Alert Sign Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. Please support us by taking a moment to turn off Adblock on

Alert Sign Dear reader, please upgrade to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience



Your Name:

Recipient Email:

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday sought an explanation from senior cabinet member and minister for climate change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan, over an interview the latter gave to BBC Urdu, in which he alleged that former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen Zaheerul Islam Abbasi wanted to overthrow Pakistan’s civil and military leadership during last year’s sit-ins by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

In his interview, Mushahidullah alleged that during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with army chief Gen Raheel Sharif on July 28, 2014, an audio tape was played in which Lt. Gen Zaheerul Islam could be heard giving orders to ransack the PM House and spread chaos.

The tape, claimed the federal minister, was obtained by officials of the civilian intelligence agency – Intelligence Bureau.

On hearing the audio tape, Gen Raheel summoned the ISI chief to the meeting and played the tape in front of him, said Mushahidullah. When Zaheerul Islam confirmed that the voice was his own, the army chief asked him to leave, claimed Mushahidullah in his interview with BBC.

Taking notice of the minister’s statements, the PM House issued a news release, asking Mushahidullah Khan to explain his remarks. The release also said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has never heard such an audio tape, nor is he aware of its existence.

Meanwhile Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid, while talking to DawnNews, said he had been with the prime minister during the dharna days last year, adding that he could state with assurance that “no such incident had taken place,” referring to claims of the audio tape being played in Nawaz's meeting with Gen Raheel.

Rashid said Mushahidullah's claims were far from the truth and labelled them as “made up.”

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Bajwa late Friday night said in a tweet that “the story about any tape recording as being discussed in media is totally baseless, unfounded and farthest from the truth.”

The chief of army's media wing went on to say that “such rumours are irresponsible and unprofessional.”

Meanwhile, Senator Mushahidullah Khan, while talking to DawnNews, downplayed his claims, saying that he had never heard the audio recording himself and was told about it by “other sources.” He said he had clarified in his interview that he had himself not heard any audio tape.

The senator said his interview with the BBC was almost a week old and questioned the motives behind releasing it on Independence Day. He said he had given the same explanation to the premier over a telephone call.

Comments (82) Closed

Burhan Aug 14, 2015 10:33pm

Another conspiracy theory... What was the source who told Mushahid all this? He wasn't on any key post to get this kind of information...

Hashim Khan Aug 14, 2015 10:35pm

The communication break down within parties causes such incoherent party lines.

Zohaibk Aug 14, 2015 10:38pm

Pmln is doing same thing like ppp mqm, blackmailing remarks against army then deny like kids.

Lost Lakha Aug 14, 2015 10:41pm

Does it mean that a Senior Member and a Minister of PML-N Government is lying!

Anyway, let us wait till the Army Chief Honorable Raheel Shariff speaks on the subject.

Nasir Karachi Aug 14, 2015 10:49pm

Who asked Jahangir Tareen to join PTI, Qureshi and others? the analysis are available on all TV channels. you hide it or not, every body know who was directing PTI and PAT in the Dhanrna. One clear example was the major presence of Sheikh Raseeh and Choudhary Brothers. Don't ak explanation from mushahid

NZ Aug 14, 2015 10:52pm

Why do you have to embarrass PM, Mr.Musahidullah Khan?

Lal topi Aug 14, 2015 10:54pm

After this episode ... Respect for COAS is doubled .. Take step in the interest of Pakistan

armani bobs Aug 14, 2015 11:04pm

Now likely to happen soon .It may be a kind or priming for the parties involved ,

Nadeem Aug 14, 2015 11:20pm

When we going to learn leave the past .start moving forward .there lot work needed to be take this country and nation towords progress

Zak Aug 14, 2015 11:20pm

@Zohaibk good comment cant agree more

Harmony-1 Aug 14, 2015 11:24pm

Damage limitation exercise at work after revelation!

muzammil ullah khan Aug 14, 2015 11:25pm

All I can say is that there is no dearth of idiots in our country . I recommend this gentleman should join MQM where he will fit in nicely

Abdullah Khan Aug 14, 2015 11:29pm

How come the minister could be this irresponsible? Though, the people of Pakistan must like a true clarification by those who are referred! Lets see who calls spade a spade?

Ahmer Nizam Aug 14, 2015 11:30pm

Najam Sethi pointed out about this tape in his program. PTI resorted not to go in court against Najam Sethi which almost proved everything. Nawaz Sharif, also ask for explanation from Najam Sethi. Justice Wajih report pointed out at corruption of some PTI law makers, but IK did not make any action against them, why? because these lawmakers have strong recommendations on their CVs, IK cannot do anything. Who is who in PTI and on whose recommendations everybody knows about it. Nawaz, Please don't consider us as Youthia who could not understand anything, we know the writers.

kareem Aug 14, 2015 11:33pm

Najam Sethi said the same thing on Aapas Ki Baat. I respect Sethi's contacts and his experience in Pakistani politics. This doesn't sound too far-fetched...after all politics and business are the Establishment's favorite pursuits.

