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Musharraf plans to give proceeds from book sale to charity

The president says proceeds from In the Line of Fire will go to a charity that promotes either women's causes or poverty alleviation.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 11:49 IST

Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf plans to give the proceeds from the sale of his new book, In The Line of Fire, to a foundation or charity that promotes either women's causes or poverty alleviation, Pakistan's foreign minister said.

In the book, published Monday, Musharraf says the mastermind of the Sept 11, 2001, US terrorist attacks helped lay the groundwork for the London subway bombings and a plot to strike Heathrow Airport.

He also says the United States paid Pakistan millions of dollars in bounties to hand over some of the nearly 700 Al-Qaeda suspects arrested in Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri dismissed reports that Musharraf was promoting his book in the United States to make money.

"It is false," he said in an interview on Wednesday.

"The money that will be raised will go to charity, or a foundation. He's already announced that he's looking at an appropriate purpose. He's not sure. ... It could go to women causes, or it could go to poverty alleviation."

First Published: Sep 29, 2006 11:49 IST