Pervez Musharraf – IN THE LINE OF FIRE

lofireIN THE LINE OF FIRE

According to Time magazine, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf holds `the world’s most dangerous job’. He has twice come within inches of assassination. His forces have caught over 670 members of Al Qaeda, yet many others remain at large and active, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri. Long locked in a deadly embrace with its nuclear neighbour India, Pakistan has twice come close to full-scale war since it first exploded a nuclear bomb in 1998. As President Musharraf struggles for the security and political future of his nation, the stakes could not be higher for the world at large.

  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, readers can get a first-hand view of the war on terror in its central theatre. President Musharraf details the manhunts for Bin Laden and Zawahiri, and their top lieutenants, complete with harrowing cat-and-mouse games, informants, interceptions, and bloody firefights. He tells the stories of the near-miss assassination attempts not only against himself, but against Shaukut Aziz (later elected Prime Minister) and one of his top army officers, and the fatal abduction and beheading of the US journalist Daniel Pearl – as well as the investigations that uncovered the perpetrators. He details the army’s mountain operations that have swept several valleys clean, and he talks about the areas of North Waziristan where Al Qaeda is still operating.

   Yet the war on terror is just one of the many headline-making subjects in In the Line of Fire. The full story of the events that brought Musharraf to power in 1999; new details of the confrontation with India in Kashmir, and a proposal for resolving that dispute; telling portraits of Mullah Omar and A. Q an, among many other key figures; and fascinating insights into the Muslim world in the twenty-first century, including Musharraf’s views on Israel and the emancipation of women.

   Pervez Musharraf’s life has mirrored that of his country, ever since Pakistan’s creation, when he was a four-year-old boy. His and Pakistan’s stories are dramatic, fateful, and crucial to the entire world.

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IN THE LINE OF FIRE – ALL CONTENTS

Prologue: Face-to-Face with Terror

 

PART ONE

IN THE BEGINNING

Chapter 1: Train to Pakistan

Chapter 2: Settling in Karachi

Chapter 3: Turkey: The Formative Years

Chapter 4: Home

Chapter 5: Leaving the Nest

 

PART TWO

LIFE IN THE ARMY

Chapter 6: The Potter’s Wheel   

Chapter 7: Into the Fire 

Chapter 8: Life in the Fire Part #1 

Chapter 8: Life in the Fire Part #2

Chapter 9: Living Through the Dreadful Decade

Chapter 10: From Chief to Chief Executive

Chapter 11: The Kargil Conflict

 

PART THREE

THE HIJACKING DRAMA

Chapter 12: Plane to Pakistan   

Chapter 13: The Conspiracy   

Chapter 14: The Counter coup   

Chapter 15: Anatomy of Suicide

 

PART FOUR

REBUILDING THE NATION


Chapter 16: Pakistan First   

Chapter 17: The Quest for Democracy  

Chapter 18: Putting the System Right  

Chapter 19: Kick-Starting the Economy

 

PART FIVE

THE WAR ON TERROR

Chapter 20: One Day That Changed the World

Chapter 21: Omar and Osama   

Chapter 22: The War Comes to Pakistan

Chapter 23: Manhunt   

Chapter 24: Tightening the Noose   

Chapter 25: al Qaeda in the Mountains   

Chapter 26: The Symbiosis of Terrorism and Religion

 

PART SIX

PAKISTAN AT HOME AND ABROAD

Chapter 27: Nuclear Proliferation   

Chapter 28: International Diplomacy   

Chapter 29: The Social Sector   

Chapter 30: The Emancipation of Women 

Chapter 31: The Soft Image of Pakistan   

Chapter 32: Leadership on Trial: The Earthquake   

Epilogue: Reflections

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