We have learned nothing from history
Pakistan: politics and military might
Mr. Asghar Khan
In this book, Air Marshal (r) Mr. Asghar Khan presents an insider’s perspective on Pakistan’s struggle for democracy from the 1960s to the present day. The book exposes the early entry of the Pakistani armed forces into the country’s politics and the author’s opposition to the military regime that began in 1968 with the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy. This movement resulted in the ousting of President Muhammad Ayub Khan in 1969 after eleven years of military rule. The author describes his continued opposition to the autocratic and dictatorial regime, in particular General Yahya Khan’s policy of brutal repression through military action in East Pakistan.
Blood on different shades of green
East Pakistan 1971: History Revisited
Ikram Sehgal and Bettina Robotka
The famous British philosopher of history RG Collingwood suggested that a historian should “reconstruct” history by using “historical imagination” to “replay” the thought processes of historical people on the basis of information and knowledge. evidence from historical sources. This is what the authors of this book have attempted to do. The events of 1971 which led to the break-up of Pakistan are a milestone in Pakistan’s history. Recovering what happened and why it happened is an exercise that so far has been avoided or, at best, left incomplete. The book, based on the published and unpublished memoirs of activists from 1971, attempts to take stock of the events critically and to identify the lessons to be drawn from them.
What was once East Pakistan
Second edition with a new preface
Syed Shahid Husain
Serving at three locations in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, during the critical period between 1969 and 1971, Syed Shahid Husain saw events unfold and in this book presents an analysis of the roles that each of the main actors – Yahya Khan, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto performed. He saw history make it and the five decades that have passed since then have not affected his conclusions. The facts are immutable and only opinions differ. As Macaulay said, “The facts are just the dross of history. It is from the abstract truth which interpenetrates them and is latent among them, like gold in ore, that the mass derives all its value… ”. The book also contains some of his personal experiences at the time, including an account of the deadly cyclone that hit East Pakistan in 1970.
This book chronicles the author’s account of his public service for over forty years while serving at the highest levels of civilian governments in various provinces of Pakistan, including the tribal areas, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Cashmere. The author records his account from his own distinct perspective. The book is insightful and remarkable for its authenticity and frankness. It is both a personal memoir and a reflection on Pakistan’s system of administration. Durrani has an insider perspective on many of the critical governance and development issues facing Pakistan. His long career spans a critical period in Pakistan’s recent history and he is a valuable witness to this. The book will be of interest not only to Pakistani audiences, but also to development specialists, academics, diplomats, journalists and practitioners.
Pakistan, its army and internal wars
It is an in-depth, multi-layered analysis of the nature and role of the Pakistani military in the country’s politics as well as its turbulent relationship with the United States. Using several previously unpublished documents, Shuja Nawaz lays bare essential facts about Pakistan’s many wars with India and its many rounds of political musical chairs, as well as the Kargil conflict of 1999. This second edition includes an updated preface that summarizes the period of turmoil and significant transformation that Pakistan and its military have undergone over the past decade.