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Ojhri Camp (Urdu: اوجھڑی کیمپ‎) was the site of what was widely reported as the 1988 Ojhri Camp disaster in the media. The disaster occurred at a military storage center located in Rawalpindi Military District in Rawalpindi, Punjab Province of Pakistan on April 10, 1988; the center 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).[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. ^ Gordon, Michael R. (1988-04-17). "U.S. Officials Link Pakistan Blast to Kabul Regime". Pakistan; Afghanistan: NYTimes.com. 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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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 ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:58:38 -0700

Brigadier Yousaf notes that one reason for Ojhri Camp's massive fallout was that instead of using it as a transit facility, Gul had decided to stockpile weapons before releasing them to the mujahideen. The Ojhri Camp inquiry conducted by General ...


Mon, 19 Oct 2015 17:37:59 -0700

The building with the flag is one of the government buildings, and the flag is likely at half mast due to the Ojhri Camp disaster on April 10th that year, which killed over 1300 people in Pakistan. 1988 was a relatively cold year, which can be seen by ...

News Tribe

News Tribe
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:48:45 -0700

If we look back into history Ojhri Camp incident and Gen Zia ul Haq Plane CrashIncidents, also linked with Russia due to all above scenarios. Here's the complete detail of Badhaber base and Russia's Hateness Towards it. Badhaber is a village in ...
The News International
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:37:30 -0700

How history would remember ex-ISI boss Lt. Gen. (R) Hameed Gul? For his supporters, he has left a “school of thought” and a mindset for his followers, but for his opponents no one at this position became as controversial as the late General himself ...

Daily Times

Daily Times
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

The Ojhri Camp arms depot disaster that happened on General Hamid Gul's watch in 1988 killed hundreds of Pakistanis in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, including a sitting minister, Mr Khaqan Abbasi. Brigadier Yousaf notes that one reason ...


Sun, 10 May 2015 19:15:00 -0700

The Ojhri camp explosions, the Swat earthquake, and the fatal Bushra Zaidi bus accident are movingly described, for instance. But tragedy aside, the writer's affection for the city of Karachi is evident in the close attention paid to detailing the ...

The Express Tribune (blog)

The Express Tribune (blog)
Thu, 22 Oct 2015 23:00:12 -0700

Evidence of India's sponsorship fits in the same boat as Indian claims of Pakistan's sponsorship of LET. Its not an overt sponsorship yet it happens and we know it. Can your side factually prove anything they try to stick on Pakistan? Ojhri camp ...

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