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ISI ex-chief Hamid Gul refutes Tunda's claims of being in touch with him


Subhajit Sengupta, CNN-IBN
Aug 19, 2013 at 08:37pm IST

New Delhi: Lashkar-e-Toiba bomb expert Abdul Karim alias Tunda has told Delhi Police said that he was in regular touch with a former chief of Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI. Sources claim that Tunda told interrogators that he met former ISI chief Hamid Gul in 1995 and since then had been in regular touch with him.

However, Hamid Gul refuted Tunda's claims that they knew each other and were in constant touch. "There is no truth in what he is saying. I have never met Tunda in my life," the former ISI chief claimed.

On Tunda's claims of knowing him since 1995, Gul said that he had retired from service way before that. "I retired in 1992, I have nothing to do with him," Gul said and added that he was ready to face any inquiry in the matter. "If it's true, then send evidence to Pakistan. I am ready to face any investigation," Gul said.

Gul also claimed that the ISI policy was not to get involved in any act of sabotage that would evoke a reaction from the "hardline Hindus". "ISI would not do anything to carry acts of sabotage because that would bring about a reaction from hardline Hindus," Gul said.

Sources also said that Tunda had claimed that he was told to smuggle in fake Indian currency notes by the ISI since 2005. He revealed that ISI used to provide him the fake Indian currency notes through two officers - Major Altaf and Major Tayyab.

A few Brigadiers were also involved in the fake currency notes operations, the sources added.

Delhi Police sources have claim Tunda is a prize catch as he was linked to terror masterminds top LeT leaders Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi apart from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Tunda had reportedly told his interrogators on Sunday that he has met Dawood Ibrahim in Karachi several times. According to Tunda Dawood stays in a safe house in Karachi and is guarded by the ISI.

"Tunda claims that Dawood first called him to meet in 2010. He says that the underworld don stays in a safe house in Karachi and is guarded by ISI. His movements is restricted and monitored by the intelligence agency," a top Delhi Police official said.

During his stay in Pakistan, Tunda told the police he had been in touch with organisations like the ISI, LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Indian Mujahiddin and Babbar Khalsa and had been meeting people like Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Masood Azhar, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim and several others wanted by India.

Tunda was arrested by the Delhi Police on Saturday and had bases in Lahore, Karachi and Muridke in Pakistan. He will be produced before a local court on Tuesday with the police likely to seek for the extension of his custody for further questioning.

(With additional information from PTI)

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