ISI denies hand in Bilawal-Hina 'love affair' defamation campaign

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 07:57 hrs

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has denied allegations by a British newspaper that it has been running a defamation campaign against Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, through a Bangladeshi tabloid.

The tabloid - Weekly Blitz- had earlier reported about an illicit love affair between Khar, who is a mother of two daughters, and President Asif Ali Zardari's son.

"The ISI has nothing to do with this defamation campaign and neither any problem exists between the foreign minister and the agency," The News quoted from an ISPR statement.

"It is handiwork of those who want to weaken the state by creating misunderstanding between various institutions. It is not something new because such people have been fabricating misleading and impish stories in the past as well," it added.

The press release said the newspaper needed to behave more responsibly and confirm veracity of information from respective entities before printing such malicious stories.

An ISPR spokesman said the allegations were "absurd and baseless". He termed the effort involving the agencies "rubbish" and "part of a propaganda campaign".

"We reserve the rights to take legal action on such anonymous reports without quoting any names and sources," he added. (ANI)

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