I was born on September 28, 1923 into a Yusufzai Pakhtun family in district Mardan,
in the North West Frontier Province in the village of Hoti on the bank of the Kalpani.
My grand father, Karim Dad Khan, as the village Malik, was authorized to collect land revenue
from the landowners and deposit it in the treasury. My father, Rahim Dad Khan, was the first
member of our family to be sent to an English medium school. He was also the first member of the
family to join the Provincial civil service.
During my service I got to know two Prime Ministers Benazir and Nawaz Sharif and six Presidents - Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Z. A. Bhutto, Zia ul Haq, Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Farooq Leghari in varying measure. They all displayed vast differences in personality, character and style. Each one of them has directly or indirectly contributed to our generation's anguish and sense of betrayal, our loss of confidence in our rulers, in our country, in our future, in our selves and the souring of the dream of Pakistan. Every now and then, I put pen to paper and unburden myself of the things that weigh upon my spirit: The sense of being in a blind alley, the perception of our collective guilt, the knowledge of all that has been irrevocably lost.