Meeting Zia ul Haq

Meeting Zia-ul Haq

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Pres Zia-ul HaqAfter retiring as the ambassador of India in Ankara in 1996, I decided to become a journalist, rather a commentator on international affairs, having started my diplomatic career in Cairo as assistant press attaché in early 1960s.

To enable me to work and function as an accredited journalist, Kuldip Nayar’s Mandira publications appointed me as its roving correspondent for the region.

I have known Kuldip since 1964, when along with many other senior Indian journalists he had come to Cairo for the nonaligned summit. Kuldip was the managing director of recently minted; with shoestring budget the United News of India, a rival news agency to PTI. He has always been very affectionate like an elder brother and very hospitable.

Kuldip is the first successful journalist to establish a Syndicate in India, Mandira publications, which has done very well since decades .He had syndicated my articles to nearly a score of major Indian regional newspapers from 1996. At the same time I had begun writing articles for Turkish daily News, Ankara, Khaleej times is Dubai, Pioneer New Delhi and other English language publications in India.

In spite of requests from friends and editors to write short pieces of 1300 words for newspapers in Turkey, Lebanon and other places, my experience and background of 35 years as the diplomat half of it as an Ambassador gives me greater facility to write in-depth articles. Since 2002, I have written over 500 online in-depth articles for major newspapers, websites, and blogs etc. all over the world, which have been translated into a dozen major languages of the world.

However, I felt that I should share my experience as a diplomat and a journalist with Indians, who mostly read newspapers and magazines in India’s regional languages. Mandira Publications has provided me that opportunity.

Meeting with Gen Zia-ul Haq in Bucharest

(From the Ambassador’s Journal)

“Why do not you come to Islamabad? Natwar is leaving Pakistan shortly”.” Excellency, all my teeth are still intact and I am somewhat junior diplomat to come to Pakistan,” I replied to the visiting Pres. of Pakistan Gen Zia ul Haq to whom I was introduced. During my post in early 1980s in Bucharest, Romania, then under the communist rule of Nicolai Ceausescu, all heads of mission were summoned to the presidency and in order of precedence introduced to the visiting head of state or government.

Apart from exchange of pleasantries with the Pakistani president and to meet with him in person, some of us are very curious because prior to his visit there were some media reports that the Pres. had instructed that the women of Pakistan should wear only Salwar and Kameez and not sari, since some extremists in Pakistan considered sari to be a Hindu costume. So we were pleasantly surprised and reassured that almost all the ladies accompanying him were dressed in saris. At the end of the introductions, the president and his party mingled with the invited guests and the president was quickly surrounded.

I sauntered over to a group which had three well dressed and articulate ladies from Pakistan delegation. We talked about India and Pakistan. The wife of the Minister of industry, if I remember correctly, who was connected with Karachi, was full of praise for our previous consul general Mani Shankar Aiyar, a very bright younger colleague, who was born in Lahore.

I casually remarked how was it to travel with the Pres. Of course, she praised the president and added that although he was not trained to be a politician or Pres. he was doing splendidly. I could not resist myself and said, “But of course any young cadet joining the Pakistani military Academy always aspires to occupy the presidential Palace.” After this, I quickly left the group.

Later while posted to Amman, I heard much more about Gen Zia, who as a brigadier was deputed to train Jordan’s military (1967-70). In the beginning, there used to be British military officers seconded to Jordan , created by Winston Churchill after WWI at a dinner table in Jerusalem when on a napkin he mapped the Emirate of Trans-Jordan East of river Jordan , to pacify Prince Abdullah , son of Sharif Hussain of Hejaz and the keeper of Mecca and Medina .The Sharif was fooled into aiding the British against the Ottoman Caliph and Sultan in Istanbul on assurance by Lawrence of Arabia of freeing the Caliph’s Arab subjects after WWI .But nothing of the sort happened .The perfidious British and Gallic French divided the Arab territories , created Israel and put new Arab kingdoms under their control .

King Hussain, a direct descendent of Prophet Mohammad, the ruler during my tenure (1989-92) had himself done a shortened course at the British Military Academy at Sandhurst. In fact, King Hussain married Antoinette Avril Gardiner, the daughter of a British military head of a training mission .Their son; King Abdullah also trained at Sandhurst, now sits on the Hashemite throne in Amman.

