Sir: I stopped by my chemist the other day, trying to catch him before he left for Iraq on his annual two week holiday. With tears in his eyes, he told me that the situation in Iraq was irrevocable and that he could not take his children with him since the carnage had reached alarming levels. When I extended my sympathies, he said, “The difference between Pakistan and Iraq is that Pakistan has a strong army and intelligence system to fight these animals, while we in Iraq have nothing.”
I was stunned by his observation and realised how little we appreciate our soldiers who have been dying in hordes, leaving behind orphaned children and a negligible pension. Yet these are the very people who are denigrated day after day in our media, in our courts, and by civil society. What a shame!