The book is a narration of events as they occurred during a tumultuous period in recent Afghan history, from early 2000 to 2002. It describes the life as it was lived by the high and low during the last years of the Taleban rule under Mullah Omar. The ground realities as seen first-hand by the author, t what was projected by the world media, have been described in some detail. The author was physically in Kandahar around that time, travelling all over the country from there while working for an NGO trying to revive the old, damaged and destroyed industrial base of Afghanistan. This is a story of the so-called collateral damage of War on Terrorism after September 11 and the subsequent political fallout that engulfed the country, dragging many unsuspecting incent victims with it. A Tragedy of Deception is an eye-opening and must-read book for all those interested in recent world events which may change the course of history and have an impact on people all over the world.
The author joined the Pakistan Navy in 1965. He was commissioned in the engineering branch of the Navy in 1969 and retired in 1993 after serving in various ships, submarines, and shore establishments. He joined a large private company in 1993 as managing director, manufacturing engine crankshafts with Spanish collaboration. In 1996, he established a medium-scale safety matches manufacturing concern. In 2000, after hearing and then looking at the untold heart-rending human suffering in Afghanistan because of the sanctions imposed by the United Nations on US bidding, he joined an NGO to bring about an economic and technical union between Pakistan and Afghanistan by marrying the technical knowhow of the former with the natural resources of the latter. This undertaking was mainly for humanitarian reasons and in the national interest of both the countries. The NGO was later allegedly demonized as a terrorist organization, and the author had to face and endure unexpected consequences afterwards. The book narrates briefly the events which occurred from May 2000 to March 2002 as a result of that fateful decision of his to cross over the border to Afghanistan.