Brigadier Zia left an abiding impression among the population of Jordan about his religious proclivities. Some of them said that there was no Mosque in Jordan, where Brig Zia did not pray .But he was heartily detested by Jordanians of Palestinian origin who were expelled from Palestine after the creation of Israel and now form majority in the Kingdom. Brig Zia was the brain and strategician behind the defense and counter attack when the Palestinian guerrilla fighters organized the Black September insurgency against King Hussain. Jordan troops under Brig Zia crushed it and expelled the insurgents into Syria. Later for this Prime Minister Zulfikar Bhutto promoted him 4 Star superseding seven Lt Generals.

A source told me that after the whole operation was over there were big celebrations at the Hashemite Palace. The King himself sent a message to Pakistan that Brig Zia had saved a kingdom. At the party, naturally, Brig Zia was the cynosure of all eyes specially charming and enchanting ladies. A few of them with wine glasses in their hands came enthusiastically and enticingly to Zia and requested that he drink a toast with them for the success, hinting that he deserved whatever he wished or commanded .Brig Zia was a complete teetotaler, so in spite of repeated requests and entreaties by the ladies ,he continued to refuse politely . Finally, he said that did they desire he give up his lifelong absentension. At this the ladies desisted and Zia remained a teetotaler.

During his presidency Gen Zia hoodwinked many foreign leaders and took full advantage of the geopolitical location of Pakistan after the ingress of the Soviet troops into Afghanistan invited by the leftist rulers in Kabul. He wholeheartedly joined with US led West and Muslim counties in the Jihad against USSR in Afghanistan I would not repeat the adverse external and internal consequences of this decision and Islamizing the state of Pakistan, .He also fooled Indian leadership while planning rebellion in Indian Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir .As always, India’s RAW remained generally clueless .Zia would visit India for Pakistani cricket team’s tour or to visit a Muslim holy center. One Pakistani diplomat said the Gen Zia kept his mustaches lowered but was very successful in achieving his internal and foreign policy objectives.

Gen Zia originated from peasantry class called Rain, mostly involved in horticulture, but his father was clerk, a good position in pre-partition days. Born in Jullundur, after graduating from St Stephens College, Delhi, he joined the army .In 1947 he opted for Pakistan. He was able to fool PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and finally had his benefactor hanged a very common thing in the history of Islam. Three of the first four Arab Caliphs died of violence. Among Mongols and Turks the sovereignty resided in the family and the fittest could take over the throne after the death of the ruler.

To counter the old established elites of Pakistan comprising of feudal landlords and the rich bourgeoisie, who looked down upon Gen Zia, he promoted another refugee family, of Nawaz Sharif from in Amritsar district in India, where his family had grown out of a flourishing blacksmithy business. He joined politics when the family’s steel business was nationalized by Bhutto. It was therefore funny of him to take potshots at Indian PM Manmohan Singh for old rustic women talk as if he belonged to the genteel aristocracy.

More on Zia and Pakistan

Unlike India, Pakistan began with weak grassroots political organizations, with the British-era civil servants strengthening the bureaucracy’s control over the polity and decision-making in the country. Subsequently, the bureaucracy called for the military’s help, but soon the tail was wagging the dog. In the first seven years of Pakistan’s existence, nine provincial governments were dismissed. From 1951 to 1958 there was only one army commander in chief, two governor generals, but seven prime ministers.

While the politicians had wanted to further strengthen relations with the British, the erstwhile rulers, General Ayub Khan -encouraged by the US military – formed closer cooperation with the Pentagon. And in 1958 the military took over power, with Ayub Khan exiling the governor general, Iskender Mirza, to London. A mere colonel at partition in 1947, with experience mostly of staff jobs, Ayub Khan became a general after only four years. Later, he promoted himself to field marshal. He eased out officers who did not fit into the Anglo-Saxon scheme of using Pakistan’s strategic position against the evolving Cold War confrontation with the communist bloc.

General Zia ul-Haq, meanwhile, was a cunning schemer, veritably a mullah in uniform who, while posted in Amman, helped plan the military operation, which expelled Yasser Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization from Jordan in the 1970s. But he is more remembered for having prayed at all the mosques of Amman, if not in the whole of Jordan. He seduced the north Indian media with lavish praise and chicken and tikka kebabs meals. He planned Operation Topaz, which in 1989 fueled insurgency in Kashmir, while hoodwinking Indians with his goodwill visits to promote cricket contacts between the countries. His Islamization of the country made the situation for women and minorities untenable, while the judicial killing of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1977 turned General Zia into a pariah.

But the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan made him a US darling, restoring and fatally strengthening the Pakistan military’s links with the Pentagon. This made the Pakistani military and the ISI’s hold pervasive, omnipotent, omniscient and ominous in Pakistan. This defense alliance, the seeds of which were planted by Ayub Khan, and the symbiotic relationship between the ISI and the CIA bolstered under General Zia, was never really dismantled and is unlikely to be fully disentangled.

