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Run! Mr Kayani has landed

Sanawar/Shimla, April 15: Pakistani army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s brother today brushed off questions on the ISI’s alleged role in 26/11, saying he “will not discuss politics”.

Farooq H. Kayani, a retired air commodore who is now the principal of Pakistan’s reputable Lawrence College in Rawalpindi, was probably asked the question because his brother Ashfaq headed the spy agency until a year before the Mumbai attacks of November 26, 2008.

The Lashkar has been accused of carrying out the attack and the ISI of plotting it.

“I am a teacher, I will not discuss politics here,” said Farooq at Sanawar’s Lawrence School that counts Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah and actor Sanjay Dutt among its prominent alumni.

Farooq was here with his wife Syeda as the chief guest at Hodson Run, a cross-country event organised by the institute.

If an athletic event had brought Farooq to India, he pitched sports as the peace catalyst for the neighbours and appeared to bat for Manmohan Singh’s cricket diplomacy, symbolised by the “Mohali spirit”.

“The Mohali spirit has brought the two heads (Manmohan and Yousaf Raza Geelani) together and it is time to further extend the innings. In the semi-final, a lot of euphoria was generated,” said Farooq, who is here with a 20-member delegation.

Sports may have kept the guests busy since they arrived yesterday but they did not forget to catch up history. Farooq and the others visited Shimla Raj Bhavan where Indira Gandhi and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had signed the historic Simla agreement on July 2, 1972. They also called on Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.

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