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In a daring but completely asinine repeat of his feat in the spring of 1999 – weeks before hostilities erupted between Indian and Pakistani troops in the Kargil sector, General Musharraf, then the army chief, had reportedly crossed the Line of Control in a helicopter and spent a night at a location 11km inside Indian territory – Musharraf tried to intrude into Pakistan occupied Kashmir from the Indian side of the LoC, in a bid to regain power.
Musharraf has been in exile in London ever since he was forced by street protests to relinquish power in 2007 and flee the country. The former army chief now kills time by frequently travelling to New Delhi to attend leadership summits where he gets paid to rant against India, even as he tries in vain to get back to Pakistan and revive his political ambitions.
The recent revelations about his Kargil misadventure inspired the former army commando to try and do a reverse Kargil. “I’ve been trying for some time to get back to Pakistan. Then it occurred to me, why not sneak in across the LoC from the Indian side, which I now consider my second home after England,” recalled the General about his botched attempt.
If things had gone according to plan, the General would have spent a night on the Pakistani side near Kargil and then trekked to Islamabad, where he would try and become President again. However, alert Pakistani forces spotted their former army chief and chased him back to the Indian side.
President Zardari has commended Pakistani troops for evicting the unwelcome guest and warned India against trying to infiltrate him into Pakistan. “It’s none of our concern that you guys fete him and fawn over him at your so called leadership summits but please don’t force him on us,” said President Zardrari.
A disappointed Musharraf is now cooling his heels in New Delhi, his woolly-headed plan to recapture power in tatters although he maintains it was brilliant in theory. However, the General can look forward to boosting his morale by indulging in India bashing at next month’s Hindustan Times leadership summit, for which he will also get paid handsomely by the organizers.