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Black September: The role of Pakistan’s General Zia-ul-Haq in the 1970 massacre of 25,000 Palestinians in Jordan

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During Black September (1970), the head of Pakistani training commission took command of the 2nd Division and helped kill and cleanse the Palestinians (est. 25,000 dead) from Jordan.

It was none other that General Zia ul Haq, who later became chief sponsor of Deobandi and Salafi fanatics in Pakistan as the country’s Chief Martial Law Administrator from 1977 to 1988.

So much for the Palestinian cause.

The butcher was awarded Jordan’s highest honour for the services rendered.
Zia was stationed in Jordan from 1967 to 1970 as a Brigadier, helping in the training of Jordanian soldiers, as well as leading the training mission into battle during the Black September operations as commander of Jordanian 2nd Division, a strategy that proved crucial to King Hussein’s remaining in power.

A rare photograph of late Pakistani military ruler Gen Ziaul Haq in Jordan, during what was known as Black September.
A photograph of late Pakistani military ruler Ziaul Haq in Jordan, during what was known as Black September.

Zia remained posted in Jordan from 1967 till 1970, where he was involved in training and leading Jordon’s military. He is still highly respected in Jordan for his role in the Black September operations in support of King Hussein, where he commanded Jordan’s 2nd division. Zia’s troops were heavily involved in street-to-street urban fighting and are credited with killing scores of Palestinians. Black September was a great example of how the Arab nations despise the Palestinians, and their support of them only goes as far as to encourage and help the Palestinians to kill Jews.

http://prophetofdoom.net/Good_Muslims_General_Muhammad_Zia-ul-Haq.Islam

Black September
September 1970 is known as the Black September in Arab history and sometimes is referred to as the “era of regrettable events.” It was a month when Hashemite King Hussein of Jordan moved to quash the autonomy of Palestinian organizations and restore his monarchy’s rule over the country. The violence resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, the vast majority Palestinian. Armed conflict lasted until July 1971 with the expulsion of the PLO and thousands of Palestinian fighters to Lebanon.

Jordanian army attacks
On September 15, King Hussein declared martial law. The next day, Jordanian tanks (the 60th Armored Brigade) attacked the headquarters of Palestinian organizations in Amman; the army also attacked camps in Irbid, Salt, Sweileh, Baq’aa, Wehdat and Zarqa. Then the head of Pakistani training mission to Jordan, Brigadier Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (later Chief of Army Staff and President of Pakistan), took command of the 2nd division. In addition, the Iraqi army in Jordan after 1967 war serving as a reserve forces supported the Jordanian army.

Arafat later claim that the Jordanian army killed between 10,000 and 25,000 Palestinians.

The armored troops were inefficient in narrow city streets and thus the Jordanian army conducted house to house sweeps for Palestinian fighters and got immersed in heavy urban warfare with the inexperienced and undisciplined Palestinian fighters.
Amman experienced the heaviest fighting in the Black September uprising. The American backed Jordanian army shelled the PLO headquarters in Amman and battled with Palestinian guerillas in the narrow streets of the capital. Syrian tanks rolled across the Yarmouk River into northern Jordan and began shelling Amman and other northern urban areas. Outdated missiles fired by the PLO struck Amman for more than a week. Jordanian infantry pushed the Palestinian Fedayeen out of Amman after weeks of bitter fighting.

Muhammad Aamir Mughal writes:

To all jihadi and sectarian activists (i.e., Ziaists), look at your spiritual and political Godfather General Zia:

“QUOTE”

“The most promising comparison between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Jewish State of Israel came from Gen. Zia ul-Haq. Lacking a political constituency, he skillfully exploited Islam to legitimize and consolidate his military dictatorship. Presenting himself as a simple, pious and devoted Muslim, he institutionalized religious radicalism in Pakistan. In so doing, he found Israel to be his strange ally. Toward the end of 1981, he remarked:

“Pakistan is like Israel, an ideological state. Take out the Judaism from Israel and it will fall like a house of cards. Take Islam out of Pakistan and make it a secular state; it would collapse.” He likewise surprised many observers in March 1986, when he called on the PLO to recognize the Jewish state. As discussed elsewhere, he was actively involved both in the 1970 Black September massacre of the Palestinians in Jordan as well as in Egypt’s re-entry into the Islamic fold more than a decade later. From 1967 to 1970 our Commander of the Faithful Late. General Muhammad Ziaul Haq was in Jordan in Official Militray Capacity and he helped late. King Hussain of Jordan in ‘cleansing’ the so-called Palestinian Insurgents, Zia and Hussain butchered many innocent Palestinians in the name of Operation against Black September {a militant organization of Palestinians}. The intensity of bloodletting by Zia ul Haq and King Hussain was such that one of the founder father of Israel Moshe Dayan said:

“King Hussein (with help from Zia-ul-Haq of the Pakistani army) sent in his Bedouin army on 27 September to clear out the Palestinian bases in Jordan. A massacre of innumerable proportions ensued. Moshe Dayan noted that Hussein “killed more Palestinians in eleven days than Israel could kill in twenty years.” Dayan is right in spirit, but it is hardly the case that anyone can match the Sharonism in its brutality.”

