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US PAKISTAN RELATIONS WATERSHED YEAR-2012

US PAKISTAN RELATIONS WATERSHED YEAR-2012

A major shift is on the cards unless something unusual happens like a drastic change or an air crash like the 17 August 1988

Agha.H.Amin


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How General Zia Went Down on the 17 August 1988-EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN



I WAS SERVING AS MTO 15 LANCERS ON 17 AUGUST 1988 AND 15 LANCERS WAS CHARGED WITH ADMINISRATIVE ISSUES OF ZIAS VISIT TO KANDEWALA RANGES ON
17 AUGUST 1988.

15 LANCERS WAS TOLD TO ARRANGE ITEMS LIKE BABA ICE CREAM , LOTAHS AND THE LUNCH WHICH ZIA NEVER ATE AT TAMEWALI SINCE HE CUT HIS VISIT SHORT AND FLEW STRAIGHT IN CHOPPER TO BAHAWALPUR INSTEAD OF TAMEWALI FROM THE KANDEWALA RANGES.

I HAD EXCUSED MYSELF FROM GOING TO TAMEWALI AS MY ADVERSE VIEWS ABOUT ZIA WERE WELL KNOWN TO THE CO.

THE FIRST INDICATION OF THE CRASH WAS HELIPAD BEING PREPARED IN FRONT OF MULTAN CMH AROUND 1700 WHEN I WAS DRIVING FROM 4 ARMOURED BRIGADE MESS TO 5 ARMOURED BRIGADE MESS.I STOPPED TO ASK WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY SUCH ACTIVITY IN THE SPORTS GROUND OPPOSITE THE MILITARY HOSPITALS GATE.THE MILITARY POLICE NCO REPLIED THAT A PLANE HAD CRASHED NEAR BAHAWALPUR AND THIS HELIPAD ACTIVATION WAS  TO RECEIVE THE DEAD BODIES.I COULD GUESS WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND DROVE TO MY REGIMENT TO CONFIRM FROM THE DUTY NCO CLERK.



AGHA H AMIN





17 August 1988
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An army chief who should never have been the chief in the first place and should have instutionally retired by 1980 was finally terminated by divine design on 17 August 1988.

It was a hot summer day when a C 130 military transporter crashed almost right on the site of a pre 1947 Hindu Shamshan Ghat on the Sutlej River near Bahawalpur. Pakistan's political equation was transformed within flash of a second. General Ziaul Haq's jaundiced shadow was removed from Pakistan's body politics by divine design and tangible endeavour of some mortals!

When Zia was suddenly promoted the army chief in 1976 he was an unknown man in the army. With no war record and known for no professional brilliance , Zia was a gift of the civilian prime minister Z.A Bhutto to the Pakistan Army. Late Maulana Kausar Niazi found an American connection in this dark horse when he stated that the US Ambassaor told the Maulana many days before his actual promotion that a man called Zia may be the army chief.

Of humble background Zia did not see any action in any of Pakistan's wars except having been master mind of a dirty war of Jordan's punitive action called Black September against the Palestenians.His immediate superior Major General Nawazish found him unsuitable to be a commissioned officer but he survived by sheer luck , begging General Gul Hassan to save him .The infamous arbitrary retirements of more than 15 general officers by intrigue of General Gul Hassan and Z.A Bhutto in December 1971 created an enormous gap in the army in Pakistan and this helped Zia in quick promotion to the rank of major general in 1972.A reliable army source General Chishti states that while posted in Multan Zia practiced extreme sycophancy cultivating PPP stalwarts like Sahibzada Faruq, Hamid Raza Gillani, Sadiq Hussain Qureshi and Sajjad Hussain Qureshi.Chishti thought that the CIA may have successfully cultivated Zia much earlier in 1950s when Zia attended a military course in USA.Brigadier Z.A Khan remembers him as selling eggs as a colonel in mid 60s in Multan.

Ironically the army never recommended Zia for promotion to the rank of COAS. General Chishti then the Military Secretary and directly responsible for promotion boards remembers that Zia was seventh in order of seniority in all lieutenant generals.The army chief Tikka did not even include Zia in the list of potential candidates and had recommended Lieutenant General Akbar Khan in an official letter addressed to Mr Z.A Bhutto for the job. Lieutenant General Sharif the seniormost was not recommended by Tikka in this letter.Generals Aftab and Azmat Baksh Awan the second and fourth in seniority according to Chishti were regarded as unsuitable for lack of ability by Tikka. Lieutenant General Ghulam Jillani Khan sixth in seniority and the then DG ISI was considered unsuitable for lack of formation command experience. Lieutenant Generals Malik Abdul Majeed and Zia ul Haq sixth and seventh in seniority were not even considered by the army high command to be even fit to be considered as they were newly promoted and had very little higher formation command experience.

Zia however had ingratiated himself to Z.A Bhutto by his extreme servility and sycophancy. General Gul Hassan in his memoirs ascribes Zia's promotion to the fact that he took insults,snubs, and other similar indignities from Bhutto,whome he regarded as his his creator with inborn grace !



General Zia's tenure as army chief did not improve the Pakistan Army . Not at least in the period 1981 to 1988 when I saw it as a cadet and officer.Pakistan was transformed into a frontline state in the Soviet Afghan War not because of any religious reasons but simply because Pakistan's military junta lacked legitimacy and was isolated. Seeking US and Saudi assistance was its only way of survival . In the process a dangerous affair with diasastorous consequences , which only became evident in mid 1990s was started with religious extremism. Chaudhry Sardar Ali then an Inspector General of police stated in an interview that Zia adopted draconian Islamic laws like Hudood and Qisas just to please the Saudis and to get financial aid.

A dubious partnership was created between an illegitimate military junta,US and Saudi intelligence agencies and dubious banks like the Bank of Crooks and Cheats (BCCI) of the the infamous Agha Hassan Abedi. Pakistan was converted into a base for a so called Jihad to ensure Christian Anglo Saxon supremacy against Soviet Russia with US and Saudi dollars.

The army became a one man organization with promotion and success for only those officers who were in Zia's good books. This anachronistic situation continued till 17 August 1988. Great preparations were made when Zia was comin to witness the tank demonstration at Kandewala Ranges. Baba ice cream a special ice cream that Zia loved was arranged from Multan. Special lotahs were bought for Zia and his party's ablution. Chefs were pooled in from various formations to prepare Zia's lunch at Tamewali Rest House on 17 August 1988. Zia never had that lunch. His death was fixed on the Hindu Shamshan Ghat at Basti Lal Kamal. An army chief who should never have been the chief in the first place and should have instutionally retired by 1980 was finally terminated by divine design on 17 August 1988. The harm that he inflicted on Pakistan purely motivated by his selfish policies to stay in power lingers on and haunts Pakistan's very existence today twenty years later on 17th August 2008. Today thanks to Zia political leadership in Pakistan has been nearly destroyed and military talent is non existent.


How General Zia Went Down!

This article, by Edward Jay Epstein, published in Vanity Fair, June 1989, is about the air crash in 1988 which killed Gen Zia, the U.S. envoy and a number of senior officers. Since then, quite a number of publications came in the market, but this report seems to be the most authentic and incisive. The investigation is thorough and analysis is methodical.
This article about the crash is like Agatha Christie's thriller Murder on the Orient Express, in which everyone aboard the train had a motive for murder. The suspects here are, Americans, Indians, Russians, Afghans and even Pakistan Army.
Please ignore the poor quality of paper as time takes its toll on papers also, human beings no exception.
Please open the attachment and read the thrilling story

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