WEB DESK:In a startling admission, former chief of India’s premier intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Amarjit Singh Dulat has claimed Indian intelligence agencies over the years often paid militants and ‘separatists’ along with mainstream politicians and political parties in India-held Kashmir to compete for influence with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), according to a private TV channel.
In an interview with NDTV’s high-profile TV anchor Barkha Dutt ahead of the launch of his book, ‘Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years’, Dulat asked: “So what’s wrong? What is there to be so shocked or scandalised by. It’s done the world over.”
He defended the use of money in India-held Kashmir, saying it was done in the hope of engaging militants and separatists.
“Corrupting someone with money is more ethical and smarter than killing him.” Speaking about his controversial memoir, Dulat alleged that the Indian government had on quite a few occasions paid for air fares, medical treatment and general upkeep of pro-Pakistan separatists like Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
He said India’s spies had been in touch with everyone – separatists and militants alike. Dulat also claimed that he had been in touch with one of India’s most wanted terrorists and the leader of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin, who the ex-RAW chief said was ready to leave Pakistan and return to India.
Source: Business Recorder