“UN-QUOTE”

As per a book: “Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile during the so-called Afghan Jihad following things did happen;

“He told Zia about his experience the previous year when the Israelis had shown him the vast stores of Soviet weapons they had captured from the PLO in Lebanon. The weapons were perfect for the Mujahideen, he told Zia. If Wilson could convince the CIA to buy them, would Zia have any problems passing them on to the Afghans? Zia, ever the pragmatist, smiled on the proposal, adding, “Just don’t put any Stars of David on the boxes” {Page 131-132}.

For further reading:

P. R. Kumaraswamy
Beyond the Veil: Israel-Pakistan Relations
Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS)

http://www.tau.ac.il/jcss/memoranda/memo55.pdf

Memories of Barbarity: Sharonism and September By Vijay Prashad

April 9, 2002 in COUNTERPUNCH.

Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile.

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In 2005, the outgoing ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan Ahmed Abdul Razzaq stated that late president of Pakistan General Ziaul Haq’s bombardment on Palestinians in 1970, was done without taking any permission from Pakistani people, who would never allow this to happen.

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Background on the above statement:

The most promising comparison between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Jewish State of Israel came from Gen. Zia ul-Haq. Lacking a political constituency, he skillfully exploited Islam to legitimize and consolidate his military dictatorship by sponsoring and nuturding Deobandi and Salafi Wahhabi Jihadists. Presenting himself as a simple, pious and devoted Muslim, he institutionalized religious radicalism in Pakistan. In so doing, he found Israel to be his strange ally.

Toward the end of 1981, he remarked: “Pakistan is like Israel, an ideological state. Take out the Judaism from Israel and it will fall like a house of cards. Take Islam out of Pakistan and make it a secular state; it would collapse.” He likewise surprised many observers in March 1986, when he called on the PLO to recognize the Jewish state.

He was actively involved both in the 1970 Black September massacre of the Palestinians in Jordan as well as in Egypt’s re-entry into the Islamic fold more than a decade later. From 1967 to 1970 our Commander of the Faithful Late. General Muhammad Ziaul Haq was in Jordan in Official Militray Capacity and he helped late. King Hussain of Jordan in ‘cleansing’ the so-called Palestinian Insurgents, Zia and Hussain butchered many innocent Palestinians in the name of Operation against Black September {a militant organization of Palestinians}.

The intensity of bloodletting by Zia ul Haq and King Hussain was such that one of the founder father of Israel Moshe Dayan said: “King Hussein (with help from Zia-ul-Haq of the Pakistani army) sent in his Bedouin army on 27 September to clear out the Palestinian bases in Jordan. A massacre of innumerable proportions ensued. Moshe Dayan noted that Hussein “killed more Palestinians in eleven days than Israel could kill in twenty years.” Dayan is right in spirit, but it is hardly the case that anyone can match the Sharonism in its brutality.”

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Saleem writes:

Some authors are trying to change the history (or hoodwink his readers). What I have read and know about Black September and role of Zia-ul-Haq in that operation, is quite horrible. Actually, main character of that operation was Zia-ul-Haq under whose command operation took place. Whatever this writer wrote is very funny. Just imagine that even if a Jordanian General decided not to command the force than why Jordanian government would make Zia-ul-Haq commander of that force and not any of their own Jordanian Generals or officers?

On the other hand, one must reflect upon the reason behind Syrian army moving towards Jordanian border. What interest Syrian army would have at the border of Jordan? Was it that since Syria was pro-Palestinians, they came to pressurise Jordan not to act against Palestinian with force and Jordanian General (as any Jordanian officers would have done) agreed on Syrian stand, so he may have declined to oppose them, hence need for non-Jordanian officer like Zia-ul-Haq to replace him?

What I have read is that even though Jordanian force is small but it is most potent and professional amongst forces facing Israel. They always fought bravely against Israelis though are not big enough to really do much.

As for battle of Karameh, Israel attacked Palestinian camp with consent of Jordanian King. Anyhow, when attack took place (in March 1968), Jordanian government ordered Jordanian forces not to intervene or engage IDF. Anyhow, Jordanian General Haditha along with some Jordanian officers ignored King’s order and engaged IDF. Palestinians were putting resistance but it was Jordanian army entering the battle turned the table and inflicted heavy casualties on IDF, forcing IDF to pull out. Comparatively, Jordanian army casualties were much less than IDF. Result was that, even though decisive role played by Jordanian armed forces, most credit of that defeat got attributed to Palestinians and they attracted a lot of volunteers to fight, not only against Israelis but King of Jordan too.

