Bizzare! Pakistan's Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has reportedly called for widening of a probe into allegations that former general Pervez Musharraf and cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan could be 'agents' of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) a charge that not only seems implausable but also outrageous.
On Sunday, Rashid said, “All those politicians who supported him (Musharraf) must be investigated.”
“Any probe into MQM’s alleged ties with RAW should be expanded to include the likes of Musharraf because he had included the party in his government,” Pakistan's leading daily Express Tribune on Monday quoted Rashid as saying.
The comments came days after former Karachi mayor and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) member Mustafa Kamal alleged that his party's boss Altaf Hussain had links with India's external spy agency.
Rashid added that “the interior minister has constituted a committee on the statements of Karachi-based trader Sarfraz Merchant. If Mustafa Kamal has evidence or information, he should present it before the (probe) committee.”
It may be noted that Pervez Musharraf, who this trader believes could be an Indian agent, was the architect of the Kargil War in 1999. And Imran Khan has been vociferous in his hard stand against India, especially on the issue of Kashmir. He is also seen close to the military and several Islamic hardliners.