Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Saturday claimed the ruling PDP was a creation of Indian intelligence agencies. “PDP is not the creation of Geelani sahab but it was set up by the Indian secret agencies and Hurriyat has got information from reliable sources that the decision regarding the creation of this party was taken at the residence of a top IB officer,” the party spokesman said.
The spokesman was responding to the claims of former RAW Chief AS Dulat that the PDP was created and supported by the Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani with the help of the Jamaat-e-Islami. “Dulat’s statement is a ridiculous and blatant lie,” the spokesman said. The spokesman also lashed out at Dulat for levelling “baseless and fabricated” allegations against Hizb-ul-Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin.
The former RAW chief, who has been making startling statements in the run-up to the release of his book, ‘Kashmir – The Vajpayee Years’, had in an interview claimed the IB had facilitated a medical seat for Salahuddin’s son.
“The so-called revelations of AS Dulat regarding the Kashmiri leadership in his new book are a bundle of lies. They are aimed to create confusion and chaos among the people,” the Hurriyat spokesman said. “To remain in the news even after retirement, Dulat has written a book based on absolute lies. He is trying to use his professional skills to create confusion, untrustworthiness and chaos,” he added.
The Hurriyat (G) said Dulat wanted to damage the image of “trustworthy and honest leadership” of Kashmir, but he would never succeed. “The people who have exhausted their whole life in the struggle and spent their lives in prison and exiles, those great souls are beyond the imagination and ill mentality of a retired policeman,” the spokesman added.
Dulat keeps the soundbites coming
In his book Dulat writes he was “gheraoed” by IB men while the station chief in Srinagar, when militants were killing intelligence operatives in the winter of 1989-90. He claims Pakistan’s ISI had directed militants to target IB men, who were mostly Kashmiri Pandits.
Dulat says those days he dreaded the thought of being shot by a sniper in his office.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Dulat claimed Indian intelligence agencies regularly pay militants, Hurriyat leaders and J&K political parties, including the NC and PDP. He added there were “some honourable exceptions” in the Hurriyat who did not accept money. Both the NC and PDP denied the charges.
“There is no getting away,” Dulat said, “from talks with the Hurriyat. You can’t only be talking to Mufti Sayeed.”