After battle of Karameh, several attempts were made to assassinate King Jordan. On 7th Sept, Palestinian hijacked many planes and landed them in Jordan. The area of desert they got the plane landed was almost under their control and Jordan was unable to do much to the disgust of King Jordan (probably, Jordanian army did not wanted to do much about it).

King of Jordan declared Martial law on 15th Sept and started operation against Palestinian on 16th. With background of ‘Karameh battle’ and knowing the sentiments of Jordanian Generals towards Palestinians, Jordanian King could not have trusted Jordanian Generals doing operation against Palestinians, killing them, crushing them, and expelling them out of Jordan. Actually, there is little difference between Jordanians and Palestinians. So it is obvious that to crush Palestinians under Jordanian General was impossible. Jordanian Generals in command of the forces would not have allowed that.

Since King of Jordan (and Jordanian Government) could not have trusted Jordanian Generals or commanders for such operation, Zia-ul-Haq was chosen for the job. Black September operation started on 16th September. Jordanian 2nd division under the command of Zia-ul-Haq (along with Iraqi army stationed in Jordan as reserve force) took part, killing Palestinians living in camps inhumanly, crushing them and then throwing them out of Jordan. Estimated 10 thousand Palestinians were killed within few days.

Black September and Role of Pakistan
After the Six Days War, Israel proved itself a Strategic and Military Power in front of Arab nations and the world. Israel which was equipped with the latest equipment provided by USA outclassed the Arab attacking countries Jordan, Egypt and Syria who were further helped by Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algiers (Some Pakistani Air force Pilots also helped) who were mostly equipped with equipment provided by USSR. This conflict made Israel the Power House of Middle East making a downfall for Big Arab leaders like King Hussein, Nureddin Attassi and most importantly Jamal Abdul Nasser who resigned (and reconcile his decision) after this incident. Nasser lost his charismatic power over the Arab world. But at that time the newly created Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was gaining power.

After the war, PLO was the new emerging threat for Israel. Previously following the ideas of Nasser, the main aim of PLO was the liberation of Palestine. After the war, PLO started to gain fame and power. It was having small conflicts with Israel Defence Forces. Arabs were coming to join PLO for their cause. In 1969, during one of the conflict Israel Forces entered PLO bases in Jordon but were repelled back by PLO with the help of Jordanian Security Forces. That battle was named the Battle of Karameh. That was a huge success for PLO giving it a wider fame all over the Arab and Muslim World. Yaseer Arafat emerged as the new leader of PLO and the new saviour of the Arab People. Muslims all over the world were now coming to Jordan to join PLO. Yaseer was a phenomenon at that time with people comparing it with revolutionary leaders like Che Guevara who were not going to lean in front of the Imperial World. USA and Israel begins to seem PLO as the last remaining threat after the war.

The Six Days War not only ended the Arab Unity Dream of Arab leaders but it also completely changed the political scenario of the Arab World. Iran and Saudi Arabia were already in US control. Egypt and Jordon also started to negotiate with USA and especially Israel. The influence of USSR in middle east was now minimal after the collapse of its ammunition in front of USA superior battle machine and it give USA a relief as it was badly wounded by USSR in Vietnam at that time. Jordon especially which was previously negotiating with Israel secretly doubled its effort to get their support.

The growing power of PLO was also becoming a threat for King Hussein of Jordon. Due to his negotiations with Israel he was getting unpopular in his own country and PLO was gaining support in both general public and Security Forces. PLO has now taken the full charge of Ibrid, Jordon where they had their stations and training camps. From here, they were also making small attacks on Israel. For the King this was a growing threat which needed to be eliminated for the stability of his own Government and for his own credibility.

With this Jordanian Government started to take action against PLO. But this created a high rift between Jordon, PLO and Jordanian people as most of them were supporting PLO at that time creating more problems for the King authority. PLO has its own little state now within Jordon from where they were creating problems for Israel and now King Hussein too.

PLO on the other hand were also having very much trouble from King Hussein too. His efforts for deals with Israel and for the removal of PLO was creating a lot of problems for them. So they thought too that it will be one way or another. They made many unsuccessfull assassinations attempts on King Hussein which failed. So they started to execute a bigger action plan.

In September 1970, PLO hijacked three aeroplanes a Swissair and a TWA which was landed in Azraq and a Pan Am which was taken to Cairo. After emptying the planes from passengers they blew it up in front of cameras. Later they claim Ibrid in Jordon a liberal territory which make the King to take action against them. On 15th September he order the state of Martial Law in the Country and order a full crackdown against PLO.

