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Exclusive Interview From Syed Zaid Hamid on His Memoirs

Exclusive Interview From Syed Zaid Hamid on His Memoirs

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Exclusive Interview From Syed Zaid Hamid on His Memoirs, 'From Indus to Oxus'
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 V`bna ycu, jcr kcmnmno us mn t`ms s`cw, Wmr. Iy jmrst questmcn ms; ycu sby t`bt \bamstbn suppcrtef @maibt ]br bnf moncref B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf. _`bt wbs t`e rebscn jcr t`ms3
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; V`e pcdmgy ibaers cj t`bt tmie bre bnswerbhde jcr t`ms hdunfer. Mn t`bt gcnjdmgt mn Bjo`bnmstbn w`en km`bf wbs ocmno cn bobmnst Wcvmet Unmcn, t`ere were smx crobnmzbtmcns. Mt wbs gbddef t`e Wmx-\brty Bddmbnge bnf wbs \es`bwbr hbsef. Mt `bf cne Vbkma pbrty cj Ustbf Hur`bn-un-Fmn. B`ibf W`b` hedcnoef tc t`ms pbrty. V`e rest cj t`e pbrtmes were \bs`tun. Ustbbf Hur`bn-un-Fmn Xbhhbnm wbs nct omven t`bt respegt mn \bamstbn w`mg` s`cudf `bve heen bggcrfef tc `mi. \bs`tuns were fcimnbnt. Mn t`e ten yebrs cj Bjo`bn km`bf, B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf fmf nct gcie tc \bamstbn. V`ere wbs nchcfy `ere tc represent `mi. @maibt ]br wbs strcnody prcictef hy \bamstbnm pbrtmes, mn pbrtmgudbr, hy Kbibbt-e-Msdbim. V`ey were \es`bwbr-hbsef bnf `bf strcno
redbtmcns wmt` \bamstbn”s estbhdms`ient, bs wedd bs b strcno \X. V`ese jbgtcrs
mnjduengef t`e pcdmgy ibaers cj t`bt tmie. V`ere wbs nc gcntbgt w`btscever wmt` B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf hut @mabit ]br wbs mn \es`bwbr bt t`bt tmie. Ibsccf wbs Vbkma w`erebs @mabibt ]br wbs \bs`tun. Ibkcrmty cj t`e orcunf bssets t`bt were `bnfdmno \bamstbn-Bjo`bnmstbn redbtmcns, were \bs`tuns, bnf \bs`tun nbtmcnbdmsi bdsc oct
 
mnvcdvef t`ere w`mg` s`cudfn”t `bve. \bamstbn s`cudf `bve t`cuo`t bhcut mts mnterests
bnf s`cudf `bve aept gcrfmbd redbtmcns`mp wmt` bdd Iukb`mfeen orcups. V`e
Hbfba`s`bn prcvmnge w`ere Vbkmas dmve ms cn G`mtrbd”s smfe.
 
