Interview with Wajahat Husain, July 8, 2005

Project: Sites of Disturbance: Oral History and Memories of Partition Oral History Project

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This interview with retired general Wajahat Hussain begins with a detailed discussion regarding his views on relations between West Pakistan and East Pakistan (which would later become the nation of Bangladesh). He then talks about the Agartala Conspiracy Case, in which 35 political personalities were charged with conspiring with India to threaten the stability of Pakistan. Hussain then talks about the ways in which parity was guaranteed between East and West Pakistan and where the blame lies for poor relations between East and West Pakistan. He then talks about General Douglas Gracey's view of East Pakistan. Hussain also discusses the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971, which resulted in the independence of Bangladesh. He details his unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to gain material support from the nations of Iran and Turkey. He also talks about the opinion of various countries towards the nation of Pakistan, such as Russia, China, and the United States. Finally, Hussain discusses the military takeover of Pakistan by General Muhammed Zia-ul-Haq and subsequent execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1979. He outlines how the military coup hurt his military career, and the manner in which he rebuilt it with his study of the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Hussain also gives his opinions regarding who was responsible for the currently unsolved assassination of Pakistani leader Muhammed Zia-ul-Haq.

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2016oh296_site025

Interviewee Name

Wajahat Husain

Interviewer Name

Amber Abbas

Interview Date

2005-07-08

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Husain, Wajahat Interview by Amber Abbas. 08 Jul. 2005. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Husain, W. (2005, July 08). Interview by A. Abbas. Sites of Disturbance: Oral History and Memories of Partition Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Husain, Wajahat, interview by Amber Abbas. July 08, 2005, Sites of Disturbance: Oral History and Memories of Partition Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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