Field Marshal Ayub khan kept his diary from September 1966 to October 1972, a very active period in Pakistan's history which included Ayub's yielding of the presidency to Yahya Khan and the period of Yahyaa's rule that saw the ending of Yahya by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Ayub's diary presents his views and interpretations of the events of the period for which it was kept. The diary was discontinued when declining health preventing him from writing.
In his introductory note he stated that the diary must be withheld from publicatoin for an unspecified time as his comments may contain sensitive material. Accordingly, the diary has been withheld from publication for 30 years, although it does include material that is critical of many personalities and events. Ayub also stated that the material contained in the diary might serve as the basis of a sequel to his book, Friends, not Masters.
The editor has included additional notes that pertain to many of the persons and events of this turbulent time in Pakistan's history. The diary will therefore provide essential material for those studying the period, and also provide a means for those who lived through these times to understand the views of Ayub
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Mohammad Ayub Khan (1907-1974) was a Field Marshal during the mid-1960s, and the second President of Pakistan from 1958 to 1969. He became Pakistan's first native Commander in Chief in 1951, and was the youngest full-rank general and self-appointed field marshal in Pakistan's military history. He was also the first Pakistani military general to seize power through a coup.
Craig Baxter (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Professor Emeritus of politics and history at Juniata College. He was a member of the Foreign Service and was posted in South Asia, in Bombay, New Delhi, Lahore (1965-1968) and Dhaka and was senior political officer for Pakistan and Afghanistan in Washington from 1968 to 1971. He was Foreign Service Visiting Member of faculty at the United States Military Academy and also served as the president of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Baxter is author, co-author, editor or co-editor of nineteen books dealing with South Asia as well as a number articles and chapters in edited works.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, Pakistan, 2013. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Pakistan�s first military ruler, Mohammad Ayub Khan, became the country�s first Pakistani Commander-in-Chief in 1951, and subsequently served as defence minister. Following a bloodless coup, he became President on 27 October 1958. The present volume contains the diaries maintained by Field Marshal Ayub Khan from September 1966 to October 1972, a turbulent period that included Ayub Khan's yielding of the presidency to Yahya Khan, the end of the unified state of Pakistan and the independence of Bangladesh; and the accession of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The book offers authentic material for scholars, academics, students, and general readers interested in Pakistan�s political history, and will be of special interest to those who lived through those difficult times. Professor Craig Baxter has included additional notes on prominent personalities and events mentioned in the diaries. Bookseller Inventory # 1051
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0195474422