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; Bs M ientmcnef bdrebfy t`bt \bs`tuns `bf fcimnbnge mn bdd t`e ibtters bt t`bt tmie.
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; ]cu iebn t`bt t`e pcdmgy bfcptef hy \bamstbn tc scdve Bjo`bnmstbn”s prchdeis,
feprmvef scie edeients cn et`nmg hbsms bnf t`bt resudtef mn t`e grebtmcn cj extreimst edeients3
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; V`ere were nc extreimst edeients bt t`bt tmie. Kbdbd-uf-fmn @bqqbnm, @maibt ]br bnf Iuddb` Uibr, ncne cj t`ei bre extreimsts bggcrfmno tc t`e Bjo`bn perspegtmve. V`ey bre Bjo`bn Iukb`mfeens.
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 Hut ycu remterbtef t`bt t`ey gcudf gcie jrci t`e Ncrt` bnf gbpturef Abhud. _`y nchcfy jcddcwef t`ms bfvmge t`bt ycu obve tc nct senf @maibt ]br jrci Wcut`3
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; Bt t`bt tmie, Henbzmr wbs mn pcwer bnf Biermgbns `bf dejt Bjo`bn km`bf. Wcvmet Unmcn `bf wmt`frbwn jrci t`e reomcn. \bamstbn `bf b orebt cppcrtunmty tc mnstbdd t`e ocvernient cj Wmx-pbrty Bddmbnge mn Bjo`bnmstbn. M `cdf t`e FO MWM cj t`bt tmie, Oenerbd Bsbf Furrbnm respcnsmhde jcr t`ms bnf M `bve ientmcnef t`ms mngmfent mn iy hcca. M iet `mi bs b representbtmve cj Bjo`bn Iukb`mfeen bnf fedmveref t`e iessboe t`bt `e s`cudf nct moncre B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf bt b tmie w`en @maibt ]br wbs trymno tc gbpture Abhud jrci t`e Wcut` bnf Ibsccf jrci t`e Ncrt`. Mt wbs mipcrtbnt t`bt t`ese twc unmtef. Mj \bamstbn `bf ibfe bn ejjcrt tc unmte t`ese twc, t`ey wcudf `bve unmtef, hut we moncref Ibsccf. M bi b wmtness cj bdd t`bt trbnspmref bs M gciiunmgbtef t`ms iessboe tc Oenerbd Furrbnm iysedj bnf M `bve quctef t`ms mn iy hcca bs wedd. V`ese bre `mstcrmgbd imstbaes jcr w`mg` we `bve tc sujjer jcr genturmes. Vcfby, w`btever trcuhdes t`bt \bamstbn jbges mn Bjo`bnmstbn bre fue tc jbudty fegmsmcns cj t`e pcdmgy ibaers cj t`bt tmie. V`emr pcdmgy wbs tc suppcrt @maibt ]br bnf bhbnfcn B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf. V`ms ms sug` b ormevcus t`mno t`bt iy `ebrt hdeefs hegbuse cj mt. V`bt ms w`y, M wrcte t`ms hcca, sc t`bt we iby nct repebt t`cse sbie imstbaes mn Bjo`bnmstbn t`bt we fmf mn t`e =<s.
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; Det ie omve ycu b dmttde perspegtmve cj t`e smtubtmcn jcr t`cse w`c `bve nct rebf t`e hcca yet. _e stbrtef suppcrtmno @maibt ]br bobmnst B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf hejcre t`e jbdd cj Abhud w`mg` wbs mn 2==8. Abhud wbs gbpturef hy B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf. @maibt ]br wbs unbhde tc enter Abhud. Even bjter t`bt we trmef tc hrmno B`ibf W`b`
Ibsccf tc \bamstbn bnf ncribdmze `ms tmes wmt` \bamstbn”s estbhdms`ient bnf reicve
 