Jordanian Security Forces along with a Pakistani Training mission headed by a Pakistani Brigadier and an Iraqi troop attacked Ibrid. The Pakistani Brigadier was heading the assault as they attacked Ibrid and started killing Palestinians. Arab Radio claimed it a genocide. Arafat claimed the loss of more than 10,000 people during the fighting. Ultimately Arafat withdraw from Ibrid signing a peace deal with Jordanian King under the influence of President Nasser but the death of Nasser on 28th September prove to be another blow for PLO and the King continue the crackdown giving the biggest setback to PLO at that time.

Syria tried to help Palestinians due to a plea by Arafat but withdraw its forces due to Israel and USA who threatened Syria of severe consequences. PLO received such a blow that for revenge a new organization named Black September came into existence which was than latter responsible for the Munich Killing of Israel’s Athletes.

The Pakistani Brigadier, who was at that time heading the training mission to Jordon and headed the 2nd Jordanian Division, when came back to Pakistan his name was suggested for Court Martial due to his role in Black September and for the killings of Palestinians. There was anger among people regarding this act. But due to unknown reason than Chief of Army Staff General Gul Hassan removed his name from the list which was sent to then President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Instead of a Court Martial that Brigadier was promoted to the rank of Major General. He was than in next few years again get promoted to the ranks of Lt General by “special attention”. He was latter made Chief of Army Staff ahead of seven other senior officials. All this top flight from Brigader to the Chief of Army Staff was completed in just 6 years after the Black September.

The name of the Chief of Army Staff and than Brigader at the time of Black September was “General Zia Ul Haq” who than overthrow the elected Government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto due to his “doings” and later hanged him to “make him an example for the Free World”.

http://muhammadmoeen.blogspot.com/2008/12/black-september-and-role-of-pakistan.html

 

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  • I wonder if this is fate, that one does not follow the merit and promotes undeserving, should he be hanged for his act.
    Or should one pray that whenever justice/merit is violated the culprit should be the one to taste the medicine first hand be it the great Bhutto or the loved Mr. Sharif or who so ever.
    I hope that our leaders learn from this and fear the most powerful being or history will inshallah keep repeating itself

  • Pox on him! May he always rot in hell for being instrumental in the killing of innocent palestinians.

  • This shows the true picture of Zia-ul-haq, I have been telling people that this nation will pay at-least for 50 years what that BASTARD did to this country especially to this nation.
    I think this is high time for Pak Army to eradicate the impacts of all the dictators, The good example is like Case of Bhutto’s assasination is re-opened in supreme court.

  • I respectfully disagree with US involvement in hanging, repeat hanging of Bhutto. We have developed habit of blaming US for every thing bad in Pak. I am not saying there is not much involvement. In hanging part, in my opinion, three main culprits were
    1 Zia,
    2-Jamaat Islami and
    3-Saudi Arab.
    It seems very very far fetched but if we read history of trial and other things happening in that time it is clear. In 69 elections, Jamaat had the fantasy that that they will win in elections. During that campaign Jamat attacked Bhutto. Very obvious was in Sadiq Abad.Jamaati gundas attacked Bhutto. When Bhutto caravan was moving, railway Phattack was closed, even though there was no train time. Then as per plan Jamaatis attacked Bhutto.Khar was driver and he put vehicle on side of track and took Bhutto to safety. Funny thing was that after few miles he took that car inside cotton factory. Then realized it belonged to Jamaati.Then he took off again. This cemented Khar and Bhutto relationship further. During 70s, it was jamaatis who started dirty campaign against Bhutto. Some Indian newspaper published about Bhutto’s mother and Jamati magazines started campaigns in Pakistan after that.
    Now back to hanging. It was Mullah Tufail primarily, in my opinion. He is uncle of Mrs. Shafique Zia. Zia used to call him “mamooN”. I do not understand how Tufail said in interview that he met Zia after July 77 first time. Tufail arranged the “confessions” of c- accused, two of them were from Ichra. When they seemed to withdraw their confession, Tufail long with Molvi Mushtaq went to special prosecutor Anwar’s office to discuss and then Tufail went to Kot Lakhpat jail to re-convince them and he did. It is said he promised them 2 squares of land and acquittal. Also the job to one of relative of each one when they were in person. In fact Bhutto mentioned in his rebuttal about giving job to relative of one of accused ( Khaliq?). When Zia was pressure by other generals that he can not acquit them, their family went to Tufail and Tufail said he could not convince Zia but he can get them 3 squares (murrabba) instead of two. The defense advocates of those accused (with exception of Mian Abbas) were Jamaatis. Those lawyers acted as is they were from prosecution side and not from defense side.LHC decision was written by Justice Aftab, die hard Jamatia. It was he who wrote that Bhutto was Muslim in name only. Remember! During last week of Bhutto’s life his commode was put close to sentry and sentry was there 24 hrs a day. I think, they wanted him to see if Bhutto was circumcised. Bhutto defeated them by not eating anything so he did not use that. I think that was the reason that Bhutto’s genitalia were photographed. If sentry would have been able to record, then they did not need to strip him naked after hanging. Few days before hanging CH Sardar police officer went to Maududi, asked him to intervene so that country may not face crisis. .Maududi said that PP is nothing without Bhutto and let him die. Some think Zia convinced King Khalid that Bhutto was planning to overthrow Khalid and bring Turki al Faisal as king. Abdul Aziz sons have different groups. Faisal, sudairee seven (Fahd and his brothers) and present King Abdullah group. Faisal had overthrown his elder brother Saud in 1964.Khaled was incompetent ruler is supposed to have said to Margaret Thatcher that he would be happy to discuss falcons with her, but for all matters of administration she should talk to Fahd. So it would have been easy to make him insecure.When almost everymajor ruler had appelaed for Bhutto but Saudis were still missing,then Riaz Khatib said that King does not appeal till he was sure that it would be accepted.During last few days he did send official appeal but it hink it was just for face saving.

