukhKPitafi

As the elections approach political tensions are on the rise. Political parties are constantly updating their narratives. But these elections seem to have acquired a life of their own, far bigger than their actual size. And there is the matter of terrorists at the door. Haroon Bilour’s tragic demise reinstates that the forces of chaos are resurgent. And that they will make every possible use of the already prevalent discord and degeneracy in society.

In this kerfuffle one crucial aspect is lost on us. The morale of the soldier. But trust me I don’t bring up the matter just for the sake of it. Nor is the purpose to play to a gallery of some sort. No. These are the issues I worry about and come across quite often. You should too.

Pakistan’s politics revolves around its civil-military relationship. There is a genuine reason why it is so. Only ten years ago this country was ruled by an authoritarian regime. A closer look at our history gives you the image of two groups of people, one in khakis, one in civvies, taking their turns on the carousel of power. Both groups do not trust each other and that is why we see this nerve-racking and never-ending power struggle between the military and the politicians. But this is an outdated version of history’s interpretation. The new version available dramatically changes the core premise owing to one contingent factor.

In the dying days of 2001, Pakistan was forced by circumstances to reshape its view of the militant religious groups. And since then all the monsters of bigotry have returned to hunt us down. I want to remind you........

© The Express Tribune