Betrayed Love Revenge Saved Pakistan Nuclear Facility

Brig (retd) Imtiaz Ahmed served as director in charge Internal Security ISI for several years in Islamabad and later director general Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the first government of Nawaz Sharif. The then prime minister Benazir Bhutto had put him in jail for about three years on charges of being part of the operation to oust her in 1989 during her first government. Later, General Musharraf also put him in jail for four years till his acquittal by the Lahore High Court. He is the only spymaster of Pakistan who was jailed for eight years, after serving 15 years in the ISI and the IB.

Brig Imtiaz recalled that as a lieutenant colonel he was posted as chief ISI Sindh in 1978. One day he received a telephone call from the sister of A K Brohi, who was a psychologist in Karachi informing him that she was treating a female young patient who was suffering from a disease called “secret concealment” wherein a patient could not be cured unless he or she shared the secret with someone. The psychologist confessed to Brig Imtiaz that she had failed to make the girl reveal the secret and thought may be he could help her. He then went to meet the woman at the clinic. She was very beautiful and had done her Masters in English Literature from Karachi University and was teaching at a local college.

After some initial talk, the woman finally told him that she was carrying a very dangerous secret with her but made it clear that she would not share it even if she was killed. She told him that she knew very well that the intelligence people were not trustworthy, as they usually use the people and then don’t care what had happened to them. Brig Imtiaz told her that if she was not ready to trust him, then he was ready to arrange her meetings with the then DG ISI General Riaz Mohammad but, she refused. Brig Imtiaz did not lose heart and told her that he could arrange her meeting with General K M Arif who was then chief of staff to Gen Zia, and she refused again. As a last resort Brig Imtiaz offered to take her to meet President General Zia ul Haq to share the secret which had made her life a living hell, but, the woman did not agree as she feared she might be killed.

According to Brig Imtiaz, he could have easily picked her up and kept her in a safe house for a few days in isolation to make her reveal the secret but he did not adopt this traditional style of the intelligence officers. One day, while on his way to Clifton and driving by the consulate of a superpower, he saw a red Mazda car bearing a private number plate going inside at a very fast speed but he never really gave it another thought. Later, when he was sitting with the man in Clifton whom he had gone to meet, all of a sudden, his mind started working and he thought of the same red Mazda car and how it was allowed inside the consulate within a few seconds. He immediately ordered his men to stay vigilant outside the consulate and keep a tab on the car when it came out. But the red Mazda did not come out of the consulate building till late at night. Next morning, he went to his office and took out the Karachi metropolitan map and divided it into eight sectors. He gave motorcycles and cars to his ISI people with the directions to keep on roaming in these eight sectors all the time and note the registration numbers of all such red Mazda cars which were very few in those days. This exercise continued for a month but there was no big success.

He kept on checking the registration numbers of red Mazda cars. One day, he got a red Mazda number which was rented out to someone from a Tariq Road showroom. One Rafique Munshi had rented that car. He had also given his address to the showroom. He was living in Garden East in MPA hostel in a suite. When the credentials of Rafique Munshi were checked, Brig Imtiaz came to know that he was working in the KANUPP. The brigadier was immediately reminded of the female lecturer and went to meet the Memon lady. He again called the sister of Dr A K Brohi and requested her to arrange a meeting with her patient.

During the meeting, he suddenly asked the lady whether she knew Rafique Munshi. As he uttered the name, she started weeping. It took her a while to regain her composure but then she started sharing the secret which she was not ready to share earlier. She admitted that she and Rafique Munshi had met at Karachi University. Both had a serious love affair and he had promised to marry her. She said that they had also developed an illicit sexual relationship. But then he suddenly disappeared from Karachi. After four years, he suddenly resurfaced in Karachi and was a totally changed man. Before going into hiding, he was a poor guy, but now he was loaded with dollars and leading a luxurious life. She also saw the photograph of a very beautiful foreign girl in his wallet. She then admitted to the brigadier that she was still dating Rafique Munshi but felt betrayed and cheated as she believed he had spoiled her life. She told Brig Imtiaz that she was thinking to take revenge from him but then she could not dare because it might have also harmed her.

