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Le Monde reports that Judge Marc Trévidic, in charge of the investigation into the 2002 Karachi attack falsely blamed on al Qaeda, confirmed the existence of “retro-kickbacks” — in which part of the kickbacks received by Pakistani officials from the French government were returned under the table to French officials — in the partially Saudi funded sale of Agosta submarines to Pakistan.
Providing further details, MediaPart provides extensive excerpts from the Nautilus Report, including:
In Pakistan, Abdul Rahman El Asir planned to enrich the Bhutto clan, after an agreement between the spouses. Abdul Rahman Al Asir in turn bought the endorsement of the Chief of Naval Staff, Mansurul Haq, as shown by recent investigation launched against him in Islamabad (arrested in 1997 in the U.S. and extradited to the Pakistan). However, it was not a simple act of personal enrichment. General [Admiral] Haq was using this type of arms deal to provide money to fund Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir and Tribal Zone, as did most senior officers involved in procurement of materials (such information have been confirmed by several United Nations investigators working in Pakistan and Afghanistan). General [sic. Admiral] Haq, in particular, used this contract to free up funds for Afghan affairs office of the ISI as directed by [General Muhammad] Aziz Khan. This office has been notable for their recruitment of the Islamist leader Sheikh Omar Saeed in London, through its position at the embassy (information confirmed by a senior Foreign Office, citing a report from MI6). This religious leader is regarded as a defender of the Islamic cause in the pay of the military and the ISI, who was betrayed by the January 12, 2002 decision of Pervez Musharraf’s, which stopped the funding and support for radical movements. The attack in Karachi was committed two days before the opening of the trial of Omar Saeed.
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