Kiyani’s Army: Operation Lightening or Operation Déjà Vu?

Mohmand Agency

Mohmand Agency

“It’s déjà vu all over again!” — Yogi Berra

A couple of days ago I saw this headline and had a sense of déjà vu and I laughed out loud:
Sept 01, 2011: Army claims 80 per cent of Mohmand cleared

Then today, early in the morning, I saw this headline staring at me:
Sept 03, 2011: 85pc of Mohmand Agency cleared: corps commander

PESHAWAR: Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik has said that most of Mohmand Agency had been cleared of militants and terrorists after the successful military operation restored the writ of the government there.

Talking to journalists at Mamadgat in Mohmand Agency, he said, the army had reclaimed 80 to 85 percent area of Mohmand Agency after the successful military operation Brekhna (lightning) in which 72 soldiers, including three officers, embraced martyrdom and around 150 other soldiers were injured.

The corps commander said that the major action in Mohmand Agency had been completed and now only search and cordon operation was being carried out in a few pockets….

And I went “Wow! Kiyani’s ‘men’ have managed to clear 5% of Mohmand in only TWO DAYS so we should be 100% clear in another six! Man these ‘guys’ are good!!!

Of course I was being cynical.

Let me not say another thing and let the headlines/timeline do the talking:

You know what is even funnier? Here are two pics released by ISPR on the Mohmand Agency operations:

Kiyani and his girls in Mohmand Agency April 21, 2010

Kiyani and his girls in Mohmand Agency on July 13, 2011

Yes, it’s déjà vu all over again!, eh Yogi! 🙂

Mohmand Agency IDPs

Mohmand Agency IDPs

(P.S. Looking at this last picture, ask yourself “Are these ladies wearing ‘burqas’ because the bad old Taliban forced them to?”)

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9 Responses to “Kiyani’s Army: Operation Lightening or Operation Déjà Vu?”


  1. 1 Project Humanbeingsfirst September 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I think it’s called redoing the problem set at MIT – because the previous submission was so pathetic that it didn’t even deserve an ‘F’.

    But how many times can one resubmit?

    In Pakistan, evidently it is endless – promotion awaits those who give up on their. Others, it is the crate of mangoes.

    God job spotting this.

    Zahir

  2. 2 leo September 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    That Negro Brass has to be hit by the true patriots who had hit them at GHQ before.And not only there but also in their safe haven where their snake pro-genies are hatched.These traitor snakes who have joined Negro brass have to be eliminated along with their paymasters for the freedom of the oppressed masses.Their minions in the media and other traitors would evaporate automatically!

  3. 3 Atiq November 2, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Anybody remember Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” statement in Iraq? Or the number of times NATO has claimed spectacular successes against militants in Afghanistan? How about the initial claims of 50,000 plus Americans dead in Afghanistan by the militants. The first casualty of war is the truth, the second is obviously rationality.

    The author should know that war is not a simple push forward. Its give and take. The only issue is that when the army makes a statement it gets published, when the Taliban take back land nobody reports it.

    • 4 nota November 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      The only issue is that when the army makes a statement it gets published, when the Taliban take back land nobody reports it.

      Ah, but isn’t it the army that is instrumental in keeping reports of “Taliban take back land” out of the news? Remember our “free” press happily regurgitates ISPR press releases as “facts” (ISPR says “Drone strike killed 50 militants” and next day’s headline is “50 Taliban fighters killed in drone strike”). I have heard many admit they are not allowed in the area (unless it is to spin how good a job army is doing). To this day not one paper or one channel has shown a single picture of one of the civilian victims…..

  4. 5 Ahmer Murad November 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

    It really is so sad 😦 They will keep doing this, keep spending good money, keep sending soldiers to their deaths, keep displacing civilians & keep sending the bills to their masters (with some “mark-up”, of course) and the end result is only going to be increased dissatisfaction, suffering, innocent lives lost and loss of credibility for the country. Not to mention increased militancy…

  5. 6 Scandinavian November 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    @Nota

    Sorry to be off topic, but what is your knowledge about Ittefaq Foundries.
    Have a look here:

    http://pkpolitics.com/discuss/topic/nawaz-sharifs-ittefaq-foundaries-on-lescos-top-defaulters-list

    Our common “friend” rasheed had this thread deleted twice, and I suspect he wants this issue burried asap!

  6. 8 Scandinavian November 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    @nota

    Thanks nota, but you need to deliver the message yourself. You are still very much missed on PKP discuss. These are VERY interesting times and I think you should consider to come back asap! I think we can have some fun 🙂


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