Pakistan journalist confesses to spying for ISI on India visits during UPA govt


Pakistani columnist Nusrat Mirza, who recently confessed to spying for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI during his India tours, attended several events in Delhi and Aligarh during 2007 to 2010.

According to publications reviewed by India Today TV, Mirza attended the International Conference Against Terrorism on October 27, 2009 at Delhi’s Oberoi hotel. The Pakistani scribe is seen being greeted by Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid and Yahya Bukhari.

The event organised by Jama Masjid United Forum was also attended by former Vice President Hamid Ansari and cabinet minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Other invitees included Madhu Kishwar.

On July 11, Mirza said that he received various ‘privileges’ from the foreign affairs department of Pakistan during his visits to India.

“I was invited to India at the time of Vice Presidentship of Mohammad Hamid Ansari,” he claimed during a virtual address.

Pakistan journalist confesses to spying for ISI on India visits during UPA govt

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“Khurshid [former Pakistan minister] asked me to hand over the information I had brought to [General Ashfaq Parvez] Kayani [former Army Chief]. I said I would not hand over the information to him, but if you want, I am giving you the information. He handed it over to Kayani,” he further claimed.

Pakistan journalist confesses to spying for ISI on India visits during UPA govt

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“Later they called me and asked if I could get more information like this. I asked them to work on the information I provided. They have a research wing. They have information. They know about the weaknesses in the leadership in India. But they do not use it,” he added.

IMAGES BY MIRZA’S FOUNDATION

Images published by Mirza’s foundation establish him delivering lectures at “Student Seminars” at Aligarh Muslim University’s Kennedy Auditorium as a guest in the year 2007 and 2010.

“Usually, when you apply for visa to India, they only allow you to visit three places. However, at that time, Khurshid Kasuri was the foreign minister who helped me to get Visa for seven cities”, he earlier told journalist Shakil Chaudhary in an interview posted on YouTube.

Pakistan journalist confesses to spying for ISI on India visits during UPA govt

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Images and publicly available data from February 2010, places Mirza at an interfaith religious conference held at the Ansari Auditorium of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia. In February 2010, he came back to attend an interfaith religious seminar in Delhi’s Jamia Millia. Mirza was also accompanied by a group of leaders from Pakistan’s minority community that included Dr Araish Singh, former member of National Assembly.

Boasting about his visits to India, he said, “I have visited India five times. I have visited Delhi, Banglore, Chennai, Patna and Kolkata as well. In 2011, I also met with the Milli Gazette’s publisher Zafarul Islam Khan.”

Mirza has been a vocal critic of the Indian government’s policies and has been actively organising several gatherings against India. Recently, he termed Pakistan’s domestic cricket league, Pakistan Super League, a “hybrid war” against India that according to him has been won by Pakistan.

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