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ISBN: 984 05 1766 X

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We've learnt nothing from History: Pakistan: Politics and Military Power

By Mohammad Asghar Khan (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: 2005 No. of Pages: 306 Weight (kg): 1


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In this book, Air Marshal (Retired) M. Asghar Khan presents an insider's view of Pakistan's struggle for democracy from the 1960s to the present. The book expounds on the early entry of Pakistan's armed forces into the country's politics and the author's opposition to military rule that began in 1968 with the movement for the restoration of democracy. This movement resulted in the ouster of President Muhammad Ayub Khan in 1969 after eleven years of military rule. The author describes his continued opposition to autocratic and dictatorial rule, especially General Yahya Khan's policy of brutal suppression through military action in East Pakistan. He also recounts his strong criticism of the General's refusal to hand over power to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Awami League, winners of the first-ever free and fair general elections held in Pakistan. The author recalls Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's rise to political power during the 1970s, and General Ziaul Haq's dogmatic and iron-fisted military rule during the 1980s, and elaborates on some pertinent features of Pakistan's domestic and international situation. The book concludes with the author's assessment of General Pervez Musharraf's five years in power consequent upon the re-entry of the armed forces in the country's politics in 1999, after a brief and tumultuous interlude with democracy.


1. The Quaid-i-Azam as I Saw Him / 2. The Army Enters Politics / 3.  How Bangladesh was Born / 4. Rebirth of Democracy / 5. The Guardians of the Law / 6. Pakistan’s Second General  Elections / 7. Political Dialogue / 8. The Army Digs in / 9. The Real Martial Law / 10. The Hanging of Bhutto / 11. Pakistani  Politics and the Role of the ISI / 12.Balochistan in a Federation / 13. Twelve Provinces for Pakistan / 14. The King’s Party / 15. Corruption / 16. Devolution of Power / 17. ‘Jihad’ and the United States / 18. Indo-Pak Relations /  19. The Future of Democracy in Pakistan / 20. General Musharraf’s Five Years in Power

This book features in: Academic and Reference Books Politics and Political Science South Asian Studies History Bangladesh Liberation War

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