ISPR rejects Imran Khan’s allegations against senior army officer

RAWALPINDI – The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday rejected Imran Khan's allegation that a senior army officer was behind the plot to kill him.–Photo courtesy ISPR

RAWALPINDI – The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the Pakistan Army, on Friday rejected ousted prime minister Imran Khan’s allegations against the institution and a senior army officer as “absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for”.

In a press release issued here on Friday soon after Khan’s televised address to the nation live from his hospital bed, the ISPR said, “The baseless and irresponsible allegations by Chairman PTI against the institution and particularly a senior army officer are absolutely unacceptable and uncalled for.

“Pakistan army prides itself for being an extremely professional and well disciplined organisation with a robust and highly effective internal accountability system applicable across the board for unlawful acts, if any, committed by uniformed personnel.

“However, if the honour, safety and prestige of its rank and file is being tarnished by vested interests through frivolous allegations, the institution will jealously safeguard its officers and soldiers no matter what. The baseless allegations hurled at the institution/officials today are highly regrettable and strongly condemned. No one will be allowed to defame the institution or its soldiers with impunity.

“Keeping this in view, the government of Pakistan has been requested to investigate the matter and initiate legal action against those responsible for defamation and false accusations against the institution and its officials without any evidence whatsoever.”

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Khan, who was taken to Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore immediately after he came under a gun attack in the Punjab town of Wazirabad during his long march on Islamabad on Thursday, said in his live address that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan and Major General Faisal Naseer of the Pakistan Army were behind the plot to kill him.

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The PTI chairman called upon his supporters to continue protests across Pakistan until these three accused resign from their offices and submit themselves for investigation. He said a free and fair investigation into the gun attack on him was not possible as long as these three suspects do not resign from their offices.

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