04 December, 2020

Brigadier Whodunnit

Gohar's claim of a mole who sold India's war plans doesn't add up, say the men in olive Updates

Brigadier Whodunnit
Lies or disinformation: that is the verdict of the defence establishment on allegations made by Field Marshal Ayub Khan's son, Gohar Ayub Khan, that an Indian brigadier sold the war plans to Pakistan for Rs 20,000 before the 1965 operations. Both army headquarters and the defence ministry are veering around to the view that Gohar was either lying or is playing a game at a time when the peace process is gathering pace. Defence minister Pranab Mukherjee reflected the establishment's view at a press meet at Karwar. "It is difficult to believe that an Indian brigadier would divulge military secrets for money. The incident took place 35-40 years ago and we don't know whether the brigadier is alive or dead."

Back at army headquarters in Delhi, army chief J.J. Singh spoke with his director general of military operations, head of military intelligence and his military secretary. It's learnt that they all agreed that the charges were far-fetched. How could any brigadier have access to the entire war plans when in 1965 officers at various levels could see only part of the plan? After...


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