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Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf


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THIS is apropos the report ‘Nawaz Sharif refuses to forgive Musharraf’ (May 2). But General Musharraf forgave him and let him proceed to Saudi Arabia, although Nawaz Sharif had committed an ‘act of treason’.

It all began with Kargil. The 11th Gorkha Rifles had occupied the Kargil Heights in December 1971. At Simla, the Indians refused to withdraw. What had been the ‘Ceasefire Line’ since 1949 was blatantly shifted and christened as the ‘Line of Control’.

Gen Musharraf took back the Heights when opportunity knocked.

The Indians used all their might but could not dislodge the Pakistanis from their well dug in high ground. Hundreds of bodies were shown arriving at Indian homes. There was an uproar in the country. Morale was flagging. As a last resort, Mr. Bajpai sent an SOS to President Clinton who, of course, obliged immediately.

Mr Sharif was summoned.

At the Blair House in Washington Nawaz Sharif was no match against the president’s relentless brow-beating. He conceded to a withdrawal followed by a ceasefire, entirely against the brief by his generals. The cart had been put before the horse. An elated president Clinton telephoned the Indian prime minister from Blair House. (A word-for-word recorded account appears in Bruce Reidal’s report.)

Bajpai could now claim that he had driven out the Pakistanis from Kargil and accepted a ceasefire. Nawaz Sharif had bailed out the Indians, thinking that he was saving Pakistan.

Alas! Most of our casualties comprised retreating soldiers with bullets in their backs, while carrying out the orders of their prime minister.

The Indians were also on the verge of defeat in a proxy war, where they were supporting the Tamils and Pakistan supported Sri Lanka and was their main arms supplier. Gen Musharraf was returning on the fateful PK 805 from Colombo after probably placing the last few nails in the coffin of the Indian-backed insurgency.

The Indians knew that the general had not led a military delegation to check out the Sri Lankan weather. They watched PK 805 like the cat stares forlornly at the juicy little birdie in the cage. Had its captain followed instructions, the hated general would have been dropped plump in their lap at Ahmadabad.

The question is, why did Nawaz Sharif not stop the aircraft on the ground at Colombo. If the order: “Musharraf’s aeroplane must not land at any airport in Pakistan --- ” were given immediately after takeoff; or even up to an hour or so after takeoff, the aircraft could proceed to one of the many friendly airports in the vicinity.

Why did he wait until PK 805 was just about to land at Karachi and had used up most of its fuel. The one and only airport, outside Pakistan, that it could then reach was Ahmadabad.

Was a serving COAS of the Pakistan Army being handed over to India? He could very well be carrying details of our defence secrets or nuclear assets, right there in his laptop,

This mindless order of the prime minister was in fact the first ‘act of high treason’ in this Musharraf/Nawaz saga.


