Abdul Rehman Siddiqi: East Pakistan The Endgame An Onlooker's Journal 1969 1971



BOOK BOOKS East Pakistan The Endgame An Onlooker's Journal 1969 1971 AUTHOR Abdul Rehman Siddii – wpa8ball.co.uk

Brigadier AR Siddiui was head of ISPR inter services ublic relations in 1971 so he had a ringside view of the events leading up to the surrender of Eastern command in December 1971 This is not a detailed history of the eriod but rather a ersonal account based entirely on the author s own experiences and direct observations Siddiui sahib is not a classical PMA Tamara de Lempicka paknationalist his mohajir background and it s later identity issues seems to haverevented full adoption of the Pakstudies idea set and he tries his best to be fair and balanced He reports the outrageous theories revalent in the military leadership they all believed In March 1971 the military in East Pakistan launched the suicidal attack which was to lead over nine long months to the collapse of military strength and civil society in.

He Bengalis were insufficiently Muslim and dreamed of getting rid of the Bengali script and all cultural expressions that seemed remotely Indian or Hindu to the West Pakistani military mind and does not hide the fact that rape loot and random killings were commonplace and widely tolerated and even encouraged Non Pakistani readers may still find the tone a shade too sympathetic to the army soldiers who rape and kill are always described as lonely and under great stress and their bravery and loyalty are stressed but the author is clearly trying his best to be fair to all concerned Overall the book is an interesting window into the. The region As chief of Inter Services Public Relations and ress advisor to both the resident and chief martial law administrator Abdul Rehman Siddii was in a osition to.

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Mindset and conversations of the senior leadership of the Pakistani army in those turbulent times and is full of interesting and telling anecdotes but it is not sufficient as a stand alone history of those times You will have to read a few other books to get the full icture Still well worth a read for anyone who is interested in how things looked to someone who was hanging around the top brass The uotes from Niazi will the soldiers go to Jehlum to have sex Rahim Khan and Jilani are chilling especially when one considers that the same mindset is still being romoted in Pakistan studies classes and no doubt in dozens of army messe. Observe and analyse the developing tragedy in both Bulan Luka Parah public andolitical circles His account of this traumatic episode is refreshingly free from olemic observant and cand.