Tanks to India and Pakistan, 1967

George Thomson, Commonwealth Secretary, to Prime Minister Harold Wilson, 19 October 1967 Since March 1966 UK policy is to supply arms to both India and Pakistan. The Pakistani government wants the UK to approve a proposal to establish a factory in either Pakistan or Iran to manufacture Vickers tanks for the armies of Pakistan, Iran […]

Pakistan: Declassified

Documents ‘The Road to Partition 1939-1947’ (National Archives) Tanks to India and Pakistan, 1967 (click here) U.S. and British Combined to Delay Pakistani Nuclear Weapons Program in 1978-1981’ (19 documents, National Security Archive) ‘US embassy cables: UK – we’re not importing moderate imams’ (US Embassy, UK, 24 April 2008) ‘US embassy cables: After Mumbai, UK […]

Britain, Islamisamation and state terror in Pakistan

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis Rigid Islamisation affected all areas of public life in Pakistan in the 1980s, as General Zia ul-Haq introduced draconian measures and punishments that, he declared, constituted the true implementation of Islamic law. In this he was guided by the […]

Partition: ‘Keep a bit of India’

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis In 1947 the partition of colonial British India into two new states, India and the Muslim state of Pakistan, involved massive population transfer and a bloodbath: up to a million people lost their lives in the communal violence that […]

British coups and oil in Central Asia

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis By 1994, the Pakistani military under Benazir Bhutto’s government was training hundreds of Chechens, Uzbeks and Tajiks at camps in Afghanistan in techniques of guerilla warfare, the aim being to export Islamist revolution in the Central Asian region and […]

Acquiescing to the Taliban?

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Mark Curtis Sponsorship of Islamic militants by Britain’s key ally, Pakistan, went furthest in Afghanistan, where, beginning in 1995, the ISI and Saudi intelligence funded and armed the Taliban movement. This backing enabled the Taliban to win a brutal civil war among […]

7/7 and the UK-Pakistan Axis

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Mark Curtis After 9/11, Pakistan appeared to withdraw its support for the Taliban in Afghanistan, and instead backed the Anglo–American war which destroyed the regime along with the al-Qaida bases in the country. General Pervez Musharraf’s military regime, which had taken power […]

Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam

From the Introduction to Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Britain’s contribution to the rise of the terrorist threat goes well beyond the impacts its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have had on some individuals. The more important story is that British governments, both Labour and Conservative, have, in pursuing the so-called ‘national interest’ […]