New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan may be a puppet in the hands of ISI (Pakistan’s intelligence agency) or the army, but we must give him time and a chance to prove his intentions, said former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) AS Dulat. “After former Pakistan president general Pervez Musharraf, Imran is our best bet,” India’s former intelligence chief said at an event in Chandigarh on Saturday. Also Read - Pakistani Groom Receives AK-47 Rifle As Wedding Gift From Mother-in-Law, Video Goes Viral | Watch
Dulat, who has co-authored a book, The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace, with former ISI chief Asad Durrani further said that Musharraf was the villain of Kargil, but there has not been a more reasonable leader in Pakistan in 30 years. Also Read - China's Defence Minister Meets Pak Army Chief; Discusses Regional Security Issues
Echoing similar views, Lt Gen Kamal Davar (retd), the first director general of the Defence Intelligence Agency, asserted that Khan can change things in the subcontinent.”We feel he is a puppet but he is a self-respecting man. Don’t push him into a corner,” Hindustan Times quoted Davar as saying. Also Read - India To Host SCO Heads of Government Summit Today; PM Modi, Imran Khan To Skip
Meanwhile, Dulat also rebuffed the notion that the Indo-Pak Kargil war in 1999 took place due to intelligence failure. He claimed that vital intelligence report about some disturbances had been sent in advance to the then Home Minister and veteran BJP leader LK Advani.
Notably, Dulat’s reaction comes a day after Khan claimed that he has asked his officials to ascertain the status of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in his country’s interest to resolve the case. The Pak PM’s comments during a media interview was seen as an indirect acknowledgement of involvement of Pakistani terrorists in the attack.