India media reports and twitter rants reveal a striking obsession with the Pakistan Army. As the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrives in China, as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s official delegation, Indian media is strife with reports about the Army Chief’s meetings with business delegates and other Chinese officials.
India Media’s Obsession with Army Chief
India media has been quite vocal about Army Chief’s role in Pakistani politics, and Indian TV shows are stupefying his meeting with Pakistani business community in an attempt to malign the political structure and authority of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led government.
Indian media anchors and opinion makers are regarding the Army Chief as the most important person in Pakistan’s internal politics, undermining Prime Minister Imran Khan’s role and stating that he is only limited to “giving speeches.”
"What an unfortunate speech at the UN and what a fall from grace from being a great cricketer to a puppet of Pakistan army and terrorists," former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif tweeted on Imran Khan's #UNGA speechhttps://t.co/amqIiwSv84— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) October 6, 2019
India media has picked up the rhetoric of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, calling Prime Minister Imran Khan a “puppet” Prime Minister as a begrudging response to his fiery speech in the UN General Assembly, which blatantly revealed the history of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an RSS follower and the butcher of Gujarat.
In response to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s uncompromising stance on the longstanding freedom struggle of Indian occupied Kashmir, Indian media has stirred up the propaganda that the Premier is being forced by the Pakistan Army to make such statements.
“Pakistani army is pushing Imran Khan to make outlandish statements, knowing he is destroying both his credibility & any ability to sit across the table with Modi,” writes @MalikAshok in this important piece… https://t.co/xbdJNMVEDK— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) September 30, 2019
India media has launched a rather fascinating speculative war with regards to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s trip to China, stating that the premier and the Army Chief have gone to China in a bid to obtain investment opportunities in China. India media reports have bizarrely linked up the ongoing trip to China with the Army Chief’s meeting with the Pakistani business community.
It is important to note that the meeting with the business community was in line with the efforts to improve the security situation that would encourage the growth of investment opportunities across the country.
Why should Indian policy, politics & discourse forever be constrained by the need to “respond” to Pakistan? India is a far larger economy than Pak, its army is far superior to Pak’s.
The Army Chief sat down with the business community and members of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s economic team, including Special Adviser on Finance Dr. Hafeez Shaikh, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and the FBR Chairman Shabbar Zaidi.
Sequel to discussions and seminars on ‘Interplay of economy and security’, a concluding session of stake holders hosted by COAS was held at Army Auditorium. Govt economic team and businessmen of the country participated. (1of2). pic.twitter.com/zbwf8kL3WR
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) October 3, 2019
It appears that the India media is anxious about the presence of high-profile military delegations led by the Army Chief, which have been accompanying Prime Minister Imran Khan on all official foreign visits. These military delegations have engaged in military-level talks with multiple country, including the US and China.
It is evident that India media continues to paint a falsified picture of Pakistani politics to its general public, portraying the Premier as a “puppet” who is following the directives of the Army Chief. Analysts across Pakistan, meanwhile, are rejoicing the dynamic partnership between Pakistan’s civil and military leadership of Pakistan.
Pakistan’s definitive victory in the Operation Swift Retort of 27th February is a noteworthy result of this partnership, as the Pakistan Air Force downed an Indian MiG-27 Bison and captured Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. A few hours later, Prime Minister Imran Khan made the decision to return the captured Indian pilot as a gesture of peace and non-escalation.
This pic will bring a lot of joy to the nationalists. Military-civil relations are at an all-time high with fabulous leadership. 🇵🇰
Joyous to see such focus on #Balochistan as Gwadar leverages its unparalleled location to signal progress for the province and all across Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/ocGLl4ABPG— Zartaj Gul Wazir (@zartajgulwazir) March 29, 2019
Many Indians on Twitter have come forward to speak out against the bizarre obsession India media has with the Pakistan Army and its leadership.
I do not understand the obsession of us with Pakistan. It is a troubled country, leave them be. Do not give too much attention to them. Our Indian army is more than capable of giving them strong answers. Need to now carefully think about our economy and internal affairs.— Shahrukh (@Shahengg) September 15, 2019
Mohammad Zeeshan, an Indian policy consultant, said, “Why should Indian policy, politics & discourse forever be constrained by the need to “respond” to Pakistan? India is a far larger economy than Pak, its army is far superior to Pak’s. Our obsession with Pakistan fulfils only Chinese & Pakistani interests – not any Indian interests.”
Why should Indian policy, politics & discourse forever be constrained by the need to “respond” to Pakistan? India is a far larger economy than Pak, its army is far superior to Pak’s. Our obsession with Pakistan fulfils only Chinese & Pakistani interests – not any Indian interests
— Mohamed Zeeshan (@ZeeMohamed_) August 29, 2019