Then the secret broke. The woman told him that one day, when Rafique Munshi left for his office, he left his safe open. She looked at the half-open safe and could not resist the temptation to check its contents. She was startled to see piles of dollars inside along with some official secret files. These papers were related to Pakistan’s nuclear sites and installations. This information was enough for Brig Imtiaz to proceed further as he understood the nature of the secret the woman was carrying with her for so many months and becoming sick in the process. He asked her to help him get a key to Rafique Munshi’s suite so that he could himself inspect the stuff. She provided him duplicate key. With the help of a 70-year-old key-making expert, Brig Imtiaz managed to open the foreign made safe and made copies of documents which were primarily questions and the answers related to Pakistan’s nuclear sites and the people working there.

Obviously Engineer Rafique Munshi was working for the secret agency of a superpower which used to provide him questions and he used to give them the replies to those questions related to the nuclear programme. This was the same man who was seen taking his red Mazda car inside the foreign consulate. Brig Imtiaz did not touch the dollars and kept putting the documents back after making copies. He now wanted to capture the whole gang, as he came to know through the papers that the agents of this secret agency of the superpower were also present in Kahuta and other important installations where the nuclear programme was being executed.

Rafique Munshi was playing the role of an agent between the foreign secret agency and Pakistani scientists working at those installations. After a labour of ten months and armed with necessary information, the matter was then brought to the notice of DG ISI Riaz Mohammad.

In the meantime, Brig Imtiaz came to know through those secret communications through papers that Rafique Munshi was to meet a foreign secret agent at Hawkes Bay Karachi to hand over some documents. He decided to arrest them red handed. He only took his driver along. When the two were exchanging documents, he tried to arrest them and to his surprise, the agent shot at him but missed. However he, along with his driver, overpowered them and shifted them to a safe house.

Soon they had the names of 12 other officers at Kahuta and other places who were part of this plan to sabotage the nuclear sites. According to the plot, these nuclear scientists and engineers working on the payroll of a secret agency, were to develop huge technical sabotage of the programme to an extent that it could not have been repaired or fixed for some years to come. They all were arrested from various places in the light of information given by Brig Imtiaz.

It was revealed that actually the foreign secret agency had deputed five handlers from Washington to deal with the nuclear programme of Pakistan. These five foreign handlers included two girls, one of whom’s photos was seen by the heartbroken girlfriend of Rafique Munshi which made her jealous and she decided to take revenge.

Brig Imtiaz was immediately called to Islamabad to give a briefing to General Ziaul Haq. The five handlers were immediately told to leave Pakistan and General Zia was said to have called the president of this superpower to register a protest that how his country’s secret agency had tried to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear programme. Zia was said to have expressed extreme displeasure over this espionage of nuclear programme. The president of that superpower (USA) was said to have requested Zia not to make it a public issue as it might tarnish his country’s image and Zia obliged him.

A special tribunal was set up to try all those Pakistani scientists and engineers on high treasons charges. The ringleader Rafique Munshi was sentenced to death while others were awarded life sentences by the court. One fine morning, much to his shock, Brig Imtiaz learned that President Zia had commuted the death penalty of Rafique Munshi on the recommendation of a top Sindhi leader in exchange for his political support to the Zia regime.

The woman had managed to take her revenge from her lover while Brig Imtiaz was happy to unearth such a big conspiracy for which he was later decorated with a Tamgha-e-Basalat by the president of Pakistan for his services to the nation.

Coutesy: The News

Sovereignty on sale?

When the October 2005 earthquake shook our world, the then American ambassador Ryan Crocker planned taking charge of relief efforts. He convinced the Musharraf government that the Americans were the best thing that could happen to Pakistan at their time of need! ‘We can do a better job than the Pakistanis’ was his loud message. Crocker and his team of army men landed at the PM Secretariat to set up their disaster management headquarters. “Big beefy colonels toting their cell phones and walkie-talkies roamed the corridors barking orders at us,” an eyewitness tells me. “We were running like scared chickens trying not to get trampled.” Fortunately, saner voices prevailed and the Americans were finally told to vacate the premises.

When army action began in Swat recently, the American embassy in Islamabad again approached Prime Minister Gilani. Ambassador Anne Patterson offered to help with the logistics. What the prime minister told her is not public knowledge. But if conspiracy theories are to be believed why did he give the NWFP government a carte blanche to deal with the issues of the IDPs (internally displaced persons). With much ado, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), a Geneva-based mediation organisation, hosted “Representatives of the government of Pakistan, politicians and non-governmental organisations from NWFP and FATA,” to meet with senior officials of UN Agencies and International Committee of the Red Cross.