The form of government in a country has seldom bothered the US in the pursuit of its national interests. Otherwise, why would it embrace Pakistan, or say Egypt, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia or any of the other kingdoms and sheikhdoms and repressive regimes around the world, and shun democratic India. Beginning with Ayub Khan’s unofficial visit to the US, the foundations for bilateral cooperation in the military field were laid. These have survived through thick and thin, like a bad marriage where neither side can let go, and despite bad patches, such as the takeovers by Zia ul-Haq and Musharraf. In fact US find military or other dictators easier to handle.

Like the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, September 11 revived the necessity, if not the passion of the 1980s, for Pakistan and the US to come close to each another once again. A divorce now, as naive Indian policymakers and media propose, is wishful thinking. The US needed Pakistan to protect itself from a backlash of its earlier Afghan policies of creating the mujahidin and supporting the jihad in Afghanistan and then Taliban, After 11 September, Washington desperately needed to stop Pakistan’s nuclear bombs or material from falling into jihadi hands, and to eliminate, or at least curtail, further damage to US

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Yes I am aware Zia ul Haq made today’s values of Pakistan.

who you calling master and who you calling slave you idiot we are muslims we are not masters and slave of each other. you have stupid mentality infact you are fitnabaz . pakistan is a muslim country and we are muslims we do not want more countries within muslim country we need unity among muslims . those haramis who want freedom for stupid same system what they may call democracy is against islam.sooner or later inshallah there be sharia law in pakistan and inshallah after frdeeom of kashmir from india there be sharia law too. we fight for islam you fight for democracy or maybe communism . our dead are shaheed your dead will burn. may allah guide us all.

