US killed Gen Zia-ul-Haq with Pak internal help

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    US killed Gen Zia-ul-Haq with Pak internal help
    Sunday, 6 September 2009
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    Islamabad, September 06: US and "internal powers" were behind the 1988 plane crash that killed General Zia-ul-Haq, who ruled Pakistan from 1978 till his death, a former Pakistani spymaster has claimed.

    Imtiaz Ahmed, a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau, said the US collaborated with "internal powers" in Pakistan to assassinate Zia.

    Ahmed, who also served in the ISI, has shaken up political parties with revelations of huge payments allegedly made by the Inter-Services Intelligence to strengthen the opposition to former premier Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

    "Former army chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg also says that Zia's plane crash was not an accident, but sabotage," he told a TV news channel.

    Zia came to power after overthrowing the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1977, the third ruler to impose martial law.

    He initially ruled as the Chief Martial Law Administrator, but later installed himself as the President of Pakistan in September 1978.

    Zia's death in a military plane crash in August 1988 remains shrouded in mystery, which has given rise to several conspiracy theories.

    Reports have suggested the plane crashed due to sabotage or mechanical failure.

    Reacting to Ahmed's claim, Zia's son Ijaz-ul-Haq demanded that a thorough criminal investigation should be conducted into the plane crash.

    Ijaz said former pilot Akram Awan, who was arrested in connection with another case, told a commission that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad "delivered material to destroy the plane".

    Ijaz also claimed the US prevented a proper investigation into the plane crash. The medical personnel who conducted the autopsy on his father's body were sent off to far-off areas, he claimed.

    He said he had met former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger with a request to probe the incident but had received no response from him.

    Ijaz said a thorough investigation is needed to uncover the truth behind the crash.

    ---Agencies

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    US denies role in General Zia?s plane crash

    Islamabad: The US has rejected allegations that it was in any way involved in the plane crash that killed former president Zia-ul-Haq and several top Pakistani officials.


    US embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire denied former Intelligence Bureau chief Brigadier (retired) Imtiaz Ahmed’s claims that the US was behind the crash, adding that, “[other] allegations that the US tried to influence or stall the investigations are baseless and untrue. We reject all such allegations.”

    The then US Ambassador in Pakistan was killed in the 1988 incident therefore, the US will always favour getting to the actual facts, sources said.

    Zia-ul-Haq’s elder son Ejaz-ul-Haq had alleged that the US forcefully stopped the probe into the incident of plane crash
     
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    pakistan is passing through one crisis after another as we get to discuss this issue. a country which was at cross roads not so long back, whether to go ahead with the war on terror, where it was then seen as america's war than their own had made a decision when the pa, along with paf took it to themselves to uproot those terrorists in the nwfp. the hawks in the establishment (both present and former in pa and isi) there were in for a rude shock for this was a complete departure from the past where those terrorists were seen and propagated as their heroes, and those same heroes are now seen as the enemy of their nation by most pakistanis. these hawks tend to believe the culprit for this sea change is america, and certain people in their country.

    with that, the us has now made dramatic inroads into pakistan where now they will house us's largest embassy any where in the world, where their three consulates will house a huge number of american staff, and things dont just stop at that, there are reports of marines making their way to karachi, the presence of blackwater which happens to work as an on ground intelligence force for the us, and these are things which have made it to the public domain, only the present regime in pakistan and the us government would know what more is happening.

    with all these happenings, those hawks, now feel jittery as their plot seems to find a dead end, and they seem to believe the culprit for the same is the us, the present pakistan government and in some sections the present top brass of pakistan armed forces, and all these conspiracy theories taking center stage where the villains portrayed are either of the three above comes as no surprise. one will get to hear more from all such corners, so dont be surprised, it was shireen mazari yesterday, zia today and well GOD knows who/what tomorrow. those who have to will believe anyways but such stories least be taken too seriously at least on DFI!
     