The HD paid for the ten Pakistani participants, including their air fares and luxury hotel stay in Geneva. The weeklong workshop was arranged with the blessings of our ambassador, Zamir Akram, in Geneva. The Foreign Office, it appears, was bypassed. Whether Akram received censure from Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir is not known. But what is known is that the role of the foreign secretary in the present political dispensation has considerably lessened. President Asif Ali Zardari is signing all kinds of agreements with his foreign hosts without the babus at the Foreign Office whetting them. On this subject another time…

The Frontier lawmakers going to Geneva were Sitara Ayaz, minister for social welfare, who ran an NGO before becoming a minister, and Senator Saleh Shah of FATA. Others in the group were Habibullah Khan, additional chief secretary of FATA; Jamil Amjad, relief commissioner; Jamaluddin Shah, commissioner for IDPs; Begum Jan of tribal women’s association; ambassador Rustam Shah Mohmand; Mussarat Bibi Ahmadzeb and Shaukat Nawaz Tahir of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The press release from Geneva said: “The HD Centre was able to provide a unique environment for participants to discuss the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance and the security of humanitarian personnel. Participants were able to reach a consensus that effective humanitarian delivery depends on a transparent and structured dialogue with militant actors by humanitarian agencies with the full knowledge, support and agreement of the government.”

Just hold it right here! The government of NWFP in other words has signed away its sovereign rights to the UN agencies, allowing them unhindered access to the militants. The above line in italics was slyly slipped in the press release thereby authorising the UN to infiltrate and penetrate into the sensitive security issues which currently are no-go areas for even the media. A handful of civilians from NWFP went to Geneva, courtesy the HD with the help of ambassador Zamir Akram and some would see this as a slight on Pakistan’s sovereignty.

“It is clear that in situations such as this, when civilians are caught in conflict, there is a need for humanitarian dialogue with all the armed actors if safe humanitarian access and delivery is to be possible,” said Dennis McNamara, the HD Centre’s Humanitarian Adviser and organiser of the workshop. Let’s parse his words. McNamara is opening the door for the international donors working in Pakistan to enter into a “humanitarian dialogue” with the militants. If this is not surrendering the state’s sovereignty to foreigners, pray tell me what is it then? At the Geneva workshop participating were the UN agencies headed by Rashid Khalikov of OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs); Louis-Georges Arsenault of UNICEF; Janet Lim of UNHCR; Miguel Bermeo of UNDP; Charles Vincent of the WFP and Sandra Wirth of the ICRC.

Which country in the world would allow the above-named agencies to meddle in its security issues? Which country would like to share its classified information with Rashid Khalikov of OCHA only meant for our security agencies? And more importantly, how on earth can these foreigners of civilian UN agencies have a face-to-face ‘dialogue’ with cut-throats and hardcore terrorists?

It’s crystal clear that the sole purpose of this so-called workshop was to remove the barriers for the foreigners, letting them scout anywhere on the pretext of providing humanitarian aid while hunting for terrorists (actually our nukes) under America’s watch. Think about it soberly. The UN, if allowed free access across the countryside, may even hire helicopters from a private security firm. This is a scenario which falls fairly and squarely in the realm of possibilities.

Our government has already allowed air attacks by American drones, one now fears that the Zardari government in collusion with the NFWP government may allow foreign boots on the ground under the garb of UN humanitarian aid workers. Before the Pakistani public gets cuckolded by its leaders by selling Pakistan’s sovereignty, the 176 million citizens must wake up. “Pakistanis have no shame; nor do they care for their national interest,” says a government servant holding his head in utter frustration. He names the lawmakers, local NGOs and people in donor agencies clandestinely forming a troika.

Now connect the dots: IDPs figures are daily being hyped up by the NWFP government and the UN agencies. The former has doubled its earlier estimates, warning of an influx of 2.5 million IDPs, while the UNHCR puts it at a million plus. What both have done in their calculations is to include the old number of 553,929 IDPs who had already left their homes long before May 1 army action. These folks are regularly receiving their relief package as per the information put up by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) website. According to this website, the total number of new IDPs is just 56,298 individuals (living in camps) and 428,789 individuals (living outside the camps on their own).

Can all the three organisations please stand up and tell us which figure is correct? Why is there such a big gap between the NDMA and the other two? We need answers before we jump to the conclusion that someone, somewhere is making mega-bucks by presenting dummy IDPs who only exist on paper. Someone is skimming off their hefty relief package! Imran Khan where are you? Can you nail the culprits?

