LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Wednesday that his party will take legal action against the newspaper that published a report alleging that he was introduced to Ambassador Cameron Munter in the presence of the director general of the Pakistani intelligence agency.
Khan had earlier termed the report “totally fabricated and false.”
The report was published in British newspaper The Sunday Times and was also reported by local newspapers. It alleges that the PTI chief was introduced to Munter in General Shuja Pasha’s presence, adding that Khan is supported by the Pakistani intelligence agency and military. The ISPR also issued a statement earlier this week terming the story “totally baseless and concocted”.
Talking to the media at the Lahore airport today (Wednesday), the PTI chief said:
“We have written a letter to The Sunday Times. We have clearly told them if they do not retract their report we will take action against them.”
Khan also said that President Asif Ali Zardari is responsible for the memo scandal and that Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani should have resigned earlier as he has not been loyal to the country.
When asked about his upcoming rally in Karachi, he said that PTI will arrange a “mammoth gathering” on December 25 in Karachi.
“Right now the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Zulfiqar Mirza are on opposite sides and the people of Karachi are divided,” he said.
“I am trying to unite Pakistan… if Karachi rises, Pakistan will rise.”
PTI is planning a rally in Karachi on December 25 near the Mazar-e-Quaid. The party’s goal is to bring out a whopping 200,000 people. Party officials earlier told The Express Tribune that the December 25 rally’s theme will be ‘National Unity’ as Khan wants everyone to participate, above ethnic divides.