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by B. Raman Like Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, Gen. Pervez Musharraf's Book of Lies "In the Line of Fire" is significant and worrisome not for what it contains, but for what it indicates about the sick mind of a self-obsessed individual, living in a make-believe world of his own creation. 2. Adolf Hitler convinced himself that he would be the saviour of the German people and of the world. Musharraf has convinced himself that he would be the saviour of the Pakistani people and of the world. 3. Critics of the book in Pakistan like Mr. Amir Mir have pointed out that Musharraf has deliberately chosen the title of his book after a 1993 Hollywood movie by the same name, which was about a lone secret service agent, who stood between life and death for the US President. Through the book, Musharraf has sought to convey a message to the US and the Western world: Me or the jihadi deluge---you have no third option. 4. Mr. Amir Mir wrote in the "Frontier Post" o

All eyes on Musharraf's book

Royden D'Souza Watch story Monday, September 25, 2006 (New Delhi): NDTV has special access to the advance manuscript of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's memoirs called In the Line of Fire, which will be released on Monday. Last week, Musharraf had revealed how a former top US diplomat threatened to bomb Pakistan back to the Stone Age if Islamabad did not support Washington's war on terror after 9/11. But just what was happening in those crucial days is a bit clearer in Musharraf's book. Falling in line Musharraf writes that he was forced to look at his options, but found that he had none if he took on the United States. Our military would be destroyed. We had no oil and we did not have the capacity to sustain our economy in the face of a US attack. Worst of all, we lack the homogeneity to galvanise the entire nation into an actively confrontationist stance. Musharraf felt there was more to gain by falling in line with the US. "We would be able to

Pakistani graduate raped to punish her low-caste family

Dean Nelson, Delhi, and Ghulam Hasnain, Karachi A YOUNG Pakistani woman has been kidnapped, raped and beaten by a gang of high-caste villagers because her uncle eloped with one of their relatives. She was chosen for punishment because she had recently gained a degree and was the pride of her low-caste family. Ghazala Shaheen, 24, and her mother Mumtaz were abducted last month by men dressed in police uniforms from their home near Multan in southern Punjab. Her shocking ordeal mirrors that of Mukhtaran Mai, 29, who became a symbol in the campaign for women’s rights in Pakistan after she was gang-raped because her 12-year-old brother had been seen with a higher-caste woman. Six men were found guilty but five later had their convictions overturned. That case provoked an international outcry and led to moves to reform Pakistan’s Islamic rape and adultery laws which effectively criminalise rape victims. Last week human rights campaigners said Shaheen was unlikely to see her