Srinagar: Pakistan spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) said that a UK-based Kashmiri/Pakistani origin politician Dr Shabbir Choudhry has been tasked by Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to ‘sabotage’ China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by portraying it as damaging for the local population, a Pakistani newspaper reported today.
The report quoted ISI officials who said that the RAW officials have asked Dr Choudhry “to increase his efforts for activating the people of Gilgit-Baltistan to rise against CPEC.”
The revelation was made during the hearing of a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking the renewal of the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (Nicop) to Dr Choudhry, the report added.
ISI has recommended to the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to block his national identity card, the report said further.
In the petition, Dr Choudhry’s counsel Nisar Shah said his client, a Kashmiri politician, human rights activist and author of many books, was “not provided with Nicop due to his political work and writings which expose Pakistan’s Kashmir policy”, the media report said.
ISI’s letter submitted to the court by the Nadra counsel stated that Mr Choudhry “is involved in anti-Pakistan activities sponsored by RAW”, quoted the newspaper.
The report quoted a letter from ISI office stating, “Dr Choudhry authored 27 books/booklets on various aspects of Kashmir, most of which are sponsored by RAW. Recently, two of his books: ‘Why Arif Shahid was killed’ and Extremism, Terrorism and Threat to Peace in South Asia’ containing propaganda against ISI/Pakistan Army have been recovered and confiscated in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.”
The letter, according to the report, added: “He has been tasked by RAW for regular visits to Pakistan to expand his anti-Pakistan network and disseminate subversive material. He has established an organisation with the name of “Friends of Kashmir.”
It said RAW officials had tasked Mr Choudhry to increase his efforts for activating the people of Gilgit-Baltistan to rise against CPEC portraying it as damaging for the local population, the report added.
Rights activists, however, said a citizen cannot be denied the right to get an identity card on mere allegations, the report said.
Renowned rights activist I. A. Rehman told the Pakistani daily that nobody should be denied the renewal or issuance of an identity card on the basis of the report of an intelligence agency.
“Mere allegations or a report of any department or agency is not sufficient to justify denial of the identity card to a citizen,” the newspaper quoted him to have said.