How Pakistan Military’s Mindset Towards India Works – Pakistani Media Man Tahir Malik Explains
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How Pakistan Military’s Mindset Towards India Works – Pakistani Media Man Tahir Malik Explains


I would like to start my speech about my book because I am neither an expert nor do I have knowledge about Siachen or this Conflict. As a journalist I have 20 to 25 years of experience during which India-Pakistan conflict and regional politics were on my mind, as happens with every other journalist. In finding answers to those questions, the question I asked myself while writing this book is…. I have had the opportunity to listen to Pakistani political leadership and those in the uniform. I aslo interviewed many Indians and I asked myself, “How do we understand this Pakistani military mindset?” And I answered myself, “Talk to those who took off their uniforms and retired.” Now they have an independent position as well as experience. This was the concept behind our book “Warriors After War”. I will not talk about the Indian side in this discussion because my co-writer Tridivesh Singh Maini who is a Delhi-based journalist did the interviews in India and covered the Indian mindset. The Pakistani mindset, as far as I could see, and I have tried to be objective … There are two things I understood about Pakistani military mindset after speaking to the retired people. The first thing is the thinking that Pakistan needs the Army, that it’s a big strength. That it is necessary to save Pakistan, that Pakistan has enemies, and there are regional sensitivities. But along with these, I noticed that, they also say that to have an army and a regional conflict does not mean you don’t end the conflict or end with a war. They are of the opinion that we should pursue regional cooperation while keeping the army. If someone sees Pakistan with negativity, you should be prepared and be strong. This is the first perspective. Along with this, the other perspective I noticed and understood, which I think is related to Siachen is that Pakistan’s location and its religious background are natural assets. In our North, from where our Frontier Province begins, Allah has established a factory of natural warriors that is four thousand years old. For 1400 years, they kept invading India. If we add this strength of warriors to Pakistan’s ideal location, then we can dominate the larger Indian economy. When we go into Muslim History, there are many instances in the last 1400 years where we ruled India with our warrior background. This line of thinking, which I recorded in my book, is followed by Gen. Aslam Beg and Lt. Gen. (Retd) Hamid Gul practically owns this type of thinking. Now the question is when Siachen happened in 1984, these two were in higher positions and Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff was Gen. Zia-ul Haq. I felt that this Pakistan Army’s arrogant part in the Siachen Conflict that we are warriors, that we are Muslims and have Jihadi power.. They also did some mathematical calculations that ten Hindus are equal to one Muslim and in that respect we have superiority. My opinion is that, you may agree or disagree but I think, that warrior mindset in the top echelons of Pakistan Military in 1984 felt that Siachen episode hurt their feelings (of superiority). There was no media at that time. No hundreds of TV channels and newspapers. So Siachen remained a secret. Siachen slipped out of our hands. In 1999, Pakistan did exactly the same thing in Kargil. When you came down from the Siachen in the winter, India took the Siachen. Now this warrior mindset people, like Hamid Gul, Aslam Beg and Zia-ul Haq who felt that we are superior, Muslims and that we have a traditional force in the North, call them Taliban or Jihadis or True Musalmans or Friends of Pakistan, thought how can we accept this defeat in Siachen and just give up? I see such relation with Siachen. Other guests and friends will comment on Siachen but I, as a journalist, will share two observations. I also delved into how the world today looks at international relations. In simple terms, may be there is not much of a difference between international and human relations. For example, I call Sadiq Azhar as nana (grandpa) with affection. He is someone like a grandpa to me. He called me and said, “Come here. You need to give a speech.” I don’t know whether I am here in my self-interest or as a journalist. I felt that we can’t live alone. I need a wife to produce off-spring. She too can’t live alone and needs me in return. In the same way, nations too need each other for their self-interest. As far as I could understand, in international relations, when the interests collide the last instrument to pursue them is war. War means you have failed in 10,000 things and you are left with the last instruments of war and army to achieve your interests. In my opinion, the most unfortunate thing about Pakistan is that what should be the last resort in this civilized world, we made it our first resort. From 1947 to till now, we failed to understand that in international relations you have 10,000 other instruments. There is communication, diplomacy, people to people interaction. There is media. You can trade and develop economic interdependence. When you diplomacy fails, trade fails, images fail, then at last you can fight. I think, without using any of these we just went to the extreme with this warrior thinking that we are Muslims, jihadis and superior. We are paying price for that today. With the kind of arrogance we built this nation, strange thing is this that our own warriors numbering 150 attack Bannu prison and free 400 prisoners. You decide whether this can be called a nation or not. In the end, I would like to say that…I will also give examples of two countries… I also studied Turkey. I was amazed to know that Turkey’s exports today are $180 billion. I thought what’s so special about Turkey that the world is buying nearly $200 billion goods. For your information, Pakistan’s entire GDP is $125 billion. And this is world’s six largest nation. I thought what has happened Turkey that it’s buying goods worth $200 billion. Then I understood that Turkey said to the European economies, “Come here and promote tourism.” It bettered its image. Now all European tourists come to Turkey. There are low tariffs. Things are cheap. What Turkey does is that it buys goods from all over the World and the Europeans buy them from Turkey. Turkey makes a profit of $30 to $40 billion. At this time, Turkey’s per capita is $10,000. These are the people who were warriors. Every now and then they used to fight Greeks and the East Europe. This is how they extricated themselves from the Second World. Now it is the leader of the Muslim World. When you feed the stomach, God will bestow beauty and delicacy. Leadership went to Turkey. I will quote the second example of India. India still has a conflict with China but it did not stop the trade. There is a $50 to $100 billion annual trade between India and China. What I was trying to say is that the time has come for the Pakistan to understand that war can only the last and desperate solution to any conflict. You need to work on building relations and a soft image. When I was a teenager…I am from Lahore… we were told that Kashmiris are like gold and Indians are little, small, like this and like that. That was the image of Indians in 70s and 80s. Then India produced four Miss Worlds in 1990. It changed its image in the world and told the world that we are beautiful, we have the alcohol, there is no law and order issue, no Taliban. Now see their per capita income and the investments. This is the way the world is fighting, pursuing its interests. Through image and relationship. And we tell the world that we are the fighters. Thanks to Allah, after much crying, we took this one badge from Bangladesh and got the applause. In this situation, we need to ponder over whether we should run Pakistan with this warrior mindset or with sanity. The decision is in the hands of Pakistan.

