June 27, 2011

The Murder of a General by Generals

    * Who're the two generals who killed V.S. Naipaul's brother-in-law Gen. Faisal Alvi?
    * Why British journalist Carey Schofield is hiding names of the accused generals?

By Habib R. Sulemani

Late Major-General Ameer Faisal Alvi.—image via Google
A CRIMINAL gang of serving generals of the Pakistan Army first humiliated then allegedly killed a fellow general who wanted to expose the gang’s involvement in terrorism—secret deals with the Taliban.

The assassinated officer, Major-General Ameer Faisal Alvi (1954-2008) is said to be a unique general of the Pakistan Army who considered himself a professional soldier not a power-broker.

General Faisal Alvi was the brother-in-law of British writer Sir V. S. Naipaul who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Lady Nadira Naipaul, sister of General Alvi, was a glamorous journalist in Pakistan. Her column, Letter from Bahawalpur, used to appear in a daily English language newspaper of Lahore. However, she left the profession and country after her marriage to the Trinidad-born British writer in 1996.

General Faisal Alvi was a former chief of the Special Services Group (commonly known as SSG or commandos). He had joined the Pakistan Army in 1974 and was forcefully retired in 2005.

Two colleagues reportedly played the traditional dirty espionage game. They made a sex scandal about General Faisal Alvi and the wife of a junior officer. Then they secretly recorded General Alvi's remarks about the then President General Musharraf—when the despot military dictator heard it, he gave General Alvi the sack without more ado.

When the current Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, took over in 2007, General Alvi wrote a ‘confidential letter’ to him -- the new King of the Islamic Republic -- exposing the alleged conspiracy of his colleague generals.

The three-page letter is a historic document which shows the sick culture within the ranks of the Pakistan Army. The letter speaks louder than the many engineered books on the so-called inside stories of the Pakistan Army. It shows what an almighty general feels when he retires—probably a fish out of water!

After reading this letter, one can understand the politics of military awards and after-retirement-lucrative-civilian-jobs—in particular vice-chancellorship of government-run universities at home and ambassadorial positions abroad (this could be solid reason for the destruction of our education system and visionless foreign policy).

General Alvi's letter shows how helpless civilians are in the militarized and Talibanized nation-sate.

Sir V. S. Naipaul with wife Lady Nadira Naipaul.Outlook
It's said that General Kayani mysteriously kept silent as Dawn newspaper dubs him the silent soldier. When General Alvi didn't get any response from the Army Chief (General Kayani has not responded to my letter either for the last 15 months), he smelt threat to his life and gave a copy of the letter to a British journalist, Carey Schofield.

"It hasn’t worked, they’ll shoot me," General Alvi reportedly told Ms. Schofield.

The Pakistani General obviously trusted a British journalist than a scribe in the militarized and Talibanized media of Pakistan. But General Alvi didn’t know that the self-styled independent journalist/writer (Ms. Schofield) would breach his trust—was it for the big bucks or something else? Let's discuss it later in this blog post. 

Anyway, as predicted, on November 19, 2008, General Alivi along with his driver was shot dead in Rawalpindi. In a typical action, the authorities immediately blamed the Taliban and al-Qaeda for the assassination, and picked some former military-officials-turned-militants according to the written script—but later they were set free for “lack of evidence" as it happened in the assassination case of Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti recently.

The British government just paid lip service! Unfortunately, the literary circles, especially in the West, didn't take notice of this gruesome murder of a relative of a Nobel Laureate. May be thinking: the bloody civilians have no right to meddle in the affairs of a militarized Islamic country—it's the Murder of a General by Generals (I’ve no plans to write a novel with this title currently. From solitary confinement, I can write blogs only).

General Alvi’s daughter, Mehvish Zahra Alavi, bravely defended her father when the callous multi-million cyber propaganda brigade of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) started character assassination campaign against the assassinated General in the media, saying that the late General was not a practicing Muslim, lacked patriotism, was a drunkard, womanizer and gangster. It was perhaps an effort to dilute the anger of the people especially the SSG commandos who loved General Faisal Alvi as a true commander.

To divert the attention of the public, the rumor-mills of the ISI and MI spread their outdated conspiracy theories regarding the assassination of General Alvi. They didn’t forget their pet trick of involving family members, friends or neighbors in an assassination besides the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The touts of the agencies said that family members of General Alvi were involved in his assassination as he was “morally corrupt” and his wife was not living with him (the secret agencies have done it recently in Supreme Court judge Justice Javed Iqbal’s parents’ gruesome murder besides the assassinations of Senator Habib Jalib Baloch, Gilgit-Baltistan MLA Saifur Rehman and many others).

Army Chief Gen. Kayani, right, with ISI chief Gen. Pasha.—AP
Ms. Alvi, besides writing for the Jang Group, also defended her father very bravely in the cyberspace. She seemed like a lioness fighting for life among a hungry group of hyenas.

“My father had no one in Pakistan Army to favor him. He came as a boy from another country (British national). He made it to the rank of a Maj-General all due to his own hard work, no one helped him. Unfortunately, even in the military there is politics at the higher level. That is something you have no control over,” the daughter of General Faisal Alvi reacted in the cyberspace during a discussion (archived here).