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Khan May 09, 2013 05:57am
Jaag punjabi Jaag too neih Pakistan ko laga dia hai daag
Anon May 10, 2013 01:14am
Distorted realities.... Full of journalistic fallacy objected towards the polls... "He could very well be carrying details of our defence secrets or nuclear assets, right there in his laptop," Our military would never change. I wish the gun men had sticked to keeps guard on things rather than becoming intelligentsia.
sanober haider May 09, 2013 06:58pm
So true the part of plane not allowed to land is a matter of record. However in a country where it took few minutes of deliberation by supreme court to summmarily dismiss all charges against Nawaz Sharif speaks volumes of justice and fair play. Very well written piece.
کے ایس لال K S Lall (@kslall) May 10, 2013 01:08am
As Prime Minister of the country, Mian Sahib had ultimate control of Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan and as such, had final say as to whether aircraft can land or not.
Dr.M.M.Khan May 09, 2013 03:46pm
Here the imagination seems to have gone wild. Do you really expect us to believe this. You mean Nawaz in cahoot with the indians.?
SP May 09, 2013 02:56pm
an attempt to re-write history - not convincing
Khan May 10, 2013 04:03am
Judges and lawyers & honourable you must be joking
Rahmat May 10, 2013 03:43am
Capt. Rizvi's account is self woven fantasy. Facts are to the contrary. Every statement is factually incorrect. Such delusion is dangerous. Read well researched books by Pakistani journalists and former Generals you will realize who won and who lost
asim May 10, 2013 03:28am
Another immature attempt to be fool the nation and rewrite the history. What is the source of information and reference. The generation who witnessed all events unfolded at mid night is still alive.
Ghareeb Adami May 10, 2013 03:05am
The nation shall have to go across these bitter facts of Pandora box.
mohammad shafique May 10, 2013 02:56am
love your post ........
Nadir Aziz May 10, 2013 01:50am
When Nawaz Sharif did not allow the plane to land at Karachi did he not realize that there were about 200 humans on the plane whose lives could be in danger? What followed thereafter, Musharraf was responsible to save the lives of these innocents.
atts May 09, 2013 07:09am
very informative & thought provoking..... the sharifs till today are responsible for the death of tigers.....
Ac May 09, 2013 10:55pm
Malik Nawaz May 09, 2013 08:12pm
Can someone please verify this is fascinating....................General Keyani what do you think ?
ASHFAQ May 09, 2013 09:02am
I really appreciate Capt. Rizvi for his bold comments. It's pity that our corrupt & in-efficient leadership had placed Pakistanis in defensive position. We as a nation should encourage our real heros.
ali ahmed May 09, 2013 09:32am
thanks for highlighting the facts ....the nation should know it.....well done
dollar May 09, 2013 09:57am
This article is amazing... very funny and deserves full credit to relieve stress in this otherwise boring day... nice job.... i would encourage other writers to ditch facts once in a while and report whatever they feel should have happened as per their dreams.... facts are just super depressing
Muhammad Akram May 09, 2013 10:21am
This article should be sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and other honourable judges of SC and HC.
Hassan Mir May 10, 2013 04:35am
Very well said CAPT!!! It is the fact but but pakistan and its dwellers are blind poeple, compare the mushareaf regime with this so-called democracy and
SAK May 09, 2013 11:38am
Very well written.
Agha Ata (USA) May 09, 2013 12:30pm
How do we know it it is all true? Besides, why didn't anyone, including Capt. S Afaq Rizwi, tell this story to the nation when it was needed most?
Axhar Ali May 09, 2013 02:14pm
thankx alot sir we all salute u,, this is what i have been thinking for last many years and nw its pleasure to hear this from u
Omer May 09, 2013 02:17pm
very well said
TAIMUR May 10, 2013 05:12am
What ever the facts are,but one thing is for sure , that is, the military gains were translated in to reverse by the then inept political leaders.
saeed shah May 10, 2013 07:21am
looks a true story ...... then why this nation is so angry with PM...ridiculous totally
Syed Zarrar Arif May 10, 2013 07:45am
We all know this fact but people supporting Nawaz are blind and biased because these facts are still hidden from them....why not in should be displayed and talk shows should disclose it...., Zarrar Arif
raji May 10, 2013 07:49am
Zaid Hamid have been saying this since 2007...
Rahul Tomar May 10, 2013 08:16am
You are absolutely right. Why now? This Story would have made more sense in the initial days, even before Gen. Musharraf landing in Pakistan on National Day for fighting elections. Now Gen. Musharraf will be a thing of past, if Sharif Brothers take up power in Pakistan. In the present circumstances, Imran Khan is the best choice for your democracy to flourish.
Sonia May 10, 2013 10:00am
Well-written piece! Thanks for sharing the details. I already agree that Mr. Musharraf should not be tried for such crimes he has not committed.
Ali May 10, 2013 02:44pm
it is a well known fact that nawaz is in no way a leader...he is a liar and a cheat and it will not be beneath him to roll over and play dead for America. The article does not say he was in cahoots with indians, it points out the fact that the prime minister of a nation let the nations soldiers die just so he could please a super power
Ali May 10, 2013 02:45pm
it was told even at that time...had anyone cared to listen
azfar zaidi May 10, 2013 07:19pm
a general of an army is a soldier after all............but intellectually, like herr general Pervez von Musharraf, he has to be a brilliant soldier...
Assad May 10, 2013 08:06pm
Yes so ask him..
Assad May 10, 2013 08:08pm
No but as the PM of Pakistan, he was reckless in ordering the plane to not be allowed landing. The only other option for the pilot to save the aircraft was to reroute to Nawab Shah (where the runway was blocked), or fly to an alternate airport outside of the Country, the closest being Ahmedabad in India. I cannot even imagine the sitting Chief of the Pakistan Army being forced to land in India!!!!!