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Musharraf's love's labour lost!

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 13:25 IST
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Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf fell in love twice, first with a girl in his Karachi neighbourhood, who made the first move, being attracted to the 15-year-old schoolboy.

Quoting excerpts from his book, In the Line of Fire, The Daily Times reported that the romance does not appear to have gone beyond an exchange of love letters -- some of them smuggled in by the ardent young lover by slipping them into the pocket of the burqa of his grandmother.

One problem facing the young lovers was language. Having grown up in Turkey, Musharraf's Urdu was not all that brilliant and the girl did not know English.

"A friend would read her letters to me in Urdu and I would dictate my reply to him in Urdu," he writes.

The person who would deliver the letters was my younger brother's friend. He was slightly built and could squeeze in and out of most places. He would deliver my letters and pick up hers.

General Musharraf writes, "This girl was very beautiful. It was a puppy love, really, just an infatuation, and it lasted only until my parents moved to another house, far away on Garden Road, near the Karachi zoo with its beautiful gardens."

But there was more to come.

"On Garden Road, I fell straight into my next romance. She was a beautiful Bengali girl from East Pakistan. This crush was somewhat less frivolous than my first. She is happily married now and lives in Bangladesh," according to the author.

The President provides no details of how this crush was "less frivolous".

Altaf Gauhar once said what they called the magic of Bengal was no magic: It was the women of Bengal who were its magic, he noted.

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