Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dazed and Confused: Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi & Brigadier (R) Imtiaz.


An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota

Dear Mr Klasra,

This is in reference to your article titled “How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-programme” that appeared in the daily The News on May 28, 2009 How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-programme Thursday, May 28, 2009 Brig Imtiaz reveals 30-year-old secret By Rauf Klasra I say it is a complete and total fabrication put out by you to bring out that bustard Brig Billa back into the limelight and present that lowest of lowlifes as a hero of sorts.

The story you weaved is certainly hilarious. I must admit the first time I read it I paid no attention to it as I found it worth of being thrown in the trash bin. Having been out of the country for years before and after the events you mentioned, I certainly was unfamiliar with the events of those days and had no clue who this character Brig Imtiaz was. Well we are way past that now and your intentions have become clearer, thanks to , the site you plan on suing. I certainly hope you WILL go through with that.

Getting back to the third-rate spy “thriller” you published, the very first sentence’s “a shocking 30-year-old secret has been exposed“ bit gave away what curious tale was to follow. And you did not disappoint. You continue:

It reveals how a young woman college lecturer, feeling betrayed after a romance with a nuclear scientist of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP), had given a lead to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1978, which in turn had led to the dramatic arrest of 12 Pakistani scientists and engineers, planning to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear sites at the behest of a superpower.

Wow! Now that is sensationalism at it best. A young jilted female exposing a nuclear espionage by her lover and involving a ’superpower’.

The startling spy ring was exposed by this female college lecturer of a Karachi Memon family to the then head of ISI Sindh Brig Imtiaz Ahmed (Operation Midnight Jackals fame), only because she wanted revenge from her lover for being unfaithful. The expose led to the arrest of Pakistani scientists who were later given death and life imprisonment sentences by the special tribunal set up by the then president General Ziaul Haq.

Interesting that your first mention of Brig Imtiaz is qualified with “Operation Midnight Jackals fame”, as if that disgusting affair was something “commendable” that the Brig. should be proud (Or did you mean “fame” as in “badnam jo houN gay to kiya naam na ho ga“?). You say it led to arrest and sentencing to death and life imprisonment of Pakistani nuclear scientists. Well, if true and the ‘butcher’ Brig Imtiaz Only 'Billa' can tell why By Zaffar Abbas Tuesday, 01 Sep, 2009 10:13 AM PST

was involved, I have no doubt in saying these scientists were convicted unjustly and this act was treasonous of which you have just made yourself a part of. (I am curious why you provided us the unnecessary detail that the lady belonged to ‘Karachi Memon family’. Was this an attempt to give the tale a whiff of authenticity?)

Brig (retd) Imtiaz Ahmed broke his silence of over 30 years to share this amazing operation with The News on the eve of the 11th annual celebration of Pakistan going nuclear. He said that while many people take credit for saving our nuclear programme, no one actually knows how an unsung jilted girl had actually ended up saving Pakistan’s nuclear project out of sheer vengeance. This I believe is your idea of a bad joke. You really want us to believe our nuclear program was “saved” by “an unsung jilted girl” out to get her lover “out of sheer vengence” (No love for the country of course)

Brig (retd) Imtiaz Ahmed served as director in charge Internal Security ISI for several years in Islamabad and later director general Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the first government of Nawaz Sharif. The then prime minister Benazir Bhutto had put him in jail for about three years on charges of being part of the operation to oust her in 1989 during her first government. Later, General Musharraf also put him in jail for four years till his acquittal by the Lahore High Court. He is the only spymaster of Pakistan who was jailed for eight years, after serving 15 years in the ISI and the IB.

More LIES. What you fail to mention is that this murderer Brig Imtiaz’s arrest demanded for communist leader’s murder By Amar Guriro Monday, August 31, 2009\08\31\story_31-8-2009_pg7_11
was put in jail for corruption and to sugarcoat him further, you lie outright saying he was acquitted by ‘Lahore High Court’. You and I both know he is out of jail NOT because of acquittal by the Lahore High Court but by PCO judges of the now defunct unconstitutional Islamabad High Court and is a beneficiary of NRO.

Brig Imtiaz recalled that as a lieutenant colonel he was posted as chief ISI Sindh in 1978. One day he received a telephone call from the sister of A K Brohi, who was a psychologist in Karachi. She informed him that she was treating a female young patient who was suffering from a disease called “secret concealment” wherein a patient could not be cured unless he or she shared this secret with someone.

