New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): Former RAW chief AS Dulat on Friday said that the NDA government under former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had been faced by three crises, with each predicament dealt successfully.
“A government is tested on the basis of how it reacts to a hostile situation. The Vajpayee government faced three crises in five years and dealt with all three successfully,” Dulat told ANI.
Speaking of the events of the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814, Dulat denied reports that Indian forces were planning to raid Kandahar airport.
“When Mufti’s daughter was kidnapped in December 1989, I was posted in Srinagar. When the 1999 hijack took place, I had to go and meet Farooq Abdullah in Jammu , he was very upset and unhappy at having to release prisoners [in exchange for the people of the flight],” he said.
“The government was not planning to raid the hijackers in Dubai. When such a crisis takes place, every option is discussed. There were no preparations for a raid. In fact, the plane was in Kandahar, when our team reached there, they were under pressure because the Taliban was scared that we might raid them,” he added.
Dulat further revealed that there was suspicion that PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had links with the Hizbul Mujahideen.
“In the 2002 elections [In Jammu and Kashmir], nobody took Mufti seriously. He had formed a new party and most expected him to get very few seats. However, his party won 15 seats and the NC, which was expecting around 40 seats, got only 28. There were a few doubts that Mufti might have taken the help of Hizbul during the elections,” he said.
The former RAW chief also confirmed that Vajpayee had admitted that the BJP might have miscalculated during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
“When I was leaving the PMO in 2004, I had gone to Atal ji and he was in a relaxed mood. When I asked him what had happened, he said that the Congress themselves did not know how they had won. In talks, he had admitted that perhaps they had made a mistake in Gujarat,” Dulat said. (ANI)