Army of the ‘Pure’
Pakistan’s minorities in the armed forces do not constitute even a fraction of their population in the country – by choice and official diktat
The Pakistan armed forces have long been said to have the most impenetrable defence systems when it comes to outside attempts at extracting information about this institution. While this may be understandable in the case of issues relating to national security, the one area that curiously seems to be fiercely guarded – or is it just ignorance of the facts? – is the number of minorities in the rank and file of the forces.
Major General (R) Athar Abbas, former Director General, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), declined to comment on the issue, saying that such information was not available – and he was certainly not privy to it if it was.
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