Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau has been accused of protecting terrorists by one of its own spies, according to the Pakistan media.
Malik Mukhtar Ahmed Shahzad, the Assistant sub-inspector of the bureau filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court stating that his seniors are not taking action against terrorism suspects. He has requested an investigation into the matter.
Shahzad, on multiple occasions apparently approached his seniors to raise the issue but all his requests fell on deaf ears. He conveyed the information about several terrorists having roots in Uzbekistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and India.
Shahzad joined IB back in 2007, reports said.
The petition filed by Shahzad's counsel Masroor Shah says that “No action was ever been taken by IB in this respect despite concrete evidence provided to it in the form of the intelligence reports”, the petition says.
The case was initially presented to Justice Aamer Farooz by IHC Registrar's office on Monday. He then referred it to Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi, with a note that the matter may be transferred to Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui since a similar matter lies pending in his court.
“Upon thorough intelligence gathering process, it transpired that certain high officials of the IB themselves are directly involved with the terrorist organizations having linkages with hostile enemy intelligence agencies” the petition reads.
It further states that the issue was even reported to the IB director general, who also did not bother to take any action.
Moreover, it claims that some officials travelled to Israel and had direct links with Afghan intelligence. It was later discovered that the Afghan Intelligence had links with another terrorist group from Kazakhstan.
“These terrorists used to disguise themselves as citrus dealers in Kot-Momin and Bhalwal, Sargodha. The business was a mere camouflage,” the petition says.
The petition alleges the son of joint director IB (Punjab) to be dealing with the said terrorist groups.
According to the suit filed, some officials of Afghan and Iranian intelligence used to take refuge in the places of the citrus dealers.
The petition exposes names of certain officials who are currently serving foreign intelligence agencies including a joint director general, directors and deputy directors. Also, the senior IB officials are accused of facilitating Pakistani nationality for Afghan nationals.
Shahzad said that he “has been running from pillar to post including approaching the prime minister of Pakistan to raise this issue of national security and protection of lives of the citizens of this country but in vain.”
The petitioner requested the court to instruct the prime minister to evolve a comprehensive strategy to keep a check on IB officials’ involvement in sectarian terrorism.
In the recent past, the Intelligence Burau came under attack by a collaborated investigation team of officials from ISI, Military Intelligence and other departments for ‘hampering the investigation’ into the assets of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s family.