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    A conspiracy against my father: Ejaz ul Haque

    A conspiracy against my father

    Part I

    Tuesday, September 08, 2009
    Muhammad Ijaz ul Haq

    (The American embassy on September 6 denied any US involvement in the assassination of former president General Zia-ul Haq. This article, however, was received by The News before the denial was issued.--Editor)

    1. Twenty-one years ago, on August 17, a C-130 aircraft of the PAF, known for its established standards/records of stability and safety, was made the target of sabotage and subversive act of terrorism. By employing the process of elimination, it was established by the Board of Enquiry that there was no doubt about the cause of crash.

    2. In addition to the 29 military martyrs, two US nationals -- Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Brigadier General Herbert Wassom -- were killed. Pakistan's top military hierarchy was eliminated. The mystery is that the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS), General Aslam Beg, having himself hovered over the disaster site, preferred to fly back to Rawalpindi. Major General Mehmud Durrani, the host of the whole episode, moved to Multan for a comfortable sleep.

    3. Now, claiming credit for democracy and decorated with the democracy medal, General Aslam Beg did not feel obliged to care for the fallen comrades. Without knowing about the survivors and the urge to take over, he rushed to Rawalpindi where in a high-level meeting, he faced tough resistance.

    4. The mortal remains were shifted to CMH, Multan. The doctors performed a post-mortem on Brig Gen Wassom which revealed that he had died in air before the plane hit the ground. For the rest of the victims, the doctors were stopped from conducting the post-mortem. If done, it could have determined the cause of their death. The Board of Inquiry confirmed the presence of sulphur, antimony and other lethal chemical agents on the damaged parts of the wreckage. It is also suspected that some odourless, poisonous gases were leaked inside the cockpit rendering the crew unconscious. That is how, it is deduced, no May Day signals were received at the control tower.

    5. US law requires mandatory FBI investigation into the killing of any US national in any part of the world. In this case, when the FBI team was about to leave for Pakistan, it was mysteriously stopped by the US Secretary of State. It is also surprising that the team, which had already arrived to assist in the investigation, was without any formal request by the Government of Pakistan.

    6. Ten months after the crash, an FBI team of only three Americans, without an air-accident expert or forensic expert, arrived. It only recorded the verbal statements of a few concerned individuals without any worthwhile effort to go into detailed investigations. By then, the PPP had come to power and it was futile to expect any cooperative move from the government. Colonel (retd) Ghulam Sarwar Cheema, Minister of State for Defence, in response to a question about the outcome, replied that anyone interested in knowing the outcome of the investigations should call Allah directly. Such was the callous attitude of the government functionaries responsible for conducting the investigation.

    7. The FBI team which had arrived, as mentioned above, was found to be without any explicit mandate by both the US and Pakistani governments. The team was handed over a list of 25 individuals who should have been questioned for their possible involvement in the criminal act but none of them were confronted. After a trip to Taxila and Murree, the team finally left.

    8. In 1979, Zulfiqar Ali (ZA) Bhutto, the executed leader of the PPP, in one of his writings had threatened that "If I am assassinated, my sons will take revenge." Even before his hanging, his sons and siblings formed a terrorist network "Al-Zulfiqar" (AZO) which carried out a series of terrorist attacks in the country. Die-hard political workers and estranged youth were recruited in its ranks and taken to India, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria for terrorist training. One such draft was arrested by the Pakistan Navy when found voyaging towards the Indian shores. AZO had gained strength and capabilities, and had effectively joined hands with RAW, Mossad, KGB, Afghan Intelligence and any other outfit willing to weaken Pakistan. It fired a missile on the president's aircraft at Rawalpindi but was unable to hit the target. Another aircraft was hijacked from Kabul and Damascus. From the manifest, Murtaza Bhutto singled out Major Tariq Rahim, had him killed and threw the dead body onto the tarmac at Kabul Airport. This ill-fated officer was the son of a retired general and had served as ADC to Murtaza's father. Traveling together in a car, Chaudhry Zahoor Ellahi and Justice Maulvi Mushtaq were ambushed at Lahore. The latter was Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, who presided over the trial of ZA Bhutto and awarded him the death sentence. In the attack, Chaudhry Zahoor Ellahi was killed while the Chief Justice sustained serious injuries.

