||General K.M. Arif
||Oxford University Press
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"What are the circumstances which have led to frequent military interventions? Will there ever be a time when Pakistan will have an un-interrupted democratic dispensation? What measures can be taken to bring this about?
These are some the issues, among many others, which have been dealt with by General K.M. Arif in this highly interesting and readable account which spans half a century of politics and power in Pakistan". Wasim Sajjad,
Former Chairman Senate of Pakistan
Pakistan was born as a result of a political, legal and constitutional struggle for independence, the object of which was to enable the Muslims of the subcontinent to live in a free and democratic order. However, with the death of the founding father, the nation soon lost its moorings and drifted into an era of political and military dictatorship. Khaki Shadows vividly portrays the role of the army in the politics of Pakistan from its earliest years, and demostrates how the intermix of political and military forces created difficulties for both, and damaged national prestige.
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General Arif, who held important positions during two martial law administrations, gives an insider's account of the intrigues and power struggles that engulfed Pakistan and plunged it into an abyss of inefficiency, greed, and corruption. The narrative highlights follies committed in combat, a war barely avoided, and the oscillation of the judiciary. It also provides insights into the dictatorships of Ayub Khan and Ziaul Haq.