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THE TIMING IS MORE 

IMPORTANT THAN THE 
ATTACK.
by Rahmatullah Hazara
   We know the fact that some conditions of Kerry – Lugar Bill were tactfully crafted assuring the Pakistani Government that these conditions would establish their writ over the Army. It seems Government sided with U.S. for a while by supporting the bill, thus widening the rift between the military and civilian government, as the Army expressed her concerns and reservations over six articles of the bill for which the Indian lobby played their negative role. Through these articles the U.S. was virtually destined to empower itself to interfere not in internal affairs of Pakistan but beyond that, into the disciplined and powerful Army Establishment. That is why the Army aired its rejection response in hurriedly called Corps Commanders Conference, via media. The Army’s decision was made public before the decision of the civilian government, rebuffing Kerry - Lugar bill’s those articles, which asserts civilian government’s control over certain internal affairs of the Pakistan Army.
The PPP Government followed the dotted line drawn by the U.S. and favoured the bill along with its articles that is why the President’s spokesman Mr. Farhatullah Babar said that the Government’s writ over Army is loathed by few personalities that is why they are opposing this bill. But perceiving this a weak statement, issued another one that explanation would be sought from the Army for not taking up the matter through proper channel. 
The Pakistani media came in support of the Army and widely eulogized its decision of showing reservations over those conditions of the bill, which tilted general public’s sentiments in favour of the Army. This state of affairs put the Government on defensive position and issued a face-saving statement that the bill will be presented before the Parliament, which has the prerogative of rejecting or accepting the bill. This stance was compatible with the wishes of the Army. But this situation discredited the Government before the U.S. Government and Pakistani public simultaneously.
As the Pak Army came out victorious in this war of nerves between the government and Army Establishment, therefore, the U.S. also changed its tone. The next day, U.S. Deputy Foreign Secretary said that the U.S. will not impose its decision over the internal problems of Pakistan. The U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Peterson also followed the line and told media that Army’s related articles in the Kerry – Lugar bill were our mistake. She further elaborated that even most of the Congressmen were oblivious of these articles. The U.S. will negotiate with Pakistan over Army’s reservations.
This was the prime time to carry out a fatal attack on G.H.Q. by nine cohorts of the Tehrik –e-Taliban Pakistan, who quickly accepted the responsibility of the attack. But the attack has borne the hall-mark of Al Qaeda. We are aware of the fact that TTP is a close ally of Al Qaeda who rejected Mulla Omar’s appeal of focusing on Jehad in Afghanistan instead diverted its insurgent activities inside Pakistan. In coordination with TTP, Al Qaeda orchestrated a number of high value targets in Pakistan including suicide attacks on former President and Army Chief Gen: Pervez Musharraf, suicide-bomb attack on Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Islamabad’s Marriot Hotel suicide bombing, suicide attacks on ISI’s staff bus, Kahutta Research Laboratory’s staff bus at Rawalpindi, suicide attack on FIA’s Office at Lahore, suicide attack on ISI’s regional office at Lahore, attack on Manawa Police Training Centre, attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team at Lahore, suicide attack on P.C. Hotel Peshawar and recently coordinated suicide attack in Peshawar etc. The Peshawar attack was carried out in order to distract the attention of the security forces from the showdown in G.H.Q.
The timing of the attack on G.H.Q. was to disgrace the Army, dilute its support amongst masses and weaken its position viz-a-viz the Government, so that the Army could be brought, once again, in the strict control of the Government. This objective could have been achieved, if the terrorists entered into G.H.Q. without the preliminary clash at the main gate. Wearing Army uniforms, if they could breach the security barrier unchecked, they could be able to unleash a reign of terror within the G.H.Q. by indiscriminate slaughtering the junior and senior ranks of Army officials present there. If they could succeed in their ambition of killing a large number of army personnel and taking hostage senior army Generals, the army’s position before the public and civil Government would have been in its lowest ebb. 
But the G.H.Q. security apparatus failed their ambitions, in-spite of entering into G.H.Q. and taking 39 army/civilian personnel as hostages. The successful operation of Special Services Group in recovering the hostages safely once again enhanced the army’s prestige and pride. This time, Pakistani media once again came in support of the Army and eulogized its role in this operation. The media, even, played the historical Madam Noor Jehan’s morale-boosting songs for the Army. 
Noticing with envy the media’s role in favour of the Army, the civilian Government banned some private T.V. channels for few hours, despite making them threatening phone calls. This time, Army stepped in for their rescue and Maj: Gen: Athar Abbas, D.G, ISPR said that the Army has no reservations over media coverage of the attack/operation and the banned channels should be restored. After few hours of interruptions, ban was lifted by the Government.
This attack was not a simple terrorist attack, but it shows Al Qaeda’s geo-strategic insight and capabilities.