While aggressively marketing his book
In The Line Of Fire
, now launched in Urdu, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has answers for all queries but one - the reaction of his wife Sehba and family to his revelation that he had two romances before his marriage.
With a smile, Musharraf parried the question on his family's reaction to his pre-marital romances at the launch of the Urdu version of his book titled Sab Se Pehle Pakistan (Pakistan First).
"I will pass this question. It is a sensitive issue," he replied at the meeting attended among others by his wife Sehba and mother Zareen. Musharraf dedicated the Urdu version to his mother, who he said never believed that he would one day write a book.
Sehba and son Bilal and daughter Aaliya continued to encourage him to write the book even though he had hectic official engagements. In the English version, Musharraf wrote about his first romance at the age of 15. He later fell in love with a Bengali girl in Karachi while in his teens.
"She is happily married now, and lives in Bangladesh," Musharraf wrote in his book without disclosing the identity of his early love.
Defending the decision to write the book while in office, he said: "We need to have a sense of time and my sense of time is always right."
Musharraf said the main objective of the book was to promote "Pakistan's perspective on key issues and rectify its distorted image in the world".
To a question, he said besides relying on his memory to narrate events in his book, he had consulted official documents and got inputs from his aides.