New Delhi, 4 November: Former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh believes that Mr Nawaz Sharif could have been aware of Pakistan army&’s aggression in Kargil in 1999 despite the insistence by the then Pakistan Prime Minister that he did not know about it.
“I do not think a Prime Minister can remain unaware,” Mr Singh said, when asked whether he believes Mr Sharif&’s contention that he had no knowledge about the Pakistan army&’s aggression that led to a three-month conflict.
About the then Pakistan Army Chief Gen Pervez Musharraf claiming that Mr Sharif knew about the Kargil action, Mr Singh responded: “So why should we enter that disputation? It is a pointless disputation… It is for Mian saheb himself to answer this question.” Mr Singh said he does not want to say that he disbelieves Mr Sharif&’s contention “because then I am charging the Prime Minister of prevarication.”
He has written about the Kargil episode in his new book India At Risk. He suggested the aggression by the Pakistan army was Musharraf&’s plot aimed at scuttling the reconciliation effort attempted by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee&’s bus ride to Lahore. pti