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Sharif says ready to face any panel on Kargil

Sharif says he can give irrefutable evidence to show that Musharraf never briefed him before "launching his Kargil misadventure".

india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 19:28 IST

Former premier Nawaz Sharif has said he was prepared to appear before any commission in Pakistan to probe the Kargil operation and give "irrefutable evidence" to show that Army chief Pervez Musharraf had never briefed him before "launching his Kargil misadventure".

The transcript of a telephone call Musharraf made to his deputy Lt Gen Aziz Khan from Beijing during the 1999 crisis, also proved him right, he was quoted by Pakistani daily Dawn as saying.

"In that tape, Gen Musharraf asks Gen Aziz if Mian Saheb (Sharif) knows about it (Kargil operation) and Gen Aziz says he does not," said Sharif, who is in London.

"I have a copy of this tape and I will present it" before any commission, he said.

Musharraf, in his memoirs In the Line of Fire, has claimed that he had kept Sharif briefed on the operation.

Sharif said he never met Musharraf in Kaghan or Kail on dates the Pakistan President claims he did because he was "somewhere else on those dates and this can be checked from official records."

First Published: Oct 16, 2006 19:28 IST