ISLAMABAD - What to talk about the incumbent democratically elected government whose shrewd and talkative representatives went into dormant state after the US operation in the heart of the garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, however, the textual matter of abundance of text messages circulating on cellular networks across the country indicates sinking public trust in the armed forces.
Pakistanis, either living in county or abroad, are expressing their strong resentment over the performance of Pakistan Army and specifically its radar system, by using cellular networks and other social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.
Then there are some other types of messages consisting of funny statements quoting last words of Osama Bin Laden. A country that thrives on rumour and gossip, the messages all shared a common theme: radars for sale and last words of Osama Bin Laden. Messages read, Radar For Sale, Model No. 438, Pakistan Army made, cant detect USA helicopters but can receive Star Plus (an Indian entertainment TV channel), only for Rs999. Please contact General Ashfaq Kayani.
A similar textual matter reads, Pak Armys latest air surveillance radar for sale, though it cant detect enemys choppers or aircrafts but it is good to get Star TV, Discovery and other TV channels.
Then those who are taking it as fun, attribute the words from Osama Bin Laden. A such text reads, American CIA has claimed that the last words of OBL were 'Aik he nahra, souba Hazara, souba Hazara. A demand of the residents of the area where Bin Laden lived and later killed by US forces.
Also another text with some changes in a way, American CIA has claimed that the last words of OBL were 'Haq ki khuli kitab Altaf, Altaf, A popular slogan among the activists of Muttahida Quami Movement.
A Facebook user commenting on a PAF senior officials statement that radars deployed on the western borders were not active at the time of US invasion in his own comic way, linked the inactivity of radars with load shedding saying the forces have transferred all the electricity generators on eastern boarders.
Then there are some who are airing fake security alerts to deepen the sense of fear and despair among masses. A threatening security alert bewaring people not to take key rings or key chains commonly distributing by some people on petrol pumps and CNG stations free of cost, because according to the text, it contains surveillance chip/s to track the movement of the particular person.
While talking to The Nation, an FIA official said freedom of expression is the mother of all liberties and that the department could not curtail this practice. When asked that such rumours and messages were deepening sense of insecurity among general public and making fun of the defence system as well as Pakistan Army, he said the authority could take action after receiving some complaint from an individual.