Pakistan defied the United Nations ban on supply of arms to the
Bosnian Muslims and sophisticated anti-tank guided missiles were air
lifted by the Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI, to help Bosnians
fight the Serbs, an ex-ISI Chief has officially admitted in a
written petition submitted before a court in Lahore.
document was submitted by Lt. General (Retd) Javed Nasir, who was
head of the ISI from March 1992 to May 1993, in a case he filed
against the owner and editors of the largest newspaper and TV group
of Pakistan, in an anti Terrorism Court. The court started hearings
of the case earlier this month.
document refers to the career of the ex-ISI Chief, recounting his
achievements and his credentials as a leading Islamic international
figure, who, he alleged, had been defamed by a report in the English
language newspaper ‘The News’, published by the Jang/News Group,
owned by Mir Shakil ur Rehman, the virtual media king of Pakistan.
complainant symbolizes the Islam loving populous of Pakistan by
being an active member of the Tableeghi Jamaat which stands and
works for the preaching of Islam…” his petition in the
Anti-Terrorism Court No III, based in Lahore, began.
then recalled his role as ISI chief in putting together the
Mujahideen Government in Kabul, in April 1992 when Soviet-backed
President Najibullah was overthrown and US-backed Mujahideen took
self adulatory language, the General said in his petition: “On
14th March 1992 I was appointed as DG ISI and became an instant
international figure when in April 1992, through his persuasive
power and motivational talks he brought all the warring factions of
the Afghan Mujahideen to agree to the famous Peshawar Accord and
successfully installed the Mujahideen’s first Government under
(President) Mujadadi in Kabul.”
true practicing Muslim, he would not compromise on the interests of
Islam and Pakistan,” the petition filed by Gen Nasir said, and
then revealed: “Despite UN ban on supply of arms to the besieged
Bosnians, he successfully air lifted sophisticated anti-tank guided
missiles which turned the tide in favour of Bosnian Muslims and
forced the Serbs to lift the siege, much to the annoyance of the US
documents goes on to give details of how then the US threatened
Pakistan, then ruled by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to be declared
as a terrorist state, if Sharif did not remove him from the post of
the ISI chief.
thus became the target of US, Indian and Secular minded lobbies both
inside and outside Pakistan. Having failed to buy him, the US
Government started a totally fabricated and mendaciously false
propaganda against him and demanded his removal as ISI chief,
failing which Pakistan would be declared a terrorist state,” the
petition filed by his lawyers in the court said.
April 1993, the US Government finally warned Pakistan Government in
writing to remove the complainant as ISI’s head failing which
Pakistan was threatened to be declared a terrorists state. It was
therefore at the behest of the US Government’s official demand
that he was prematurely compulsorily retired from service by the
Caretaker Government of Mir Balkh Sher Mazari on 13th May 1993,”
Tribune learnt that the highly damaging disclosures by the ex-ISI
chief were objected to by the lawyers of the defendants, who had the
common sense to point out that these state secrets should not be
divulged by a person who was supposed to be responsible and had
occupied a sensitive post as the ISI chief.
despite the warnings, the petition of the General was not changed
and was included in the public record of the case against the