Lahore: Pakistan`s former military ruler
Pervez Musharraf has dismissed PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif`s
allegation that he was responsible for the Kargil fiasco,
asking the ex-premier to "stop misleading the masses about the
Kashmir and Kargil issues".
"Nawaz Sharif is lying about his reaching an
understanding with the (then) Indian Prime Minister (Atal
Bihari Vajpayee) in 1999 to resolve the Kashmir issue. He is
also not speaking the truth on the Kargil episode," said
Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan for over eight years.
Addressing a convention of workers of his All Pakistan
Muslim League (APML) party in Lahore via video-conferencing
last night, Musharraf asked Sharif to stop "misleading" the
people about Kashmir and Kargil.
"I tell you he (Sharif) was completely aware of what was
going to happen on the Kargil front. Now he is pretending to
be ignorant of the whole affair and passing the buck on
others," he said.
"In the Lahore Declaration, there was not a single word
about Kashmir and he (Sharif) is claiming to have made efforts
to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Is it not astonishing?" he
Musharraf also demanded an independent inquiry into the
murder of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who was abducted and
killed after he alleged the Pakistani navy had been
infiltrated by al Qaeda.
"Those involved in the murder of the senior journalist
should be punished as nobody is above the law. Media should
not be curbed by such heinous acts," he said.