Former director-general of the Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI), retired Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, has mentioned he by no means requested for the resignation of former premier and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in 2014.
“I by no means despatched anybody to convey any such message to [Nawaz], that is completely unsuitable,” he mentioned whereas chatting with The News.
As a substitute, Islam insisted that at each stage of the 2014 sit-in, he had suggested the PML-N authorities to have interaction politically with the PTI and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to finish the protest. Islam, nevertheless, was reluctant to speak additional on the topic, based on the report.
Islam’s feedback comes days after Nawaz claimed that in his final stint as premier, at a time when Imran Khan was main the 2014 Islamabad sit-in, the previous ISI director-general conveyed a message in the midst of the night time, asking for Nawaz’s resignation or else the results might embrace a martial regulation imposed within the nation.
“I used to be informed to step down and go dwelling. I mentioned no matter you wish to do, do it […] I cannot resign [from the office of the prime minister],” Nawaz mentioned, referring to Islam’s alleged message, throughout his Sept 30 video deal with to his occasion.
Mocking Nawaz’s declare, PM Imran, in an interview with Samaa TV, mentioned: “You had been the prime minister, [how] does he have the braveness to say that to you?
“If somebody tells that to me, I’ll demand his resignation. I’m the democratically elected prime minister; who can dare inform me to step down?”
Later, addressing a lawyer’s discussion board ceremony, PM Imran as soon as once more took Nawaz to process for his declare.
“Why did he [Islam] say that? And why did you [Nawaz] silently hear that? As a result of Zaheerul Islam knew how a lot of cash you had stolen.”
Imran went on to say that opposition events‘ actual concern with the navy was that not like different establishments, the opposition was unable to “management” the ISI after the company “came upon” about their alleged corruption.
Nawaz “fought with each military chief” as a result of he wished to show the navy into Punjab police, Imran mentioned.
Nawaz, who made his political comeback final month, after a year-long hiatus, has in latest weeks levelled serious allegations of political interference in opposition to the armed forces.