    9. Soon after the destruction of Pak-I and its passengers, Murtaza Bhutto claimed that the AZO was responsible for the crime, but detracted his claim when he came to know about the killing of American nationals.

    10. General Zia-ul Haq lived and died for Islam. Having defeated and disintegrated the Soviet Union, he was dreaming of translating Muslim unity into one ummah. This would have caused alarm for those who didn't want this. The plant at Kahuta, still in its infancy, needed to be nursed. Given his patriotism, commitment and aspirations, President Zia-ul Haq was a willing donor. Pakistan, under him, could not be deterred from pursuing the nuclear path. Soviet Union's festering wounds could not be cured without the healing touch of the one who bled its nose.

    11. The Soviet Union, through its Friendship and Defence Treaty with India, had broken Pakistan into two. Zia-ul Haq had paid back to the Soviets in the same coins and was determined to pay back the Indians.

    12. Rajiv Gandhi had asked Pakistan that to stop interfering in the Khalistan Movement or else it would repent for generations. The Soviets resolved to punish Pakistan for its defeat. Pakistan, under Mr Bhutto during his last days in office, was about to be annexed with the Soviet Block. There was a strong nexus with Syria, Libya and Palestinian leaders trying to woo Pakistan to the Soviet Union. The game plan was reversed under General Zia-ul Haq. It could not have pleased the Soviets, being a global hegemonic power. Israel could not remain aloof and unconcerned from the emerging potential threat of Islamic revival. The vested interests in the region could not sit back and watch the fast-changing scenario in the global context. John H. Dean, a Jew and then US Ambassador to India, testified to Israel's involvement in the crash. He was later declared insane and sent to Switzerland for recovery and recuperation. Israel's involvement, by logic, means American consent, and Indian connivance and collaboration.

    13. An interesting fact about Mr Dean is that he suspected that Israeli agents may have also been involved in the mysterious plane crash in 1988 that killed Pakistan's President General Zia-ul Haq. Later, he was rehabilitated by the State Department, given a distinguished service medal and the insanity charge was said to be fake by a former head of the department's medical service.

    14. Various commissions were formed by the government to investigate the disaster without pin-pointing the criminals who had destabilised Pakistan via sabotage. No discreet Inquiry or criminal investigations were ordered by the then COAS who quickly covered up the tragedy. Justice Shafiur Rehman himself mentioned to me that the debris of the ill-fated C-130 had been removed and disposed off from the hanger, thus denying any examination/evidence. General Zia-ul Haq was a human and all humans have friends and foes just the way Brutus carried a knife while being in attendance in Caesar's court. What services did Major General Mahmud Durrani render (late) Benazir Bhutto so that even after her death, he could was not left unrewarded, and was made the National Security Advisor?

    (To be continued)

    The writer is a former minister for religious affairs. Email: ulhaq.ijaz@ gmail.com

    Source: http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=197236
     
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    Israel rejects Mossad?s role in Zia-ul-Haq plane crash

    Lahore: Israel has rejected reports regarding its intelligence agency, Mossad’s involvement in former Pakistan Army chief General Zia-ul-Haq’s plane crash.

    Terming the allegations as ‘baseless’, Israeli Foreign Office spokesman Egaal Gilmore refused to comment on the report saying the government does not have any stance on such claims.

    It may be recalled that Zia-ul-Haq’s son, Ejaz-ul-Haq has asked the authorities to conduct a criminal investigation into the plane crash in which his father died.

    Ejaz-ul-Haq claimed that former pilot Akram Awan, who is in prison in connection with the Kahuta conspiracy case, had told an enquiry commission that Mossad had provided materials to destroy the aircraft in which Zia ul Haq was flying.


    Ejaz-ul-Haq also said that Washington forcefully hindered investigation into the plane crash.

    “I cannot point finger towards a person or a country over murder of General Zia-ul-Haq but US did not send FBI team to Pakistan for probe into plane crash,” Haq had said.

    Zia died along with several of his top generals and the then United States Ambassador to Pakistan,Arnold Raphel, in an aircraft crash near Bahawalpur (Punjab) on 17th August 1988. The circumstances of the crash are still unclear. (ANI)
     

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