Pakistan rejects British daily report on intelligence chief meet
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Nov. 21 ,IRNA -- Pakistan army Monday rejected as ‘baseless and concocted’ a British daily report that the intelligence chief attended a meeting between the U.S. ambassador in Islamabad and a political leader.
The London-based Sunday Times has reported that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan met U.S. envoy Cameron Munter in the presence of Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.
Khan’s party has confirmed he met with Munter on his request but denied the meeting was attended by the intelligence chief.
A leader of the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party says that Khan’s meeting with the U.S. ambassador had been attended by an intelligence officer.
The PML-N also claims that Khan is being supported by the country’s security establishment as a new emerging political leader.
The army in a statement rejected the reports and described it baseless and concocted story.
Khan has also denied any involvement with the intelligence and military in series of interview.
Imran Khan told an Indian TV channel last week that if he comes to power, he will be General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s boss. Khan further said that his agenda is to bring the Army under him and make the ISI report to him directly. He is also opposed to the military operations against the militants in the tribal regions and calls for dialogue with the militants.
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.”
Khan has been the center of the international and local media since he spoke at a big public meeting in the city of Lahore earlier this month.
Pakistani Taliban also recently criticized Khan as the ‘slave of the West’ after he said he does not support the extremism.
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