Nawaz asks Mushahidullah to explain claims made in BBC interview

Published: August 14, 2015
Federal minister Mushahidullah Khan. PHOTO: INP

Federal minister Mushahidullah Khan. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Hours after an interview appeared wherein Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan had claimed that some high ranking officers had tried to stage a coup at the height of last year’s protests in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refuted all such notions and directed the minister to submit an explanation for his comments.

According to a spokesperson for the government, Nawaz denied Mushahidullah’s claims of a tape, bearing recordings of high ranking officers detailing their plot, adding that no such tape ever existed.

According to the statement issued from PM House, the premier has instead sought an explanation from the federal cabinet member over his statement.

“PM does not have any knowledge about any such tape, ” the spokesperson added.

Later, the army’s spokesperson too termed any reports about a “tape” as baseless rumours.

Mushahidullah had claimed in an interview to the BBC that former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief had hatched a conspiracy to oust both, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and the prime minister, at the height of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) 120-day long protest in Islamabad.

The minister had claimed that the recording, by a top civil intelligence agency, had helped foil that plan. This recording, Mushahidullah claimed, had been presented to the premier, who had subsequently passed it on to the army chief.

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  • Parvez
    Aug 15, 2015 - 12:42AM

    This is PML-N firing a shot ‘ across the bow ‘ of the battleship ‘ army ‘…… bold or foolish ??? Recommend

  • Asad
    Aug 15, 2015 - 12:53AM

    Of all the people, the Minister for Climate Change has to make this claim… very pertinent to his job…Recommend

  • Blithe
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:17AM

    So the Twitter queen expects us to think that ik and TuQ were referring to cricket when they talked about the third umpireRecommend

  • ashar
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:24AM

    what else one can expect from a lower level labour leader turned climate change minister, who probably tried to change certain climate he never liked.Recommend

  • Abid Shah Mashwani
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:29AM

    What else would you expect from nonsense people like Mushahid, Dahlal Chaudhary, Khwaja shara and disinformation Minister. The only country in the world where sitting ministers, and civilian chief (Defense Minister) speaks against his own military.Recommend

  • Ih
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:31AM

    Very ill advised interview . Now he is forced to retract conspiracy theory. Loose canon. This will create rift with armed forces, who are not happy with Ns especially cowardly way he is conducting policy with India. If interview is correct then ik and Zaheer Islam can be tried for high treason. Did Mk realize it or was shouting his mouth out?Recommend

  • Arshad Kamal Khan
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:40AM

    What if the the whole story is not true? Is the P.M. going to sit like a Buddha in contemplation or will he take action? Nothing will happen.Recommend

  • Junaid
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:49AM

    Another ‘shosha’ by govt or a ‘haddi’ for media to divert attention from Qasoor incident.Recommend

  • Muhammed
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:49AM

    Whose lying, PML or the Army? If the PML are lying then NS should be charged with treason and if the army are lying then the Generals need to be charged with treason. My own guess is that NS could be heading for yet another early exit.Recommend

  • Azi
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:01AM

    One way to get famous quick is to utter the most vile rubbish. In Pakistan one gets famous by army bashing, same army that saves their hides everyday by their own sacrifices. We do have a heavy population of ultra thankless people.Recommend

  • Punjabi
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:03AM

    It is all true to the last word. I got to know about this story as is during the last days of dharna drama from a very reliable source. Truth has been spoken but we do not want truth we want to remain delusional and misled. Recommend

  • TBS
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:11AM

    Has the PM no control over his cabinet? One day KA shoots his mouth off now MK joining the shooting match OR is it all staged to draw the attention of the Army away from the good work it is doing in rounding up criminals and going after those who have looted this country Recommend

  • Anwar
    Aug 15, 2015 - 3:05AM

    Mushaidullh should charged under article 6Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 15, 2015 - 3:26AM

    PML N always doing such baseless stories they want Army under their thumb
    COAS have to take seriously action against Nawaz governmentRecommend

  • Jibran
    Aug 15, 2015 - 3:28AM

    Mushahidullah is a chronic liar. He thrives in conspiracy theories. It is the people like him who accelerate the demise of a government.Recommend

  • Haremik
    Aug 15, 2015 - 3:57AM

    Lol this mushahidullah should really think before he speaks. And NS should also shut his holy cows before he lands into trouble again. Recommend

  • Petrolhead
    Aug 15, 2015 - 4:04AM

    PML N still living in the past even after cleanly surviving open and widescale election rigging. Don’t have anything to offer hence useless stories allegations and accusations against premier security forces of the country on the occasion of the independence day celebrations.Recommend

  • Petrolhead
    Aug 15, 2015 - 4:05AM

    PML N still living in the past even after cleanly surviving open and widescale election rigging. Don’t have anything to offer hence useless stories allegations and accusations against premier security forces of the country on the occasion of the independence day celebrations.Recommend

  • Neutral
    Aug 15, 2015 - 4:21AM

    This is literally a non sense. I watched the interview he was not even standing with his words. I know they all know what Raheel sharif is upto and they are spreading false rumors. May Allah protect pakistan and Raheel.Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 15, 2015 - 6:25AM

    Let the people know the snakes in the guise of saviours of the nation.The massacre of hundred thousands Pakistanis is the direct consequence of their ugly ideology. This Pandora box will have to open.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Aug 15, 2015 - 7:16AM

    Take those two anarchists in custody and give them third degree. Whole truth will come out.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Aug 15, 2015 - 7:35AM

    And unprofessional?!?! Haha – that’s rich! Recommend

  • A Peshawary
    Aug 15, 2015 - 11:19AM

    The minister forgot the well known saying “Too much talking is not good for health”. He should have also remembered ” More than required loyalty shown towards the boss” is ultimately going to fire-back. The day of reckoning had to come the aggressive minister.

    A PeshawaryRecommend

  • A Peshawary
    Aug 15, 2015 - 11:24AM

    @Abid Shah Mashwani:
    They should remember Shaikh Rashid and Chaudiry brothers ones used to be the mouth peace of Sharif brothers. They must check their mouth before it starts hurting where it hurts most.

    A Peshawary.Recommend

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