ISLAMABAD: Late Field Marshal Ayub Khan had a very bad opinion of Sharifuddin Pirzada and summed him up as a man “very suspicious by nature”, who “is frightened of taking a definite stand on any issue”.
As the foreign minister Pirzada turned out to be an utter disappointment for Ayub, who accused him of making purposeless foreign visits and running a personal foreign policy instead of Pakistan’s.
Field Marshal Ayub Khan has given Pirzada’s profile in his personal diaries, which are set to be launched on Friday in book form published by the Oxford University Press.
Ayub gives his candid opinion about his contemporaries, various heads of state and discloses a number of secrets in these diaries, which cover the period between September 1966 and November 1972.
For example, Ayub repented his decision of appointing Pirzada as foreign minister and gave solid arguments in defence of his disliking for the man who i…