Sep 29

Army denies report on ISI role in Hina-Bilawal affair

Islamabad: Dismissing a report by UK-based The Telegraph which claimed that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) plotted an affair regarding Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, ISPR, army’s media wing, said that the ISI had nothing to do with the campaign against Hina Rabbani.ISPR

In a statement issued here on Saturday, The ISPR said that The Telegraph’s report regarding Hina Rabbani Khar and Bilawal Bhtto Zardari was baseless.

The Inter-Services Public Relation said that the ISI had no problem with the foreign minister and the newspaper report was a conspiracy to undermine the state institutions by spreading misunderstandings.

Quoting unnamed sources in the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) The Telegraph had reported that the PPP figures believed the reports regarding Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were part of a plot by the country’s Inter-Service Intelligence [ISI] agency to damage Hina’s reputation.

The paper said PPP figures the ISI blamed their minister for her part in facilitating a UN investigation into thousands of missing people detained allegedly by the security forces.

It said the ISI expects the United Nations’ Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances to recommend senior army and intelligence officials be charged for their role and blame Hina for allowing the delegation into the country.

“They are not happy with her,” the newspaper said quoting a PPP figure . “The UN mission received a cold reception but Hina was called in by the president to meet him and the army chief. She crossed some red line.”