NEW DELHI - Mansoor Ijaz, the billionaire businessman now at the heart of a scandal that is threatening to bring down Pakistans democratic government, had earlier approached Indias intelligence services with an offer to broker peace between New Delhi and jihadists linked to the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, highly-placed Indian government sources told The Hindu on Monday. The billionaire businessman, these sources said, made contact with CD Sahay who went on to serve as RAW chief from 2003 to 2005 claiming to have the blessings of the White House to broker a secret India-Pakistan deal on Kashmir. Ijazs Kashmir mission reveals the businessman had a long history of participating in political intrigue but failing to deliver on his promises, and then falling out with partners in public. Ijazs offer came even as key Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Majid Dar and former RAW chief AS Dulat were engaged in secret discussions aimed at bringing about a ceasefire. Dar and Dulat, the sources said, met in the United Arab Emirates after the Kargil war. Eight weeks before the ceasefire, Ijaz was flown to Srinagar under RAW escort, where he met with top officials including then-XV corps commander Lieutenant-General Kishan Pal and Director-General of Police Gurbachan Jagat. Farooq Abdullah hosted a dinner for the businessman on May 10, 2000. In a November 22 article in the International Herald Tribune, Ijaz claimed credit for having organised the ceasefire, saying he implored Pakistans military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, to persuade the Mujahideen to opt for non-violent means. In the course of a three-hour meeting, Ijaz wrote, I told him that every civilian I met in Kashmir earlier that month had tired as much of the incessant violence. The ceasefire, Ijazs account of events has it, fell apart, after Pakistans religious parties got wind of the proposal. General Musharraf in turn 'got cold feet. Sahay, RAW sources said, received calls from Ijaz on several subsequent occasionsone time, claiming to have the former head of Pakistans Jamaat-e-Islami, Qazi Husain Ahmad, on the line. RAWs opinion, however, was that Ijaz did not have the influence to deliver on promises he made. His claims to have had a role in organising the ceasefire caused amusement Indias spies werent the only players to lose faith in Ijaz. In the 1990s, Ijazwho runs an investment bank in New York, and was a major donor to the Democratic partyclaimed to have been relaying messages from Sudans Islamist government to the White House. Ijaz later wrote his mission had given the United States an opportunity to eliminate Osama bin-Laden. Key administration officials have since attacked these claims. Susan Rice, now the United States ambassador to the United Nations, said Ijaz brought the administration of President Bill Clinton offers of counter-terrorism cooperation from Sudanbut that they never materialised.