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Pakistani Minister steps down after claims of ISI plot

Iran Press TV

Aug 15, 2015 11:36PM

Pakistani Environment Minister Mushahid Ullah Khan has stepped down following an interview, in which he claimed former intelligence chief Zaheer-ul-Islam had connections with anti-government protests last year.

Khan submitted his resignation on Saturday following an interview with the state-funded BBC, in which he claimed the former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) had encouraged anti-government protests last year, said Information Minister Pervez Rashid.

According to Pakistani sources, Khan was alledgedly pressured into handing in his resignation.

During the two months of protests held in the capital Islamabad in 2014, organized by opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, three people were killed and over 500 wounded.

According to Khan, a recording existed in which Zaheer-ul-Islam was provoking demonstrators to invoke chaos and attack Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s home.

Khan said that the recording had been played by the prime minster during a meeting with army chief General Raheel Sharif.

“No such thing ever happened," said Rashid adding, "No tape was listened to or played."

The military has also denied the existence of any such recording.

"The story about any tape recording as being discussed in media is totally baseless, unfounded & farthest from truth," military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, tweeted on Friday.

Former ISI chief dies

Meanwhile, former ISI chief Lieutenant General Hamid Gul died after suffering a brain hemorrhage, in the town of Murree, north-east of the capital.

Gul was a retired top-ranking general officer in the Pakistan Army, who headed ISI from 1987 to 1989, when he gathered conservative politicians and helped them create a center-right conservative coalition (IJI) united against the left-leaning Pakistan People’s Party.

The 79-year-old, who had admitted to interference in domestic politics, was often accused of collaborating with the Taliban militant group in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He has also stated that the United States has failed in Afghanistan and is now seeking to destroy it.

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