I had just finished reading a book titled ‘In The Line Of Fire’ written by President Pervez Musharraf of
“The outstanding performance of the
Being a retired Army Officer, I was aware that the Malaysian Army too had a contingent deployed in
From the briefing that I had upon the troops returned to
En route to Madina Bazaar, and upon reaching the last check point manned by some Pakistani soldiers, the escorting Pakistani Tank Troop Commander refused to move any further, stating that his tanks are not equipped with night fighting capabilities. An argument ensued between the Malaysian Troop Commander and the Pakistani Tank Troop Commander over the reluctance of the latter to continue the task of escorting the combined Malaysian/US troop.
Since time was the essence, and any delay could jeopardize the rescue operation and the safety of the trapped
This significant incident is well documented by the Malaysian Army, and a commendation letter issued by the US Military Commander in
President Musharraf’s book obviously has worldwide circulation, and for those who do not know about the incident, will believe in what has been written. And also, neither has the book made any mention about our troops participation in the rescue operation. Not even in the film Black Hawk Down, which only depicts
For the information of our Malaysian readers, the soldier who died in the incident and the Malaysian Troop Commander was meritoriously awarded the Pingat Gagah Berani (PGB) by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong in 1994.