‘I did not issue political statements’: DG ISPR

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Says army has no objection to judicial probe into ‘foreign conspiracy’ claim

The military on Wednesday said that it has no objection whatsoever if a judicial commission is set up to probe into the PTI’s claims that Imran Khan had been ousted from power through a foreign conspiracy.

“Whatever commission the government forms, the military will extend full cooperation,” DG ISPR Maj-Gen Babar Iftikhar said in an interview on Wednesday. “The incumbent government has this option.

The previous government also had this option,” the military spokesperson said. In another television interview, the military spokesperson said a day earlier that the National Security Committee was clearly told in its 37th meeting that the intelligence agencies had not found evidence of any “foreign conspiracy” against the PTI government.

Former senior minister Asad Umar on Wednesday sought to call it an opinion of the DG ISPR, saying that he did not agree that “since it is a matter of national security, the army’s opinion should be considered the final word.” But Maj-Gen Babar said in his fresh interview that it wasn’t an opinion – rather whatever he said was based on the reports of the intelligence agencies.

He added that he is the spokesperson for the armed forces of Pakistan and that he had spo.ken on behalf of the three services chiefs who attended the NSC meeting.