  • above was in reponse on facebook.That is why there is US reference.Could not post there b/c of size.wanted to calirfy.

  • Zia did the most of harm to this nation not to forget whats happening now in Pakistan is the seed placed by Zia himself…

  • F*ckin? amazing issues here. I?m very glad to see your article. Thank you a lot and i am taking a look ahead to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  • Another perspective….

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=256536&Cat=9&dt=8/14/2010

    President Zia’s air crash, like other political deaths in Pakistan, still remains a mystery. His personality and policies evoke extreme comments and emotions, based on a thicket of fact and fiction. One such subject is Zia’s alleged role in the killing of Palestinian in September 1970 in Jordan (“Black September”). There have been fanciful scenarios. The facts are as follows, based on my personal observations and involvement, because I held the charge of the mission in the ambassador’s absence.

    Following the June 1967 military debacle, the Arabs requested Pakistan for military training. Pakistan sent training contingents to Syria, Jordan and Iraq. The mission in Jordon consisted of some 20 senior officers drawn from the three services. The team was led by Maj Gen Nawazish Ali, assisted by Brig Ziaul Haq (Armoured Corps), Brig Iftikhar Rana (Artillery), and Col Yaseen Malik (Infantry). The air force was led by Commodore Anwar Shameem, who later became chief of the PAF.

    The team’s mandate was limited to training the formations of the Jordanian Defence Forces and had no combat role. In June 1970, an antiaircraft regiment arrived in Amman at the request of King Hussein for the protection of Jordan’s air space against violations by Israeli and Syrian planes, but it had no combat role or capacity.

    The presence of the Pakistan training mission against this backdrop soon pulled it into the vortex of Arab intrigues and conspiracies. Its presence was magnified and exaggerated by vested groups. Our ambassador in Delhi had cautioned us against the surreptitious induction of Indian army officers belonging to RAW in PLO and PFLP ranks. Their assignment was to sow doubts and misgivings regarding Pakistan among Palestinians.

    It was Sept 2 when I received a call from Brig Zia, informing me that the king had asked him to take over the command of the 3rd Armoured Division stationed in Irbid, a town close to the Syrian border. Syria had moved with an armoured brigade into Jordan. Maj Gen Qasim Motta, the Jordanian commander, had deserted and Zia was asked to take over.

    Since the ambassador and Gen Nawazish were both out of Jordan, I was chargé d’affaires, and Zia the senior-most army officer. Zia told the king that he would need political clearance from the embassy before he responded to the request. I told Zia that the contingent’s mandate was not to fight, and hence I would need permission from Islamabad.

    Telephone connections were dead. There were no cipher links either. The only communication link was telex based on Morse code. After a few hours’ effort, I established contact with Foreign Secretary Sultan Mohammad Khan, who declined to give any instructions and advised me to contact the military brass. Finally, I reached Mr Ghiasuddin, then Secretary General, Defence.

    To my utter horror, without a moment’s hesitance, Ghias gave me the green signal. When I tried to explain the implications, I was cut short with a brief remark: “We had Istikhara, Hashmite Kingdom’s star is ascendant [sic]. Go ahead. Follow king’s commands [sic].” That the foreign and defence policy of Pakistan was formulated not on a dispassionate analysis of the situation but on the dubious religious invocation still amazes me.

    Brig Zia accordingly took over the command in Irbid, but before any major military operation could be taken the Syrians, under intense pressure from the US and Israel, withdrew. This was the sum total of Pakistan’s involvement or Zia’s role in the alleged massacre of the Palestinians.

