Since 1958 when the Pakistan Army staged a coup and took over the government of the country without constitutional backing or public support, the story of the Generals has been one of great betrayal. Air Marshal Asghar Khan, was witness to the Army’s rapid take-over and consolidation of power from 1958 to the present day. Considered too dangerous to be left at large, he has been under intermittent detention since 1968 and under continuous house arrest for the last three years. His account is laced with startling disclosures about the ruthless weeding out and victimization of those officers who refused to fall in with the generals; of the Punjabi elite’s perception of East Pakistan as an encumbrance; of the General's own restlessness and impatience with the Bengali’s heightened political awareness; and of their almost Machiavellian wooing and betrayal of Sh. Mujib-ur-Rahman. With a passion born of his unfaltering belief in democratic principles, and despair at seeing them systematically sub-verted by those now in power, the author vividly spells out the dangers inherent in a situation that allows the armed forces to infiltrate the political process. His account is an expose and a warning, both; of events under the Generals in Pakistan during the last quarter century, and of the nemesis that follows when a body Politic is thus vitiated.
Mohammad Asghar Khan was born in Jammu, Kashmir in 1921, and was educated at the Prince of Wales’s Royal Indian Military College, Dehra Dun. He joined the Indian Military in 1939 and was commissioned in the Royal Deccan Horse in 1940.
On Partition he was posted as Commandant of the RPAF Flying Training School, now the PAF College, Risalpur. He commanded the Pakistan Air Force from 1957—1965 and was its first Pakistani Commander-in-Chief and was President of PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) from 1965 to 1968.
The author entered the political arena in 1968 and led a movement for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. He renounced the awards of Hilal i-Pakistan and Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam in January 1969 as a mark of protest against