I actually spent many years in the Indian Armed makes -to be precise in the Indian Air Push. I mention it now because all those years I learnt a rule which was sacrosanct to the Raj’s army and later the environment Force that a military officer was somehow a gentleman, too. And it is at range with that concept that the Air Force Work 1932 as amended in 1950 laid down fees and penalties for “an act lesiva to good air push order and discipline. join Indian army
The Army is the most ancient of the Arms and was called ‘The American indian Army’ during British days and nights. But after India gained independence it came to be referred to as the British Indian Military services. After 1947 when the sub continent was divided and became two individual countries: India and Pakistan, the Indian army was also divided. I sometimes wonder that did the officer class in this split-up army continue to live up to the principle that they were also gentlemen. As is well known, within 62 days of their being split; the two soldires were each and every other’s throats. It was the beginning of the first Indo-Pak war where the Pakistan Army poorly failed in its aim of wresting the express of Kashmir from India. My contention is To. K. We are now bitter military enemies. Are likely to be we males still?
The idea of an enemy officer also conforming to the values of his class and showing the attributes of gentlemanliness – fair play, honor, and respect for human values is not something utopian. It was a fact of life in the ethos of the British Indian Armed service. How has the Pakistaner army lived up to it since those times? Perhaps I should describe right at the beginning that we only propose to formulate the evidence and not make judgments.
Carry out not have to go far but just a few years back. To be specific October 1947. The landscape: the picturesque riverside holiday break resort called Baramulla, in Kashmir. The Pakistan raiders moved in and began burning and looting and even more abominable -raping the girls – not even sparing the Muslims. The miserable part was that they were led by representatives of the regular Pakistan Army who only a few months back were part of the Native american army under the Raj. They even attacked the missionary hospital and killed the pregnant women. Medical professional Barrette in charge of the hospital and the nuns including the mom superior were summarily filmed. The leaders were the Pakistan Officer class.
Arrive 1965 and the second Indo Pak war got place, followed by the 1971 war that resulted in the vivisection of Pakistan. In the erstwhile condition of East Pakistan some 93000 Pakistan soldiers surrendered and Gen Niazi agreed upon the instrument of give up. On the western part of the country the battle was a stalemate and both sides got some hundreds of criminals. The cease fire and exchange of prisoners got place-but the Pakistan military services never returned some of the prisoners. Now forty five years have elapsed and Pakistan still holds a few of the Indian soldiers and Airmen in their prisons. There have been correspondence smuggled out of the jails and the family members of the missing members of the military are sure that the POW is still languishing in Pakistan. General Mushraff the President of Pakistan was approached. An charm was made to his honor as a gift. But the official refusal continues for can a nation admit that it keeps POWs for over 40 years when the war is over? The officer corps of the Pakistan Army has a lot of explanation to do for this work.
The Pakistan occupation of Bangladesh is also a nightmare. The troops under officers of the Pakistan army stormed the Dacca university and abducted tens of Muslim girls. They will were first raped and several were later bayoneted.
Within the last conflict with Pakistan (Kargil) some of the Indian aircrew captured was tortured and the eye gouged and genitals minimize. Some of the officials will need to have been around.
The code of conduct for an officer is a matter of honor. Deal with and kill- yes that is what he is trained for but below, the idea of the Raj of fair play and going by the rules is paramount. Will not kill innocents and stick to the Geneva conventions. Dammit! you should be a gentleman as well. I let all who read this article form a judgment of their own. Is that idea, of an unwritten code of behavior for the officer class, still in – in the Pakistaner army? One will have to think deep to arrive at an answer.