ISI Brigadier who gave up bin Laden a Kashmir ‘hardliner’

Srinagar: The military general who sold Osama bin Laden’s location for part of the $25 million bounty has been identified in the Pakistani media as former brigadier Usman Khalid, and he is seen as a Kashmir hardliner, Times of India reported today. 

According to the story by the celebrated journalist Seymour Hersh US, a former midlevel ISI officer walked into the US embassy in Islamabad to rat on Pakistan’s secret custody of bin Laden. Khalid  and his family have since been relocated to Pakistan, where he is said to be a consultant for the CIA. 

“A scrutiny of his publicly available speeches, writings, and records show Brig Khalid to be a grandfatherly post-retirement think-tanker who peddles hopeful theories about the imminent break-up of India due to sundry insurrections against the Brahminical class that allegedly rules India,” the TOI report says. “As director of the ‘London Institute of South Asia’ he has also edited a book titled ‘Authentic Voices of South Asia’ with chapters by separatist malingerers such as Gurmukh Singh Aulakh and Syed Geelani”. 

Brigadier Khalid, the report says, has been a proponent of the theory that Pakistan and Afghanistan could join forces to liberate Kashmir from India. Khalid is also said to be unapologetic about the Pakistan’s support to the militant struggle  in Kashmir.  “The Muslims were the only people who had developed a ‘national personality’ by 1947 but they were not the only nation. Every nation in India is bound to seek sovereignty as it crystallises its national personality and has a birthright to do so,” Khalid writes in one tract. 

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