CIVIL SOCIETY PAKISTAN

June 3, 2008

A damning indictment (AGAINST MUSHARRAF) -EDITORIAL

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THE NATION

JUNE 04, 2008

EDITORIAL

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LT-Gen (retd) Jamshed Gulzar Kyani’s interview to a private TV channel constitutes a damning indictment of President Musharraf. Coming from an insider, his version of the truth behind General Musharraf’s several contentious decisions would, undoubtedly, carry a lot of weight and would be difficult to rebut. Some of these decisions – the Kargil episode, his acquiescence in the US pressure, post 9/11, and the Lal Masjid incident – landed Pakistan in real trouble, the consequences of which everyone in the country continues to bear till today.
For the Kargil war, which created intense bitterness between then Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and COAS General Musharraf, Lt-General Kyani has put the blame squarely on the latter. Mian Nawaz was briefed, he said, but only after the operation had already started and that too not in the thorough manner that his position as the country’s chief executive ought to have demanded. Vindicating the Prime Minister’s position, he said that he (Mian Nawaz) had to go to the US in a bid to save the prestige of the army and that Musharraf’s claim in his book, In the Line of Fire, that Mian Nawaz earned an insult for Pakistan for surrendering over Kargil, was unreasonable. In General Kyani’s opinion, the differences between General Musharraf and Mian Nawaz over the Kargil fiasco became so acute that they ultimately led to the latter’s overthrow. It is for the first time that the people hear about some corps commanders’ reservations about Pakistan’s blind backing to the War on Terror, which they expressed when consulted “three to four days after 9/11” with regard to the US threat to push Pakistan back to the Stone Age. The commanders’ assessment was right, and as Lt-General Kyani points out, the suicide phenomenon was unheard of before our association in the post-9/11 war that the public widely regards as the American war General Musharraf is fighting on the soil of Pakistan. His other disclosure that phosphorus grenades were used in the tragic Lal Masjid incident should raise serious questions about the propriety of resorting to the use of something that fall into the category of chemical weapons.
General Kyani’s call for a proper investigation into these strategic blunders, which the opposition political parties and the people have been demanding for a long time, must be heeded to bring the actual facts to public knowledge. And, as he advocates, anyone found guilty of overstepping authority must be brought to book to serve as an example for others. Anyone who committed such grievous lapses as taking the country to a war that was clearly unwinnable, and committing unqualified support to another country’s aggressive designs that have rebounded on Pakistan with a vengeance, cannot be allowed to go scot-free.

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  1. […] A damning indictment (AGAINST MUSHARRAF) -EDITORIAL LT-Gen (retd) Jamshed Gulzar Kyani’s interview to a private TV channel constitutes a damning indictment of President Musharraf. Coming from an insider, his version of the truth behind General Musharraf’s several contentious decisions … […]

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