PAKISTAN’S nuclear programme for which Nawaz Sharif keeps claiming credit had nothing to do with him. Credit must go where it belongs. Our nuclear programme was entirely conceived, provided funding/scientists and executed by Z.A. Bhutto.

Let’s not forget his famous words: “The Christian civilisation has a bomb, the Jewish civilisation has a bomb, the Hindu civilisation has a bomb, why not the Muslim civilisation? We must give it to them.”

It is normal procedure that foreign visits of the army chief are approved by the chief executive of the country. Nawaz Sharif had planned the ouster of Gen Pervez Musharraf in advance. On Oct 12, 1999, while on his way back from Sri Lanka and while his plane was still in the air, along with 200 passengers onboard, Nawaz Sharif refused Musharraf permission to land and ordered the aircraft to go to India.

While Musharraf’s plane was hovering, the army rank and file did what they should have done, like disciplined military professionals: ‘observe and obey all commands of any officer set over them even to the peril of their life’.

Unfortunately, the military rank and file does not have the option like the lawyers to protest, agitate and have their chief reinstated.

Did Musharraf have any other option but to force-land in Pakistan? The whole case and propaganda about hijacking is mala fide and out of vengeance.

Despite all this, Musharraf listened to his foreign friends and interlocutors and allowed Nawaz Sharif to leave the country.

A media campaign and a movement by lawyers against Musharraf in 2008 encouraged Nawaz Sharif to return to the country. He had initially said that there was no agreement with Musharraf at all.

He later said there was an agreement only for five years and later conceded that it was an agreement for 10 years. Every time he gave the wrong statements and even embarrassed two foreign allies which were guarantors on his behalf.

BRIG (r) MAZHAR QAZILBASH     Karachi

Updated May 08, 2013 05:08am

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Comments (17) (Closed)


Sumair
May 09, 2013 05:18am
A Prime Minister who is plundering the nation and who was elected on bogus votes and after taking and distributing money to get votes and buy loyalties? Sorry i don't consider him being an elected representative...
Amjad Wyne
May 09, 2013 02:20am
Obviously, Shafique sahib, you are unfamiliar with the way different institutions work under the constitution. There is no provision under the same constitution that allows a prime minster to block the landing of its national airline's plane in its own country let alone a plane carrying the head of armed forces. Nawaz Sharif is lucky to be alive.
ash
May 08, 2013 10:58pm
what about mushraffs Kagil adventure ?
caravan
May 08, 2013 07:46am
it is Pakistan. truths are forbidden here. In democracy of Zardari and NS, everything else is secondary.
AAA
May 08, 2013 08:33am
Brig ( R ) Mazhar Qazilbash Sahab you are 100% correct.
Riaz Ahmad
May 09, 2013 01:47am
Oh, you must be real a genius, a paragon of political and legal wisdom; with abundance of people like you, no wander Pakistan is in dire straights.
Malik
May 08, 2013 12:11pm
The retired brigadier should know that the executive of the country is the prime minister and he can order the ouster of the COAS irrespective of the fact where he is.
Dr Ahmad
May 08, 2013 12:35pm
NS is a bad news for Pakistan and if one looks back in times of 1997 to 1999, it was worst of worst as every institution was under attack. In the history of Pakistan, the only attack on supreme court was planned and executed by sharif bros in power.
mohammad shafique
May 08, 2013 12:55pm
i dont agree that the rank and file should obey an illegal command wether army or civilian and nobody should obey a command to defy the constitution.
ali ahmed
May 08, 2013 02:33pm
in pakistan judiciary are not giving decision on merit ....it is based on like or dislike and on the basis of revenge
Naseer
May 08, 2013 03:39pm
It is really sad, taking over the government was literally forced on Pervaiz Musharraf. He did the best any one could do under the circumstances. His time was the best during last atleast 40 years. Media should be grateful to him for allowing them freedom. But sadly it is the media that turned against him. As for judiciary, what Musharraf did was completely legal, he sent an inquiry to the supreme judicial commission as per the constitution. He offered the then Chief Justice to take retirement, which he refused. What is illegal in that?
Zack Khan
May 08, 2013 04:13pm
Musharraf should have followed in Kamal Ata turk's foot steps. Pakistan would have been much better place today.
Aftab Kenneth Wilson
May 08, 2013 05:34pm
Brigadier sahib, I agree with you.
Khalid
May 08, 2013 05:40pm
As my late father always said, Musharraf may have made many mistakes but there is nobody who says he is corrupt. On the other hand, Nawaz Sharif and Zardari Families have brought nothing but shame to our nation. I just hope the people of Pakistan give someone else a chance. I don't care who it is as long as these families are kept away from the till.
hyderphd74
May 08, 2013 06:40pm
What ever happened is a universally (except to the Pakistanis and especially to the Pakistani Judiciary) known fact. What is going to happen, unfortunately for the destruction of this country, if any is left, is the real possibility of Nawaz Shareef being re-elected. This is democracy's biggest flaw.
immortal_soloist
May 09, 2013 08:08am
Pervez Musharraf has always been honest,he is a visionary and an excellent leader. Nawaz Sharif created the entire mess himself,Sharif has so many proven corruption that are on record. Pervez Musharraf has been accused of various things but none of them have been proven to date.As far as leadership skills are concerned,some of us are witnesses of Musharraf's excellent leadership skills. All the proof is available but if people are biased and they have already made up their minds about Pervez Musharraf,then no matter how much proof any of us bring that is in his favor;people will just ignore it and continue to spread negative and pointless hatred towards Pervez Musharraf. The biggest problem in our country is that our people do not respect the assets and heroes of the nation.
immortalsoloist
May 09, 2013 08:18am
This is an excellent read. Pervez Musharraf has always been honest,he is a true visionary and leader. If Nawaz Sharif didn't create the entire mess to begin with,the takeover wouldn't have taken place. Sharif has so many proven corruption cases,that are on record. People accuse Pervez Musharraf on various things that have not been proven to date. Some of us have actually witnessed the excellent tenure of Pervez Musharraf,the work he did in the country and his vision for Pakistan were all in the right direction. No matter how much proof we bring in his favor,some people will never change their opinion. People are biased and they tend to ignore all the facts and ground realities,even when they are on record. The conclusion is that our people do not respect the heroes and assets of Pakistan.