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DG ISI did not meet Arab leaders between May 1-9: ISPR

Posted by yourpakistan on December 21, 2011


The Inter Services Public Relations department (ISPR) has denied a media report which had stated that DG Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) Shuja Pasha had met Arab leaders to discuss a military coup in Pakistan. A statement released by ISPR on their website on Wednesday clarified that Pasha did not meet any Arab leaders between May 1-9, 2011 and the report was published “without verification at any level”.

It says:
DG ISI’s other visits to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE only, prior to or after this period, were part of routine intelligence sharing activity, during which he interacted with his counterparts only.

The ISPR statement says that a legal notice will also be served to the British newspaper to retract the story. Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the whistleblower behind the Memogate affair, claimed that Pasha had visited Arab countries for discussions on a possible coup, according to media reports.

The newspaper The Independent had published the report on December 13 on the issue. The website, in a blog post, quoted Ijaz as saying: “Their [US intelligence] information was that Pasha had travelled to a few Arab countries to talk about what the necessary line of action would be in the event that they had to remove Zardari from power, and so forth.”

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