    It is generally believed that Zia had been instrumental in the killing of thousands of Palestinians and that Arafat had vowed never to trust Pakistan or forgive Zia. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Arafat visited Pakistan three times during Zia’s regime and met him at summits of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the Non-aligned Movement. During my assignment in Cairo as Pakistan’s ambassador (1997-1999), I had quite a few occasions to meet Arafat during Arab League meetings and found no bitterness in him about Zia’s alleged role as “Butcher of Palestinians.”

    The writer is a former ambassador. Email: m.tayyab.siddiqui@gmail.com

  • All dirty Bastards who blam General Zia Ul Haq should read this story, then they will find the truth.

  • The author of this book claims that Israeli forces even re-deployed to allow Jordanian armor commanded by Zia to cross the Jordan river and surround PLO units. In other words, General Zia was commanding Israeli forces.

    This implies several things. One, Zia probably had to have an intermediary to communicate with the Israelis since the Jordanians and Israelis didn’t communicate directly. The most likely mediator was the U.S. (though I found no trace of this in the FRUS archives) and the next most likely was Britain.

    Zia thus acted if not in Pakistan’s interest at least with the stamp of approval of the U.S. or Britain. For those who wonder why Z.A. Bhutto chose a junior general like Zia as COAS this may shine a light: ZAB appointed Zia because, unlike the other post-1971 generals, he could be seen as America’s man as well as his own, and thus Zia’s appointment would please the Americans, whose economic and political support Bhutto needed very much.

    The episode also explains Zia’s admiration for Israel: his success at commanding Israeli troops was instrumental in his rise up the career ladder.

  • forgot the Balochs and other within Pakistan because they called this as their internal matter and they have certificates to kill them, recently what kyani and his army done in Sri Lanka for crushing Tamil Tigers?? pay them they will do whatever you want.

  • 25,000 killed? why stop there? make it 250,000 — the man is dead anyway — no one can ask him!

    Okay, this is the deal. He is an Angel, a decent man and a soldier. Too bad the same cannot be said about the Arafat and his gang of misfits.

  • Reading the article and later the comments made me confused. This is what we call conspiracy theories. The diversity of the comments notwithstanding, the information is half raw and half baked. I think the ambassador’s comments are most close to the reality and thus trustworthy. Our personal affiliations likes and dislikes make the things confusing. I do not think that any such thing could have been done by the Late General. However, at the same time since he was at the helm of the affairs nobody can say anything but he himself, which surely is not possible.

  • As an Afghan Citizen I can confirm that Zia ul-Haq sold his country, his spirit and his dignity to USA just to destroy the week government of Afghanistan.
    at first Zia welcomed some small number of sentimental unexperienced young college boys to Pakistan and gave them military training against their own government and send them back to Afghanistan for killing their own people and gov. officials, Even now after 30 years of war still there is no peace but in return Pakistan lost everything i.e its reputation its territory, its ally USA and the dollars which Pakistan used to receive as donation from USA.

  • I Read The Whole Article But Not Satisfied With Single Word.Thats 1970s Now Look You Around And Search About USA And Isreal Why They Created A Jews Land?I Cant Think As Muslim That Any Muslim Help Isreal.Remember That Pakistan Still Not Accpt Isreal.If Zia Is Friendly With Isreal Why He Not Stand And Accept Isreal?

  • Salam to all , Comeon guys wakeup , this is true power of media many out of you have been minipulated by above story , Hey any one has tried to find what Yasir Arafat’s forces i.e Palestenians were doing in Jordan???? Has anybody ?? Comeon wake up , Find the other picture of story and them give your comments about this great person. What armed pelestinians army were doing in streets of Jordan. Atleast there should have been one out of you all sensible . Pity on all of you. Love Pakistan , Love Pakistan Army.

  • Zia was posted in Jordan from 1967 to 1970 as a brigadier, where he was involved in training and leading Jordan’s military. He commanded their 2nd Division and played a key role in the Black September offensive, which led to the civil war between the Palestinians of Jordan represented by Yasir Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization, and the trans-Jordanians represented by the Jordanian Armed Forces led by King Hussein.

    Yasir Arafat later said that the Jordanian army killed between 10,000 and 25,000 Palestinians. More conservative estimates put the number between 1,000 and 2,000. The armed conflict lasted until July 1971, and ended with the expulsion of the PLO and thousands of Palestinian fighters to Lebanon.

