Whoever controls the media controls the mind -Jim Morrison. The myth has been created by the politicians of Pakistan, especially in the last 4 years, that all the problems of Pakistan are due to the Pakistan Military. Even the media carries the same myth and publish all hatred against Army. The biggest example of this has been recently published in Dawn on February 17, 2012, “The Military Myth” by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar.
The author started with his anger that why none of the politician or media has raised voice against the Chief of the army staff’s claim that armed forces are allocated only 18 percent of total government outlay. He presumed that as Army is more powerful than politicians and media so no one is saying anything against it. After the initial introduction, he never proved it wrong later in his article; even he didn’t bother to discuss it.
In his article he put all of the emphases on so called myth that army blames the feudal and politicians for the corruption and tried to prove that it is the strategy which is tried and tested and completely wrong. It seems he also believes in myths because in order to counter this he didn’t brought any authentic reference that feudal or politicians were never involved in the corruption.
Trying to counter the argument, according to his supposition that it is mostly presented by army men, that biggest reason for politicians to be corrupted could be due to their feudal background, he presented the example of Jamshed Dasti and Sheikh Rashid. According to him, both of them were not from feudal background but rather from humble urban areas. He failed to realize that although these politicians are not feudal by birth but they possess the feudal mentality, how you can imagine a person with a humble background can forge with his degrees. When someone talks about the problem of feudal that actually refers to the mindset of those people otherwise in history there are many examples when a person possess lot of land but always remained humble.
To conclude all this, I would say that the entire article was based on hypothetical myth and was full effort to malign Pakistan Army. The article was full of baseless arguments just to prove that Army is in full control of Pakistan and all the bad things happening in Pakistan are due to Army. Media also seems to check only one thing before publishing any article that it should be against Army. These days politicians are using media to turn every Pakistani mind against Army as stated by Julie Christie, “The status quo and the media is doing everything it can to fry children's brains and make them grow up maladjusted.”