Dutta, who headed IB from April 1998 to May 2001, says Aziz’s disclosures are irrelevant today. “How does it matter whether the Pakistani intruders in Kargil in 1999 were army regulars or mujahideen? We drove them back. Period. The intrusion obviously violated the Lahore peace pact—we don’t need Aziz to tell us that! Neither is India really keen to know how many generals Musharraf took into confidence 13-14 years ago...it’s history. And to be honest, whether Musharraf miscalculated India’s response or knew exactly how we would react hardly excites me.”
Dutta, though, is livid with ex-COAS General Ved Prakash Malik’s for his scathing remark that “IB and RAW are still in denial on the Kargil intelligence failure”. “Malik can say what he likes. What matters to me is that PM Vajpayee, home minister Advani and defence minister George Fernandes praised the IB on the floor of Parliament. Moreover, the Subrahmanyam committee report specifically mentions the June 2, 1998, report bearing my signature to the PM, home minister, cabinet secretary, home secretary and dgmo about the ominous developments in the Force Commander Northern Area (FCNA) region.”
Although the strategic community is generally dismissive about Aziz’s revelations, his claim that Musharraf kept even the ISI in the dark on Kargil brings a smile to the face of sulking intelligence officials. A retired RAW special secretary says, “V.P. Malik keeps accusing us of intelligence failure. But now Aziz tells us the ISI too didn’t know what Musharraf was up to until they intercepted Indian army communications. So are we supposed to have information about Pakistan that even the ISI or Americans are not privy to?”
About the present scenario on the LoC, IB and RAW officers say the MoD should set its house in order. “A lot of water has flown since Kargil. The army made us scapegoats then but today the situation is very different. It has the Defence Intelligence Agency established in ’02 besides the Directorate General of Military Intelligence and Field Intelligence Units to meet its LoC-related requirements,” an official remarks.
The bad blood between the intelligence community and Malik is evident from the former gloating over disclosures by retired Pak colonel Ashfaq Hussain close on the heels of Aziz’s revelations. According to him, Musharraf crossed the LoC in March 1999, travelling 11 km into India to spend the night at Zikria Mustaqar with Pakistani troops. V.K. Singh, who headed the army till recently (2010-12), even openly praised Musharraf’s courage for venturing so deep into enemy territory. As a RAW officer put it, “Musharraf comes out smelling of roses—a brave commander risking his life to be with his boys. In contrast, Gen Malik was having a jolly good time in Poland or playing golf in Delhi when his men were getting killed in Kargil.”
We at Outlookindia.com welcome feedback and your comments, including scathing criticism
1. Scathing, passionate, even angry critiques are welcome, but please do not indulge in abuse and invective. Our Primary concern is to keep the debate civil. We urge our users to try and express their disagreements without being disagreeable. Personal attacks are not welcome. No ad hominem please.
2. Please do not post the same message again and again in the same or different threads
3. Please keep your responses confined to the subject matter of the article you are responding to. Please note that our comments section is not a general free-for-all but for feedback to articles/blogs posted on the site
4. Our endeavour is to keep these forums unmoderated and unexpurgated. But if any of the above three conditions are violated, we reserve the right to delete any comment that we deem objectionable and also to withdraw posting privileges from the abuser. Please also note that hate-speech is punishable by law and in extreme circumstances, we may be forced to take legal action by tracing the IP addresses of the poster.
5. If someone is being abusive or personal, or generally being a troll or a flame-baiter, please do not descend to their level. The best response to such posters is to ignore them and send us a message at Mail AT outlookindia DOT com with the subject header COMPLAINT
6. Please do not copy and paste copyrighted material. If you do think that an article elsewhere has relevance to the point you wish to make, please only quote what is considered fair-use and provide a link to the article under question.
7. There is no particular outlookindia.com line on any subject. The views expressed in our opinion section are those of the author concerned and not that of all of outlookindia.com or all its authors.
8. Please also note that you are solely responsible for the comments posted by you on the site. The comments could be deleted or edited entirely at our discretion if we find them objectionable. However, the mere fact of their existence on our site does not mean that we necessarily approve of their contents. In short, the onus of responsibility for the comments remains solely with the authors thereof. Outlookindia.com or any of its group publications, may, however, retains the right to publish any of these comments, with or without editing, in any medium whatsoever. It is therefore in your own interest to be careful before posting.
9.Outlookindia.com is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for how any search engine -- such as Google, Bing etc -- caches or displays these comments. Please note that you are solely responsible for posting these comments and it is a privilege being granted to our registered users which can be withdrawn in case of abuse. To reiterate:
a. Comments once posted can only be deleted at the discretion of outlookindia.com
b. The comments reflect the views of the authors and not of outlookindia.com
c. outlookindia.com is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for the way search engines cache or display these comments
d. Please therefore take due caution before you post any comments as your words could potentially be used against you
10. We have an online thread for our comments policy:
You are welcome to post your suggestions here or in case you have a specific issue, to directly email us at Mail AT outlookindia DOT com with the subject header COMPLAINT