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