I decided not to take that further as the thread is not relevant to the topic, however that was not the disagreement. While not true in the army, in the FC the use of captured weapons, especially American ones smuggled in from Afghanistan was very common (and it doesn’t stop at weapons). However it has naturally gone down with the decrease in smuggling, though is still a present issue And definitely needs to be addressed.I agree with everything you said - so wondering what parts in my writeup you disagreed with. Would love to get your thoughts.
If the cycling in of captured weapons is where you disagree, I can shed how it is done.
My other disagreement was with the comment about Colonels and below and brigadiers and above being some sort of massive difference, the PA is a big place, there will be some bad nuts, but such a “two-worlds” thing is certainly not commonplace. I could go into the details but trust me it would get very long, the only thing I’ll say is, we often overestimate how much of a “badmash” the average Brigadier and above officer feels or thinks he is. They don’t just suddenly change like that.
As for conditions being different in different regions, that is fact, but I don’t see how it’s surprising. That’s like saying the US troops based in Washington have it easier than the US troops based in Afghanistan.…well…yes. They do. Not all of Pakistan is as developed and not every side has the same level of threats, while ideally we would provide the same facilities to every soldier everywhere, we just don’t have the money, it’s not just a thing in the military. As an example, government doctors have mandatory service years in rural areas, where they have significantly less facilities, do significantly more and harder work and for the same pay. But they are signing up for this when they take the job. And this is exactly why they are rotated so often, to cities, to borders, to all sorts of terrains, to safety and to danger. In an ideal world, where we had enough money and no enemies, we could make sure all our soldiers everywhere were kept safe and secure, and even now we should try out hardest for that.
I cannot however speak for the rangers and the FC, they are under the ministry of interior and are supposed to serve closer to their homes, but unfair advantages are used in this regard.
All that being said, the lack of basic equipment that is costing the lives of our soldiers, especially on the western border, is absolutely inexcusable and very saddening to see. No matter who’s responsible for it. Especially In the case of the FC.