Islamabad: The Pakistani Defence Ministry has taken serious notice of allegations levelled by former Supreme Court Bar Association president and rights activist Asma Jahangir, who has alleged that the country`s security establishment was plotting to assassinate her.
"This has been very serious allegation which should be articulated in an appropriate legal manner by her instead of raising the matter through the media," the Daily Times quoted from a statement from the ministry.
"It will serve her personal security and national interest that she lodges a complaint and provides the necessary evidence; only then that the matter can be properly investigated and appropriate steps would be taken," the statement said.
Jahangir is globally recognised for her human rights work and is one of Pakistan`s most respected rights activists. She is credited with establishing the highly regarded independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and AGHS Legal Aid, the first free legal aid centre in Pakistan.
Jahangir told Pakistani media on June 04 that she had discovered through a "security leak" brought to her attention by a "highly credible" source that an assassination attempt was being planned against her from "the highest levels of the security establishment”.
In recent months, Jahangir has been at odds with the Pakistani military in a series of high profile stand-offs.