The Offensive Capability Of The Indian Air Force


Ever since Osama Bin Laden’s assassination, the western media has been wondering why Pakistanis refuse to accept the truth and believe in wild conspiracy theories. As one particularly scathing article puts it, “This is the salve that now comforts millions of Pakistanis at a time of fundamental crisis. They choose the magical world of conspiracy.” As an expatriate Pakistani, I’ve also been asked by confused Britons, Arabs and Indians: “Why don’t you guys admit that things are out of control? Why is everything that goes wrong in Pakistan always a CIA conspiracy?”.

Our Agong, after retirement went for a round-the-world cruise. During a stopover in Manila, our ambassador arranged for a visit to Malacanyang Palace. When the Agong’s limosine arrived at the palace gate, Marcos ordered the car to stop and the Agong had to walk up the driveway to the palace. Our ambassador was aghast and protested. Finally Marcos relented and a great insult to Malaysia was averted.

In such a scenario Field Marshal Slim’s British has not got its due for facing the Japanese Army. Though pushed back through Burma the British indian army exams fought valiantly against a heartless enemy. Thus this army is often referred to as the forgotten army as it was poorly equipped and had much less resources than their counter parts in the west. Yet it fought valiantly.

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 were first raped and some were later bayoneted.

His visit to Bangkok in 1985 was another unforgettable event. By then my work had been going well and many of my articles were published in local and international media.

Always book a pre-paid cab/bus from the airport to the city or consult an airport official for information on city and state transfers. Metro is the best mode of transport in Delhi or you could hire a licensed radio cab like Meru in most Indian metro cities.

In 1942 the Imperial Japanese fleet advanced on Pearl Harbor, with a one point plan as laid down by Admiral Yamamoto, to annihilate the US pacific fleet at one stroke. The attack was a tactical success as the Japanese task force spearheaded by 3 carrier groups unleashed an air bombardment of Pearl Harbor. But in the strategic sense the attack can be considered a failure as though the capital ships were sunk, but the 3 aircraft carriers which were on sea escaped the attack. This US carrier task force came back to haunt Japan, later in the war and the battle of midway was a strategic defeat for the Japanese.

In the car, his bodyguard Owen Chung was in the front beside Samad. I sat proudly in the back sitting beside the Tunku as the limousine eased out of the driveway and cruised along the tree-lined Ayer Raja Road, to Cantonment Road towards Pulau Tikus. That was the most memorable ride ever in my life.