India funded militants in Kashmir to counter ISI: ex-RAW chief

Dulat says Indian government quite often paid for air fares, medical treatment and general upkeep of separatists


Web Desk July 04, 2015
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In the first admission of its kind, former chief of India’s premier spy agency (RAW) said Indian intelligence agencies have over the years paid militants and separatists, along with mainstream politicians and political parties in Indian Kashmir to compete with Pakistan’s spy agency, ISI.

"So what's wrong? What is there to be so shocked or scandalised by. It's done the world over," former RAW Chief AS Dulat said, while speaking to NDTV’s Barkha Dutt.

Elaborating, Dulat said the Indian government quite often paid for the air fares, medical treatment and general upkeep of even hardened pro-Pakistan separatists like Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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Continuing with the revelations, the former RAW chief admitted India's 'spooks' had been in touch with everyone from 'separatists and militants’.

“One of India's most wanted terrorists Syed Salahuddin was in touch with me and was ready to leave Pakistan and return to India.”

Further, defending the use of money in Indian-Kashmir, the former RAW chief said it was done in the hope of engaging militants and separatists and also to compete for influence with the ISI.

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"Corrupting someone with money is more ethical and smarter than killing him," he added.

Dulat's statement comes weeks after a verbal tirade between Pakistan and India. Recently, Pakistani leaders and the military have constantly been accusing RAW of funding terror activities in Pakistan. In a a rare public statement after a meeting on May 6, top military commanders accused RAW of fuelling terrorism in the country.

This article originally appeared on NDTV.

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Lakhkar Khan | 5 years ago | Reply @Ram Dargad: You said: "India helped Bangladesh at the request of Shaikh Mujib who polled most votes in a democratic election in Pakistan & rightly represented Pakistan". Bengal was Pakistan's internal issue. It was non of India's problem. Who gave the right to break country into half? The same is being done in Pakistani territory by funding terrorists in Balochistan, Sindh and Taliban in Pukhtunkhwa. Pakistani government has obtained proof of Indian involvement while Indian agents are being arrested. It is true about you Hindus: “bughul me churee and mon pe Ram Ram”.
Ram Dargad | 5 years ago | Reply As anticipated, ET did not publish my reply below to a Pakistani comment addressed to me..I would love to know the reason, so that we dont waste our time. @Afzal: India has never denied its involvement in liberation of Bangladesh. I do not know, which international law allowed Pakistani Military rulers to deny Shaikh Mujib his right to lead his country after winning the democratic election. The atrocities in East Pakistan by Pakistani military had burdened India with 10 Mn refugees, thereby violating rights of a sovereign state. Mass murders & rapes of that era are estimated & documented by independent observers. Your hatred of India & equating it with Hindu will not change the perception of civilized world on on our 2 countries.
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