Statesman News Service
NEW DELHI, Feb. 25. — The BJP is apparently in a spot over an alleged former Pakistan intelligence agent and smuggler, Roshan Khan, accompanying the former external affairs minister and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Jaswant Singh, during his recent “private” pilgrimage to Hinglaj shrine in Baluchistan, Pakistan.
Mr Singh’s visit would have gone unnoticed but for a report appearing in a Hindi news magazine from Barmer in Rajasthan. Quoting military intelligence, the report alleged that Roshan Khan, a resident of Barmer district on the India-Pakistan border, was a former AIU intelligence agent of Pakistan. He was put behind bars under NSA (National Security Act) from 2 October 1992 to 1 October 1993 . His brother Hamza Khan, according to Barmer Special Police Cell report, was a notorious smuggler, the magazine said. The report also said Captain Officer Commanding at the Army’s Western Command S S Fogut had in a list sent to the then SP of Barmer and mentioned Roshan Khan among the top anti-national elements. The BJP parliamentary party spokesman, Prof VK Malhotra, said many local Congress leaders were part of Mr Jaswant Singh’s “Jatra” to Hinglaj.