By: Anjum Niaz published in The News

USA in Afghanistan – A Long Term Strategic View – 4


The deductions that can be drawn from the above are: –

1. The USA did not come to Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban.

2. The USA by design destabilised Waziristan, Khyber, Bajaur and Mohmand to create a war like situation to justify international action to denuclearise Pakistan.

3. Pakistan needs to drastically revise its foreign policy making a clean break with USA and NATO and making peace with India and an alliance with Russia, China and Iran while preserving its nuclear deterrent.

4. It is worthwile quoting Henry Kissinger who said: It is one thing to have the USA as an enemy but to its friend is deadly!

5. The USA is part of Pakistan’s problems. Friendship with USA is not the solution. But who will bell the cat. Who will make the resolute decision? No peace in sight until Pakistan’s leaders and top military brass stop sleeping with the devil!

By: Agha H Amin from Kabul, Afghanistan

USA in Afghanistan – A Long Term Strategic View – 3

A dispassionate reader may form his own conclusions but I have the following observations:

1. At no stage from 2001 till to date did the US or NATO forces mount any major military operation inside Afghanistan against Taliban. Actually the force ratios of US and NATO forces does not allow this in any case.

2. All major US Army and USAID and NATO construction contracts were sub contracted at third and fourth tiers to contractors who were Taliban after sunset and contractors after sunrise. All this happened with US military officials in full knowledge.

3. While major Taliban infiltration from Pakistan to Afghanistan takes place in the 1400 km tract in between Gomal River and Chaghai Hills the US Government at no stage pressurised the Pakistani illegitimate military regime of Musharraf to interdict this influx!

4. All the US pressure on Pakistan was to take military action in Waziristan from where hardly 10 % of influx into Afghanistan was taking place! Later the US pressure also expanded to include Bajaur and Mohmand who have a very short less than 300 km border with Pakistan.

5. Thus while major Taliban attacks were taking place on US and NATO forces in Helmand,Kandahar and Zabul who have no border with Waziristan , all along the US Government was pressusrizing the Pakistani Government to attack the Taliban in Waziristan which accounts for less than 5 % damage to any US or NATO forces in Afghanistan in terms of length of border contagious with provinces where maximum US and NATO casualties took place !

6. Till 2007 I could travel from Kabul on one end to Herat on the far end via Kandahar in a private car without any weapon safely. But not after 2007. Suddenly everything changed and USA and NATO forces took no action from 2007 till to date to secure this area!

7. Despite the fact that no major US casualties took place in Khost and Paktika provinces adjacent to Wazisristan and Kunar and Nigrahar Provinces adjacent to Khyber Agency, Bajaur and Mohmand and Dir/Swat the USA spent a fortune on bases and infrastructure building in these provinces.Construction profits were made by the very tribes fighting the Pakistan Army in Waziristan, Khyber, Bajaur and Mohmand.

8. No container taking supplies to NATO at the height of Taliban operations in Afghanistan was attacked in any area of Pakistan in between 2001 and 2008 but in 2008 mysterious attacks started!

By: Agha H Amin from Kabul, Afghanistan
To be continued

USA in Afghanistan – A Long Term Strategic View – 2

The USA was lucky to have in Pakistan on the eve of its arrival a military tin pot dictator who was ready to sell his soul to even the devil to preserve his illegitimately won seat of power.
In retrospect as I analyse now, the US Afghan war followed the following distinct phases :-

1. An initial arm-twisting manoeuvre of Pakistan’s illegitimate military regime to secure ground, aerial and logistic passage. This happened from October 2001 and continues till to date.

2. Pressurising the illegitimate Pakitsani military regime into launching operation in Waziristan when there was no insurgency in Waziristan from 2002 till 2006 thus destablising a most strategically sensitive region of Pakistan and internally dividing Pakistan.

3. Strengthening US military presence in Afghanistan in terms of constructing permanent air bases for possible future long term use to dominate the region including Pakistan,Iran,Central Asia,Chinese Singkiang and India.

4. Creation of an intelligence operation base from where third party penetration operations could be mounted to infiltrate any extremist or ethnic group in conflict with its parent countrys federal government.The prime immediate target being Pakistan,while Iran,China,Central Asian States may possibly be later phase targets.This phase started from November 2001 and continues till to date.

5. Forcing the illegitimate Musharraf military regime to mount another military operation in Mohmand and Bajaur thus destabilisng another strategically sensitive region of Pakistan and to discredit the Pakistani armed forces. This started in 2005 and continues till to date.

By: Agha H Amin from Kabul, Afghanistan
To be continued