Stray Reflections onCommencement of Writing'Pakistan Army Since 1965'
The first part of this book 'The Pakistan Army till 1965' was distributedfree of cost to a vast cross section of people including retired andserving Pakistani army officers of ranks varying from captain to fourstar general. Some copies were sent to libraries both Pakistani as wellas foreign and some copies sent to research oriented organisations. Nofeedback was received from Pakistani readers, a happening, whichmay be termed as a rule rather than an exception. I have been writingfor various Pakistani military journals since 1989. The various articles,which I thus wrote, dealt with doctrine, military training, leadership etc.With the exception of four cases out of which three were letters writtenpraising my articles in two lines by officers who retired as colonels orbrigadiers and one in which a factual error inadvertently committed byme was pointed out by the late General Attiq-ur-Rahman. No letter waswritten by any officer critically analysing my articles. The same is truefor the vast majority of articles published in various army journals andmagazines. The trend in Pakistan since independence has been towards anti-intellectualism. There are historical reasons for this anti-intellectualism. The irony is that the situation was not remedied afterindependence. Education in British India was aimed at acquiringdegrees so that Indians could become lawyers doctors or governmentofficials. That they surely did, in the process of which some acquiredgreat wealth and also became political leaders, senior civil servantsand prosperous middle class professionals. The intellectual basis of modern Europe's success was the renaissance, the French Revolutionand the Industrial revolution. During this period great progress wasmade in Europe in political thought, philosophy and scientificadvancement. The Indo-Pak sub-continent was introduced to modernthought by the British by virtue of being colonial subjects of the EnglishEast India Company.