IN his interview with CNN-IBN former President Musharraf has made a number of highly controversial claims. To begin with he has presented the Kargil operation as a big success, militarily as well as politically, a view few are likely to share with him. Kargil operation was Gen Musharraf's own brainchild, which he got planned and executed without taking the civilian government into confidence. Further, it turned out to be a military disaster forcing the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to urgently travel to Washington to seek US intervention. In June last year, deceased Lt Gen Jamshed Kayani who during the operation was Corps Commander Rawalpindi told a TV interviewer he could say with authority that the PM did not know anything about the operation. He also maintained, "As we know the Indian Army was in an aggressive mood and they could have gone too far if the Kargil issue was not controlled in time." Lt Gen Ali Kuli Khan too is on record having described the Kargil operation flawed in terms of its conception, tactical planning and execution. The former President's claim that the operation forced India to hold talks on Kashmir is equally questionable. To say that prior to Kargil, India was not willing to talk on Kashmir amounts to manufacturing history. The Kashmir issue was very much on Pakistan-India agenda during Prime Minister Vajpayee's Lahore visit. It was agreed in the Lahore Declaration signed by the two sides that they would intensify efforts to resolve all pending issues including the vexed Jammu and Kashmir problem. With Gen Musharraf again praising the controversial operation, there is a need to hold an enquiry into it. Former President Musharraf claims he had reached an agreement with Dr Manmohan Singh over a three-point formula to resolve the Kashmir issue as well as over Siachin and Sir Creek disputes. Kashmir is the core dispute between India and Pakistan. Islamabad's position, which has remained constant despite changes in government, is that the issue has to be resolved in line with the wishes of Kashmiris realised through a UN organised referendum. Whatever plan the military ruler was secretly negotiating with New Delhi had no authorization from the parliament. Only an elected government has the right to negotiate the issue keeping the parliament on board. It is highly callous to talk about agreements with Benazir Bhutto who was forced to tell Mark Siegel that Gen Musharraf should be held complicit in case of her being assassinated for, among other things, he had consistently refused to provide her jammers and police escort that she badly needed after the Karachi suicide attack on her cavalcade. He even conveyed threats to her telling her that her security depended on the "state of our relationship".