Saif Tried To Rig Kashmir Survey In Pak's Favour2 April 2011
Times of India
London: Embattled Libyan dictator colonel Muammar Gaddafi's controversial second son, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi, attempted to contrive a pro-Pakistan opinion poll in Kashmir, but it boomeranged on him. The result published last summer by Royal Institute of International Affairs (also known as Chatham House) and Kings College, London, was contrary to Saif's expectation. This little known fact, that Saif met Robert Bradnock of Kings College who masterminded the survey to contrive the poll, emerged at a seminar in UK's Houses of Parliament on Thursday evening. Saif was then fresh from a visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK), where he was fed usual propaganda of mock refugee camps and the plight of Kashmiris in India compared to 'paradise they experienced in Pakistan.' Not that Saif needed persuasion. His father colonel Gaddafi had bankrolled Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme in the 1970s and 80s to the tune of half a billion dollars in response to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's quest for an 'Islamic bomb' . Bradnock says that Saif returned from POK with grandiose ideas of forcing a plebiscite in Kashmir as desired by Pakistan. He then asked the academic to conduct a survey, which he would underwrite. He funded it to the extent of $200,000 but any designs he might have had of doctoring the outcome were demolished when Bradnock insisted that he would do this only if the exercise was completely independent and had the institutional involvement of Chatham House and Kings College. Saif agreed. Brainwashed in Pakistan, he perhaps could not believe the findings would be anything other than in Islamabad's favour. He was in for a rather rude shock. The plebiscite, as agreed at the UN in 1948, which Pakistan still demands, gave Kashmiris only two choices: either to remain with India or join Pakistan. In the event, Bradnock's poll, the first ever to be held on both sides of LoC, unearthed that 98% of people in India-controlled J&K did not wish to be a part of Pakistan; and 50% in POK did not wish to remain with Pakistan, either.