Here the story begins. What is really hard for me to swallow is the “fact” that a psychologist — no matter who she is related to (more name throwing to give the story ‘legitimacy’?) — treating a patient with “secret concealment” would go “Hmmm! Better call up the local ISI chief for help!” IT IS JUST NOT BELIEVABLE. Curiously, wasn’t it the damn psychologists primary job to treat her and make the “female young patient” reveal her secret in the first place? Her calling a layman for help certainly suggests psychologist herself was probably the most incompetent person on earth.

The lady doctor had confessed to Brig Imtiaz that she had failed to make the girl reveal the secret and thought maybe he could help her. He then went to meet the woman at the clinic. She was very beautiful and had done her Masters in English Literature and was teaching at a local college.

The story gets better. So the ISI head has nothing better to do that visit mental patients. And what a surprise: the patient is not only young, she is “very beautiful” too. And as if that was not enough, you let us know the unnecessary detail that she had done “her Masters in English Literature” as if that would lend some credibility to your tale. I really am surprised you did not outright describe her as “sexy”.

After some initial talk, the woman finally told him that she was carrying a very dangerous secret with her but made it clear that she would not share it even if she was killed. She told him that she knew very well that the intelligence people were not trustworthy, as they usually use the people and then don’t care what had happened to them. Brig Imtiaz told her that if she was not ready to trust him, then he was ready to arrange her meetings with the then DG ISI General Riaz Mohammad (uncle of MNA Shahid Khaqan Abbasi). But, she refused. Brig Imtiaz did not lose heart and told her that he could arrange her meeting with General K M Arif who was then chief of staff to Gen Zia. When she refused again, as a last resort Brig Imtiaz offered to take her to meet President Gen Zia to share this strange secret which had made her life a living hell. But, the woman did not agree to any of these names to share her dangerous secret as she feared she might be killed.

Ah, so a patient who was suffering from “secret concealment” and whose psychologist doctor (competent enough to diagnose her correctly but incompetent enough that after much efforts, failed to make her reveal anything about the secret) had to seek the help of the ISI head honcho and “Viola!” In the very first meeting with the Brig., the patient not only diagnoses herself but reveals the secret is in fact of the “very dangerous” kind. Wow! Are we to believe Brig. Imtiaz is not only a master spymaster but also a top-of-the-line psychologist? And I also find it interesting that she reveals this to an intelligence guy when she believed “intelligence people were not trustworthy”. This is followed by a lot more name throwing, all the way up to General Zia-ul-Haq and we are asked to believe as if the most important issue facing the nation at the time was the illness of this young, very beautiful lecturer holding a Masters in English Literature for which the DG ISI (don’t forget he was the “uncle of MNA Shahid Khaqan Abbasi”), the Chief of Staff to Gen Zia, and Gen Zia himself were available to pry the secret that “made her life a living hell!”

Oh, come on!

According to Brig Imtiaz, he could have easily picked her up and kept her in a safe house for a few days in isolation to make her reveal the secret but he did not adopt this traditional style of the intelligence officers. For a few days, according to his own version, Brig Imtiaz grappled with the dilemma of whether to wait or to just pick her up and try extracting information through traditional methods.

Now this reveals the great psychologist knowledge that Brig Imtiaz really has. No wonder her doctor (don’t forget the doc was the sister of A K Brohi) immediately thought of the Brigadier when she couldn’t cure the lady.

It was during these days that one day while on his way to Clifton anddriving by the consulate of a superpower, he saw a red colour Mazda car bearing a private number plate going inside at a very fast speed but he never really gave it another thought. But later, when he was sitting with the man in Clifton whom he had gone to meet, all of a sudden, his mind started working and he thought of the same red Mazda car and how it was allowed inside the consulate within a few seconds. He immediately ordered his men to stay vigilant outside the consulate and keep a tab on the car when it came out. But the red Mazda did not come out of the consulate building till late at night. Next morning, he went to his office and took out the Karachi metropolitan map and divided it into eight sectors. He gave motorcycles and cars to his ISI people with the directions to keep on roaming in these eight sectors all the time and note the registration numbers of all such red Mazda cars which were very few in those days. This exercise continued for a month but there was no big success. He kept on checking the registration numbers of red Mazda cars but no suspect was found.

