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Gohar Ayub's disclosure -- Army launches in-house verification

June 01, 2005 16:47 IST

The Indian Army has launched an in-house verification of the charge made by former Pakistan foreign minister Gohar Ayub Khan that an Indian brigadier had sold 1965 war plans to Pakistan for Rs 20,000, Army Chief General J J Singh said on Wednesday.

"Government has already directed an investigation. The army is doing an in-house verification on whether there is any authenticity or truth in the allegation," he said.

Observing that it would not be correct to jump to any conclusion, he said: "We will wait for more information to come from the author if he has made the allegation."

Though senior defence officials said the claims appeared far-fetched as Gohar Ayub is a known hawk in Pakistan, investigations are being carried on the directions of Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee to check the veracity of
the claim.

General Singh on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi. Director General,
Military Operations, Lt Gen Madan Gopal and Director General, Military Intelligence, Lt Gen Deepak Summanwar attended the meeting.

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