Inciting an emergency

“As a matter of fact, I heard some dangerous talks from time to time that he” [Mirza] before the imposition of the martial law “had told certain people to engineer inciting trouble in Balochistan and elsewhere, so that he had an excuse to take over and abrogate the Constitution and declare a state of emergency. He was looking for such an opportunity and would often talk to me about it. But I would tell him for God’s sake, don’t let such a situation develop, because the country is at stake and we will suffer tremendously. We will lose our prestige with India and the rest of the world. It is a very delicate matter and once you lose respect in the eyes of the world, it is very difficult to set it right.”


10 responses to “Inciting an emergency

  1. Farukh Sarwar

    Keeping the whole country united is very significant, if we want to win this war. Equal distribution of resources and royalties has a lot to do with the sentiments of people belonging to a particular province.

  2. takhalus

    nice little link at the end which connects with our chat about Nishtar and Qayyum. I’ve never heard of any link between Mujib and the death of the deputy speaker.

    The bit about Mirza being given his marching orders links in with Asghar Khans first book.

    Another bit is how every general who came to power had the support of other senior generals (note generals not other forces), the navy and air force have always tended to be more apolitical that’s why one of Ayubs first acts was to change the order of seniority from Navy-Army- airforce to army first.

    Ayub had 2 key generals who worked with him, out of them Azam turned against him ..Barki (Imran Khans relative) seemed to fade away. Zia had Arif and maybe Akhtar? Mush had Usmani and the ISI guy who got dismissed post 9-11.

  3. ISI guy who got dismissed was General Mehmood. He was too religious for the US state department.

  4. Rabia

    interesting points, takhalus. You know one interesting thing I’ve noticed is that the army reaction to Kayani’s extension has been surprisingly lukewarm. The only person who seems to be really defending it in the media is Asad Durrani and a number of pro-army types like Talat have been pretty open in their criticism.

    btw it’s interesting that both mahmood ahmed and usmani went out of mush’s favour (or i guess he went out of their favour) after 9/11. guess it’s lonely at the top simply by virtue of being the only one with a genuine stake in the status quo.

  5. Shahid

    If they ran out of Musharraf’s favour, it means that Musharraf was a bit Stalin-esque (not purging them though) ?

  6. Rabia

    shahid interestingly, 3 of Mush’s closest cronies (usmani, ahmed and shahid aziz) were the loudest opponents of his post 9/11 U Turn. In a way I guess it makes sense because they were the closest to him in terms of power so they figured that they could possibly topple him?

  7. Shahid

    I wouldn’t say topple since no crony has really ever thought of toppling his boss.
    In the PA, it would be ludicrous for a general to think of toppling his dictator overlord. They know that their existence is tied to the existence of the boss and the boss detaches them when they drift a tad independent and as he sees fit.

    We do not have the mid-ranking officer coup d’etat legacy like many other nations, even if we take the Rawalpindi Conspiracy seriously and the other attempts like the Zaheer ul Islam attempt and the Maj Gen Tajammul attempt against Zia and earlier attempt against Bhutto).

    Mahmood, as the state dept. tells us was too close to the Taliban and telling them to fight the Americans as well. Usmani’s case is extremely mysterious. Shahid Aziz was accommodated very well and I know personally the profits reaped legally by settling all major cases in NAB through plea bargains instead of prosecutions even when NAB had gained formal access and seized all assets (ehem hmm Mnasur ul Haq). Later on he claims that Mush. blocked his way, although that was to some extent real sine NAB had started arresting bankers and industrialists and Mush was told that it would be a bad move to prosecute them.

    I wonder if we can get some US documents declassified and accessed through FoI laws from the era 1989-1999 since we have some documents of previous eras available to us thanks to the works of some guys like Paul Wolf, Aijazuddin and others. They might shed new light on how the military ruled by proxy in those times.

    PS: FB Ali and Co. forced Yahya out though only to be forcibly retired quickly.

  8. Rabia

    these are mostly taliban related (not internal Pakistan politics), but really interesting:

  9. Shahid

    Read these earlier. Interesting but I need the US Embassy telegrams during the days when the govts were being torn apart. They’ll most definitely carry the personal notes of embassy staff and counselors from their conversations with generals and politicians. It is always interesting to look at those things from another perspective.

    Kargil from their side and the Clinton-Nawaz meeting would be a gem.

  10. Takhalus

    I don’t agree that the dictator is all in all the Corp commanders are usually key in mushs case he had to get rid of Tariq pervez and even ziauddin butt even then his hold over the army was not that strong till after 9-11 he took some time to create his own constituency and that only happened in 2002

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