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Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg

From UP's Azamgarh, he called democratic polls after Zia's death; yet retains a sense of dissatisfaction

Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg
Tanveer Shahzad
Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg
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FIFTY years ago, as a student of Shiblee College in the small UP town of Azamgarh, I sought revenge when someone came and told me that a Hindu politician had beaten up a member of our hockey team. Egged on by a mob of students, I beat up the politician at a public meeting. Then came the Partition. I set sail for Karachi from Bombay in '49 after my graduation. My brother was already in the Pakistan Army, so it didn't take me long to decide on a career. I joined the Pakistan Military Academy in '50 and was commissioned into the Baloch Regiment in '52. It was a smooth ride to the top, to GHQ Rawalpindi.

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