This again is so hilarious I don’t know where to begin. The intrigue of wondering what “superpower” could he be talking about is killing me. The para begins with a coincidence (that takes on mythical proportions when we later learn that the subject in question just happened to be the very same person responsible for causing misery to the Brigadier’s patient). Did it ever occur to the Brig that there was nothing to be curious about as the red Mazda was probably driven by a local employee of the consulate familiar to the guards of the consulate? (And remember this was pre-9/11 so security in those days was much, much lax.) Later, when it dawned on our James Bond that something was curious — setting aside it really was not — we are told he put his men outside the consulate till “late at night” but since the red Mazda didn’t come out — and his men must been tired and none others must have been available that very night (he admits right away he had access to many as the very next day he spread them all over Karachi) — he withdrew them and thought it would be much easier to try and find the car in the whole Karachi metropolis using dozens of men than having an agent present outside the “superpowers” consulate gates for another twelve hours or so where the suspect was without the shadow of a doubt. Perfect example of “Larka baghal meiN — dhandhora sheher meiN!” What a genius! ( I certainly don’t buy the bit that the guy drove into the consulate and did not come out till late at night. It was a consulate, not a bloody hotel. Even if it was, the guy was bound to come out) Another joke is this “He gave motorcycles and cars to his ISI people” as if they had none till then. Of course, as one would expect, the agents spent a month “jhak martay” on the roads of Karachi with no success. But then out of the blue…

One day, he got a red Mazda number which was rented out to someone from a Tariq Road showroom. One Rafique Munshi had rented that car. He had also given his address to the showroom. He was living in Garden East in MPA hostel in a suite. When the credentials of Munshi were checked, Brig Imtiaz came to know that he was working in the KANUPP as an engineer. The brigadier was immediately reminded of the female lecturer and went to meet the Memon lady. He again called the sister of Dr A K Brohi and requested her to arrange a meeting with her patient.

Now why did finding Munshi and him being an engineer at KANUPP “immediately reminded” the Brig “of the female lecturer” is hard to fathom. Remember he had no clue about the kind of secret she was holding. All that she allegedly told him was that it was of the “dangerous” kind.

During the meeting, he suddenly asked the lady whether she knew Munshi. As he uttered the name, she started weeping. It took her a while to regain her composure but then she started sharing the secret which she was not ready to share earlier. She admitted that she and Munshi had been class fellows at Karachi University. Both had a serious love affair and he had promised to marry her. She said that they had also developed an illicit sexual relationship. But then he suddenly disappeared from Karachi and she could not trace him anywhere.

Wouldn’t Sherlock be proud. See the drama of him asker her “suddenly” and her falling apart as soon as he “uttered the name” of Munshi? And what better than to have some “illicit sex” thrown in to get our attention and loose our cognitive capabilities….

After four long years, he suddenly resurfaced in Karachi and was a totally changed man. Before going into hiding, he was a poor guy, but now he was loaded with dollars and leading a luxurious life. She also saw the photograph of a very beautiful foreign girl in his wallet. She then admitted to the brigadier that she was still dating Munshi but felt betrayed and cheated as she believed he had spoiled her life. She told Brig Imtiaz that she was thinking to take revenge from him but then she could not dare because it might have also harmed her.

Ah, so four years later Munshi resurfaces “a real changed man” and yet ends up continuing dating her as if nothing had happened and despite having “a very beautiful foreign girl” friend?

Then the secret broke. The woman told him that one day, when Munshi left for his office, he left his safe open. She looked at the half-open safe and could not resist the temptation to check its contents. She was startled to see piles of dollars inside along with some official secret files. These papers were related to Pakistan’s nuclear sites and installations. This information was enough for Brig Imtiaz to proceed further as he understood the nature of the secret the woman was carrying with her for so many months and becoming sick in the process.

Drum roll please! “Piles of dollars” and “some official secret files…related to Pakistan’s nuclear sites and installations” all there for her to check out. So nice of Mr Munshi. Of course this cured the woman of the burden the women was carrying. Bravo, Brig Imtiaz!!!

He asked her to help him get a key to Munshi’s suite so that he could himself inspect the stuff. She provided him the alternate key. With the help of a 70-year-old key-making expert Brig Imtiaz managed to open the foreign made safe and made copies of documents which were primarily questions and the answers related to Pakistan’s nuclear sites and the people working there. Obviously Engineer Munshi was working for the secret agency of a superpower which used to provide him questions and he used to give them the replies to those questions related to the nuclear programme. This was the same man who was seen taking his red Mazda car inside the foreign consulate. Brig Imtiaz did not touch the dollars and kept putting the documents back after making copies. He now wanted to capture the whole gang, as he came to know through the papers that the agents of this secret agency of a superpower were also present in Kahuta and other important installations where the nuclear programme was being executed.

