ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 28 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani intelligence chief Gen. Hamid Gul said Friday he believes the United States will carry out an attack on itself and blame al-Qaida.
Gul, chief of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency in the late 1980s, told ARY, a Pakistani television network in London, the United States would "fake another attack on its soil, as it did post 9/11."
Gul is known for his views supporting al-Qaida and the Taliban. He has been a "strategic adviser" to the coalition of six politico-religious parties which governs the Northwest Frontier Province, shares power in Baluchistan, and holds 20 percent of the seats in Pakistan's federal assembly.
In recent months he has been promoting Dr. A.Q. Khan as a successor to President Pervez Musharraf. Khan was the head of Pakistan's nuclear program who was dismissed when it became known he had sent nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. He was later pardoned by Musharraf,
Gul spent two weeks in Afghanistan immediately prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against the United States. He is believed to have met with Osama Bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.