Sharif solely decided on Kargil: Musharraf
The president denied claims that he had asked Nawaz Sharif to "arrange" a ceasefire in Kargil with the US' help.india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 19:11 IST
Denying claims that he had asked Nawaz Sharif to "arrange" a ceasefire in Kargil with the US' help, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the deposed former premier had gone to Washington without consulting him and "solely decided on Kargil".
Musharraf said in the July 2, 1999, Defence Committee meeting, Sharif opposed the "surrender of troops in Kargil and (said) Pakistan Army should not return in any case."
"Sharif is now blaming me for the entire thing because I asked him to save us from Kargil," said Musharraf who had claimed in his book In the Line of Fire that he briefed Sharif on Kargil during special meetings from May to July '99.
Mushrraf's response came days after Sharif's PML-N released a 'fact-sheet' which claimed that the General had panicked when the 1999 Kargil conflict broke out with India and sought Sharif's intervention in the July 2, 1999, Defence Committee meeting, urging him to save him and the army by arranging a ceasefire with the help of United States.
The General said Sharif had not consulted him about his plan to visit Washington to meet President Bill Clinton.
Musharraf said he went to Murree, (a holiday resort) after the (July 2, 1999) meeting as the next meeting on Kargil was scheduled for July 5.
"I received Sharif's call in Murree at around 9 pm, and he asked me to reach Chaklala airport immediately. When I got to the airport, I saw Nawaz Sharif ready to fly to the US."
In an interview to local ARY TV, Musharraf said Sharif went on to the US and "solely decided on Kargil".
Denying that Sharif was kept in dark about Kargil, a visibly angry President said "I call Raja Zafarul Haq a liar if he does not speak the truth now because he attended the (July 2, 1999) meeting."
First Published: Oct 14, 2006 19:11 IST