I am not at all surprised by what all this Pakistani invader Pervez Musharraf who is also the former Pakistani Army Chief and former President has said while endorsing the dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Chief Hafiz Saeed that, “I’m Lashkar’s biggest supporter, they like me too”! Nothing new in what he has said! Everyone knows fully well what sort of criminal mentality he nurtures even though many in India deliberately ignored it and tried to search for everything good in him and in fact claimed to have found all good qualities in him! That Musharraf and terror groups are in close cahoots with each other was an open secret and now that also as also the real face of Musharraf stands exposed yet again!
With what face some Indian journalists, politicians, diplomats and intellectuals clinged to the illusion that Manmohan-Musharrraf formula could resolve the complicated J&K issue? With what face they demanded withdrawal of all Indian troops from J&K as demanded by Musharraf to “make borders irrelevant” which found huge support among many politicians and diplomats among others? With what face they always advocated to trust Musharraf as that alone could bring “peace” in J&K?
With what face they ignored that Musharraf was the one who had masterminded Siachen intrusion in 1984 when Musharraf was Brigadier in which he miserably failed? With what face they ignored that Musharraf was the one who as he himself acknowledged was the one who entered 15-16 km inside Indian territory to boost his soldiers and terrorists to conquer Kargil in 1999 in which he again failed miserably? With what face did they gave him honour knowing fully well that it was Musharraf who was the mastermind of the Kargil war in which we lost more than 600 soldiers as per official figures even though unofficially the figure is much higher?
With what face did they gave him honour knowing it fully well that it was Musharraf who refused to accept the dead body of his soldiers and terrorists and had it not been for India’s large-heartedness perhaps dogs would have eaten their dead body? With what face did they expect anything from Musharraf and gave him honour knowing it fully well that it was Musharraf who ordered his soldiers to torture mercilessly Captain Saurav Kalia and 5 soldiers of 4 Jat Regiment not for one day or two days or ten days or twenty days but for full twenty days and after pouring hot water on them, gouging out their eyes, ears and nose with hot iron rods, torturing them with cigarettes as body bore signs of cigarette torture, chopping off even fingers, private parts and then putting them in their mouth and then finally shooting them at the head and then handing them back to India and yet our shameless politicians and big media houses shamelessly honoured this Pakistani invader and mass murderer Musharraf just 2 to 3 months after Kargil war as if he had done a big favour on India? Will any self-respecting nation behave like this?
With what face did they gave him honour knowing it fully well that it was Musharraf who had threatened to slit India by the throat and said that if former PM Nawaz Sharif had not rushed to USA, he would have throttled India and snatched away J&K from India? With what face they gave him honour knowing fully well that it was Musharraf who had threatened to nuke India if its soldiers dared to step even one step inside Pakistan’s territory as he felt strongly that only Pakistani Army who had the birthright to commit aggression and not Indian Army? With what face they gave him honour knowing fully well that he even contemplated to nuke India after terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad attacked Parliament and there was tension built up between both the countries?
With what face they gave him honour knowing fully well that he had awarded Rs 1 lakh as cash prize to dreaded Al Qaeda terrorist Iliyas Kashmiri for presenting him a severed head of an Indian soldier Bhausaheb Maruti Talekar on 27 February 2000 and promised to always keep the head of Talekar as a trophy with him as long as he is alive as was reported in all English dailies and Pakistani media proudly published photographs of Kashmiri carrying severed head of Talekar? With what face did they hope that Musharraf would soon reform himself? With what face did they hope that if Musharraf is honoured, he would cease all hostility towards India and would become a peace ambassador?
With what face did they ignore the anger of our former President Pranab Mukherjee who expressed his disgust at Musharraf being honoured in India? With what face did they ignore that Musharraf hailed terrorists like Hafiz Saeed as freedom fighters and terrorism in J&K as “freedom struggle over which Pranab Mukherjee expressed his huge anger and dismay? With what face did they ignore that Musharraf ensured that maximum terror attacks were carried out in his reign?
With what face did they ignore that Musharraf termed terrorists like Osama and Hafiz as heroes by saying that, “Osama to hero hain ji hero! Hafiz Saeed to bilkul aasli hero hain ji aasli hero! Syed Salaluddin bhi hero hain ji hero! Bharat ke liye yeh aatankwadi hain paar hamare liye to yeh aasli hero hain ji aasli hero. Aajma ke dekh lo Bharat ne to aajma ke dekh rakha hain”? With what face did they ignore that Musharraf had given out of turn promotion to those soldiers who had brutally tortured our soldiers during Kargil war apart from cash and other rewards? With what face did they ignore that Musharraf wanted India to give J&K to Pakistan on a plate and had threatened India with many more Kargils if J&K issue was not resolved as per his wishes?
With what face did they ignore that Musharraf welcomed dreaded terror leaders like Masood Azhar and others by according them red carpet after planning and masterminding their release? With what face they ignore that Musharraf is himself a declared “proclaimed offender” and even his property has been ordered to be attached? With what face they ignore that Musharraf was himself involved in many murders like murder of a Maulvi Abdul Rashid who was Imam of Lal Masjid, Nawab Bukhti of Baluchistan and none other than former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto to name a few? With what face they ignore that Musharraf stands charged with treason and faces punishment which could extend even up to death sentence? With what face they ignore that this shameless Musharraf is living a wretched life as an exiler sometimes in Dubai or in other Gulf countries or in UK and now no one cares for him in his own country that is Pakistan?
With what face they honoured him and allowed him to lambast the condition of Indian Muslims? It is a different matter that Maulana Mehmood Madani of Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind lambasted him very hard and advised him not to start politics of Pakistan from India and not to worry about Indian Muslims as 99% of Indian Hindus were solidly behind Muslims and he experienced what a headless chicken witnesses not knowing what to do next! The real face of Musharraf now again stands exposed but there are few journalists, media houses and politicians who will still not like to treat Musharraf as a “closed chapter” and would feel honoured to shamelessly laugh and talk with a shameless person like him who could never defeat India in any war that he undertook as we keep seeing in different news channels even now!
I really pity him and those shameless Indian media houses, journalists and politicians who always look towards him for developing good relations with Pakistan despite knowing fully well his visceral hatred which he nurtures against India! Even now they will refuse to see the clear writing on the wall and still continue invoking him for having peace in J&K! Shame on them! Musharraf batting for Hafiz will make no difference in international arena for the world knows fully well what type of special chemistry is shared between Hafiz and Musharraf! The real face of Musharraf stands exposed yet again!
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.