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Imran asks President to draw clear lines for ISPR

In a letter, the PTI chief appealed to the President to take note of “serious wrongdoings” which are undermining the country’s national security….reports Asian Lite news

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on President Arif Alvi to define “clear operational lines” of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) while also asking him to act against the “abuse of power and violations of our laws and of the Constitution”, it emerged on Monday, according to a media report.

In a letter dated November 6, the PTI chief appealed to the President to take note of “serious wrongdoings” which are undermining the country’s national security. He also asked Alvi to identify the “guilty” and hold them accountable, Dawn reported.

“No person or State institution can be above the law of the land. We have been seeing a massive abuse of citizens at the hands of rogue elements within State organisations, including custodial torture and abductions all carried out with impunity. You hold the highest Office of State and I am requesting you to act now to stop the abuse of power and violations of our laws and of the Constitution, which ensures the fundamental rights of every citizen,” Khan wrote in a letter to Alvi.

This letter came in the wake of the assassination attempt on Imran Khan’s life shot during his long march in Punjab Province’s Wazirabad on Thursday. He has since held both the coalition government and military establishment responsible for the attack.

He claimed that the Official Secrets Act was breached when a “confidential conversation between myself as Prime Minister, the Chief of Army Staff and the Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), on a supposedly secure line, was ‘leaked’ to the media”, the report said.

“This raises a very serious question as to who or what organisation was involved in doing a clearly illegal wiretap of the PM’s secure phone line? This is a breach of national security at the highest level,” he said.

A series of separate audio recordings surfaced in September, allegedly featuring the leadership of the PTI and PML-N holding informal conversations never meant to be heard by the public.

Khan also posed two further questions: How the head of Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency could hold a public press conference and how two military bureaucrats could hold a “highly political press conference”, Dawn reported.

“The parameters of a military information organisation such as the ISPR also need to be clearly defined and limited to information relating to defence and military issues. As supreme commander of the armed forces, I call on you to initiate the drawing up of these clear operational lines for the ISPR.”

On Sunday, Imran Khan said the Punjab Police has refused to register an FIR against DG(C) ISI Major General Faisal Naseer to probe the officer’s alleged involvement in the assassination attempt.

In a press conference in Lahore, Imran Khan said, “Punjab Police said they are ready to register FIR against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah but not against DG (C) ISI Faisal Naseer.”

Imran Khan held the three men accountable for the attack during his long march.

“I fully believe these three have done this (attack) through a conspiracy. It’s my right [to register case]. I’m the leader of the biggest political party and ex-PM and if I can’t get his name in the FIR then I ask what [rights can be expected] for the nation and for the common man?” Imran Khan said as per Dawn’s transcript of his conference.

Imran Khan welcomed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s decision of judicial inquiry into the assassination attempt, however, said, “when all the agencies come under the three people I’ve named, who will investigate?”

“How can we have an impartial and fair investigation? It can’t happen. That’s why I asked them to resign so the investigation can be fair,” he said.

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