Pakistan’s former foreign secretary Shahryar Khan says he has “no reason to doubt” that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died in a plane crash in 1945.
“I have no reason to doubt Habib-ur-Rehman’s story of Bose’s death, and I believe it ought to put to rest many of the theories (and conspiracy theories) regarding the death of the charismatic Indian nationalist leader,” Khan wrote in the Friday Times quoting Habib-ur-Rehman, a former Brigadier of the Indian National Army who was with Bose on the aircraft.
During a trip to Sinkiang in 1967, Rehman told Khan that he was in the aircraft with Bose which took off from Taipei (now Taiwan).
“The aircraft crashed. Habib-ur-Rehman told me that while he himself survived the crash and rushed to the side of his leader, Bose was close to death,” Khan wrote.
“According to him, Bose died because his clothing caught fire from the flames of the burning aircraft. He was taken to a nearby hospital but died from his burns.”
Khan, who was in-charge of the China desk in Pakistan’s foreign ministry in 1967, was leading a delegation to that country to encourage trade between the two countries.