100 thoughts on “How Pakistan Military’s Mindset Towards India Works – Pakistani Media Man Tahir Malik Explains

  1. The harsh truth is, that country has people with sawdust between their ears. So they think in a shallow and unsophisticated way. Benazir Bhutto was pretty thick, as in Im Dim. (Oxford took them not for their brains)

  2. All Indies, pakies, Banglies, Phillies, mallies (irrespective of religion) are just second class fellas in Saudi Arabia & other Arab countries. My friends told me this 😷🤕

  3. Uploaded in 2015.. We r in 2019…
    Wat u give is wat u get…
    I can only pity pakistan…
    I think its too late.. World already has moved ahead.. U r stll in past..
    Every word he spoke is a fact.. Its high time pakistan will be dismantled..

  4. 1 Muslim, 10 Hindu? Jat regiment entered Lahore in 1971 vastly outnumbered by muslim pashtuns and mullay pindoo punjabi. Jatland will destroy you porkies. Our youth from haryana, western uttar pradesh, rajasthan and punjab can beat your qaum any day.

  5. Lol peoples who were forcebly converted are praising arab countries 😂🤣🤣 must say power of religion is kind of virus

  6. Let there be peace in Pak, may God give them ample food on the table, health and education to their children.
    India should find an adversary more worthy of competition.