What a nice guy. How else would an ISI in-charge act upon finding a nuclear spy than to acquire a key to the spy’s suite (through the girl of course), and with the help of “a 70-year-old key-making expert” Brig Imtiaz “managed to open the foreign made safe” and still only made copies of the documents as “he wanted to capture the whole gang”. And “obviously” Mr Munshi was working for “some secret agency of a superpower” and happened to be the driver of that red Mazda…

Munshi was simply playing the role of an agent between the foreign secret agency and Pakistani scientists working at those installations. After a labour of ten months and armed with necessary information, the matter was then brought to the notice of DG ISI Riaz Mohammad. In the meantime, Brig Imtiaz came to know through those secret communications through papers that Munshi was to meet a foreign secret agent at Hawkes Bay Karachi to hand over some documents. He decided to arrest them red handed. He only took his driver along. When the two were exchanging documents, he tried to arrest them; and to his surprise, the agent shot at him but missed. But he, along with his driver, overpowered them and shifted them to a safe house.

Thank you for laying it out so plainly that a person with a huge stash of dollar bills and secret files about the nuclear program was probably an agent. I never would have guessed. But I am curious that it took Brig Imtiaz still ten more months to bring it to the attention of the DG ISI. What kind of “labor” took that long and without which he could not inform his superior about his findings? And it is curious that he found out “through those secret communications through papers” that Munshi was to meet somebody on Hawks Bay. Had Mr Munshi written down his secret appointments more than ten months in advance? Wonder how such an idiot made it as a nuclear scientist and managed to land a job at KANNUP and successfully worked as a spy for more than five years.

What is even more interesting is that when the Brig decided to go catch red-handed him AND a foreign agent of a superpower, he went alone. Ok, ok. So he was not alone as he had his driver with you). And he did manage to catch them both despite being shot at, with the hlp of his driver, of course. Simply fantastic. What a brave guy this Brig is…

Below is the rest of what you wrote and I will not comment much more as it is mostly a repeat of what comes earlier and is getting boring. Only thing I will add is on the fourth para below. There you claim that the main culprit, Mr. Munshi’s death sentence was commuted at the request of “a top Sindhi leader”, a clue as to whom the Brig is going to sting next and expanded on today by Ansar Abbasi Brig Imtiaz reveals CIA plots Tuesday, September 01, 2009 By Ansar Abbasi (Et tu, Ansar??). Last three paragraphs are nothing but pure pulp (I guess, like the whole article). I have seen better story lines in xxx-rated flicks!!!!

Soon they had the names of 12 other officers at Kahuta and other places who were part of this plan to sabotage the nuclear sites. According to the plot, these nuclear scientists and engineers working on the payroll of a secret agency, were to develop huge technical sabotage of the programme to an extent that it could not have been repaired or fixed for some years to come.They all were arrested from various places in the light of information given by Brig Imtiaz. It was revealed that actually the foreign secret agency had deputed five handlers from Washington to deal with the nuclear programme of Pakistan. These five foreign handlers included two girls, one of whose photos was seen by the heartbroken girlfriend of Munshi which made her jealous and she decided to take revenge.

Brig Imtiaz was immediately called to Islamabad to give a briefing to General Ziaul Haq The five handlers were immediately told to leave Pakistan and General Zia was said to have called the president of this superpower to register a protest that how his country’s secret agency had
tried to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear programme. Zia was said to have expressed extreme displeasure over this espionage of nuclear programme. But, the president of that superpower was said to have requested Zia not to make it a public issue as it might tarnish his country’s image and Zia obliged him. A special tribunal was set up to try all those Pakistani scientists and engineers on high treasons charges. The ringleader Munshi was sentenced to death while others were awarded life sentences by the court. But one fine morning, much to his shock, Brig Imtiaz learned that President Zia had commuted the death penalty of Munshi on the recommendation of a top Sindhi leader in exchange for his political support to the Zia regime.

After the arrest of Munshi, Brig Imtiaz met the lady lecture whose tip had led to unfold this international conspiracy against Pakistan nuclear programme. She was devastated and feeling very depressed as she told the ISI officer that she loved Munshi dearly but as he had betrayed her she could not spare him. The woman had managed to take her revenge from her lover while Brig Imtiaz was happy to unearth such a big conspiracy for which he was later decorated with a Tamgha-e-Basalat by the president of Pakistan for his services to the nation. “Listen, almost 30 years have passed since this incident, but till date I can’t forget how a heartbroken woman’s commitment to herself to take revenge from her lover had led to the unfolding of this secret, which, if not shared, might have deprived Pakistan of its nuclear assets and we might not be celebrating this day,” remarked Brig Imtiaz while lost in the memories of the past.

If you want to see a good movie involving pretty ladies, sex, intrigue and repressed memories, I would highly recommend the classic “China Town” starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. It is probably the kind of story you intended but failed miserably.




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