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Pakistan Army slams former PM Imran Khan for ‘irresponsible and baseless’ allegations in opposition to ISI officer

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By Press Trust of India: Pakistan’s Army on Monday slammed Imran Khan for “highly irresponsible and baseless” allegations by him in opposition to a serving ISI officer with none proof as a up to date disagreement broke out between the extremely efficient military and the earlier prime minister.

In a strongly worded assertion, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the media wing of the military- moreover acknowledged that Khan’s “fabricated and malicious allegations are extremely unfortunate, deplorable and unacceptable.” “This has been a consistent pattern for last one year wherein military and intelligence agencies officials are targeted with insinuations and sensational propaganda for the furtherance of political objectives,” it acknowledged.

The assertion obtained right here two days after the 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician at a rally on Saturday accused spy firm Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) Gen Faisal Naseer of orchestrating plans to murder him.

“We ask the political leader concerned to make recourse to legal avenues and stop making false allegations. The institution reserves the right to take legal course of action against patently false and malafide statements and propaganda,” the ISPR acknowledged.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief to exercise for “maligning and threatening” the army and intelligence corporations.

“Imran Niazi’s act of routinely maligning and threatening the Pakistan Army and Intelligence Agency for the sake of petty political gains is highly condemnable. His levelling of allegations without any proof against Gen Faisal Naseer and officers of our Intelligence Agency cannot be allowed and will not be tolerated,” he tweeted on Sunday.

Sharif blasted Khan for alleging that ISI’s Major-General Naseer, who allegedly tried to kill him twice, was moreover involved inside the brutal murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif.

Arshad Sharif, who was essential of the Army, was shot lifeless by police in Kenya closing October days after he fled the nation, citing threats to his life from the security corporations. The killing of Arshad Sharif led to outrage in Pakistan.

Kenya’s police, in an preliminary report, had acknowledged the 49-year-old was shot lifeless in a shifting automobile in a case of mistaken identification.

Khan had earlier accused Gen Naseer, along with Prime Minister Sharif and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah of an assassination attempt on his life in November closing 12 months in Punjab province’s Wazirabad, the place he acquired three bullets in his leg.

“As someone who has suffered two assassination attempts on his life in the last few months, can I dare to ask SS (Shehbaz Sharif) the following question” and proceeded to raise quite a few essential queries in regards to the place of army officers, Khan requested.

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Khan requested if he, as a citizen, has the proper to nominate these “I feel were responsible for assassination attacks on me?”, and adopted by questioning, “Why was I denied my legal & Constitutional right to register an FIR?” Then he raised the essential question about calling out any from the Army if involved inside the violation of the regulation. “Does SS (Shehbaz Sharif) tweet mean military officers are above the law or that they cannot commit a crime? If we allege one of them has committed a crime, how is the institution being maligned?” Khan requested.

He moreover questioned who was extremely efficient ample to sabotage the Wazirabad Joint Investigation Team whereas his PTI authorities was in vitality inside the Punjab province.

Khan was ousted from vitality in April after shedding a no-confidence vote in his administration, which he alleged was part of a US-led conspiracy specializing in him attributable to his neutral worldwide protection selections on Russia, China, and Afghanistan.

Khan, who obtained right here to vitality in 2018, is the one Pakistani Prime Minister to be ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

He has since been essential of the Army, as he alleged that his eradicating was not attainable and never utilizing a nod from the extremely efficient establishment, a value denied by the army.