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    • Jihadi Mirza Jamal Arif sahib its good you want to SPREAD your ideas like I do BUT lets NOT feed Pak and Indian Army fat cats. Just LIKE YOU Balouch and KASHMIRI people have a RIGHT to be free from Punjabi dictation. EVERY group of people HAVE a right of be FREE from “Majority” control. No matter what I say or You Say or Imran says or Zia said or did = THE kids of Balouch and Kashmir WILL decide who they LIKE and WHO thjey will THROW stones at and hate on FB !!!!
    • Arif Friaz jihadi please do not spread hate between muslims we are one ummah of rasool allah (sw) we must speak the truth and preach unity among all muslims . we do not need more countries with muslim country what is needed is sharia law which provides peace justice securityand unity for all muslim be we from blochetan punjab or kashmir. may allah unite us all. ameen.
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    • Jihadi Mirza Jamal In My and our Pakistan Pak Army Generals are ABOVE law and live in clean free places while rest of pakistan gets no Investment but crap pluted minds who want taliban not mr. Jinnah type leaders. Open your eyes to ruin of pakistan.
    • Jihadi Mirza Jamal I lovr You and all pakistanis And All Muslims. i hate zia control.
    • Pak Kashmir afsos ye bohat bara palen hai. azadi or shnahat ke naam par . ye saach hai har kisi ko apni city ya gahon se peayr huta hain . iss tarah ki guroon ne game ki hai . ab wo jaldi kamyab hu jayen gey . iss ke piche bohat si batiun hain. indian ne 375 Dem bana raha hai .koch makambal hu gey hai. or ju koch pani kashmir se pakistan jata hai uss ko bi kham rook len . or bi iss tarah ki bohat si batuin hain. Agr gorre iss tarah kamyab hujate hain tu pihr tu bat hi khtam hu gyi . or kamyab ni hute tu ye balochstan se bi zeda hatarnaak hu ga. wase bi is tarah ki azad kashmir me kafi chuti chuti partys bani ja rahi hain . ju apne apne furom se kam karne gyi . jin sab ka maqsad ak hi hu ga pakistan se alag huna . abi ye hi batya ja raha hai ke pakistan ke salat khamara koi masla ni kham apni shnahat chahte hain . iss tarah sab musilmano ko apni shnahat mil rahi hai app ke samne hai kiya hu raha hai musilmano ko .sab aik dosre se nafrat karte hain . isi tarah karchi me bafi had tak kamyab hu rahe hain muslim dushman . balochistan me bi asa hi hai. phtano me bi koch asa hi hai .baki punjab hai wo jab azad kashmir me bi islam dushman kamyab hu gey tu wo punjab me bi kamyab hu jaye gey . iss tarah totne se kisi ko koi mulak nai mile ga . sab koch guron ke ander rahe ga . ju word ka map banya hai unu ne us par ye kam hu raha hai . kham ko samj hi nahi aa rahi wo bari azadi ye sab ko bata rahye hai ke 2020 me asa word map hu ga or kham pihr un ka saat de rahye hain . or kham media ko kahte hain ke unu ne Brma ke bare koch ni dekhya tv par . tu kham ko sa musilmano se peayr kar rahye hain yahan bi kal ko brma hi bane ga . app ko ye bi pata hu ga ke india ne UN se apil ki hai ke 20000 rafiuji ko kashmir ke badar par jaga di jaya . us par tu koi ni bola . ye bohat bari deshgardi ka palen hain . pakistan bohat hi mushkil me hain awam ke saat bohat hi zulim hu raha hai . kham ko un ka saat dena chahye na ke is mushkil wakat me musilman ka dawa bi karte hain or apna apna mulak bi magte hain . aghr pihr bi kisi ko samj na ai tu . yaad rahe 2020 wala map saach hi hu ga .
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    • Jihadi Mirza Jamal Taliban or Zia ul Haq are real MUSLIMS. Lets close coeducational universities and girl schools. EVEN USA has failed to control this “drama” by AZAD Afghan DRUG lords and Pak terrorists …. Lal Mosque ZINDABAD.
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    • Arif Friaz jihadi we have bad apples yes in every country there is good and there is bad those who are bad in pakistan i dont speak for them . what i am saying to you is do not blame islam for the acts of few.zia is gone more are going so will we. but ummah of rasool allah will remain for short term pleasure and fame for yourself do not divide muslims kabrun main jana hae allah se dar. as for afghan mujahideen are concerned not only i but world over know that afghans are mujahid people if you dont think so ask russians and ask american army. i am with all those who do jihad against invaders and those who strive and struggle for sharia law in the land. jihadi if you are muslim you should know what islam says about womens education and drugs and other matters. about lal masjid even if musharaf repents even then on day of judgement youg girls (shaeed) of lal masjid will grab musharaf for what he did and ask allah for justice. agarche buut hain jamat ki astinu main mujahe hae hukam e azan la ilaha illalah.let me ask you very simple question. are you for sharia law in kashmir ? yes or no.
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    • Jihadi Mirza Jamal I do not want Zia or Taliban type Sharia. You want to ignore Zia’s ten long years and Pskistsn has Sharia laws already! Ofcourse we need Taliban type Sharia. No or yes? would your Amir allow TV ? Answer should be no otherwise your Sharia is different than Taliban. Girl education is loved by Kashmiri and Punjabis! Brother are you Pashtoon? Are your women educated? NOT ONLY I WANT RILIGION NOT BE USED BY AMIR OR PRESIDENT TO CONTROL PEOPLE BUT I ALSO WANT MY FAMILY TO VOTE IN THEIR LIVES. PAKISTAN already have enough Sharia. I am also a pakistani who fully supports Full education of all women and girls. Women have done a lot in freedom struggle of Kashmir can a woman stand for local elrctions?
      Is there a place for me and my ideas or Amir will jail me? I can not be shutup will FB shut down? would you take a job in Sharia government or you will keep your distance and remain a bit independent of office?
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    • Jihadi Mirza Jamal Mr. Jinnah is my role model not moulana muddudi. If Saudi royal family is acceptable then USA should be your country’s big friend too. Come on all Muslims know saudi are slaves to usa.

CIA KILLER blood money (Zia’s ul Haq’s WAHHABI Idea) cause more FRAUD and death of WOMEN

LHC orders production of Davis’s victim’s in-laws

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LAHORE: Justice Ali Baqar Najfi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered police to produce Shahzad Butt, father-in-law of Faizan Haider, who was killed by American citizen Raymond Davis, and others until August 13. The judge issued the directions on a petition of Imran Haider, brother of Faizan Haider, for recovery of his nephew, Muhammad Ahmad, from Shahzad Butt and others. Earlier, the court while issuing notice summoned respondents Shahzad and others for Friday. The police informed that the respondents were not residing at the mailing address given in the petition. The petitioner’s counsel submitted that after receiving blood money, his deceased brother’s wife, Zohra, shifted to her parents’ house along with her son Ahmad. He alleged that Zohra’s father Shahzad Butt was a greedy person and he killed Zohra and her mother to take custody of minor and the blood money. He also alleged that Shahzad Butt, his son Haider Ali, and Seemab Batool were hiding the boy since the death of his mother. He requested that directions be issued to police for the recovery of minor and his custody be given to the petitioner.