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Coming soon: Musharraf?s book on Sharif, Kargil

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 01:34 IST
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The General is ready with his story. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is all set for a high-profile launch of his autobiography, In the Line of Fire, in New York on September 25.

Musharraf, who arrived in New York from Havana on Sunday soon after his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the NAM summit, was approached by the Pakistani media for an advance copy
of the book. But they were told to wait for the launch.

Musharraf, in an author’s garb, will also appear on some popular TV shows in the US. He will be interviewed on NBC. He would also be on Comedy Central's Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Pakistani newspaper Daily Times reported. The book — for which Musharraf reportedly received a million dollars as advance — is being published by Simon and Schuster and will be released by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Musharraf will be the first serving Pakistani army chief and president to publish his autobiography.  Musharraf's book is expected to counter the
biography of his predecessor Nawaz Sharif in which he charged the general with plotting the Kargil conflict without obtaining the government’s permission.

Besides providing an insight into his childhood and his rise in the army and later as military ruler, Musharraf is expected to provide his version of the Kargil conflict and probably the Agra summit and the Lahore accord. The book, apparently ghostwritten by Musharraf’s long-time media friend Humayun Gohar, does not come cheap. The 368-page book is priced at $28.