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Govt to investigate Gohar Ayub's claims about Indian brigadier

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May 31, 2005 19:40 IST

The government will investigate a claim made by former Pakistani dictator Ayub Khan's son, Gohar Ayub Khan, that an Indian brigadier sold the 1965 war plan to his country for Rs 20,000, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.

Gohar, in an interview to a Pakistani daily, claimed the brigadier had sold the secret plan because he needed the money for his wife who wanted to buy equipment for her hobby of canning fruits and vegetables.

"I am afraid it is difficult to believe that an Indian brigadier would divulge military secrets for money," Mukherjee told reporters in Karwar after dedicating the INS Kadamba naval base to the nation.

"The incident took place 30 to 35 years ago. We don't even know whether the brigadier is alive or dead. The matter will be investigated," he said.

"The way the news item has come up will require detailed analysis. Not to speak of a brigadier, nobody [no single officer] would have the detailed implementation plan," he said.

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