.: Asia

Date: 21 Dec 2011

ISPR denies UK paper story‎

RAWALPINDI: The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Wednesday strongly and categorically denied contents of an article, published in daily The Independent, UK in which it made assertions regarding Director General, ISI's visit to Arab countries.

According to a press release issued by ISPR here, "An article was published in the daily The Independent, UK on December 13, 2011, in which Mr. Omar Waraich has made false assertions regarding DG ISI's visit to Arab countries".

It has been said that the DG met senior Arab leaders and asked permission for a military coup in Pakistan.

The story has been published without verification at any level.

It is clarified that DG ISI did not meet any Arab leader between May 1-9, 2011 as mentioned in the article.

The 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.

Contents of the article are strongly and categorically denied. A legal notice is being served to the newspaper to retract the story and apologize," it concluded. (APP)

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