Troubling claims: ISI ex-chief plotted to topple govt, says Mushahid

Published: August 15, 2015
Federal minister Mushahidullah Khan. PHOTO: INP

Federal minister Mushahidullah Khan. PHOTO: INP

A senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has claimed that during the last year’s marathons sit-ins by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), the then Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief had plotted to topple the country’s civil and military leaderships.

In an interview to BBC Urdu at the first anniversary of the sit-ins, Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan said the conspiracy was foiled after a civilian intelligence agency, Intelligence Bureau (IB), intercepted a call of the ISI chief Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam who was allegedly giving instruction to create chaos during the sit-ins and take control of the PM House.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presented an audio tape of the conversation to the Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif, in a meeting held in the evening of August 28, 2014.

“The army chief was astonished to hear the tape and called for General Zaheerul Islam who came to the meeting and after hearing the sound bite acknowledged that it was his voice. Later, the army chief asked Islam to leave,” Mushahidullah said.

The PML-N stalwart claimed that the conspiracy was aimed at toppling not only the civilian government but also the military leadership.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2015.

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  • bash gul
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:20PM

    These naan leaguers are only concerned in defaming the army. On an auspicious day like 14 August, this maron indulges in politics. People were celebrating Independence Day not because of the government, but are happy at the army and rangers in bringing peace in the country.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 15, 2015 - 1:48PM

    In August 2014 the score would be…. +1 to Nawaz, 0 to Raheel.
    Today August 2015 the score looks like ….. – 3 to Nawaz and Raheel has yet to play. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:05PM

    Congrats to IB. They also caught ik talking to alvi to co-opt mqm into the d chowk “dharna”.Recommend

  • Emad
    Aug 15, 2015 - 3:13PM

    All allegations aside the fact that IB is being used to monitor ISI is very troubling because the ISI holds many national security secrets which cannot be revealed to anyone except the militaryRecommend

  • Usman
    Aug 15, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Military doesn’t need to overthrow any government, when the time comes, the government will fall on its own weight and military will be left to sweep the messRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 15, 2015 - 7:02PM

    Everyone knew that Imran and Fake Revolutionary Thug would not had dared to spread anarchy if they had not been directed and sponsored by someone very powerful and very important person. Why is that in Pakistan, media and others can use terms such as “Na Maloom Afraad”, “Agencies” “Hasaas Adaray”, but nobody can name the real culprit. In this drama too, Pakistan Army and General Raheel should be proud of themselves that they protected Democracy and Government from Anarchists and Rouge Elements. If anyone was involved, he must be brought forward and punished. General Raheel should also prove that no individual is more important than Pakistan.Recommend

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