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Ex-minister rubbishes Musharraf's Kargil claim

Raza Zafarull Haq, who was a Minister in Sharif's Govt, demands that a commission be set up to determine the truth on Kargil.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 14:36 IST

Rubbishing Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's claim that the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been briefed on the Kargil operation, former Minister Raza Zafarull Haq on Friday demanded that a commission be set up to determine the truth.

"As far as I recall there was no briefing on Kargil operations", Haq, who was the only civilian besides Sharif to have figured in the photographs released by Musharraf on Thursday to prove that the former Prime Minister was given a briefing on Kargil operation at Kel, told Geo TV.

Musharraf or his Commanders had not mentioned anything about their plans to launch operations in Kargil at the briefing held at Kel in Northern Areas a fortnight before the arrival of the then Indian Prime Minister AB Vajpayee to Lahore by bus to commence the peace process, the President of the Pakistan Muslim Leaque (Nawaz) said.

Haq, who was a Minister in Sharif's government, said as far as he could remember the briefing was held to discuss the need to build some roads in the areas as well as Neelum valley in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

He said Sharif has been briefed by the Commander of 10 Corps, Gen Mehmood Ahmad, who later became DG, ISI about the need for construction of roads in the area for which Sharif responded by saying he would take immediate action.

Musharraf on Thursday produced four photographs about Sharif's visit to Kel. In one of the photographs Sharif along with Haq was seen attending the briefing by Gen Mehmood.

Demanding the setting up of a Commission to determine the truth about Kargil, he said "the Commission could hold in-camera proceedings keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue.

But it will help to bring about the truth and we will all abide by its findings".