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Look for Kargil in Pervez memoirs

Islamabad, June 30: An autobiography of President Pervez Musharraf will hit the stands in September.

Musharraf is Pakistan’s first head of state to write his memoirs.

The country’s first military ruler, Field Marshal Ayub Khan, had authored a book Friends Not Masters in 1967, which dealt with international politics and Pakistan’s alignment with the US and other countries in the Cold War era, but it was not an autobiography.

The English language newspaper, The Nation, reported today that Musharraf’s memoirs are being published by Simon and Schuster, UK.

In the Line of Fire ' A Memoir reportedly contains his views on the US-led war on terrorism and his relationship with the Bush administration.

But of particular interest to India will be the lines, if any, on the dramatic coup against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and, preceding that, the war in Kargil.

Sharif recently said he came to know about the Kargil infiltration from his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Indians will also be expectantly picking up the 352-page book, which will cost $27 in the West where it will be launched first, to see what the general has to say about the failed Agra summit with Vajpayee.

Observers believe the book may reveal hidden aspects of his personal life and the rationale behind a series of decisions relating to national security, which his opponents otherwise call “controversial and detrimental to Pakistan’s interests”.

Musharraf, who assumed the presidency by showing the way to his bearded predecessor Rafiq Tarar in August 2001, became “intolerable” to the leading political parties after he proclaimed himself elected President for five years following a controversial referendum in April 2002.

Contrary to his image as a “rough and tough” army commando, Musharraf has a penchant for books on international and military affairs as well as Urdu and English literature.

Musharraf and Sehba Farid, who married on December 27, 1968, are now proud grandparents of Maryam and Zainab, from daughter Ayla. They have a son, Bilal.

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