Nawaz had four meetings with Osama to topple Benazir Govt: Brig (Retd) Mumtaz
ISLAMABAD: Brigadier (Retd), believed to have played central role in operation ’Mid Night Jackal’ has alleged that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif had four meetings with Al-Qaeda Chief Osama Bin Laden to topple the government of Benazir Bhutto.
In an interview with a private TV channel here on Sunday, he said that all funds to topple the government of Benazir Bhutto were provided by Al-Qaeda, adding, allegations of tape recording regarding Mid Night Jackal operation were baseless, however Major Amir (Retd) had agreed for cooperation for no confidence motion against Benazir Bhutto.
According to him, he had good relations with Major Amir and he used to come to his office but he never went to his office, saying, Amir was from ISI and his duty was not to provide him information but had to provide him facilities being an engineer.
Mumtaz said that Amir told him that no confidence motion is being tabled against Benazir Bhutto and you are requested to cooperate with him and asked his known MNAs to cooperate in the motion, on which he (Amir) agreed.
He said that Amir told him that president Ghulam Ishaq wanted to dissolve assemblies and if “you stood with us then we can save assemblies “; after that he (Mumtaz) called Brigadier Akhtar and during meeting with him asked about any no confidence motion being tabled against Benazir.
Mumtaz said Brigadier Akhtar denied and asked about the informant, and was told about Major Amir, who had also told him that MQM had also withdrawn support from Benazir Bhutto.
He said there was one lobby in ISI, which was in favor of no confidence motion against Benazir Bhutto and has been against to Benazir Bhutto; especially Brig Imtiaz was against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari and its clear proof is that he never used word ’Mohtarma’ for Benazir but always said this woman had to go as she served Indian interests.
Rejecting tape-recording allegations, he said he never did that it was the duty of Brig (Retd) Imtiaz, who was very much against Benazir and Asif Zardari.
To a question, Mumtaz said Brig Akhtar wanted to transfer Major Amir and talked with General Durrani in this regard but failed and Brig Akhtar conveyed the message to Benazir through Naseerullah Babar, on which Benazir ordered transfers of all army officers except General Aslam Beg.
Rejecting allegations that he had 12 bungalows in satellite town, he said he had only one house, in which he has been residing since 1989 and if any one has proof in this regard, then present it.
He also rejected the report that a human smuggling group had taken him to India and while denying as to how he managed the Indian trip said he had gone to India on Pakistani visa and passport.
Ishaq, Beg conspired to oust BB govt in 1989: Book
Islamabad—Former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan, ex-chief of army staff Mirza Aslam Beg and some intelligence agents like Brig. Imtiaz Ahmed and Maj. Mohammed Amir were behind a conspiracy to oust the government of Shaheed Benazir Bhuto in 1989, and they used the then opposition leader Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and Punjab chief minister Nawaz Sharif for this purpose. However, Nawaz Sharif at the eleventh hour distanced himself from the conspiracy on advice from ex-DG ISI Gen. Ghulam Jilani who advised him to wait for the next elections to become prime minister as the success of non-confidence motion against Benazir would only bring Jatoi into power.
This has been revealed in the new edition of a famous book “Pakistan main intelligence agenciyon ka siyasi kirdar” (Political role of intelligence agencies in Pakistan). Its author is Munir Ahmad, a journalist who in 1995 faced a high-treason case for writing the book. Munir at the time was accused of revealing classified information but was acquitted after three years.
Munir also faced Midnigh Jackal Case with Brig. Imtiaz Ahmad, Maj. Mohammed Amir and two lawmakers Malik Naeem and Senator Gul Sher. Shedding light on the working of intelligence agencies, the author says Pakistani spy agencies are virtually an “invisible government” and “state within a state” and whoever tries to control them he faces conspiracies resulting into his or her removal as the prime minister in Pakistan.
In a detailed and strunning chapter about the facts relating to Operation Midnight Jackal, the book says Intelligence Bureau planned this operation at the residence of an FIA officer Malik Mumtaz in Rawalpindi to prove some ISI officers’ involvement in a plot to oust Benazir Bhutto’s government.
