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Res; torn apart by love transcending with time It is a book for the youth of this nation to learn from the mistakes I have made to see how life twists and moulds each one of us In this endeavour I have laid my life bare and exposed myself to all forms of criticism I di. Excellent book on the Army and political system of Pakistan He clearly exposes how the current democratic system cannot work in Pakistan This system which is made for the elite is rotten and cannot deliver results for the masses He also discusses how we need new solutions other than western solutions He also suggests Islam as a way forward as most of Pakistanis want This book also exposes Musharraf and his policies of how he sold the country to America and how American agencies are responsible for the bomb blasts in Pakistan His first hand experiences of the War on Terror make this book an eye opener HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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D not expect any less And this is the least price I must pay for the suffering that some of my mistakes have caused to this nationAutobiography of Lt Gen retd Shahid Aziz a central character of the 1999 coup by Pakistan Army against the democratically elected governmen. Shahid Aziz retired from the Pakistan army after a long and successful career reaching the rank of Lieutenant General 3 star general and serving as DG analysis wing of the ISI DGMO director general military operations CGS chief of general staff and corps commander commanding 4 corps in Lahore After retirement he served as chairman of the powerful National Accountability Bureau NAB the main anti corruption watchdog in Pakistan In spite of having been one of General Musharraf’s closest associates and related to him by marriage; the daughter of one of Shahid Aziz’s cousins is married to Musharraf’s son he became increasingly critical of Musharraf after retirement and in 2013 he wrote a book that was highly critical of Musharraf and of Pakistan’s supposedly pro US policies at that timeIn May 2018 there were several news reports claiming that General Shahid Aziz had left his home last year or even earlier to join the Jihad against the West and had been killed either in Syria or in Afghanistan General Musharraf was the one who claimed he was killed in Syria most other reports said Afghanistan While his family has denied these reports they have not been able to produce any explanation about where he is if he has not actually died on Jihad So I decided to read the book Having read it I think the combination of naive idealism and PMA level Islamism found in his book makes it very likely that these reports are true My review follows please also read this review by Abdul Majeed Abid as a complementary pieceThe first surprising thing about the book is that it is written in Urdu Most military autobiographies in Pakistan have been written in English a simplifieddesi version of which is the lingua franca of the Pakistani elite This may be because General Shahid Aziz like his mentor Musharraf was a Mohajir and unlike Musharraf he seems to have been well read in Urdu and comfortable with using it While his own politics are firmly in the Islamist PTI PMA category he is also a huge fan of the Marxist Leninist poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and uotes him un ironically throughout the book Whether this reflects positively on Shahid Aziz or negatively on Faiz Ahmed Faiz is up to the reader In any case points to General sahib for writing in Urdu and that too in good Urdu Not that he did not know enough English; he even wrote poetry in English a poem called “The Naked Deceiver” is in the book It is not a great poem but the vocabulary is extensive which may be one reason he had such a great career in the Pakistani military he could write good idiomatic EnglishHe describes his own motivation for writing the book in these words “I did nothing in my military service over which I should feel eternal shame but what I did in the last few years and where we brought the country in those years the weight of those actions has been crushing me for the last 5 years what use are regrets now you may askbut I wanted to write this book so that maybe some young person can learn something from my experience” This feeling is his main motivation for writing this book A few years ago one may have dismissed this as the usual grandstanding where retired army officers transform into warriors of the Ummah on TV after retirement but continue to hold on to green cards and foreign bank accounts But if the story of General Shahid Aziz joining the mujahideen and dying in that effort is correct as it appears to be then in this case at least the conversion was sincereWhat were these actions that he regrets to much He was a participant in Musharraf’s coup and as he makes clear in the book it was no spontaneous response to Nawaz Sharif’s firing of the army chief it was a pre planned coup and then in his martial law regime Under this regime Pakistan joined the American war on terror as a “non NATO ally” and fought against the mujahideen in Afghanistan and beyond It is this betrayal of Islamic solidarity that Shahid Aziz regretted and it is this regret that eventually drove him to write this book and it seems to join the mujahideen in his old ageA military brat Shahid Aziz grew up in cantonments all across the country was an average to below average student and was madly in love with his cousin who later became his wife He joined the army was an outstanding cadet he got the sword of honor at PMA and was posted as a young officer in the Chamb sector in Kashmir in the 1971 His memories of the war give an interesting window into the war as it looks to fresh young officers complete with the fog of war and minor atrocities like an Indian prisoner who was shot dead by someone the day after Shahid Aziz happened to see him bound and helpless Shahid Aziz comes across as idealistic and honorable eg he refused to vote in Gen Zia’s fake referendum and he claims a George Washington moment when Zia came to inspect his unit during a major exercise and asked about their training and Aziz answered that there was no training and this was all a fake show; a piece of information that Zia did not appreciate but then again he is writing the book Whether there was another calculating side to him is not revealed in this book but it is hard to believe that he made Lt General in the army by always telling the truth Some awareness of when to keep your mouth shut must have been there even in idealistic young Shahid AzizHe went on a course to the US and got a chance to travel through Europe and was impressed by the honesty and friendliness of the common people in both places He was also approached by an American officer with what Shahid Aziz took to be an effort to recruit him though his claim that he was offered a position in the US army seems ridiculous By 1999 he had risen to become the director general of the analysis wing in the ISI and was at this post when Musharraf’s Kargil adventure exploded into the news He claims that he had no idea this was in the works and was as surprised as Vajpayee when the news broke and given the fact that Musharraf had not told other senior generals or the chiefs of the navy and the air force about his adventure he is likely telling the truth He is very critical of the whole operation and makes it clear that it was a tactical AND strategic disaster of epic proportions though it appears that he did not share this opinion with Musharraf until after his retirementHe has shared interesting details of the coup preparations and the day of the coup itself Like most army officers he had a low opinion of politicians and civilians in general and believed that a strong man with a “sincere” team was needed to clean up Pakistan and put it on the road to modern Islamist prosperity Unsurprisingly he saw himself and his fellow generals as exactly the sincere people who were needed By the end of the book he concedes that their scheme did harm than good but as usual he blames faulty execution not the idea of a military coup in itself After the coup the generals made lists of ualified people to run the country and conducted formal interviews in GH but at the same time other outsiders such as Shaukat Aziz were mysteriously parachuted into top positions without this vetting and interviewing process He claims to have no idea how and why this happened and seems to have been remarkably incurious about these matters which suggests that he was either extremely naive or has conveniently forgotten some details Readers can be forgiven for thinking the latter is likelyBy 2001 he had been promoted to Lt General and posted as CGS chief of general staff at GH He was there when Musharraf got the famous call from Colin Powell and joined the American war on terror In hindsight Shahid Aziz is very critical of this decision and its aftermath but even in his own book he does not report that he ever dissented from this policy while in office Musharraf who was now related to him by marriage seems to have trusted him and promoted him regularly After serving as corps commander in Lahore Shahid Aziz retired and was made head of the National Accountability Bureau He claims he tried to go after big fish but was stymied by Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz and their political calculations Eventually he resigned from this post and went home to contemplate all he had done with life If we take his book at face value and in this matter I see no reason not to then Shahid Aziz comes across as a mostly honest man with a rather simple Islamic faith a VERY simplistic view of society and history Naseem Hijazi comes to mind and a strong desire to live in a “modern country” a combination common among educated middle class Pakistanis and especially in army officers; what we may label “Mehran Man“ the sort of person who is a PTI supporter As long as he was in service he managed to stay upright with just enough compromises to get ahead but once retired he seems to have taken his Islam seriously than the average real estate tycoonretired general From within his worldview the fact that Pakistan had sided with an infidel power against fellow Muslims was an unforgivable sin and this weighed on his conscience he says as much Finally it caused him so much heartache that he decided to write this book and get it off his chest Given that a few years later he went ahead and joined some Islamic warriors and got killed it seems that writing this book did not assuage his conscience to the extent desiredThe book is worth reading for its picture of army life in the 1970s its anecdotes about the Zia era and the insider critical view of Kargil and the Musharraf era While one can imagine that the real life Shahid Aziz must have been a shade calculating and shrewd than the book implies my impression is that the book is generally sincere and honest and therefore is a good window into the mind of a typical “good Muslim sincere Pakistani” officer His anecdotes and impressions of Kargil the 1999 coup and the Musharraf era are revealing not just because of what they tell us about these events but also because they show what pygmies are making these decisions on our behalf and what level of analysis and historical understanding they are working with The downside is that the book is repetitive and could do with some aggressive editingAll in all worth a read