"I do not know who killed him (General Alvi) but yes the weapons were 9mm military weapons. And from what I have heard the attackers came into the car to make sure he was dead. Normal bullets could not kill my father. He was shot three times in the brain too. There were numerous witnesses to the incident yet how come no one has come forward to identify the attackers. No one will. Everyone is scared."

Everyone is scared and terrorized in Pakistan. This is the reason that Ms. Alvi couldn't continue her fight for justice in the lawless Islamic Republic. 

After General Alvi's assassination, Carey Schofield wrote in The Sunday Times that the General was murdered "after threatening to expose Pakistani Army generals who had made deals with Taliban militants.” General Alavi had “named two generals in a letter to the head of the Army. He warned that he would ‘furnish all relevant proof’. Aware that he was risking his life, he gave a copy to me (Ms. Schofield) and asked me to publish it if he (General Alvi) was killed.”  

The real story starts from here.

There are three basic questions to ponder over this typical Pakistan-style assassination:
1.      Who're the two generals whom General Faisal Alvi feared they would shoot him?

2.      Why Ms. Schofield dishonored General Alvi's will and hid names of the accused generals?

3.      What compelled a Westerner to breach the trust of the Dead General—editorial policy of the British newspaper, pressure from the Pakistan Army or just self-interest—an opportunity to make quick bucks? 

A description of Ms. Schofield's latest book, Inside the Pakistan Army, says: "Having spent five years so closely embedded in the Pakistan Army that they (the Army) even had a uniform made for her (Ms. Schofield)."

It says a lot!

Now again the questions:

1.      Did Ms. Schofield hide the names of the accused generals (who may have served her as typical hosts) for personal gain to be near the Pakistan Army and complete her book?

2.      Did Ms. Schofield barter General Alvi’s letter for her book on the Pakistan Army unscrupulously?

3.      Ms. Schofield refused to give a copy of General Alvi's letter to his daughter, Ms. Alvi, who says: "I contacted her (Ms. Schofield) asking a copy of the letter. She agreed but then refused." Why?

In the past, Pakistani generals have commissioned many western journalists and writers, especially female, for writing engineered reports and books as a part of their media war (ground battles have become an impossible thing for the commercialized and politicized generals in Pakistan). 

Slain journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad had hinted on the dangers from the ISI in emails and it has taken the country by storm. In his letter, General Alvi has taken names of the accused serving generals with details but shamelessly, the so-called independent journalist (Ms. Schofield) is hiding the names even after three years of the murder.

After the assassinations of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, Governor Salman Taseer, Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, General Faisal Alvi and elderly parents of a serving Supreme Court judge, Justice Javed Iqbal, people have been demanding independent investigation into the heinous crimes.

And after the recovery and killing of Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan and attack on the Naval base... the 180 million people of Pakistan are now demanding accountability of the military that failed to defend the country although it digests 80 percent of the annual budget.

Ms. Schofield’s revelation of the names of the accused generals can bring positive changes in the terror-hit country. And this would also affect the U.K. and rest of the world positively. Global leaders especially the U.S. should realize that there is no way but to bring the brains behind global terrorism to justice. Deals will never work in the long run!

What is the truth? It couldn’t remain hidden for a long time in this cyber age as the global scenario is rapidly changing. Ms. Schofield’s book has been published. Therefore, now, the Pakistani people expect that she would make the unedited letter of General Faisal Alvi public. It's an opportunity for her to make her conscience clear! An intellectually dishonest person can't get peace of mind despite successes in the world.

The edited version of General Alvi's letter

Courtesy: The Sunday Times 

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        3. http://koolblue.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/the-murder-of-a-general-by-generals/

        4. General Alvi's episode is contained only in your blog- but not in any newspaper or in TV talks. The murder of such a senior person would have attracted a considerable attention??!! Do you have the address/contact of her daughter/sister to verify what you claim??

          1. i think this blog is uniqe and inependent really serving pakistan. kidos bravos thumbs up

        5. I wanna add the Koolblue comments on this lifted article here


          Badar Abbas Says:
          November 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

          Very good article. The matter is close to my heart. I developed some delusions around Gen Alavi that i discussed in my blog post at http://badarabbas.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/three-generals/ I am a retired Army officer and one victim of grouping within Army as discussed in my blog.

          Nazia Says:
          October 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

          Mr Alvi l alvi was part of same team who fully organized war on terror in this soil along with team of Musharraf.He was hum piyala, hum niwala of Musharraf but one can see through this example that when he slipped his tongue in drunk state which was quite normal life style for him he was killed by same institute that had given him rise to top position.
          He was admitted by bhutto in Pak army bypassing all required procedures .
          One of general who had enmity with him was Gen tariq majeed and other might be not sure but can be general Ehsan(ex goc of Karachi) who tricked fully the attack of Karachi to destroy all the peace efforts with Naik mohammed as whole team wanted to escalate this war for their personal interests and US attractions.
          Lady Nadira didnt reveal the name as she knew well her brother earned more than what he official deserved,Her family is still residing in Bahria town Islamabad under the protection of Malik Raiz and other generals working there.These generals including Ithisham zameer who was relative of Alvis’s wife also know well but as all are birds of feather who once flocked together for their personal greed acting like silents lambs and behaving like biggest nationalist through fake preaching on national issues.
          They all are team of criminals who had put aside future of prosper Pakistan for their short lived dangerous dirty games.

          koolblue Says:
          October 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

          Regretfully, like most fellow nationals there is no meat on the bones of your statements they may be classified as innuendo! and hearsay as well as seeing a situation with a jaundiced eye!
          Please state only the facts as then the material gains credibility, Thank you!

