Islamabad: Former Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) General (r) Ziauddin Khawaja has disclosed for the first time that North Korea had tried to bribe him by providing him five million dollars in Benazir Bhutto’s last tenure as the prime minister in 1995, over the “missile programme”.
“They wanted an expedited cooperation between the two countries on the missile programme, which was going on between the two countries in that era,” The Dawn quoted General (r) Ziauddin, as saying.
Khawaja, was heading the Directorate of Combat Development, currently known as Strategic Plans Division (SPD). He was directly involved in Pakistan’s defense agreements with North Korea.
He claimed that a bag full of dollars was actually dropped in his office by a North Korean General Kang who at that time was serving as Defence and Commercial Attache in the North Korean Embassy located in Islamabad.
On being asked by Khawaja as to why the amount was offered to him, General Kang
Said his government was distributing money among the relevant officers dealing in defence cooperation with his country.
General Khawaja said that he immediately informed the then Chief of General Staff (CGS) General Jahangir Karamat who spoke to the then Chief of Army Staff General Abdul Waheed Kakar who was on a foreign trip at the time.
He added that General Waheed consulted with Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and ordered him to return the money after two or three days.
“General Kang was called at the Headquarters of the Military Intelligence, General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, where the money was returned to him by the then MI Chief, Major General Ali Kuli Khan in my presence,” General Khawaja added.