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Time to Move GHQ and Forces Colonies from Rawalpindi

By Ali Yar Khan • Dec 5th, 2009 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 10 Comments

It doesn’t need much research or historical analysis and super intelligence to figure out that the prime and constant target of the terrorists is the General Head Quarters of armed forces in Rawalpindi and it’s sorrounding buildings.

It’s far much easier for the terrorists to attack the mosques, banks, markets and educational institutes around the GHQ than directly at GHQ, though they have also attempted to do so not long ago. It’s hard for the terrorists to attack the main GHQ time and again, but other buildings and colonies are an easy target for them. Terrorists are hunting down the armed forces personnel and their families and that is why they are attacking the banks and mosques and markets near the GHQ and the armed forces residential areas.

Due to the congestion, commercialization and over-lapping of civilian life with the army life, it is impossible for the security forces to secure these areas from the terrorist attacks of any kind. Peshawar Road, Mall Road and the by-roads towards GHQ, and the colonies around it and residential flats, hospitals and schools are at one place and it really becomes very hard to separate out the army installations from all these civilian places. Hundred of thousands of civilians reside and move in these areas. Mosques, banks and institutes are at the main roads in public where military brass and the civilian do accordingly, and it’s a soft target for the terrorists.

There is lot of criticism over the huge new GHQ in Islamabad being built, but that aside, it is the dire need of hour to shift the GHQ from Rawalpindi atonce to Islamabad in the secluded sector and also move the armed forces residential colonies from Rawalpindi to that sector. It would be easy for the security agencies to secure that area and it would very beneficial for the people who live in Rawalpindi Cantt area.

Wouldn’t it  be great if they also pass a lawa that in future no armed forces colony or installation will be established in or near any civilian area and commercialization would be strictly prohibited in military areas?

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  1. Do you also mean DHA just close to Rawat? It would need more than half of Islamabad to squeeze in GHQ and all those colonies.

  2. Now you also started supporting Musharraf’s idea. Earlier, you were tirelessly writing against him. I bet you all guys will soon remembering his policies and the golden era of Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz.

    But it’s too late!! My friend!

  3. Teri yad aaie Tayray Janain keh bahd.

    Somehow this Musharraf buddy has got many lives—he come out winning-every time some untoward incident happens.

  4. AOM
    oh yes you are accurate in judging his foreseeing as he knew very well that his poor strategies would degrade the moral and honor of our army in its public and it would be better to secure them form public wrath’s as soon as possible in any cordon off building.
    You are surely not living here and unaware of real sentiments of common people and sentiments of junior staff that how much anger they had developed against army senior ranks due to their open corruption and casual attitudes toward national issues.
    You know before Musharraf era these cantonments in pindi areas were never barricaded nor guarded by any kind of trained commandos.If I am not wrong just 8 years back here people never bothered to close their gates now come and see how people are living int their independent jails there,
    For refreshing ypur memory I am ordering some realities for you.
    In the golden era of Musharraf the written order was given to all army men not to wear uniform in any public place.
    it was his era where army sat idle for 18 months in swat valley while Talibans were busy in cutting heads of locals or blasting schools.
    It was golden era of Musharraf when our large number of officers ,jcos and FC men surrendered or refused to take guns again taliban.
    it was golden era of Musharraf where NRO beneficiary and loan defaulters are found in senior ranks of army.
    It was his irreparable polices that has brought the terrorist out of den on our doorsteps.
    So you see how bright credentials he has for which he was remembered among common people,
    By the way where the man of golden acts has gone.
    Why he is afraid of even coming to his modern castle like home in Chak shezad?

  5. @3
    no body is forgetting him but with what names it is important.
    He is abused after every bomb blast.
    He is cursed after seeing deadly suicidal attacks on people.
    He is remembered with high profile profane language after each drone attacks.
    He is remembered as absconders and helpers to many absconders who were granted NRO and loan exemption through his illegitimate power.
    No body can forget him as he is real culprit behind all this mess and we are all reaping what he had sown for us.

  6. Every coin carries two sides and it depends which side you like to see— and come up with your bundle of ———-praises or the abuses.

  7. Well said, Khokhar.
    I add one more thing here as well
    Nazia always think from heart and not from brain; like every woman does???

    Heart is to feel and brain is to think

    But she is as staunch enemy of Musharraf as I m staunch supporter of Musharaf.
    What a contrast!

    Pakistanis badly need Musharraf back to power NOW

  8. Oh please try to bring him back as you people are trying their best to bring altaf hussian back for last 18 years.I think you people need further 18 years to bring both cowards back to their home town.
    We cant make a leech to act like snake by putting on uniform on him.
    That is what proved in Musahrf’s case.
    Nazia thinks from heart or brain it is none of your concern but the wisdom of you people is not coming out of your knees that is why you are perfect soldiers of a slave nation.
    staunch is rarely used to define personalities as an adjective but for other purposes that is linked with water and blood flow.But as I say you are master of your domain so can use all kind of word as per your mental capacity without desire of interference.

  9. I’ve not even heard of any symbolic condemnation statement by that loser who’s always talked about his love for the country.What a hypocrite.Aom , uski yaad unhien bewakoofon ko asakti hai who dont realize what danda rule is all about and where it can take your country.We dont want him back.

    @ topic : about time that happens.

  10. Condemnation Statement issued by RM & Army – on Prade Lane Mosque Terrorist Attack the question is what is the limit of this nation to bear such condemn statements which are issued often by MoI-RM & Maj. Gen. Athar Abbass.

    I personally suggest AZ & RM should both be in jail. We are seeing the most self serving corrupt-ideologues in power now (continuing with Army Spokesman) that this country has ever produced. And that’s saying something. Why are these fu*ks-still alive. He’s distinguished alright: as the biggest criminal in Pakistan Political history. For God sakes take back the SBP reserve from these criminals. What a pathetic-tool.

    *Khas-o-Khashaq = Dry Leafs or Garbage

    Corruption Kurna Hay Jiyalay Minister Ka Istaihqaq-
    Yeh Raih-Numa Aur Awam Hay Sirf *Khas-o-Khashaq-

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