Pervez Musharraf: In the Line of Fire

‘In the Line of Fire’ is an autobiography of General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan. It is suspected to be ghost written by Humayun Gauhar, son of Ayub Khan’s media guru, Altaf Gauhar. Reportedly, Ayub Khan’s biography, Friends, Not Masters, was ghost-written by Altaf Gauhar.

‘In the Line of Fire’ was launched on September 25, 2006 at a signing ceremony at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

At the time of this post, ‘In the Line of Fire’ stands #8 in best sellers’ list of

According to The News editorial, political analysts have said that the book of President Musharraf is in fact an attempt to show General Musharraf as the saviour who brought out Pakistan from the brink of extremism and saved the country for the world.

The international media says that the book, although written in a direct, often dramatic style, is “nothing short of a self-congratulatory election manifesto.”

One analyst observed that the General “has every intention of being re-elected and keeping his uniform, and his memoirs, divided into six sections with a Prologue and an Epilogue, are a clear attempt to show him as an international leader of stature able to transform a deeply conservative, often extremist, society into what he calls a modern and moderate Islamic state.”

Papers are now quoting from the book extensively. The prologue sets the tone, with the General, Rambo-style, emerging unscathed from the several assassination attacks against him. “I have confronted death and defied it several times in the past because destiny and fate always smiled on me,” he explains.

Through the rest of the book the General justifies his every action, heaping plaudits on himself for Pakistan’s economic recovery and attempting to portray himself as the only viable option before Pakistan.

Incidentally, there was a movie of same name. Released in 1993 In the Line of FireIn the Line of Fire is a film about a psychopath who attempts to assassinate the President of the United States and the Secret Service agent who tracks him. It is directed by Wolfgang Petersen and stars Clint Eastwood as a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the President, and John Malkovich as the assassin.

14 thoughts on “Pervez Musharraf: In the Line of Fire”

  1. Dear All,

    i have also read variety of comments on President book and on him self too, what i believe is that, we as Pakistani have got tremendous approach. wen we like some one, we like it by heart and vice versa. we are unfortunate that we have always received knowledge of 3rd degree. not pure. we innocent PAKISTANIs can never understand politics, political persons. the inside story always get hidden, we just scream, fight, shout or raise voice against on what are shown or given information. always politicians hide the FINE PRINT.
    dear Reader, what is racing in your mind ? do you think that you will raise your voice and these idles will listen? LOLs:)
    we all just pray for betterment, thats it.
    all PEPS(politicaly exposed personalities) open NAYA KATTA, so that WE PAKISTANi start thinking and start shouting and these STONE HEARTED POLITICIANS play there game by engaging us:)

    any way


    wish you all a happy life with your love ones.

    Zeeshan Choudhry
    Malir Cantt

  2. @ rehan khalid.. It is in my experience that the people who always side with dictators are the ones either benefiting from it or realted to him one way or another. You may not be either of the two and immensly patriotic. I am not implying that and no pun intended as well. Pls keep in mind that we have to give people a chance. To run their affairs. Be accountable. If this govt doesnt work the next would and then the next. Nothing is hapening to pakistan. All leaders have a tendency to think after siz months of rule that if they wane Pakistan would be in tremendous troubLe. Never happend, never will happen IA. The blasted institutions, the dilapidated state of economy, The worse nepotism and favoutism, law lessness of karachi on MAY 12, Lal Masjid, missing persons, extra judicial killings and NRO etc etc etc all is coined by the greatest leader of false-bravado HAAAA HOOO and U-turns in the history of Pakistan. The worst damage to Pakistan Army. people pelted stones at them The poor lot couldnt even leave cantt areas in uniform (atleast in Quetta). The kids were going to school in army vehicles. Come on we dont need army to run our country. They can run barracks, war and heck party whenever as they do… oh ok play golf after 2pm. Let them do their job and just make sure that the top chap in Army always salutes the boss PM and sticks to it. No one tells them how to make strategy for the war they are no body to tell us how to run the country or real estate.

  3. Pervez Musharraf is a better option as compared to other leaders currently in Pakistan. He is capable of driving the country through difficult times. About a year ago all and sundry were against him. They wanted his ouster without thinking about the disaster Pakistan is going to face in the hands of croonies like Zardari (Bhuttos), Sharifs, etc. I would like to seriously criticize the media for playing in the hands of the people who paid them to muster support.

    Now one can see the same country, which was prospering slowly and gradually, being dragged back into darkness. Eventually the reins of the country are in the hands of the persons, viz., Zardari and Sharifs, who have been themselves twice CERTIFIED to be the most corrupt and inefficient.

    May Allah save Pakistan.

  4. pervez mushrraf, for the sake of the country please take off your wardi”uniform” and enjoy your life in western countries,


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