ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued a strong denial on Monday of a news report which alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan met US Ambassador Cameron Munter in the presence of Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.
The report was published in British newspaper The Sunday Times and was also reported by local newspapers. The ISPR issued a statement today, terming the story “totally baseless and concocted”.
Quoting sources, the report alleges that the PTI chief was introduced to Munter in Pasha's presence, adding that Khan is supported by the Pakistani intelligence agency and military.
In Sunday’s Faisalabad rally, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leaders openly claimed that Khan is “a pawn of the establishment”. Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar alleged that Imran “was backed by intelligence agencies.”
In a recent interview with an Indian journalist, Khan said that if he comes to power, he will be General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s boss. Khan further explained that his agenda is to bring the Army under him and make the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) report to him directly.
In an earlier interview with The Express Tribune, Khan denied any involvement with the intelligence and military.
In his book on Pakistani politics published in September, he wrote: “Only a credible government can save and strengthen the Pakistan army by making sure it stays within its constitutional role. We have no other choice: in order to survive, we have to make Pakistan a genuine democracy.”
PTI terms report 'totally fabricated'
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief, Imran Khan denied having been introduced to US Ambassador Cameron Munter by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, General Shuja Pasha.
Khan in a tweet from this official Twitter account said that the last time he had met the intelligence chief was 18 months ago.
He added that he had met the American diplomat during a reception hosted by the Turkish embassy in Islamabad on October 28. A meeting, Khan claims was not in the presence of Pasha.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has termed the report to be “totally fabricated and false.”
In a statement issued by the party, PTI Secretary General Dr Arif Alvi says the report is an attempt to provide support to the “false propaganda” by PML-N.
“The allegation is an attempt to divert the attention of the people from the fast-declining popularity of PML-N because of the failure of its government in Punjab and its anti-people policies that it practiced during its two tenures in the federal capital,” reads the statement.
Dr Alvi said the party is sending a letter to The Sunday Times to retract “falsehood”, or the party reserves the right to claim damages in a court of law.
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