Sharif wanted to put blame on me: Musharraf
He says Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, Raja Zafar-Ul-Haq were the two most vocal opponents of troops pullout from Kargil.india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 16:45 IST
President Pervez Musharraf said the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif wanted to put the blame for the Pakistani troops withdrawal from Kargil on him in 1999.
Addressing a function held to release the Urdu translation of his book, "In the line of fire", Musharraf said Chaudhry Shujat Hussain and Raja Zafar-Ul-Haq were the two most vocal opponents of troops pullout from Kargil, the Online news agency reported on Sunday.
The book, translated into Urdu by his brother-in-law Hidayatullah Ghaisvee, claims that Musharraf had personally briefed Sharif about the Kargil crisis in an exclusive session, in which the position of Pakistan was defined as quite strong. But Sharif rushed to America, committing the immediate pullout of forces from the (Kargil) mountaintop.
Refuting allegations that the book was written for personal gains, Musharraf said it was an endeavour to classify, promote and enhance Pakistan's viewpoint to the world.
He said that he had penned an authentic account of the Kargil war, which has caused a lot of irritation to some vested interests.
The "negative comments of the Indian media authenticate and vindicate my penned claims", Musharraf said.
Referring to the nuclear proliferation by Pakistani scientist AQ Khan, Musharraf said only an individual was responsible and the entire army or government cannot be blamed for it.
Musharraf assured that Pakistan's nuclear assets were in safe custody and some military analysts were making misleading statements in this regard to gain cheap popularity.
He said that the democratic institutions in the country had been weakened over the years and he had strengthened them during his tenure by introducing strong checks and balance in the system.
Musharraf said parliament would complete its tenure and the next general elections would commence as per schedule.
Rejecting criticism that he was being guided by the US administration, he said Pakistan makes its own decisions about combating terrorism and does not accept any pressure from any quarter.