  7. Bhosdiwale apne mulk ke liye ro rahe the, jab mil gaya to apni identity nahi smjh pa rhe . Abe martial race ? Madarchodo tumhari dadiyon pardadiyon ne apne salwar khol khol kr apni ijjat bachai aur ye khud ko arbi samajh rhe hai

  8. When did you rule in india

    And which india you're talking about.

    Bharat se alag ho kar kitne saal ho rahaa hai😊😊😊😊

  9. Marital RACE 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    Can't stop laughing…..
    Lgta hai Pakistan army sikh, jaat, gujjar, Rajput, yadav in sab ke nam nhi sune….10 Hindu pe ek muslim 😂
    Kaha ki maths hai?
    Pulwama attack ke bad shayad imran khan isi miscalculation ki bat kr rha tha jo unse hui thi 47-48, 65,71 ,99 aur siachen Glacier me

  10. This is even so true today. Nothing changed. For Porkies only one thing – Gaand main nahin hain gu aur chale soouar ko dawat dene

  11. Pakistan is still dwelling in medieval mentality. What about 90000 Pakistani Muslim warriors surrendering to the Indian army in 1971 in East Pakistan?

  12. Abe chutiye….tum max log converted Muslims ho….tumhari kya warrior history hai…..Sala pathological liars ho tum aur tumhare sick generals

  13. Tum Pakistanis ki koi history nahi hai….galatfehmi ka koi ilaz nahi…..Sala asylum on loose hai Pakistan

  14. Nice views. Are leaders of Pakistan listening to him. No. Evidence. Saikh Rashid Railway Minister talked to continue Jehad against India. If mind of Army and leaders are filled with Jehadi thinking and producing terrorists in Malaysia and seminaries still in new Pakistan then this country is doomed to be failed nation with no bright future. India like China is investing in education technology health infrastructure industries and IT we have invested in improving economy future. This is happening because of our visionary leaders and institutions. Pakistan is going in dangerous wrong direction and creating mischief for neighbours too and now will pay its price too. OK advise your army and govt.

  15. What did your warrior mindset get you? Bankrupt country, internationally shamed and diplomatically isolated. Crazy nut case country! I wish more Pakistanis would actually listen to this guy! Finally! Someone who makes sense.

  16. These converts think they are Arabs they forget about forcefully convert over many years not as many voluntarily as they like to think
    Turkey was soundly thrashed during first war

  17. 1 pakistani = 10 Indians, IS JUST TO MOTIVATE PAKISTANI, because pakistan is very small country geographically +very very less population compare to India.
    So the created this theory in Pakistan…… Hahaha 🐷🇵🇰🐷🇵🇰
    Porkistani

  18. Musalman warrior nahi hai, woh shirff lootera hote hai. Woh Middle east ka musalman dusre desh mein ghuske civilized deshon ko loot te aur barbaad karke chale jate the. Arab deshon ko dekho, pakistan ko dekho, ye sab bolte wo bahut khatarnak ladaku hai, lekin jab iske samne koi sachha jodhha aa jate, yeh log bhaag jate nahi to surrender kar dete. Ek dakait aur lootera achanak koi insaan ka ghar loot te, yeh wo hi kum karte. Ek achhi jodhha aur lootera mein bahut farak hai

  19. Mujhe to sirf e samajh aaya ki……Musalmaano par kabhi bharosa mat karo, vo kabhi bhi palatwaar kar sakte hai 😠😠😠 because they think they are superior.

  20. I can't believe these guys are living 1000 years behind.. Ghauri or ghajni ka time gaya.. Faar ke rakh denge.. Jaise Bangaldesh ko kaat dala..

  21. Warrior vo bhi Pakistani 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣..he is a standup comedian

  22. You are right in giving up the ISI and Army and take out your people from the falsehood and show them the truth and you stand alone.

  23. These people think they are a martial race. In fact they are descendents of Rajputs and Brahmins who instead of fighting the Muslim Invaders gave their women to them and in turn as a reward for embracing Islam were titles and land.Their general Bajwa is a dogla rajput.

