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Former ISI chief blames India for document leak

July 28, 2010 13:25 IST

Former Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lieutenant General (retired) Hamid Gul has alleged that Indian officials leaked the classified United States military reports implicating Pakistani aid to the Taliban.

Gul said that Indian officials fed the reports to Afghan intelligence agents and intelligence 'contractors' who are paid for each report they file.

"The reports are meant to pressure Pakistan to toe the American line," The Washington Post quoted Gul as saying.

He also described the leak as the start of a White House plot.

"The document leak was orchestrated to indict Bush-era war policy, and the troop surge to expose Pentagon follies. Soon, a massive antiwar movement will rise," Gul said.

Gul was ISI chief between 1987 and 1989, when he helped the Central Intelligence Agency funnel Islamic fighters into Afghanistan to fight the Soviets.

He has been named in about 10 of the leaked documents, which proves fears that the ISI supported the Taliban.

According to the documents, he possessed dozens of bombs for Taliban fighters to detonate in Kabul, instructed militants to kidnap United Nations workers, hatched a plan for a suicide bombing in Afghanistan to avenge an insurgent and assured fighters that Pakistan would provide them a safe haven.

Gul has branded the reports as 'pure fiction', saying that his main occupation in retirement was spending time with his grandchildren.

Source: ANI