Pak rubbishes reports of ISI funding BNP

Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 23:30

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday described as false
and misleading media reports that the Pakistani spy agency ISI
had financed the Bangladesh`s main opposition BNP during the
1991 general election in the country.

Referring to reports in sections of the Bangladeshi media
that former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Asad
Durrani had admitted that the spy agency had financed the
Bangladesh Nationalist Party in 1991, Foreign Office spokesman
Abdul Basit said these news reports were "not only totally
baseless but also part of mischievous efforts to damage the
brotherly and mutually beneficial Pakistan-Bangladesh
relationship".

"Pakistan strictly adheres to the principle of
non-interference in internal affairs of other countries and it
would be ill-advised to give credence to such false,
misleading and self-serving stories," he said in a statement.

Durrani has been at the centre of a controversy over the
distribution of funds by the ISI to Pakistani political
parties before the 1991 general election in Pakistan.

The Supreme Court has resumed hearing a 16-year-old case
against the funding of politicians by the ISI.

The former ISI chief recently admitted in the apex court
that he had distributed money provided by banker Yunus Habib
among politicians.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 23:30

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