  24. One idiot is speaking with zero sense of history and other idiots are listening him . These neo converts are suffereing from psychological dieases called identity crisis . I hope India will solve there mental illness soon.

  25. He is correct.. Pak thinks they are warriors and it is only about their thinking…
    … India Develops international relations, trade, education, research, Jobs etc… Whereas pak is busy on entertaining terrorists forgetting their own people interest and development..
    … Don't think China will stand with you.. Only economic benefits and suppressing India at levels, China is supporting pak… Once massive trade china begins with india. .Things will change quickly..
    .. Please note.. If pak is not changing, slowly you will reach the status of somalia..
    … Pak has all the resources, but you are not able to move a inch.. Whereas india has less resources compared to pak , but india has changed a lot. World listen India only because of its Genuinity, self dignity, acceptance , Trust, not entertaining terrorism in any form etc…

  26. सालों मुस्लिमों अब हम हिन्दू जागे हुए है …अब हम अपने संस्कार भूल कर पूरी शिद्दत से तुमलोग को खत्म करेंगे।
    जय माँ भारती

  27. Problem with muslims is that they never learned hindus history. In history 13 year old child krishna killed very powerful demon.

  28. The truth has become an ordeal,
    And the facts have all lost their appeal.

    Our Western liars tally
    Is fully up the alley,

    Their reality’s turning surreal.

  29. Hindu gurkhas are the real warriors just first google and reply

    Sikhs are real warrior read battle of saragarhi and reply

    Pakistani muslims are just dumb goons in front of them

  30. every community exagerrates like this nothing wrong in it,sikhs do this all the time ,but the only difference bw any indic or abrahmic muslim is that no indic whether its hindus sikhs jains or buddhists see war or violence or any other way(subterfuge,conspiracies) as a divine order from god/allah which pakistani or for that matter all muslim of ummah believe.

  31. Complete diagnosis of india -pakistan conflict. It has now become more emotional than workable political solution.

  32. Tuney kab rule kiya tha bharar ko? Rule kiyatha arabs nd turkione. Tu kya turkion ki sex slave ki aulad hai k tuney apna rapist baap ki nationalism follow karte hai? By the way according to indian independence act pura kashmir hi bharat ka hai. Agar apni qaum k liye itnahi khujli hai toh indian mollaka jimbedari kyun nahi leta hai we?

  33. Pakistan muslim bbhaddiki muslim he..quni tum logo ko Arab log nokar samajtti he..or tum log ho bhi us layak

  34. Coming out with Real and bare facts. If Pakisthan give up its Anti Indian Mindset and Join hands and put our resources and Talents together we can turn out to be one of the Greatest Nations of the world today , for sure.

  35. Chutiya bhosdika.iski beti aur bivi cud rahi hai hindusstaniyon ke sath aur yeh hind ko khatam karne ke khyob dekh raha hai.chutiya katwa sala fucklah ki tatti paidaish.gandi lichad kom.thu behanchood.i feel shame india has muslim even india was divided in the name of religion.

  36. Don't flatter yourselves, you are mercineries, agents from hell and tormentors from devil. With no honour, respect or humaness.

  37. Bhai, the India that was ruled over included Pakistan. Muslim people who ruled over India most successfully, I.e. Moghuls, were from Samarquand (Timur, Babur and their descendants). No ruler who originated in today’s Pakistan managed to rule over a large enough proportion of India, which would be worth a mention, in current India and Pakistan’s complete history.

    Where has this Ill-informed guy come from? If this is the quality of journalists in Pakistan, then I can not expect anything from the average guy. Now I understand the grandiose ideas that people have there about Pakistan’s capabilities. If only their focus was economy and not some hallucination driven idea of military strength, which by the way has been proven wrong in every war they have fought – officially and in-officially!

  38. As one Iran based shia Autralian Moulavi said every country has Army to protection …….But in pakistan Army has country…..

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