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My Pakistan

Bin Laden’s capture laid bare our army’s long history of betrayal. But it might, finally, force change

By Moni Mohsin   183

Growing up in Pakistan, I couldn’t help but be proud of our army. Year after year I read laudatory accounts in my Urdu schoolbooks of our soldiers’ bravery in repeated wars against India. Streets were named after martyred soldiers. Prime residential districts were called Defence and Cantonment. Smartly painted fighter jets and tanks occupied public squares, like statues of poets and kings do in other countries.

Nor was I unaware of our neighbour: big, belligerent India. The bogeyman waiting to devour us. All that stood between them and us was our army: selfless, competent, our only functioning institution. It was…

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