British newspaper backtracks on Khan, ISI, Munter meeting report

Published: December 12, 2011
The Sunday Times clarified that Munter had met Khan alone. PHOTO: AGENCIES/FILE

The Sunday Times clarified that Munter had met Khan alone. PHOTO: AGENCIES/FILE

The Sunday times issued a clarification on Sunday its news from November 20 about a combined meeting between Imran Khan, US ambassador Cameron Munter and ISI chief Shuja Pasha.

The paper clarified that Khan had met Munter alone, as reiterated by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman since the report first came out.

The report had alleged that the PTI chief was introduced to Munter in Pasha’s presence, adding that Khan was supported by the Pakistani intelligence agency and military.

Khan has maintained that if he comes to power, he will be General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s boss and that his agenda was to bring the Army under him and make the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) report to him directly.

Khan had also tweeted from this official Twitter account 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 claimed was not in the presence of Pasha.

PTI had termed the report to be “totally fabricated and false.”

In a statement issued by the party, PTI Secretary General Dr Arif Alvi had said the report was an attempt to provide support to the “false propaganda” by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)

Dr Alvi had said the party would be sending a letter to The Sunday Times to retract “falsehood”, or the party reserves the right to claim damages in a court of law.

Earlier in November the ISI too had strongly denied the reports and issued a statement terming the story “totally baseless and concocted”.

Munter too, refuting the report, had admitted that he met the chiefs of the ISI and the PTI, but on separate occasions.

However, he had refrained from divulging any more details.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Dec 12, 2011 - 9:07PM

    What will the “PML-N and PPP Propaganda Gurus” do now???


  • Hina khokhar
    Dec 12, 2011 - 9:10PM



  • A.Ali
    Dec 12, 2011 - 9:26PM

    In the face of all the PTI Bashers


  • Zoaib
    Dec 12, 2011 - 9:53PM

    This should shut those propagandists quiet, mostly from PML-N, who were using this news to malign IK and PTI. IK has set a standard by forcing the paper to retract a malicious story against himself and his credibility has increased as a result. I firmly believe IK is a politician who will never fix the match.Recommend

  • saeed
    Dec 12, 2011 - 10:59PM

    Now that is why we trust IK…if he says that he did not meet Muntor is presence of pasha…we trust him..and this is the proof…that is why we love him and respect him so much..we know that the person like him will never lie to us..we have full faith in our leader….they had to back track on there news and now our own media should do same also as they made big issue out of a false story..


  • Dec 12, 2011 - 11:00PM

    Hear hear Hussain Haqani. This is how it’s done!


  • No BS
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:02PM

    I salute you Mr Khan, I was wrong. Look forward to your Karachi jalsa


  • Tehreek-Insaaf Fighters
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:15PM

    Very good decision by UK paper, we will fight till end


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:34PM

    Imran is meeting American Officials and backtracking from his previous statements, in goddwill gesture British and Americans are bracktracking from their statements, but the people of Pakistan do not like these backtrackings. They will vote for the devil they know instead of the devil they don’t know.


  • King Khan
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:51PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA…they will come up with some new fallacies…what else you can expect from them?


  • kashan
    Dec 13, 2011 - 12:22AM

    Well done mr khan. we love u


  • ProudPakistani
    Dec 13, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Congratulations PTI & Pakistan…Finally the truth has prevailed


  • Jawad
    Dec 13, 2011 - 1:53AM

    Another example of how Imran Khan will InshAllah restore Pakistan’s pride ans respect, badly damaged by the corrupt PPP and PML-N leaders, along with their allies. Truth will prevail, God-willing….


  • Super pak
    Dec 13, 2011 - 2:00AM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    You know you don’t have to respond to every article related to Imran. You and your basher brigade have been put down at almost every accusation.


  • zia ur rehman
    Dec 13, 2011 - 2:08AM

    NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW……… I am waiting for Mr nawaz sharif to show some guts, and file a case against Wiki-leaks, Kim barker and BBC (For making that money laundering documentary). Sitting quite, showing innocent faces in front of public and delivering hollow slogans, will not gonna help u this time around….


  • ali
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:26AM

    I hope Sana Bucha is reading this. On your face!!!!


  • Daniel
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:34AM

    An apology from Ms. Sana Bucha would be in order.


  • Maria
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:39AM

    I think Sana Bucha should at least have the decency to mention that Sunday Times has retracted their story in her next programme.


  • Aly Z
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:43AM

    This is what makes IK different from the Haqqanis, Zardaris and Sharifs of our poltiics.


  • Arshad Jatoi
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:44AM

    Well done, Khan sb. You did what you said you would.


  • Faraz
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:51AM

    Haha…Imran does it again. Bravo.


  • The Reader
    Dec 13, 2011 - 10:25AM

    @zia ur rehman, Jawad, Zoaib, Antebellum, Super pak and A.Ali:
    Love your comments guys. Keep commenting and keep rocking Imran Khan, we are proud of you.


  • Rajeel
    Dec 13, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Good show, Imran. You were truthful so you could take action. About Husain Haqqani and Financial Times, the less said the better.


  • Sara
    Dec 13, 2011 - 3:05PM

    Right on. Husain Haqqani sb, you could learn something from this. Yes, he has sued (actually asked his lawyers to advise him on whether he can sue) Newsweek…but he hasn’t so much as written a letter to the Financial Times denying their story.


  • Khadija
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:21PM

    Why doesn’t Husain Haqqani sue the Financial Times? Reminds me of the old adage about not approaching law when you hands are not clean!Recommend

  • Syed Ahmed Raza
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:23PM

    Imran Khan distinguishes himself yet again. More questions for Zardar, Haqqani and co.


  • Raza Habib Raja
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Next accusation please, PML-N:pRecommend

  • Mariam
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:32PM

    IK proves true to his word.


  • Hassan
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:51PM

    Well done, IK. Try some other tactic, N-league. And Hussain Haqqani, this is how it’s done.Recommend

  • Mohsin
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Looking forward to watching the next episode of Sana Bucha’s programme:)


  • Omar
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:44PM

    I am relieved to hear the news was incorrect. Imran Khan remains the only hope.


  • Zain Ali
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Good on you, Khan sb. That’ll show ’em.


  • Natasha
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:51PM

    ET deserves credit for at least running this news, despite their well-known anti-IK stance. The other newspaper ran the original story on their front pages…but there was no mention of the retraction today.


  • Lahori
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:53PM

    Mian saab, now tell!:pRecommend

  • Salman Zafar
    Dec 14, 2011 - 12:53AM

    This is how its done…..


  • Zain
    Dec 14, 2011 - 2:49AM

    Believe in Khan !


  • Cynical
    Dec 14, 2011 - 4:14AM

    No matter what you say about IK, you have to admit that he is improving the tone of our politics. First, he declared his assets. Now, he got a British newspaper to clear his name. This is why he gives me optimism about Pakistan’s future, despite my username!


  • Asad
    Dec 14, 2011 - 4:26AM

    Sad that the same newspapers that devoted so many column inches to the Sunday Times’ (false) report have now barely mentioned its retraction.

    Don’t understand how people can say the media is pro-IK. As far as ET is concerned, 95 percent of its published op-eds and ALL of its online blogs are extremely critical of IK.


  • Zaman
    Dec 14, 2011 - 5:50AM

    Mr. Haqqani, take a leaf out of IK’s book. Take action against the Financial Times.


  • Waleed
    Dec 14, 2011 - 7:54AM

    Good for you, Khan sb.


  • Bilal
    Dec 14, 2011 - 10:20AM

    Why has this not been reported more?


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