August 28, 2002, Chandigarh, India
PM, Advani not to meet Shabir Shah
New Delhi, August 27
The sources said over the past few months, the ISI had opened up a channel of communication with Mr Shah. The ISI brief to Mr Shah was simple: create as many problems for the Government of India as possible and don’t contest elections.
The ISI is also understood to have assured Mr Shah that if he were to do the ISI’s bidding, Pakistan would make sure that he was not only brought back into the fold of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) but also made a leader of the APHC. Pakistan is pinning hopes on Mr Shah’s non-participation in the poll and if, in the unlikely event, he were to contest elections it would be a major tactical and political defeat for Islamabad.
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