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Toppling Musharraf`s Future

04 June, 2008

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A well known TV channel aired an interview of Lt. Gen.(r) Jamshed Kiyani. This interview unveiled the steps taken by President Musharraf on some very sensitive issues such as:

1:- The Kargil debacle: General (retd) Jamshed Gulzar Kiyani said according to his information Nawaz Sharif did not know anything about the Kargil episode. He was never thoroughly briefed on the same. He supported holding of a probe into the Kargil fiasco, adding factors behind the scene, about which people do not know, would also come into the limelight.

2:- The Lal Masjid destruction: He said there were suicide attacks one after the other in the wake of the Lal Masjid and the Jamia Hafsa operation. He said if there were foreign elements in Lal Masjid, where did they go? He said innocent students were targeted with phosphorus grenades, that he added come in the fold of chemical weapons. He said he had never seen such an act of tyranny. He said when a bullet crosses the body it is not a wrong use of power but that is a tyrannical act. It tantamounts to killing an ant with a hammer.

3:- Surrender to the US threat of pushing Pakistan into the stone age: He said no aspersion could be cast on the loyalty of the Army and so on the corps commander. A corps commander also remains loyal to the army chief. However, different views came up at the corps commanders meetings in the wake of 9/11. Big differences emerged then. When General (retd) Musharraf asked as to what were their views to the threats of pushing Pakistan into the stone age, a difference of opinion emerged in the views of the corps commanders. It was three to four days after 9/11. Some commanders openly told Chief Executive Pervez Musharraf that they had reservations. These pertained to an outright and open support to the US. They believed that the US should not be extended support blindly. The corps commander is a professional soldier and ignoring his advice leads to losses.

4:- Referendum: Lt. Gen. (r) Jamshed Kiyani said the referendum Musharraf held for himself was a fake exercise as Gen Zia did the same during his rule. He said Musharraf was clearly told about this mistake and afterwards he accepted his mistake.

After this news, PML(N) President and former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif said President Pervez Musharraf should be tried in treason cases for his November 3 action, Kargil issue and jamia Hafsa carnage.

Earlier, due to the extreme pressure by the political party like PML(N), asking for Musharraf exit, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani held an extremely important meeting with President Pervez Musharraf at the Army House Rawalpindi.

The meeting continued till after midnight lasting more than three`and`a`half hours. This was their longest one`on`one encounter. The meeting, which was significant in view of the current political and security situation in the country, gained further importance as it took place after day`long consultations of the Army chief with his important commanders. This gives the impression that they discussed his resignation. On the next day, ISPR confirmed this news as routine meeting.

  • What do you think, after this entire political situation, will the Musharraf govt. topple or not?
  • Should we support the decision of Nawaz Shari as he was asking for treason cases against Musharraf?
  • Do you believe in the issues raised by Gen. (r) Kiyani has enough evidence to accept his all sayings?
  • Would you like to hear Gen Musharraf point of view on the same subject?
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