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Nawaz and Musharraf


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THIS is apropos the letter ‘Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf’ (May 9) by Capt S. Afaq Rizvi. Mr Sharif not only put the army chief’s life in danger but in his effort to gain control he did not allow the plane to land in Pakistan. This was a commercial PIA flight with nearly 200 passengers on board, including some 50 schoolchildren.

The recent interview by Mr Sharif to an Indian channel just shows how far he is willing to go for revenge. The result of the Kargil inquiry commission to be instituted by Mr Sharif is a foregone conclusion. If the inquiry were to exonerate Gen (r) Musharraf and his fellow generals, Mr Sharif would never hold any such inquiry.

On Oct 12, 1999, Gen (r) Musharraf’s plane was to land in Ahmedabad (India) had the situation on the ground not changed, and now the inquiry commission report to be ordered by Mr Sharif will be shared with the Indians. I guess Mr Sharif is just fulfilling his dream of Oct 12, 1999.

According to The Times of India edition of Feb 1, former Indian army chief Gen V.K. Singh very aptly put it when he said: “As far as Gen Musharraf is concerned, I would like to put it in two ways. One, as a military commander, I would commend Gen Musharraf for coming 11km (inside Indian territory) to stay with his troops for a night. It is the courage of a military commander that he came so far knowing that there was danger.

“Second, what was happening on our side you all know and facts are before you. Why did we allow him to go? Why did we allow them to enter? I would only say that there were some mistakes, which need to be rectified”.

But Mr Sharif doesn’t think so. His diatribe against the military establishment doesn’t stop here. Blinded by his dislike, he has also been quoted to have given a similar assurance about the outcome of the commission on Mumbai attacks.

REHAN ZAMIN     Karachi

Comments (16) Closed

Al I May 18, 2013 05:22am
It is easy to start a war but difficult to build durable relations with adversaries and working towards peace. Musharraf has stabbed Civil Govt when Pakistan was at a critical juncture. Musharraf went inside Indian territory! Again it is suicidal attitude and if caught, we would have got great embarrassment, he should also be tried for that.
Khan May 18, 2013 01:57am
Nawaz trying to Hand over army chief to india is not at of treason, when nawaz was In prison his son had written letter to Indian PM to help in sharif release. In Pakistan why the title of traitors always given to people of smaller province?
Rosilva One May 18, 2013 11:50am
MR RAM, please do not gossip. General Musharaf was a dictator. He and his cohorts need not land if they were asked to go to another destination. At least the General was also happy in Dubai. By calling him back you have betrayed him.
Ajay Rai May 18, 2013 12:16am
THIS is apropos the letter
paklover May 18, 2013 06:37am
Nawaz and zardari are the real threats to pakistan's security. Too bad people don't realize this. Pervez Musharraf has always silenced the indian media with his quick and witty comments and has always defended pakistan and its people in his speeches all over the world. Nawaz,the less said the better. What can be said about a man who has no respect for his country's armed forces.
abdullah May 17, 2013 09:32am
Mr Park Lane coming to power baffles me....
Shahid Latif May 18, 2013 04:53am
Army chief planning an adventure without the approval of a Prime Minister and jeopardizing the security of Pakistan. Any example in modern history? Trouble is Musharraf thinks he is above the law and not answerable to any one? On top of it, there are folks who want to justify all illegal acts one way or the other.
Agha Ata (USA) May 17, 2013 01:54pm
Yes, now I do see a little different between them.
Fazl Rab May 18, 2013 02:33am
After Mubashar Luqman's documentary evidence of the Sharif family ownerhip of 808 million Pounds, only a diehard lier can subscribe to his innocence. Mr Sharif! in Allah SBT's account, nothing is left out. Just imagine, the CJ running for his life barefoot in your domain.
Abdul May 17, 2013 09:48pm
O Goof - it is NOT the military, it is only a person who was a commando and unfortunately Chief of the Pakistan Army, we all know this brave man??
khalidmurad1 May 17, 2013 07:19pm
That is the difference between a highly qualified, matured, true patriot leader of his men and a fraudia, lier, short sighted politician. Musharraf is respected universally and the 3rd highest paid speaker in the world after Clinton and Mahatir Mohammad and he is being humiliated by our Azad Adlia. Indian Hindus and our politicians, specially Sharifs are equally enjoying Musharraf's degradation. Azad Adlia did not take any Sua Mota against Nawaz Sharif for highjacking a plan carrying Army Serving Cheif alongwith 200 passengers.
patrick dubos May 17, 2013 10:27am
even though I either like or dislike general musharaf who was by the way in many aspects better than his predessesors and lets see about the successors,my heart goes for those who suffers in the country,cannot frankly say than going 11 km in somebody else territory and seeing the result is not for sure going to add up to whatever good he did for pakistan,I am convinced that the best which could be done would be to work for establishing good relations what can you expect you kick somedy you will be kick in return and that has nothing to do with political ability but EGO
NASAH (USA) May 17, 2013 01:27pm
If anything Mr. Nawaz Sharif has to suppress his tendency to go for the jugular. These are different times Pakistan is a victim of thousand cuts -- its time for the new head of the state to stop the country from bleeding and go for reconciliation ad healing and that should include Mr. Musharraf.
Ahmed May 17, 2013 01:38pm
This is Pakistani Voters vs. Musharraf. Dont try to twist facts, Mr. Zamin.
Balaji May 17, 2013 02:47pm
So the author would prefer Pakistan repeat what Mushraff did rather than look in to it and rectify its actions ... Interesting.
Ram May 17, 2013 06:55pm
If you have to show some sympathy I suggest consider hundreds of young soldiers both India and pakistan died, most of them were in their early 20's what did Pakistan gain from Kargil misadventure. I really hope this time Sharif and civilian government will have complete say in Pakistan foreign policy and Pakistan Army gets watch from its barrack.