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Zafar Ullah Poshni was a young Pakistan Army captain when he was arrested for taking part in the famous ‘Rawalpindi Conspiracy’ of 1951, in which army officers of different ranks and top members of the Communist Party of Pakistan were arrested for allegedly conspiring to stage a coup against the government of Liaquat Ali Khan. They were sentenced to varying terms but were eventually released during the general amnesty of 1956. In the book, Zafar Ullah Poshni discusses the details of the Conspiracy and his experiences while he was incarcerated after being convicted. This is the eyewitness account of the last surviving accused of the Case.
Zafar Ullah Poshni was born on 5 May 1926 in Amritsar in a Kashmiri family. He joined the British Indian Army and was commissioned in March 1945 in the 16 Punjab Regiment. At the time of partition, he took charge of Pakistan’s share of signal equipment from all over India and successfully delivered this considerable amount of equipment to Pakistan six months after partition. In 1951, Captain Zafar Ullah Poshni was arrested along with some distinguished military officers and civilians in what came to be known as the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case. When he was released after a four-year imprisonment Zafar Ullah Poshni joined the University Law College, Lahore and passed the LLB exam but was unable to pursue a law career as he was again arrested under the Security Act and spent four months in jail including a month in solitary confinement. Released in February 1959, he joined Manhattan Advertising as a copywriter and later became the creative director—a position he held for nearly forty years. He later became director administration at Manhattan International, a post he still holds.