Pervez Musharraf, General who sold Pakistan to terrorists, passes away

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By Manish Anand

New Delhi, February 5: Pakistani news channels have reported that former President of Pakistan General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has passed away in Dubai after a prolonged illness. The media reports stated that the former dictator of Pakistan had been ailing for a long time.

Musharraf had been living in Dubai in a state of exile after he bought immunity from state actions for several of his Constitutional transgressions by bartering away his military roots. In 1999, Musharraf had staged a unique coup that the world had never seen by ousting the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Musharraf had ordered the coup while he was in in a flight.

After capturing the power by kicking out a democratically elected government, Musharraf declared himself as the 10th President of Pakistan, and subsequently he appointed himself also the chief of the joint staff. Thus, he held his grip over the military. Musharraf was both President and head of the army at the same time.

With unchecked power, Musharraf set out to mortagage Pakistan to Mullahs and Mujahideens, both riding the war cry of jihad with the training by the armed forces on the direction of Musharraf to stage a war with India. Musharraf ordered the Pakistani army to wear the camouflage of terrorists to sneak into the Kargil heights to unleash the fourth war with India.

In his statecraft, Musharraf was a copycat of his icon Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, another dictator of Pakistan, who used his military power to turn his country into the laborator of jihadi terrorists. While Nawaz Sharif was Prime Minister of Pakistan, it was Musharraf who ordered his uniformed men to change clothes to enter the Kargil heights at a time when India’s the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had boarded a bus to Lahore to revive tries with Islamabad. Sharif was found to be a sitting duck, as his general slayed him in daylight.

The world saw the most horrendous terror attack ever seen in any parts of the world when the Pakistani army ordered its pet terror outfits to launch the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. The Indian investigative agencies in their voluminous reports have pinned the ownership of the 26/11 terror attack to the powerful people in Pakistan, and Musharraf wasn’t out of the shadow of the doubt over his authorship of the attack.

Yet, Musharraf came out as a juvenile in international diplomacy, as he begged legitimacy with Vajpayee during the Agra Summit even while he knew that his links with Kargil invasion had been a common truth in the corridors of power in New Delhi. In the end, Musharraf by the time he fled the country had pushed Pakistan into the slavery of terrorists and Mullahs, who continue to bleed the country founded by Muhammed Ali Jinnah.

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