December 1999 News


India orders probe into Musharrafs letter to Gilani

17 December 1999
Network News International
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NEW DELHI (NNI): The Indian state of Rajhistan has ordered probe into reports that a letter of Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf was delivered to All Parties Hurriet Conference chief Syed Shah Gilani in the states Jodhpur jail.

Following the reports appearing in some newspapers that the APHC Chief Syed Ali Shah Gilani has been handed over a letter of the Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf, the Rajhistan State Department had to issue orders for investigations, reports BBC.

The letter episode was also raised in Rajya Sabha (Indian upper house) when leader of the opposition Manmohan Singh expressed serious concern in thover reports that a letter from Pervez Musharraf had reached Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Jodhpur jail and demanded probe into the matter.

Singh wondered how a letter from Gen Musharraf could reach the Hurriyat leader lodged in jail and said it was a serious lapse on part of the authorities in Jodhpur, reports Press Trust of India.

Responding to the demand of the leader of the opposition, home Minister LK Advani said he would look into the matter.

According to these reports two leaders of Kashmir called on Syed Ali Shah Gilani on December 2 and during this meeting they handed over this letter to him.

According to this report General Pervez Musharraf has allegedly the movement of the Hurriyat Conference of Pakistans moral support.

The State Minister for Jails, Bhawal Lal Megwal told BBC that Director jail had been directed to investigate into the matter and that he would be able to some thing only after the receipt of the investigation report. However, he appeared perturbed at these reports.

However, the DIG Police Jodhpur said that the report of some letter of General Pervez Musharraf had reached Jodhpur jail was false, because government employees were present at the time of the APHC leaders visit.

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