Tracey McVeigh on Pervez Musharraf's political memoir In the Line of Fire, written while still in office. It is unprecedented for a sitting head of state to write a memoir as revelatory, detailed, and gripping as In the Line of Fire. Here, for the first time. In the Line of Fire: A Memoir is a book that was written by former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf and first published on September 25, The book Published in English: September 25,
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His tale of the coup that brought him to power in the line of fire a memoir compelling reading, even if one gets the sense that there are many things being left out. He was quite offended by the terse manner in which Colin Powell and Richard Armitage demanded Pakistani help, but says that he considered all the factors involved and decided that it was in the interest of Pakistan to help the USA.
But he remains annoyed that he has not been given what he believes to be proper recognition for all that Pakistan has accomplished, from being one of the few nations in a position to communicate with the Taliban to the large number of al Qaeda captured in Pakistan, many of whom have been handed in the line of fire a memoir to the USA.
He does talk about the provincial areas and addresses the problems of governance that these places present, noting that the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is quite porous, has ever been thus, and that the areas on both sides of the border are populated by the same ethic group.
He reveals new details of the confrontation with India in Kashmir the Kargil conflict and offers a proposal for resolving the Kashmir dispute.
He offers a portrait of Mullah Omar, with stories of Pakistan's attempts to negotiate with him. Khan and his proliferation network, he explains what the government knew and when it knew it, and he reveals fascinating details of Khan's operations and the investigations into them.
In addition, President Musharraf takes many stances that will make news. All feature the picture of Pervez Musharraf at the centre of the green and white background.
The Urdu edition hit the market 3 in the line of fire a memoir after the initial publication in English. In the US edition the president appears in a salutary posture with his right hand fingers touching the forehead. In the UK edition, the author seems in a thinking posture with his left hand fingers kept on his chin.
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In comparison with the US edition, the UK edition sports a crescent on the silky green background of the book. In India[ edit ] All the copies of the English version were sold out in India during the initial stage of the launch.
The In the line of fire a memoir distributor had ordered another copies to meet the demand, according to the news reports. Copies sold in India outnumbered the copies sold in Pakistan citing the curiosity in analyzing his viewpoints. A lot of views from India were that the curiosity of Indian readers has only added to the sales and popularity of the book.
The Hindi edition, translated and printed in India, came out in early October This, naturally, becomes a little wearing, as do his constant references to in the line of fire a memoir guided by the hand of fate.
There is a strange moment early on when Musharraf recounts how he got a promotion to division commander in the army.
Although he doesn't outline his new duties and responsibilities, he tells how the new job brings him the right to fly little flags on his jeep.
It was, says the military leader, ' a source of great pride to me'.