September 9, 2007Foreign Affairs

Roles reversed

The little ironies of life

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Nawaz Sharif’s fate, at the time of writing, is literally in the air. Griff Witte captures the irony:

On Oct. 12, 1999, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refused landing rights to a plane carrying his army chief, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, setting off a military coup that resulted in Sharif’s exile.

On Monday, their roles will be reversed. Sharif on Sunday was on a flight back to Pakistan. It will be up to Musharraf, now the country’s president, to decide whether to let the plane land and, if he does, what to do with Sharif. [WP]

Update: Lots of confusion as to what happened after he landed. He was taken into custody and flown somewhere in a helicopter. And then, he was put on another plane and flown to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The irony ends with the Pakistan Army’s 111 Brigade, 10th Corps. Both in 1999 and in 2007, it was to Musharraf it reported to. And that made all the difference.

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