ISI denies role in Hina Rabbani affair

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 19:52 hrs

Islamabad: It was all started by an unverified report by the Bangladeshi tabloid 'The Weekly Blitz', which quoted unnamed sources to claim that Pakistan Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, was having an affair with the scion of the ruling Pakistan's People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto.

The story, accepted as fact by the media despite the lack of any proof whatsoever, has lead to a farcical storm of words in Pakistan.

To add to the noise, UK's 'The Telegraph' reported (once again quoting 'unnamed PPP sources') that the whole racy tale of a steamy affair was invented by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence to defame and damage the Foreign Minister.

The ISI has now denied these claims.

"These allegations are absurd and baseless. The ISI has nothing to do with this defamation campaign and neither any problem exists between the Foreign Minister and the agency," the spokesman said in a statement.

The defamation campaign was the "handiwork of those who want to weaken the state by creating misunderstanding between various institutions", the spokesman said.

"The Telegraph", the spokesman said, "needs to behave more responsibly and confirm veracity of information from respective entities before printing such malicious stories".

He described media reports involving Pakistani military agencies as "rubbish and part of a propaganda campaign".

Both Khar and her husband Gulzar have dismissed the tabloid's report as "reprehensible" and "trash".

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