    Israeli Military leader Moshe Dayan is quoted as saying that Hussein “killed more Palestinians in eleven days than Israel could kill in twenty years”.

    http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/article.php?issue=20130524&page=30

  • On September 15, King Hussein declared martial law and appointed Field Marshal Habis al Majali as a commander in chief of the armed forces. The head of Pakistani training mission to Jordan, Brigadier Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (later Chief of Army Staff and President of Pakistan), played a key role in planning the offensives.[18] The next day, Jordanian tanks (the 60th Armored Brigade of the Jordanian Army) attacked the headquarters of Palestinian organizations in Amman; the army also attacked camps in Irbid, Salt, Sweileh, Baq’aa, Wehdat and Zarqa. However, the Jordanians could not devote all their attention to the Palestinians.

    http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/isj95/ashman.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_September_in_Jordan#cite_ref-18

  • Zia ul Haq relished the opportunity to please his Jordanian and American idols. This disgraceful and criminal massacre of the Palestinians was soon followed by the Butchery inflicted on Bangladesh by the Pakistani army. The punishment of Allah was inevitable. Either you look at things from an Islamic perspective or you don’t. Injustice, evil, inequality and sheer dumb racist attitudes have turned Pakistan into an example of an anti Islamic state. I. Am a Pakistani, but when I face my maker he won’t ask for my nationality… but for my belief. I cannot side with injustice.

  • What a truthful discovery about Journal Zia Nahaq ,He is in Jahanam for sure
    What he did to the muslims.He killed thousands of palestanians which gave not
    Only bad name to Pakistan but also earned the Highest Black mark in the history of Muslims and Journal Zia Nahaq became YAZID of our times.
    He started Dollars Jihad with Afhganistan ,Millions got killed in Afghanistan
    Pakistan turned into a WAR ZONE since then no solution.
    ZIA Nahaq was a real MUNAFIQ who reciting Quran in his first speech claimed he will conduct elections in 90 days that turned aut to be 10 years.
    Open your eyes Pakistani People since creation of Pakistan Nothing positive Achieved and Sorry to say PAKISTANI Army killed more muslims than Indian Army only in Bangladesh 3 Milliongot killed. TRUTH is Painful ehhh

  • Thanks to ALLAH that before giving my comments after reading of the above fake story, i searched this website and found “biased”. i have no doubt that it is being managed by secular organization. at first i was under the impression of being guilty with respect to my sentimental attachment with Shaheed Zia Ul Haq but when i further explored about this site, i found that they are biased and partial against Sunnis. (hope you understand what i mean to say).

  • This story needs verification. A unit on training duty does not participate in these kind of operations

  • This article is propaganda against Shaheed General Zia ul Haq, from the hatter of Pakistan and Islam. I love General Zia

  • Ah guys shame on you on believing such a stupid story teller…
    Let me make it clear that Zia was nothing but a trainer of Jordan Army…
    He was Sent by so called awami leader Bhutto so if someone is responsible for the killings of PLO then its Bhutto….

  • WARISTAN MAIN BOMBARMENT HO RAHI HEY MASOOM KIDS N WOMEN N OLD MEN KILLING N AAP LOG GARE MURDE UKHAR RAHAIN HAIN YE SUB JEWS KA PROPIGANDA HEY . JAHAN TUK YASIR ARAFAT KA CONCERN HEY WO TO COMMUNIST THAA ALLAH N RASOOL KO MANTA HI NHI THAA PERLE DERJE KA SHARABI KABABI MILLION N MILLIONS KHA GIA USSR CE SAUDI ARAB CEYASIR TO ONLY NAME KA MUSLIM THAA. US NE TO PALISTNIAN KO TABAH KER DIA THAA HOWEVER THIS IS NT THE TIME OF ZIA UL HAQ WE SHUD LOOK AFTER IDPs NOT MORE THEN THISIDPs RAMZAN MAIN HORRIBLE N TERRIBLE CONDION MAIN HAIN N JEWS PALESTINIAN PER BOMBARI KER RAHA HEY N HUM IN CODENM. KERNE KI BAJAIE ZIA KO RO RAHAIN HAIN THIS IS NT FAIR

  • What Zia did decades ago, we and our youngsters are facing today. Taliban are the continuation of the same. This country had never been so before DARK ERA of Zia. Rise of non deserving people to highest posts is a great dilemma of Pakistan. His un merited support to Deobandi minority against huge Bravelvi majority is a main reason. Being a Third Generation Soldier in Pakistan Defence Forces, i feel our military policy towards most important issues has always been FLAWED. Whether it was East Pakistan, Balochistan, FATA or War on Terror, we had always been fed with disinformation. Tale goes on even today. ALLAH may Bless Pakistan with sincere and visionary leadership, and save us from selfish, short visioned, corrupt ones. Ameen

  • Jordan like other Arab Monarchies has small population … i guess more than 50% of its population comprise of Palestinian Refugees …
    It is no oil power … and not enough military power to take on Israel like Egypt and Syria in wars … i guess even not enough to defend that’s why Pakistan Army was there to train and defend. Jordan’s Airforce, however did participate in Arab-Israel wars … a few of them Pakistani pilots, shooting down Israeli Mirages and bombers in the wars.
    So, we are talking about 1970’s incident here … Palestinians would hijack civil airliners quite alot. In this instant they hijacked a few and landed them in Jordan, seems without the consent and knowledge of Jordanian Govt, it seems like Taliban transforming into TTP 😛
    I guess if Jordanian Govt didn’t go for military action … it would have been PLO virtual rule in Jordan and may be a retaliation from atleast Israel or an international force … cuz Nationals of so many countries were involved.

