Musharraf, Sharif engage in book wars
The tell-all by the military ruler is intended to answer the former Prime Minister's expose on Kargil adventures.india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 15:58 IST
In an apparent attempt to counter the book on former Premier Nawaz Sharif, which provides graphic account of the botched Kargil operation, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he is writing his autobiography which would be out in two months time.
In a television interview on Thursday night, Musharraf said he is writing a book which will contain his comments and thoughts on various issues.
The Pakistani President's book is expected to counter Sharif's 'Ghadaar Kaun? (who is the traitor) Nawaz Sharif Ki Kahani, Unki Zubani which is a compilation of interviews giving a detailed account of how Musharraf executed the Kargil plan without Sharif's knowledge) and how he handled the subsequent crisis.
Musharraf, who sent Sharif to exile after the 1999 coup, said his book too will have his comments but declined to reveal further.
Asked about his hobbies, Musharraf said he reads a lot of Indian magazines and press reports culled out from the media there to keep abreast with the affairs on the other side of the LoC.
According to Pakistan's Herald magazine, Musharraf has struck a deal with New York publisher Simon and Schuster and has apparently been paid one million dollars advance.
A senior editor of the New York publishing house Bruce Nichols said Musharraf would receive help with the manuscript from a "long time journalist and a confidante" but it would not amount to a co-authorship.
The book is expected to tell the world about Musharraf's "life, his ambitions, adventures, successes and mistakes."
The book will give an insight into the life of the Pakistani leader - the Army Chief, the architect of Kargil, the coup-maker, the Taliban supporter-turned biggest exponent of Islamic moderation.
Former Military ruler Ayub Khan's son Gohar Ayub is also busy giving final touches to his book which is expected to reveal how Pakistan Army managed to get hold of Indian Army's plans ahead of the 1965 war.