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Coup rumours in Pakistan after Osama death denied

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 6, IRNA -- Pakistan’s former intelligence chief has denied rumours about a coup plot after the killing of Osama bin Laden in US military operation in May.

Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who was Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, made a statement before a Judicial Commission, which is investigating an alleged memo sent to the US about the possible coup.

The memo was allegedly sent to then US Chief of Staff Mike Mullen on behalf of Pakistan’s former ambassador Hussain Haqqani.

“There was no planning for a coup as such after the May 2 US raid to hunt down al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden,” Gen. Pasha told the Commission.

He said the ISI would have known if there was any threat of coup.

The central player in the scandal Mansoor Ijaz had said in his testimony that after the Abbottabad incident, former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani had approached him, citing fears that the military in Pakistan was moving for a coup over the democratically elected government.

To confirm what Haqqani had told him, Ijaz had said that he had used his contacts with the intelligence agencies of different countries to verify this information.

On Thursday, while speaking before the commission, Pasha said only the military leadership was consulted about Ijaz's article in the Financial Times.

He also said that he did not know Ijaz before meeting him.

Haqqani had appeared before the Commission earlier this year but he has refused to appear in Islamabad after he was allowed to proceed abroad.

The commission expressed dissatisfaction over former ambassador to United States Husain Haqqani's appeal to adjourn the hearing.

Justice Esa, head of the Commission, told Haqqani's counsel Zahid Bukhari that if his client was not well then he should not have taken up such an important duty of an envoy.

He further said that earlier Haqqani had undertaken that he will appear before the commission within four days whenever he is summoned.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80063711

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