  • He was no Angel as thought by many Oakiatanis… There are reason as to why Allah have him such a death where he was blown to pieces!
    Sign of God! Wake up Pakiatani Awaaam and stop putting people like him and other useless politicians/generals on such high pedestal that they think they are Kings!

  • “Takfiri Deobandi-Salafists ”

    What in the world is that. Is’t this a bigotry. May you are incapable of providing further facts on this term so I suggest to you stop stressing your immature brain to a point where it will break. For f*** sake.

      • you are a piece of shit. People like you are black mark on Islam. Its ur shitty school of thought who has ruined the image of Islam. Curse on you assholes. You bearded pigs.

  • اسرایئل ۔ ہمارا شُکریہ ادا کرو۔ (ذیشان اشرف)
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    نیچے پوسٹ کی گئی تصویر Operation Black September کے اتحادیوں ، جرنیلوں اور اموات کی تعداد کی وضاحت کرتی ہے ، اگر آپ غور سے دیکھیں تو ایک طرف اتحادی ہیں Palestine liberation organization PLO ، شام اور روس۔
    اور دُوسری جانب جارڈن، آفاقی جہاد کے سدا بہار اتحادی امریکہ اور پاکستان

    —— ———
    سب سے جو مزے کی بات ہے ایک طرف مرحوم یاسر عرفات جو ہمارے جماعتیوں اور اُن کے ہم خیال افراد کے ہیرو ہیں اور اُن کے مُقابل انہی جماعتیوں کے امیر المومنین آنجناب ضیا الحق الباطل ہیں۔
    سب سے جو مزے کی بات ہے وہ یہ ہے کہ جناب ضیا صاحب فریقِِِ مُخالف کی جانب سے واحد کمانڈر ہیں اور ان کی کمانڈ میں ان کی فوج کی اموات صرف 82 اور ضیا صاحب کی کمانڈ میں ہلاک ہونے والے فلسطینی نوجوانوں کی تعداد بیس ہزار سے چوتیس ہزار۔

  • i can admit story is false , web site is biased, he is very kind angel general but why all members in crew of blast helicopter he is is mard e momin ,mard e ahan,and SHAHEED TOO , WHILE ALL SITTING IN HELICOPTER ARE DEAD OR DEAD BODIES , HE IS CALLED SHAHEED ONLY AND REST ARE DEAD MARDOOD NA FATHEA NA DAROOD IT IS LISTENED ONLY HIS JAW WAS IN TABOOT LIFTED BY 8 SOLDIERS WHEREAS THIS COULD BE DONE BY ONE MAN ONLY SIRF YEH SHAHEED HAY ,,JANAY KYUN YA AKHAR KUYUN KIA BAQI MULKI SALAMATI MAIN NAHI MARAY GAY ,IF HE HAD DONE SOME THING FOR GOOD CAUSE SIRF ISS KAY TEETH NA BATHTAY WAISAY DEKHAY T O WO AZAHAR LODHI NAY HE THAY DEDAR AKHAR JASAD E KHAKI KA

  • I think this website belongs to Qadianis. Don’t forget that Qadianis are deadly against Zia-ul-Haq b/coz of his special amendments against them, in the constitution of Pakistan, in 1984.

  • This website is run by Shias, who are non-believers to the core. They will never speak anything against syed musharraf hussain zaidi, who basically buried our army ideology by taking a u turn on kashmir. He promoted all shia influence in army and throughout the country. He openly promoted MQM and sold people to his US masters. They will always bark at zia because of his anti shia position. Zia’s decision of involvement in afghan jehad was very much justified & vital for our survival, whereas musharraf’s decision of destroying afghanistan by acting as a US puppy has destroyed us.

    • Your comments really depict your extremist mind set. It is not about shias or sunnis, its about humanity. Zia ul Haq was a devil who had the taste of blood. He always found joy in killing the innocent. He was a murdered, and a brutal butcher. He had innocent blood on his hands. He killed Palestenians, you cant deny that even with your shitty remarks. Later on, he founded several terrorist organizations in the name of Islam in Pakistan to kill the innocent. You are a piece of shit just like him.