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ISPR rejects BBC's report terming it 'totally baseless'

Britain-based Urdu news service claimed that the former prime minister met two 'uninvited guests'
Published 10 Apr, 2022 02:16pm
"There is no truth in the fake story whatsoever and clearly seems part of an organised disinformation campaign. The matter is being taken up with BBC authorities," the official handout read. ISPR/File
"There is no truth in the fake story whatsoever and clearly seems part of an organised disinformation campaign. The matter is being taken up with BBC authorities," the official handout read. ISPR/File

The Pakistan Army's media wing on Sunday rejected a BBC Urdu report that allegedly narrated a series of events that happened in the Prime Minister House late at night on Saturday and termed it "totally baseless and a pack of lies".

The Inter-Services Public Relations issued a statement, stating that the report was a "typical propaganda", lacked "any credible, authentic and relevant source" and claimed that it "violates basic journalistic ethos".

"There is no truth in the fake story whatsoever and clearly seems part of an organised disinformation campaign. The matter is being taken up with BBC authorities," the official handout read.

As the voting on the no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan was in limbo till Saturday evening, the report stated that the centre of attention for meetings shifted towards the Prime Minister House where cabinet members, legal and political advisers and former NA speaker and deputy speaker were also called on to meet Imran.

It also claimed that two "uninvited guests" with "unusual" security of young personnel also reached the former prime minister's residence through helicopter. The meeting between the two guests and the prime minister which was not much pleasant lasted at least 45 minutes, read the report.

"An order to dismiss one of the officials, who came for the meeting, was issued by the former prime minister at least an hour ago and he was not expecting them at the PM House," claimed the report.

"Rather the prime minister was expecting the newly-appointed official in the helicopter whose arrival would subside the hue and cry that was happening in Parliament after the Supreme Court's verdict" on April 7, it alleged.

It further claimed that the defence ministry did not issue notifications for dismissal of the official and appointment of a new official, making the PM House's efforts for "revolutionary change" a failure.

The report then said that a petition had been filed in the Islamabad High Court as an arrangement to declare the former prime minister's notifications null and void.

Petition in IHC

On the orders of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, the gates of the high court were unlocked around 10pm on Saturday to hear a petition, seeking to restrain the former prime minister from removing General Qamar Jawed Bajwa as the chief of army staff.

Advocate Adnan Iqbal filed the petition under Article 199 of the Constitution and named the Federation of Pakistan, Government of Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Dr Arif Alvi, Ministry of Law and the secretary of the Ministry of Defence as respondents.

A copy of the petition was available with the Aaj Digital.

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