          Nazia Says:
          October 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

          Sorry to say that people don’t accept real facts and look for written facts which are strictly under control of some powerful groups in Pakistan.What kind of facts you are looking in cold blood murder of Gen alvi who was part of ruling and decision making group of Musharraf.It was general alvi too who brought Carry sochfield in Sirena Islamabad where she stayed there for almost 2 years on expenses of GHQ and she enjoyed the company of all army officers who claim to be friend of General alvi including him too.
          In army circles all know and why Alvi was killed even his close relatives so why all are silent on this day light murder and written statements of Alvi himself.
          I dont know what kind of meat you want to see on bones but it is fact that these selfish, drunk and womanizer warriors have really made our eyes red but those who look for facts from reports and written statements surely cant swallow the real face of these so called heroes of their families only.

        6. Part-2

          Rehman Pak Says:
          September 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

          This article was originally published by THE TERRORLAND group blogs: http://theterrorland.blogspot.com/2011/06/murder-of-general-by-generals.html

          koolblue Says:
          September 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

          I got this by email someone forwarded it, had no links and wondered; Put it up because it had some revealing info; as you may observe, usually all credits are reproduced for any material that is identified as someones property! I have no reservations in stating material is not mine; Keep up the good work!

          THE TERRORLAND (@Theterrorland) Says:
          September 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm


          This is a copyright-content from our group blog THE TERRORLAND. Better if you had mentioned it. Anyway, the original post can be found here: http://theterrorland.blogspot.com/2011/06/murder-of-general-by-generals.html

          mehvishalaviish alavi Says:
          August 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm

          i don’t know you neither does my immediate family . Just asking


          koolblue Says:
          August 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

          OK, try Shereen Masoud, she has a husband too! and his name is Zahid Husain! THAT is me!

          mehvishalaviish alavi Says:
          August 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm

          Who are you ?


          koolblue Says:
          August 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

          Please check my profile, I am an acquaintance to some of the family, why do you ask?!


        7. The following comments are from our FB page:

          The Terrorland: Who killed Maj-Gen Faisal Alvi—Gen Ehsan or Gen Kayani ? Gen Alvi was ex-SSG chief and brother-in-law of Nobel laureate writer V. S. Naipaul.

          Ayaz Peer Mohammed - He was a good friend of mine and a buddy. Great man and a reliable friend

          Asim Ali Khan - a Great man

          Asghar Ramzan - Brother of our very own Nadra???????

          Qasim Afridi - Probably Kiyani... I can expect all sorts of crimes from that traitor...
          Muhammad Zia - i still could,t understand military vision if taliban again come into power the whole region would be destabilized and if america couldnot resist what can we do?

          Baseer Naveed - Dear Mohammed Hanif Can I take this case from the platform of Asian Human Rights Commission and issue urgent appeal and if his daughter allows us we can take this case to UN human rights council as AHRC written statement. Please reply me at my email address baseer.naweed@ahrc.asia

          Muhammad Ayaz - Kaswar Bahi plz investigate who killed this Honor able Military Officer and Innocent Officer?

          Baseer Naveed - Ramzan saheb can I get the contact number of Nadra saheba to get more for our report on this case

        8. youcan not do any thing....

        9. Dear Miss Nazia you seem to be one of those people who talk crap without knowing people for your information Madam we dont live under riaz maliks protection we live in bahria town thats true . Secondly ehtisham zameer is my fathers distant nephew and were not known to be close . Thirdly in Islam you can never cite a tumhat on a person unless you didn't see it with your eyes and hear it so keep your mouth shut regarding my father .Wrting crap on blogs is very easy its easy to hide behind a computer and write come and face me .

        10. Mehvish Zahra wrote to Habib Sulemani on Facebook:

          Hello i don't think you know me but i am Gen Faisal Alavi's daughter and i read your blog about my father while browsing . Thank you for writing about him and thank you so much more for not just writing crap people wrote without knowing him . Thank you

          I would like to clear just one thing my father wasnt asking for a post for lucrative means he just wanted his honour restored and that was the only way it could be done . People thought he had been dismissed dishonourably because that was the news published eventhough on military papers he was retired on service yet he couldnt go show it to everyone and we faced alot of scrutiny alot of criticism from people for that . He wanted his medal and just a post so people would know he wasnt retired dishonourably like published by ISPR . If he wanted benefits he was chief executive in a multi national company no government job could grant him that amount of package .to cut a long explanation short my father should never have come to pakistan he was too naieve for the people of this country .

        11. All of you are bastards!!