Naipaul kin killed after 'threat' to expose Pak generals

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2008 06:55 hrs

London: A top former Pakistani army officer, who was the brother-in-law of Indian-origin novelist and Nobel laureate V S Naipaul, was murdered after he "threatened" to expose Pakistani Generals for 'deals' with Taliban militants, a media report said today.

Major-General Faisal Alavi, a former head of Pakistan's special forces who was murdered last month in Islamabad, had named two generals in a letter to the Pakistani army chief Ashfaq Kayani and had said he would "furnish all relevant proof," the report said.

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Alavi, brother of Naipaul's wife Nadira, did not live to fulfil it. Aware that he was risking his life, Alavi gave a copy of the proof to a Sunday Times correspondent and asked him to publish it if he was killed.

Four days later, he was driving through Islamabad when his car was ambushed by another vehicle. At least two gunmen opened fire from either side, shooting him eight times killing him and his driver, the paper said.

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As demands grew for a full investigation into Alavi's murder on November 18, Lady Naipaul described her brother as "a soldier to his toes." "He was an honourable man and the world was a better place when he was in it," she said.

Three years ago, Alavi, highly regarded by UK's Special Air Service (SAS), was mysteriously sacked as head of Pakistan's the Special Services Group (SSG), for "conduct unbecoming." The generals had cooked up a "mischievous and deceitful plot" to have him sacked because they knew he would expose them, Alavi told Kayani in the letter.

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"The entire purpose of this plot by these general officers was to hide their own involvement in a matter they knew I was privy to," Alavi wrote. He wanted an inquiry, at which "I will furnish all relevant proof/information, which is readily available with me."

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