Indo-Pak Affairs

Zia consulted Desai about urine drinking: reveals book

ISLAMABAD: Former President of Pakistan General Zia-ul-Haq befriended Indian former Premier Morarji Desai after overthrowing Zulfiqar Bhutto government in 1977 and consulted Desai on native medicine and urine therapy by asking him “how many times one should drink the urine in a day? Should it be the first urine of the morning or can it be any time of day?”. This was disclosed by a former high official of Indian secret agency B Raman in his book “The Cow Boy of RAW” which has recently been published in the Indian city of Chennai.

According to B Raman, General Zia-ul-Haq, who overthrew Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a military coup in 1977 and arrested him, was anxious to avoid any fresh tensions in Pakistan’s relations with India till he was able to get rid of Bhutto and consolidate his power. He kept in touch with Morarji Desai over phone in order to befriend him. Like many senior military officers of the Pakistan Army, Zia was a past master in the art of flattery, Raman stated.

He wrote that often, Zia would ring up Morarji Desai under the pretext of consulting him on native medicine and urine therapy. Nothing flattered Morarji more. Zia would ask him with seeming earnestness in his voice. “Excellency, how many times one should drink the urine in a day? Should it be the first urine of the morning or can it be any time of day?” the author disclosed.

Raman further wrote, “In a disarmed and unguarded moment one day, Morarji told him that he was aware that Pakistan was clandestinely trying to develop a military nuclear capability. Indiscreet political leaders are the unavoidable occupational hazards of the intelligence profession.”

B Raman was a high ranking official of India’s secret agency and was later became head of Pakistan Desk of that agency. In 1967, he served in the Intelligence Wing of the Interior Ministry and was later appointed as head of Pakistan Desk in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). He was retired in 1994 when he was head of Counter Terrorism Division.

After serving for a long time in the Indian secret agency, Raman continued to work as member of Intelligence View Task Force till 2000 and later was made member of Advisory Board of National Security. Raman is well known as expert of Pakistan Affairs as he wrote many articles and research papers on the country during and after his retirement. His latest book “The Cow Boy of RAW” was published in May 2007 in which he revealed many secrets including drinking urine by the former Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai and Zia-ul-Haq’s question in this regard.-SANA

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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