suisse: Suisse secrets: ‘Gen. Zia’s ISI head swindled CIA’s mujahideen cash for Afghan-Soviet war’

suisse: Suisse secrets: ‘Gen. Zia’s ISI head swindled CIA’s mujahideen cash for Afghan-Soviet war’


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s slain ISI chief General Akhtar Abdur Rahman Khan has been named in “Swiss Secrets”, a huge leak of confidential information from Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse around the world. Khan was the head of the country’s intelligence service under dictator General Zia-ul-Haq and was responsible for establishing a network of CIA-funded mujahideen fighters against Russia’s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989.
The U.S. and Saudi governments have funded jihadists in dollars in CIA Swiss bank accounts. Dollars for jihad have been poured in from other West Asian countries. The latest recipient of this black budget was the ISI, led by the then General Akhtar. In 1988, Akhtar and his boss Zia-ul-Haq died in a plane crash.
Mohammad Yusuf, a general colleague at ISI, and Steve Call, author of “Ghost Wars,” claimed that Akhtar had decided where the cash would go. The CIA trusted him with millions of dollars to train the mujahideen in sophisticated weapons. By 1984, the CIA’s budget for Afghanistan stood at about $ 200 million.
“At that time, it was easy to open a Swiss banking account by any means or of any kind to transfer over funds. Akhtar was doing this to fill his own pockets. There was a lot of money laundering from the Afghan war and its bank accounts, “said the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), citing South Asian intelligence sources. OCCRP is a network of journalists from around the world who search through data.
According to the OCCRP, one of Akhtar’s family’s two accounts in Credit Suisse – jointly owned by Akhtar’s sons Akbar, Ghazi and Harun – was opened on July 1, 1985, when they were in their late 20’s and early 30’s. Was on the side.
That year, US President Ronald Reagan expressed concern about where the money for the mujahideen was going. As of 2003, the value of this account at that time was at least 7 3.7 million. A second account, opened in Akbar’s name in January 1986, was valued at more than 2 9.2 million at the time, the report said.
In a message to the OCCRP, Akhtar’s son Gazi Khan said that the information given by journalists about his family’s Swiss account was incorrect.

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