Benazir Bhutto had been given power following the 1988 elections by Ishaq Khan and Mirza Aslam Beg under some conditions that she would not interfere in matters relating to defense security, foreign affairs and nuclear program.
Ishaq Khan at the time had asked the founder of nuclear program Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan not to disclose nuclear secrets to Benazir Bhutto. Ishaq Khan also asked Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to give fabricated briefing to her, if she insists. In such a hostile environment, Benazir Bhutto had to rule the country in 1989-90.
The book says since Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was against the political role of ISI, so the ordered ISI’s political cell be closed. She also increased funds for the Intelligence Bureau. On it Ishaq Khan and Mirza Aslam Beg gave political role to the Military Intelligence, and when Benazir Bhutto appointed a retired army general Shamsur Rehman Kallu as the DG ISI, the ex-COAS and Ghulam Ishaq Khan didn’t like it. Rather, they had tried to block this appointment, but Shaheed Benazir Bhutto refused to listen to them. It caused a rift between Mirza Aslam Beg and Benazir Bhuto. The book says Ishaq Khan and Mirza Aslam Beg had given a go ahead signal to ex-DG ISI Hamid Gul to for form Islami Hamhoori Ittehad in an attempt to stop PPP from gaining majority in the election. It says the 1988 elections had also been rigged but despite that PPP won simple majority.
The book says the 1989 conspiracy against Benazir Bhutto’s government was aimed at removing her through a no-confidence motion and for this purpose Brig. Imtiaz and Major Amir contacted some of the PPP lawmakers and offered them plots and cash. But they were unaware of the fact the Intelligence Bureau was recording their conversation. In the cassettes transcribed in the book, Brig. Imtiaz and Major Amir keep convincing some of the lawmakers that they should change political loyalty to save democracy. The two ex-intelligence agents also promised that they would arrange a meeting of opponents of Benazir Bhutto with Nawaz Sharif, but Nawaz Sharif was tipped off about a conspiracy by his friends, and instead going to Malik Mumtaz’s home, he went to Lahore. Thus the no-confidence against Benazir Bhutto failed but next year on Aug. 6, Ishaq Khan dismissed her government after consulting the army. He took the action against Benazir Bhutto hours after telling her that he regards her like a daughter and he had no plan to dissolve the assemblies.
In the book, Brig. Imtiaz and Amir are seen revealing shocking national secrets to prove that Benazir Bhutto was a security risk. Brig. Imtiaz at one point says Benazir Bhutto gave the file of Sikhs to India. He is also seen abusing Asiz Ali Zardari, saying he is an abnormal person. However, in the book, Mirza Aslam Beg’s statement is also included who says Maj. Amir told him that he was working to unmask the conspiracy against Benazir Bhutto’s government non orders from Shamsur Rehman Kallu. Mirza Aslam Beg says Kallu had neither confirmed and nor denied Maj. Amir’s claim during an inquiry. So, the army instead going for the court martial of Imtiaz and Amir decided to retire them from the army. In the book Malik Mumtaz also claims that he played his role to unmask the conspiracy against the election government of Benazir Bhutto. The book by Munir Ahmad also reveals how intelligence agencies gained power after the creation of Pakistan.
It says Ayub Khan was the first person to use ISI for political purposes while Zulifquar ali Bhutto was the first prime minister who created a political cell in the ISI through a directive. It says Z.A.. Bhutto’s D.G. ISI Jillani had opposed the appointment of Ziaul Haq as the army chief, but Bhutto ignored her advise. Similarly, Ghulam Jilani and the then IB chief Rao Rashid had informed Bhutto about the possible imposition of martial law on 3rd of July, but when Bhutto called Zia for explanation he saluted him, bowed his head and said “Sir, we are with you.” The book says the government should not use spy agnecies for political purpose and that the intelligence agencies should also be brought under the control of civilian government as currently ISI bosses only obey the army chief, and they only do what is told to them by the GHQ.—NNI
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