General (Retd) Musharraf has recently lashed out against the previous US administration saying the Bush Administration did not pay us generously for pitching our troops against our own people. Mr. Musharraf was an apple of the eye of his great buddy, George Bush, who had given him the prerogative to call him anytime of the day and night he wished. But times change. Mr. Bush is moved to his ranch and Musharraf languishes in the woodworks of the Army House. While Mr. Bush is quite secure at his patch, Musharraf shudders at the thought of leaving his secured environs. The retired general has become something of a pariah in his own country with the shadow of death chasing him all over. Sometime back, he appeared before a select group of pressmen to lambaste The New York Times columnist who had called him a 'double-dealer' in his book 'The inheritors'. He is in a double quandary: a double-dealer for those he helped and a toady for his own people. Neither here nor there -Dr A.P. SANGDIL, Oslo, Norway, via e-mail, March 3.