“In The Line Of Fire” A Memoir

Pakistan is again on front pages of all major tabloids and television all over world, not because of any terrorist link or Taliban’s but because of his own President revelation of some secret to sell his books and make some good money as he realize that his ‘political demise’ is near. Mr.Parvez Musharraf a hardcore military personal seized the power through military coup by throwing out democratic elected government of Mr.Nawaz Sharif and declaring himself as a President of Pakistan by amending all the constitutional laws in October 1999.





President Parvez Musharraf, whose book “In The Line Of Fire” A controversial memoir released on Monday with big fan fare and launching party has putted Mr.Musharraf himself in the line of fire with his own friends and allies.  It’s quite unusual and controversial that leader of his capacity releasing his memoir of political and military life while still in power. Memoirs are written out of office……. Name any country whose leader actually wrote memoirs in office?

A person holding such a high office giving his political account and that also selective account can be proved very indiscreet given the very sensitive nature of position in world. As president of Pakistan state he shouldn’t have written this memoir at least while he is still power, as he got loads of other option (Media, Diplomatic Channels) to convey his message and spread his word all over world and concerned people if he really care about his own country. By releasing memoir and sending out many controversial and selective statements he has showed and proved that you can’t trust any military regime.

By looking his first statement why I had written this book, convinced me how irresponsible undiplomatic leader he is, who needs a book to tell the truth. Why cant he choose diplomatic or media channels to convey the world that what ever he is saying is truth? Look at this line “I decided to write my autobiography after Pakistan took centre stage in the world’s conflicts, including the war on terror. There has been intense curiosity about me and the country I lead. I want the world to learn the truth.”

So President you need a book to tell the truth, does Mr. Bush ever cared to let the world know the truth by book till now? Mr. Clinton wrote his memoir after he stepped down as president of US, Nelson Mandela written book when he was released from prison. By writing your memoir you had created big problem for your own country foreign policy and put yourself and your country in more difficult situation. By now the famous quote   that Richard Armitage has, warned Lieutenant-General Mehmood Ahmad, the director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence, that if Pakistan chose the terrorists’ side “then we should be prepared to be bombed back to the Stone Age” In the wake of 9/11 has already received denial from many corners of US” has already created many strain in Pak-US relations.

Mr. Armitage has already denied using this sort of language but he did said that message was very strong. So for me question is not whether Mr.Armitage has used this sort of undiplomatic quote or not, but with out any strong message would Pakistan have supported the War on Terror? I don’t think so, as you had said in your interview you people did made and done analysis about the option fighting against the US, only dropping plan because you realize that you will wiped out from world map, Pakistan’s military would have been wiped out, its economy couldn’t be sustained. By telling this quote you only proved which many people were saying silently all over the years that Pakistan has not joined the War on Terror of his will, but has been forced to join because he hasn’t got any option left.

Second famous quote form your book that the “US had paid millions of dollars to Pakistan for capturing Al Qaeda operatives” had come as a humiliation for your country. Under the law, the US could not give the prize money to any government or the institution. By saying this you had raised your own country credibility in fighting against terrorist and joining War on Terror. So your government could do any thing for sake of some millions dollars?

On Neighbors Relations:

By Saying “the Kargil operations were a landmark in the history of the Pakistani army.” You had not only showed that how childish mind you got, but also showed the world that you got such a short memory. In kargil war you were aggressors and your army supported Mujahidin but when India retaliated, Pakistan was defeated, and your army was forced to go back. You can’t deny it, all worlds know who went back and who lost the war, so by loosing war and running away from battle field is finest hour of Pakistan then it’s up to you. But this behavior and statements will not help in building relationship with your neighbors and could lead to more problems.

I feel that by writing this book Presdent Musharraf probably feels, being an army man he did not expect to be questioned on what he wrote or could not be asked to produce proof.  Since he is not a democratically elected leader who feels his hands are tied by the constraints of a democratic system, he does not have to worry about the direct or indirect consequence of his words. The book might have boosted President financial standing but it had neither served the cause of truth nor the interests of your own country.


  1. a dark, green leafy vegetable, very nutritious and zinc pan. (5) a person who sings or scats along with dub music,

  2. If anybody has read ‘AFGHAN’ by Frederic Forsyth, they will know that it is the apprantly polished clean shaven muslims who pose the gretest threat to the CIVILISED WORLD than the the crude and easily identifiable Mullahs whose intensions are obvious. Musharraf, a westernised muslim can be called the master of duplicity and a compulsive and convincing crafty liar.
    India exploded its nuclear bomb much before but he says perhaps India has copied the technology from Pakistan. Where as its the thief scientist Khan of Pakistan who smuggled the nuclear secrets from the Danish establishment.
    The book can be called ‘In the Line of Lies’

  3. Very well said mate….I am agreed with your comments “In The Line Of Lies”

  4. Its true that a majority writes memoirs after they are out of office but for all you know this may make a good change. Straight from the horse’s mouth while still in office. Mabye he is thinking out of the box. Clinton would have made a good story with a sort of real time account with monica.

  5. Hey Hiren,

    Hope you keeping well, one thing I had added you in my blogroll, guess you wont mind. About books well I still dont understand why he was in so hurry? he could have written after leaving post..but I guess he know his days are near so may..be..well Clinton could have written for Playboy magzine about Monica episode…..lol

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  7. Hi,

    Nice blog!

    Why don’t you consider writing about some of the new “India 2.0” sites that are creating a little buzz as well?

    Eg: http://www.ilaaka.com




  8. Some quotes from his book

    Most of the people in fact were against my writing this book at this moment, but like a good military leader, I took the decision against the major part of their advice,” said the general as he formally launched the book.

    “I have been chastised by associates for being forthright and overly candid, and this is reflected, I think, even in my writing style,” he added in his opening remarks.

    “The events of December 2003 put me in the front line of the war on terror and are part of my reason for writing this book now, while I am still fighting.”


  9. Have you read the whole book? I just finished it and must say it is one of the best books I have read.

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