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A stranger in my own country EAST PAKISTAN 1969-71

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The 1971 East Pakistan tragedy was not just a failure of the military but also a collapse of civil society in the West Wing. The few voices raised against the military action were too feeble to make the army change its course, a course leading to military defeat and the break-up of the country. At the time, the author was General Officer Commanding 14 Division in East Paki ...more
Hardcover, First, 126 pages
Published 2012 by Oxford University Press
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Tariq Mahmood
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this short but penchant story, you can read a very emotive account of a patriot Pakistani officer narrating his 2 years of posting just before the start of the India-Pakistan war in East Pakistan. The general has held back no punches, he has blasted all of the army leadership for their weak and indecisive handling of a delicate political situation. For me, the war was won on two levels, on the political front by the Mujib Ur Rehman and his Awami League and on the front by the Indian Army oper ...more
Usman Ahmad
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
An objective book which does not try to self-justify any of the crimes and atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army. A fresh inclusion the 1971 War literature. Opposed to the books written by other Pakistani Army men, this fully acknowledges the mistakes and is a balanced version of events. A valuable read.
It had the potential to be a self serving narrative, or an objective view of the situation. It is a little of both. The author seems to have been part of the peace contingent of the Pakistani martial law regime which believed that a military solution would not work in Bangladesh/east Pakistan and that a political solution was required. So from the perspective of criticizing the strategic foolishness of the Pakistanis, and their unnecessary cruelty in some regards, he is a good objective critic. ...more
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It is the kind of stuff you can expect from the co-planner of the 25th March massacre. He writes about “neutralizing” political leaders, student hostels, Teachers’ residents, cultural groups and “disarming” of East Bengal Regiments, EPR , Police in such a nonchalant way !

Interestingly, he was not in favor of the military crack-down. He has praises for Tikka Khan for butchering the Baluchs but he correctly assessed the grave consequences of repeating the same in East Pakistan. Rather, he believe
Shawon Sarkar
Mar 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Just another book from a pakistani army officer,who tried to justify the genocide .
Khalid Khan
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book gives you a high level view of the situation in East Pakistan before the breakout of full scale war.
Ibn Al-Saeed
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Muhammad Jahangeer Thaheem
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Truly said, what was happening in East Pakistan at that time.
Mansoor Azam
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
Another account of tragedy in what was East Pakistan till 1971 by a serving officer of that time. I didn't expect much but had to read it out of my born curiosity of the whole affair. This book promised much but seems to be a hastily written account written in retrospect aimed at saving own face.
Though i must admit the writer didn't give him self too much laurels.

It is a written in good steed one must admit. Gen Khadim has taken into account all point of views and has tried to give a picture of
Ather Sheheryar
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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waste of time and money
Tahir Hussain
Sep 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
another mian mithoo.need to enjoy good pakoras and samosa on its paper.
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