12:00 AM, March 17, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 17, 2012

Ex-ISI chief admits funding BNP polls '91

Former ISI chief Asad Durrani has admitted funding BNP during the 1991 parliamentary elections.
The admission came during a Pakistan Supreme Court hearing on the spy agency's mandate on Wednesday.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary grilled the former spy boss on Inter Services Intelligence's funding for politicians both in and outside Pakistan.
Recently a UAE-based daily had alleged that ISI paid Rs 50 crore to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia ahead of the 1991 elections in which the party won and formed the government.
There are allegations that the ISI has been active in Bangladesh whenever BNP has been in power (1991-96) and later during 2001-06.
The spy agency was also alleged to have launched a campaign from Bangladesh to destabilise the Northeast by patronising and providing logistic support, including funds, to the insurgent groups operating from Bangladesh.
The ISI is alleged to have supported a network in Bangladesh, which includes Jamaat-e-Islami, BNP and Northeast rebel groups during the BNP's rule.