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Date Posted: 21:45:19 08/31/07 Fri
Author: Anum

By Anum – November 6 2006

With the launch of memories book of His Excellency the President of Pakistan General Pervaiz Musharaf a lot of debate has started both home and abroad. General Musharraf has quoted from his memories that immediately after 9/11 the Director Pakistan Intelligence who by chance was present in USA was summoned by the then US Army Chief General Armitage advising him to convey to Pakistan government “either Pakistan be prepared itself to face bombing to go back to stone age or alternatively Pakistan fully does what US may require in its fight against terror in Afghanistan”. It is well remembered that when the Director Pakistan Intelligence while very wisely in line with Pakistan’s policy to fight for terrorism anywhere in principle agreed but also desired a little time to consult his government, he was in a very rude manner required to confirm it then and there add “either you are with us or against us:.

9/11 is not some 6 or 8 decades backed. It is just only 4 year old and each detail still is remembered by everyone. Only yesterday Sunday 24 September morning Geo TV was showing a western documentary where in it showed dozens and dozens things. For example it showed a certificate issued by a company whose steel was used in Trade Tower verifying that after alleged attack the highest temperature in the attacked building was 2000 degree whereas steel provided by them could only melt at 3000 degree minimum. The TV showed immediately the scientist issuing the certificate had to leave the service. Immediately after 9/11 the remarks of Armitage viz bombing Pakistan, turning into stone age, you are with us or not etc kept on published in almost all newspapers of Pakistan. There had been a lot of criticism then on General Musharaaf Government. If due to my old age my memories are not misguiding me when General Musharraf appeared on TV to explain Pakistan’s stand point to the nation he probably also mentioned all this.

This morning Monday 25 September on Geo TV journalist Hamid Mir, Information Minister and Riaz Khokhar ex Secretary Foreign Affairs appeared. On the point that President Bush has shown his surprise over General Musharraf’s remarks about bombing Pakistan, Riaz Khokhar ignited a a new controversy that there might had been a “communication gap” namely what Director Intelligence conveyed back home. What a wonderful our ex Foreign Expert is.

As a common citizen, I fail to understand that while President Bush and the whole American Administration today is more emphatically crying that these bombing remarks were never said by US, why did not they contradicted the same in September October 2001 when these reported remarks were continuously appearing in Pakistani press? Why did US administration and US Embassy in Pakistan then did not clarified that these remarks were never made.

We are really an unfortunate nation that our politicians do not let any chance pass by through which they could possibly reach to the highest chair or create problem or embarrassment to the Government of the time. Riaz Khokhar the ex Secretary Foreign Affairs today (25 September) on Geo TV has opened a new Pandora box saying that these words could had been a communication gap. PML Nawaz Ihsan Iqbal of Nawaz League is so innocently demanding an enquiry that if these remarks were said immediately after September 2001 why did not General Musharraf took the nation into confidence whereas the fact is every citizen knew about these remarks as were being then reported in the press and there was an anger amongst Pakistani citizens against US. All these critics definitely had read these remarks the in 2001 in press and instead of supporting the government are taking advantage of it. In the Muslim world my belief is that it is the quality only in Irnaians that they have differences with the government but when it comes to from abroad, each and every citizen forgets difference, frustration and fully stands on back of the Government.

Knowing the US, I wonder if by showing its surprise or terming these old remarks now published in a personal book having never been said, the US has something new in its mind for Pakistan and it wants to play some new game eg pressurize Pakistan to help US against Iran etc or is it a sort of signal to whomsoever.

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