Shahid Aziz ¶ 6 REVIEW

This book is not about Kargil and not about the military takeover Certainly the focus is not General Musharraf or even the Army It is a book about human experience of life; the story of a weak man stumbling through his life; pushed by his fears and dragged by his desi. The title literally meanshow long will the silence continueLt General Shahid Aziz was once a close associate of General MusharrafHe played a part in the events that led to the ouster of prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the 1999 coupLaterhe worked in key positionsBut after he retiredhe wrote this book which is very critical of General MusharrafThis book is a mixed bagThe first portion deals with the author's military careerit had me totally engrossedHe won the Sword of Honour at the PMAHe fought in the 1971 war in West Pakistanand his younger brothera lieutenantwas killed in action after cease fire had been declared His description of battle during the 1971 war is vivid and very excitingand had me on the edge of my seatThat is the best part of the bookabout actual soldieringAlsohis criticism of the Kargil war and his role in the 1999 coup which brought General Musharraf to power is worth readingThen came 911 and the US threats and ultimatums to bomb Pakistan to the stone agewhich left General Musharraf with little choice but to join the US as it began its military campaign in AfghanistanBut heretoothe author gets very critical of the policies of his former bossHe doesn't spare the USwhere he had received military training in mid careerThen he gets into a discussion about free masons and their role in the worldHe advocates a religious solution for all of Pakistan's problemsAt this pointthe book becomes all about his personalvery preachy viewsHe was also part of the National Accountability Bureau NAB and details his frustration while working thereas corruption cases could not be brought to their conclusion because of outside pressuresToday's NAB is much aggressive compared to his dayenjoying a lot of powers as the cases against Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari indicateI liked the portion of the book dealing with military mattersI'd rather skip the restThe book is published only in Urdu Dahlia Black: A Novel ultimatums to bomb Pakistan to the stone agewhich left General Musharraf with little choice but to join the US as it began its military campaign in AfghanistanBut heretoothe author gets very critical of the policies of his former bossHe doesn't spare the USwhere he had received military training in mid careerThen he gets into a discussion about free masons and their role in the worldHe advocates a religious solution for all of Pakistan's problemsAt this pointthe book becomes all about his personalvery preachy viewsHe was also part of the National Accountability Bureau NAB and details his frustration while working thereas corruption cases could not be brought to their conclusion because of outside pressuresToday's NAB is much aggressive compared to his dayenjoying a lot of powers as the cases against Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari indicateI liked the portion of the book dealing with military mattersI'd rather skip the restThe book is published only in Urdu

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