Southasia - - Editor's mail -

(1) SouthA­sia’s cover story last month on Pak­istan’s armed forces was a much-needed break from the usual army-bash­ing that has been go­ing on in the coun­try for a while. As rightly pointed out by your writ­ers, some re­cent in­ci­dents may have dam­aged the rep­u­ta­tion of Pak­istan’s armed forces, they in no way can mar these guardians of the in­tegrity and sovereignty of the state. It is time that the Pak­istani me­dia stops fol­low­ing the for­eign me­dia in ma­lign­ing the army and in­stead high­lights that which the in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence can­not com­pre­hend – the com­plex and di­verse set­tings in which our mil­i­tary has to work.

Sara Baber, Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

(2) The gen­eral pub­lic in Pak­istan has al­ways held army in high­est re­gards and has loved it to the point of de­ifi­ca­tion. But post OBL op­er­a­tions, things have changed. There has been seething anger and feel­ings of be­trayal not only amongst the masses but also within the army ranks. And it is here that Pak­istan’s mil­i­tary need to take no­tice. While the army calls it­self the ‘ide­o­log­i­cal fron­tiers of Pak­istan’, it also needs to wake up to the harsh re­al­ity that not all is in its hands. It needs to ac­cept and set­tle down with the fact that no mat­ter how much ‘mil­i­ta­rized’ Pak­istan’s his­tory has been, pol­i­tick­ing its self will gain noth­ing but de­vi­a­tion from its main re­spon­si­bil­i­ties – pro­tect­ing the sovereignty of the state. The soon they re­al­ize this, the bet­ter for the coun­try.

Hina Paul, Los An­ge­les, U.S.

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