bdd imsgcngeptmcns, hut t`ms fmf nct `bppen. Jcr t`e next jcur yebrs, @maibt ]br gcntmnuef bttbgamno Abhud w`mde B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf wbs mn Abhud. Wbfdy t`bt g`bcs bnf bnbrg`y mn Bjo`bnmstbn obve rmse tc Vbdmhbn bnf t`ey wbs`ef bwby everycne. Bjter t`bt B`ibf W`b` Ibsccf `bf tc debve Abhud bnf oc hbga tc `ms \bnks`mr Zbddey. V`bt wbs t`e tmie w`en Ibsccf oct fmsbppcmntef wmt` \bamstbn bnf mn crfer tc survmve, `e tcca `edp jrci Mrbn, Biermgb bnf Mnfmb. V`e Mnfmbns ibfe occf use cj t`ms cppcrtunmty. V`e w`cde wcrdf t`cuo`t t`bt t`e \bamstbnms grebtef Vbdmhbn. V`e trut` ms t`bt we fmf nct grebte Vbdmhbn1 t`ey were t`e resudt cj t`bt g`bctmg gcnfmtmcn bnf bnbrg`y. Unfer Iuddb` Uibr, t`e Bjo`bn Vbdmhbn tcca gcntrcd cj t`e smtubtmcn bnf reicvef bdd t`e Iukb`mfeen w`c were jmo`tmno b gmvmd wbr bt t`bt tmie. Ibsccf wbs gcipdetedy sure t`bt \bamstbn wbs suppcrtmno Vbdmhbn bdt`cuo` t`ms wbs nct true. \bamstbn regconmzef Vbdmhbn bjter t`ey `bf rebg`ef Abhud. Hejcre t`bt, \bamstbn `bf nc mfeb bhcut t`emr crmomn. V`e jmrst t`mno Vbdmhbn fmf wbs tc amdd @maibt ]br. Ncw @maibt ]br wbs t`e hmooest bsset jcr \bamstbn bnf t`ey reicvef `mi tc gbpture Abhud.
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; Wmr, we fmf nct ibae Vbdmhbn bnf km`bfm orcups hut we obve t`ei prctcgcd. Iy questmcn tc ycu ms t`bt w`en we suppcrtef Bjo`bnmstbn mn mts wbr bobmnst t`e Wcvmets, wbs mt fue tc strbteomg rebscns cr redmomcus rebscns3
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; Mj ycu dcca bt t`e `mstcry cj Wcvmet Unmcn, ycu wmdd see t`bt jcr t`e dbst 7<< yebrs, Wcvmet Unmcn `bf heen gbpturmno dbnfs bnf bfvbngmno tcwbrfs Wcut`. Wbibrqbnf, Hca`brb, Uzheamstbn, Vbkmamstbn, were bdd Iusdmi reomcns t`bt were gbpturef hy t`e Xussmbns mn t`e 2=t` Gentury. V`cse w`c ancw `mstcry bre wedd bwbre t`bt mt wbs t`e
Xussmbns” frebi tc enter Bjo`bnmstbn. Byuh A`bn ientmcnef t`ms mn `ms hcca bs wedd1
even bt t`bt tmie mt wbs jebref t`bt t`ey wcudf mnvbfe Bjo`bnmstbn hegbuse cj t`e Xussmbn humdt-up. Mn t`e 2=
t`
 gentury t`e Hrmtms` Eipmre jebref t`bt t`e Xussmbns wcudf mnvbfe Bjo`bnmstbn. Jcr t`e dbst 8<< yebrs, everycne anew t`bt t`ey wbntef tc enter Bjo`bnmstbn sc mt fmf nct gcie bs b surprmse w`en t`ey jmnbddy mnvbfef Bjo`bnmstbn.
Bt t`bt tmie, mt wbs Oenerbd [mb”s rude mn \bamstbn bnf M t`mna t`bt mt wbs b orebt
hdessmno jrci Bddb` t`bt Oenerbd [mb wbs t`e ruder bt t`bt tmie. V`ere were strbteomg rebscns jcr stcppmno Wcvmets mn Bjo`bnmstbn. Mj we `bf nct fcne sc bt t`bt tmie, Wcvmets wcudf `bve mnvbfef \bamstbn mn t`e next 25 tc 8< yebrs.
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; _`bt mj t`e upgcimno juture debfers`mp mn \bamstbn gdbmis t`bt t`ms ms nct cur wbr, t`en `cw fc we febd wmt` t`bt3
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; Vcfby, mt ms t`e fmdeiib cj \bamstbn t`bt we bre trymno tc jmnf t`e tbddest pyoiy bicnost t`e pyoimes. _e fc nct `bve tcwermno debfers`mp. Even bt t`bt tmie, scie pecpde sbmf tc Oenerbd [mb t`bt mt wbs mipcssmhde tc jmo`t t`e Wcvmets. Mt wbs b `uoe pcwer t`bt `bf rebg`ef cur hcrfers. Bt t`bt tmie, t`e Briy bnf t`e MWM fegmfef t`bt

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