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These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hanif said security agents seized stock from his publishers and bookshops Award-winning Pakistani journalist and novelist Mohammed Hanif says copies of his best-selling satirical novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes have been seized. It was first published in English over a decade ago to critical acclaim. Hanif said security agents seized stock from his Karachi publishers and bookshops in Islamabad and Lahore. Who seized the books?

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These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hanif said security agents seized stock from his publishers and bookshops Award-winning Pakistani journalist and novelist Mohammed Hanif says copies of his best-selling satirical novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes have been seized.

It was first published in English over a decade ago to critical acclaim. Hanif said security agents seized stock from his Karachi publishers and bookshops in Islamabad and Lahore.

Who seized the books? They just took away all copies of the book," he told BBC Urdu. It looks like they want to scare the few people who still want to read old books. The BBC contacted the Pakistani military but has so far received no response to allegations that members of its intelligence service were involved.

An unnamed official at the ISI told the Associated Press the claim was a "cheap attempt to gain popularity by hurling false accusations on a national institution". Why now? Hanif, who was an air force pilot before turning to journalism, became famous when his novel was first published in English in It charts the last days of Gen Zia, who was killed in a mysterious plane crash in The results of an investigation into the crash, which also killed the US ambassador, were never released and conspiracy theories have proliferated ever since.

Exploding Mangoes centres on a rumour that a crate of mangoes gifted to Gen Zia contained a bomb which blew the plane up. Since then, Hanif has established himself as a leading columnist on matters in Pakistan, including criticism of the army. But despite praise for his first book, it did not go on sale in Urdu until November last year.

By then it had been translated into major languages around the world, and many thought an Urdu edition was overdue. However, the Urdu edition, which has been promoted at book fairs around Pakistan and is likely to have been read by a wider circle of people, is seen as more of a challenge to the military. The last decade has seen a shrinking space for critics of the army in Pakistan, which has a history of coups. Efforts by the military to control the public narrative have increased in recent years at the expense of elected politicians, analysts say.

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Plot summary[ edit ] The central theme of the book is a fictitious story behind the real life plane crash which killed General Zia , president of Pakistan from to , about which there are many conspiracy theories. Shortly after a smooth take-off, the control tower loses contact with the aircraft. Witnesses who saw the plane in the air later claimed it was flying erratically, before nosediving and exploding on impact, killing all 31 on board. Zia had ruled Pakistan for 11 years prior to his death. Lazy, irreverent Ali Shigri narrates the story. Ali attends the Pakistani Air Force Academy with his fellow cadets and their instructors. His best friend is Baby O, his roommate and lover, who enjoys imaging himself to be Jonathan Livingston Seagull , the title character of the Richard Bach novel.

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