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Ojhri Camp (Urdu: اوجھڑی کیمپ‎; widely reported as 1988 Ojhri Camp disaster in media) occurred at a military storage center located in Rawalpindi Military District in Rawalpindi, Punjab Province of Pakistan on April 10, 1988. It was used as an ammunition depot for Afghan mujahideen fighting against Soviet forces from Afghanistan. The camp exploded on April 10, 1988, killing more than 1,300 people[1][2] in Rawalpindi and Islamabad as a result of rockets and other munitions expelled by the blast. One week after this major explosion Defense Department officials say that they believe that the explosion was the work of agents of the Afghan intelligence service (KHAD). U.S. officials blamed sabotage for the explosion.[3] There was speculation that the explosion was done by Pakistani agents to cover up a pilferage of the weapons stocks, including Stinger missiles.[4] There are also allegations that the explosion was carried out by the Soviet KGB in retaliation for Pakistan's aid to the mujahideen.


  1. ^ Kamal Siddiqi (1998-04-14). "Ojhri disaster saw end of Junejo govt: Report". Archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Pakistan Refuses To Release 1988 Blast Reports To - Pakistani Military & Strategic Discussion Forum - Pakistani Defence Forum". Forum.pakistanidefence.com. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Officials Link Pakistan Blast to Kabul Regime". Pakistan; Afghanistan: NYTimes.com. 1988-04-17. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  4. ^ "20 years on, Ojhri Camp truth remains locked up - Newspaper". Dawn.Com. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 

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Daily Times

Daily Times
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:16:06 -0800

Besides calling for re-investigation through Scotland Yard or a UN probe team, the MQM supremo asked what happened to findings of General Ziaul Haq's plane crash, Ojhri camp incident and murder of Benazir Bhutto. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad had ...

The News International

The News International
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 19:11:15 -0800

HYDERABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief, Altaf Hussain, has raised the question of why the JIT report on Ziaul Haq's plane crash and the incident of Ojhri Camp had never surfaced. He demanded that an investigation into the Baldia Town ...

The News International

The News International
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 16:57:31 -0800

The real reason for his sacking was because he was after the big brass over the Ojhri Camp explosion. After Gen Zia's death on August 17, 1988 in a plane crash atBahawalpur, elections were held and the PPP won a majority, with Benazir Bhutto becoming ...
The Express Tribune
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:31:41 -0700

In the incident at Ojhri Camp, hundreds of people must have perished but due to the dictatorial regime we were living under at the time, we only knew what PTV told us — with the truth about the purpose of having such a huge weapons depot inside a ...
The News International
Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:19:10 -0700

On the Ojhri Camp tragedy, she wrote that she started work as the federal minister on 10, 1988, the same day when the tragedy occurred. “I can confidently say that some Stinger missiles were taken out from the Ojhri Camp on the order of Gen Zia to be ...
The News International
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:48:32 -0700

A mushroom cloud of black smoke bellowed up thousands of feet into the sky followed by an incessant rain of rockets and projectiles that continued the whole day. The flying rockets hit unsuspecting people several kilometres away from the scene of the ...


Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:26 -0800

Hardly a kilometre away is one of the most upscale residential sectors of the federal capital, I-8, located behind the infamous Ojhri camp in Rawalpindi, where a blast in 1988 destroyed weapons and ammunition worth trillions of rupees. One day Sehrish ...
Pakistan Today
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:30:00 -0800

... Ojhri camp incident, death of General Ziaul Haq and many others, Kargil incident, fourth martial law of General Pervez Musharraf, second Afghan war and once again Pakistan being made a frontline state, drone attacks without public acceptance ...

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