By Gordon Duff
I spoke with Raja Monday. He was buried today, reported as cardiac arrest.
Raja was a close personal friend. There is little I could say that would be adequate. I will work on something. There have been few in my life I have admired as much. We are one fewer today.
I am getting to where I can write something, hours later. Perhaps a short story.
Raja, Jeff and I had spent several days meeting Pakistan’s elite, TV interviews, debates, briefings and high tea with the likes of Sirohey, Beg and others.
We were in the hills well north of Islamabad, just the 3 of us, no security details and ISI watchers. We were walking down a small road lined with tiny shops. Jeff and I were buying souvenirs. The area was relatively remote but quite beautiful.
We came to a small shop, my guess no more than 50 square feet. The entire contents would have filled no more than a half dozen boxes, all neatly displayed. A single light bulb overhead and a wire town to an electric kettle.
There was an old man, and considering Raja is dead and Jeff and I “not so young,” mid 70s or more, bearded very erect, dignified, even stately. He had been Raja’s sergeant when Raja was a tank platoon commander during the 1967 War.
Raja had brought us there to have tea, foam cups, tea bags, with his sergeant in that tiny shop, probably above 8000 feet or more. Raja brought the American “dignitaries” to meet who Raja respected more than the generals and party officials he knew so well.
This was where Raja belonged.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.