Islamabad, Dec 7: Former Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt General (retired) Hamid Gul is said to be on the United States most wanted list for his alleged links to the Taliban and al-Qaeda networks, as per a two-page unsigned secret document marked as releasable to the Government of Pakistan.
According to The News, a source speaking on condition of anonymity, said Gul had been charged with providing financial assistance to Kabul-based criminal groups and involvement in spotting, assessing, recruiting and training young men from seminaries. The source further said that Lt General Gul has also been accused of assisting the Taliban and al-Qaeda in developing high-tech weapons. The US State Department's Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood, however, declined to comment about the said list being sent to the United Nations. "If we decide to send names, we will let the media know," he responded.
The document as seen by The News reveals that Washington had sent the name of Gul to the Government of Pakistan.
When contacted by this scribe, Gul laughed off the charges. According to him, these charges are simply hilarious and promised to come up with an appropriate response today or on Monday.