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'It's a face-saving exercise'

Surfers snub Gen Musharraf's claims that Kargil was Pak army's finest hour.

india Updated: Sep 27, 2006 13:42 IST

General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan has recently published his autobiography and as expected his claims have evoked a flurry of responses. One of the claims he has made is that Kargil war was Pakistani army's finest hour.

Surfers have been unanimous in debunking his claims. Most felt his book and its claims were merely a face-saving excuse. Here's how the views went.

"Musharraf's deeds have been exposed. Now he wants to save his skin by giving false and self-praising statements in his book," said NC Parashar of New Delhi, India.

Shashi Sharma from Bhopal, India felt, "It is an eyewash and unbelievable."

Raj from Augusta, USA thought it was only a money-minting exercise. "I think Musharraf is just trying to make some money."

Vineet of New York, USA thought the general hardly spoke like a man of peace.

"Musharraf's book only confirms that he is not a man to be trusted. The commando in him is far more dominant than the statesman. War and dominance are his passion with no real desire for peace."

Kumar of Chennai, India felt dictators like him were responsible for Pakistan having to toe an outsider's line.

"Musharraf talks of war as if it were child's play. Death does not matter to him yet he talks about numbers of deaths. It's a pity a country like Pakistan has to be bossed over by others due to such military rulers."

Anwar Mahmood from Calgary, Canada was anguished that the two South Asian rivals only thought of war and not peace. He said any such talk should not be entertained at all, the general's book included.

"No sensible person with genuine desire for peace in South Asia would want to hear about one cousin bleeding the other and vice versa, let alone believing or not believing in the sad and unfortunate wars that two neighbours were embroiled into since 1947."

"Any sane person on both sides of the border will have time out for tears for the innocent people who lost their lives in 1947 or 1965, 1971 or the Kargil. We, the people of India and Pakistan, are people of the same stock and it is shame that we had to go through hate and killing of fellow brothers."

"The peace for all people of South Asia must carry much more importance than fleeting flashes of show such as this book."

"Our people will only consider peace and the will to live amicably with each other as the only genuine thing of value to us. Sensible people of India and Pakistan should do anything to give peace a chance."

"Every peace-loving man and leader of South Asia will respect, love and salute Vajpayee as a man of peace. This book by Musharraf is published outside South Asia, and we South Asians, should not take any interest in any thing that even talks about bleeding of either Pakistanis or the Indians in the past."

"If this is what this book has even in small part, sensible people of South Asia should neither buy nor read it. We do not want to hear about our unfortunate past. We care more about our peaceful future with no repeat of the sad aspects of some bloody past."

Satbir Singh Bedi of New Delhi, India disagreed with the general's claims but felt it was utter failure of our intelligence agencies that the Kargil episode even happened.

"While I do not agree with President Musharraf that Kargil was a major success of Pakistan, I'm of the view that it showed the abysmal failure of the Indian intelligence agencies."

"These agencies have still not learnt the lesson and go on showing their colossal failure in providing timely intelligence to the government. Many terrorist activities in India could have been checked had there not been a failure on the part of these agencies. Also the coordination between military, intelligence agencies, defence and home ministries and the state governments also leave much to be desired."

Bangalore's Mani thought the general was desperately trying to hide his country's defeat.

"This shows how the General has hidden the defeat in the Kargil war in his book. He is a liar and will remain so."

AKS of New Delhi, India was of the opinion that Musharraf was a double-faced man and could never be believed.

"If you give a pen to a thief or a dacoit what do you expect he will write? He's a loser and double-faced man. He should not be believed in any circumstances."

P Mohan of India added rather sarcastically that the general was right given that Pakistan kept up the fight at Kargil for so long.

"Musharraf is right about Kargil being the finest hour for Pakistani army. After being severely routed in 1965 and 1971 (which ended in a matter of days) the fact that its army kept the Kargil war going on for months was definitely an achievement."

All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfers and do not necessarily represent those of HindustanTimes.com.

First Published: Sep 27, 2006 11:51 IST