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A telephone call from Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani

Straight from Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani's mouth!

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Syed Haider Raza Mehdi |
A few hours ago I received a call from Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, former Army Chief with reference to my earlier piece about him being perhaps the only person who knew the mystery of the Osama Bin Ladin US operation.

Gen. Kayani wanted to set the record straight since “You had said that only Gen. Kayani knows the truth….”

“……the truth is that we didn’t know about Osama Bin Ladin’s presence and there is absolutely no question of any collusion or cooperation with the US. And I’m telling you this as the absolute truth….”

“…..in fact all they had to do was tell us, and we would have mopped it up in a couple of hours without all these helicopters etc…_

_”……I have taken full responsibility for our lapse. However, and I’ve never stated this earlier because it was for me to take the blame, but Air Defence is not under the Army. Nevertheless, I told the Air Chief to keep quiet, not say anything and let me take the full blame…..”_

_”……My visit to the US Aircraft Carrier took place in 2008, three years before the Osama affair.  It is very surprising how people completely misrepresent and distort obvious facts to prove their points…..”_

I thanked Gen. Kayani for reaching out and sharing these insights and promised to publish them, verbatim.

I did suggest to him to come out and speak in public and on the media to clear his position.

He seems to be taking a lot of bullets on his chest and keeping quiet.

My personal view is that Gen. Kayani owes it to himself and his legacy and name, his family, the Institution and the Country to publicly set the record straight on the many issues bedeviling his person.

Things like his role in Gen. Musharraf’s ouster; His own extension; The Osama episode; His brothers business affairs; Involvement in the 2013 elections etc.

For the record, I must state, despite my reservations on other issues, that as an Army Chief, Gen. Kayani did more for the Army as an institution and for troops welfare than any other Chief to date.

He is also to be credited for clearing 6 of the 7 FATA agencies against the TTP.

The period from 2009 to 2014, under his watch, saw the most vicious and brutal fighting with nearly 3500 military casualties which broke the back of the TTP.

Why he didn’t continue and launch the North Waziristan ops which were subsequently launched by Gen. Raheel as Zarb e Azb, which suffered about 500 military casualties is also something only he and some others can answer.

I think it’s time for Gen. Kayani to come out from the cold!

P.S. On the Osama Mystery

There’s much more as well. Especially the article written by Asif Zardari and published on May 2nd in the Washington Post, few hours after the operation in Abbottabad which took place at 1 am on May 2, 2011.

The question is. How was our “brilliant” Asif Zardari able to pen an article in a few hours, immediately following the operation and get it published in a mainstream US newspaper, The Washington Post, on the same day?

I think it’s time for Gen. Kayani to come out from the cold!

The answer perhaps lies with him, Rahman Malik and Husain Haqqani.

The last with all his contacts and connections in Washington. And my considered view and opinion is that the article was also penned by Haqqani.

Deduction. If anybody knew. Zardari, Rahman Malik and Haqqani certainly knew!

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  1. Kudos to the author for publishing his conversation with Mr. Kayani. I believe every word Mr. Kayani has said. He is reputed amongst those who know him as an honest, straightforward and patriotic person. During his tenure as Chief of Army Staff he refused to tow the line given to him by the west. After the killings in Mumbai in India’s so called ’26/11′ it was him who put his foot down and denied to allow any surgical strike by Indians targeting places in Pakistan, saying, “incase it happened it will be an all out war” and saved our nation from a grave humiliation. May Allah bless him with the best health and happiness in all years to come. Aameen.

  2. I as a common man can only say – our leadership across the board has willingly decided not to take moral high ground and they have doctored the system that ensures that they are always above the nation. No wonder not one, repeat not one has faced accountability and all have acted (civilian or military) and have been able to stay above the law – whether in power or poisition or not. When a military leader who was head of state as well can say openly that the properties he owns in the UK and Dubai were paid for by a king of another country and refuses to say how much money he got from that king – just shows how leadership and their cronies in other institutions like the judiciary, media and bureaucracy have shaken the roots of the state. Compassion, humility, honesty and simple living have become sins and corruption, nepotism and zero respect for the man on the street is the norm. We now have to put up with the third generation – Bilawals and the Kulsooms of the world – everyone blames the other but all we can see is that they are all living it up while our life, property and honour has been dumped in the dust bin. Without change in direction and honest leadership with moral values – things will keep deteriorating and the country one day will collapse as it did in 1971.


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