On the night of May 26, 1999 at 9.30 pm the Chief of the Army Chief General Ved Prakash Malik secured the bell of the Secure International Exchange phone. At the other end, Indian intelligence agency RAW secretary Arvind Dave was on. He told General Malik that his people have recorded a conversation between two peak generals of Pakistan.
One of them was involved in the conversation with General Beijing. Then he read the portions of the conversation and told General Malik that the information hidden in it could be important to us.
Recalling the call-call, General Malik told the BBC, "Actually Dave wanted to do this phone director General Military Intelligence, but his secretary added this phone to me wrongly. When they came to know that I am on the phone instead of DGMI, they were very embarrassed. I told them to send me the trance-script of this phone conversation immediately. '
General Malik further said, "After reading the entire transcript, I got the call to Arvind Dave and said that I believe this conversation is between General Musharraf, who is currently in China and a very senior general. I advised Dave that you continue recording these telephone numbers, which they did. '
Trying to dominate RAW's Turf War
General Malik says, "Three days later, Raw recorded another conversation between the two. But this time, instead of sharing it with Director General Military Intelligence or me, he sent this information directly to National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On June 2, when I went to Mumbai to participate in a Navy function with Prime Minister Vajpayee and Brajesh Mishra, the Prime Minister asked me about fresh refreshing interrupts by returning.
"Then, Brajesh Mishra realized that I had not seen him. On returning, he corrected this mistake and sent me the transcript of this conversation too. ''
This incident says that even during the fight, our intelligence was not sharing information with everyone and reaching out to select people in the top so that they were dominated by the 'Turf War'.
Nawaz Sharif's decision to hear the tapes
These tape had been received by the Cabinet Committee on Prime Minister Vajpayee and security affairs till June 1.
On 4th June, India decided to hear these tapes with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his travel script. If recording Musharraf's conversation was a huge achievement for Indian intelligence, then reaching those tapes to Nawaz Sharif was not a big task.
Raise the question: Who will go to Islamabad to take these sensitive tapes?
The secret of Indian contact sources is Islamabad
A source told on condition of anonymity that the famous journalist RK Mishra was chosen for this, who had gone to Australia at the time. This responsibility was given to him by calling him India.
Due to this fear that if they were not searched at Islamabad Airport, they were given the status of 'diplomat' so that they could get 'Diplomatic Immunity'.
He also accompanied Joint Secretary Vivek Katju to the Indian External Affairs Ministry.
RK Mishra met Nawaz Sharif at breakfast at 8:30 in the morning and listened to him and handed over the transcript to him.
Mishra and Katju returned to Delhi the same evening after completing this work. This trip was kept so secret that it was not discussed at least at that time.
Only the newspaper 'Telegraph', published from Kolkata, printed a report of Prannoy Sharma in his July 4, 1999 issue titled, "Delhi Hits Sharif with Army Tape Talk."
It was reported in this report that India sent Joint Secretary Vivek Katju to the Ministry of External Affairs to Islamabad to tell the tape to Nawaz Sharif.
B. Ruman, former Additional Secretary of RAW, wrote an article "Release of Kargil Tape Masterpieces and Blunder?", Written in Outlook magazine, on June 22, 2007. Clearly, those who had narrated the tape to Nawaz Sharif were clearly instructed that they should bring that tape back after hearing them. Do not hand them over to them.
Mishra later denied that he had done this work. Vivek Katju never publicly confirmed this.
The Indians were behind this, in which the secretaries of RAW, Arvind Dave, National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra and Jaswant Singh were involved in the idea that having two proofs from these evidence and after the apprehension that India could have more such tapes There will be Pakistani leadership on Kargil and under pressure.
Tapes made public
A few weeks after the hearings by Nawaz Sharif of these tapes, on June 11, 1999, before the visit of External Affairs Minister Sartaj Aziz to India, India made these tapes public by making a press conference.
Hundreds of copies of these tapes were made and sent to every foreign embassy in Delhi.
Musharraf Negligence of
The people of the Indian intelligence community still do not know how they did this work?
Pakistanis believe that either CIA or Mosad helped India in this work. Those who have heard these tapes believe that the voice on Islamabad's side was more clear, so perhaps its source might have been Islamabad.
Pakistani journalist Naseem Zaheer, who wrote the book 'From Kargil to the Koo', a well-known book on Kargil, writes in his book, "By giving such a sensitive talk to his Chief of General Staff on an open phone, General Musharraf gave evidence that to what extent he was careless Can. This conversation publicly proved that the extent to which Pakistan's top leadership is in Kargil operation.
The interesting thing is that Parvez Musharraf was cut off from this incident in his unscrupulous autobiography 'In the Line of Fire' and did not mention any of this conversation, though later given to Indian journalist MJ Akbar as President of Pakistan. In an interview he has accepted the authenticity of these tapes.
Sartaj Aziz's cold welcome in Delhi
About one-and-a-half years after Pakistan's Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz reached Delhi on these tapes, Pakistan's High Commission's press councilor was waiting for him at the VIP airport in Delhi's airport.
He had at least six Indian newspapers in his hand, in which Musharraf Aziz talks were printed in the headline. Jaswant Singh shook hands with Aziz very coldly
These tapes strengthened the belief in the world and especially in India that the Prime Minister of Pakistan is not directly in the Kargil crisis, and the army has kept him away from the information of the Kargil campaign.
Criticism of making tapes public
There was criticism of making these tapes public in some places in India's intelligence light.
Maj Gen VK Singh, who was additional secretary of Raw and wrote the book 'India's external intelligence – Secret of Research and Analysis Wing', told the BBC, "It is not known that these tapes are made public by the United States and United States How many 'brownie puentes' can be received from the nation, but it is sure that Pakistan is aware of that special satellite link of Islamabad and Beijing. RAW had 'intercepted'. He stopped it immediately. It is very difficult to estimate that if the 'link' continued, then we would have received more important information after that. '
Maj Gen VK Singh further says, 'Perhaps the people of that time of Raw or the Prime Minister's Office did not read FW Winterbottom's book' Ultra Secret 'in 1974, in which the first mention of an important intelligence source of World War II went. At the very beginning of the Great War, Britain broke the code of 'Enigma', the German encephiring device. This information was kept secret until the end and the Germans continued to use 'Enigma' during the entire war, which kept up the valuable information from the British intelligence department. Once the UK even came to know that the next morning 'Lautawaffe' is that the German Air Force is going to bomb Coventry. His life could be saved by bringing the people of that city to a safe place. But Churchill decided not to do this, because it made Germany suspicious and stopped using 'enigma'.
India benefits in psychological warfare
But on the other hand, former RAW Additional Secretary B. Raman believed that making these tapes public was the largest specimen of psychological warfare. It ceded our army's claim that the intruder was the 'regular' soldier of the Pakistan army and not the jihadist separatist as Musharraf was repeatedly saying.
This information made it easier for the US to reach the conclusion that Pakistan has violated the Line of Control in Kashmir and should be removed from India's land at all costs.
These tapes brought the Pakistani army and Musharraf's credibility among the Pakistani people into confusion. Even today there are many people in Pakistan who dismiss Musharraf's narrated story on Kargil.
It can not be denied that due to the publications of these tapes, the world is pressurized on Pakistan and it needs to remove its soldiers from Kargil.
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