Aftab Alam Khan Aug 14, 2015 11:37pm

Interesting. Only General Raheel could confirm whether tape was played or not.

Chachakirkit Aug 14, 2015 11:37pm

Mushahid is not the first one to disclose this particular alleged tape existence. tape story has been appearing in print media since the dharna time. Kh Asif and pti's brigadier samson of 35 pencher fame in their recent tv talks have discussed at length the real objective of the dharna and using chairman pti as a stepping stone to achieve that objective.

Ghaznavi Aug 14, 2015 11:48pm

more like paving the road for military take over.

Gul Pasha Aug 14, 2015 11:51pm

Its seems an open secret. Javed Hashmi, Justice Wajih, Hamid Khan and others are not lying.

Altaf Aug 14, 2015 11:51pm

@muzammil ullah khan Agreed with your comments.

I am PAKISTAN Aug 15, 2015 12:02am

Another attempt to take kasur incident out of limelight.

Shama Aug 15, 2015 12:05am

Respected men like Justice Wajis, Hmaid Khan, Najam Sethi cannot be liars. Ch. iftikhar and Ramday were also targeted without any proof on whose direction and why? because they were the ones who stood tall at the time when nobody could have the courage to speak against powerful. So, they started maligning iftikhar and through whom? yes one and only IK the great.

IMRAN ALI Aug 15, 2015 12:05am

according to London plan MQM was supposed to join at some stage, even resignation of its parliamentarian was take by AH...some thing happened in between and MQM did not paying the prize..

Farhan Aug 15, 2015 12:09am

They just want the attention to get away from Kasur

Kazi Aug 15, 2015 12:16am

If their agenda is to use Ik then pmln agenda is to defame General Zaheer ul Islam including army

Parvez Aug 15, 2015 12:28am

This is a ' shot across the bow ' .....can the PML-N afford to do this ?

Mustafa Aug 15, 2015 12:38am

@Lost Lakha;

'Does it mean that a Senior Member and a Minister of PML-N Government is lying! '

If the senior most can lie why not others??

Zia Khan Aug 15, 2015 12:38am

Even if we believe in what Mushahid Ullah Khan has said, the plan does not seem to have any sting in it. It could not happen and Imran and Qadri never intended to storm the parliament. Some zealot did go in the compound but were called back. It is more of a comic story released on the sidelines by PMLN.

Hammad Aug 15, 2015 12:44am

look at this man's face

raza Aug 15, 2015 12:48am

who cares... people are dying due to hunger and poverty.. better to look for them. I hate everyone who is talking about politics and power game.

gemini Aug 15, 2015 12:49am

According to army protocol IS I chief cannot do anything which army chief doesn't know. In other words Intel has consent of army chief.minister seems to be a good fabricator and now is in deep trouble.

Old Aug 15, 2015 12:56am

This information was first aired on Najam Sethi's program where a PTI leader brig. Simon provided the exact same details.

ghblock Aug 15, 2015 01:02am

@Zia Khan through time they will know what is their purpose of telling comic stories

Ali Aug 15, 2015 01:03am

May be he is right, because all senior members of PML-N point-out that. let's see in future clear all thing.

Yusuf Aug 15, 2015 01:10am

There is a lot of mud to sling in politics.

Rohail Aug 15, 2015 01:12am

Every Pakistani knows about the directors of Dharna. Nawaz sharif please ask for explanation from all Pakistanis, not from Mushahidullah alone.

irfan Aug 15, 2015 01:17am

its all topi drama, nothing will happened, we loved our Pakistan Army and I don't understand why N league some leaders against our Army?

Iffti Aug 15, 2015 01:37am

@Zia Khan now pmln is part of the story and they cant get out of it i bet

Kamal Pasha Aug 15, 2015 02:02am

I have written many times that our people are interested on rumours and enjoy it. Even media is also interested in Breaking News and these are always rumours. Nobody wait for the truth.

N H RANA Aug 15, 2015 02:09am

@Zohaibk :In my opinion these kind of rumor-MONGERS dealt with strict code of conduct.

Shah Aug 15, 2015 02:29am

An other technique and way of Civilian Democracy Rulers to divert attention and exploit Awaam.

ghulam Aug 15, 2015 02:31am

If this be the case then Dharna or Nawaz Sharif, one of these two should have finished by 29th August, or at least Gen Zaheer should have been removed, it seems to be an attempt of PMLN and like politicians to create a scene against success of operation Zarb e Azb and stop Rangers from apprehending the corrupt!

Saima Aug 15, 2015 02:36am

These PMLN politicians would do any thing to take attention away from Qasur incident even if its maligning there own professional army.

Adnan Aug 15, 2015 02:36am

If there is a smoke there is a fire.

gaonwala Aug 15, 2015 02:40am

@Zia Khan he did a mistake now face it

AMJAD KHAN Aug 15, 2015 02:42am

In every democratically elected Govt.,all cabinet members are privy to extensive confidential information and they are sworn not to reveal any information which might hurt overall goals set by the Prime Minister.Leaving aside what the truth in these revelations is,Mushahidullah khan has exhibited a total non professional and unethicla behavior.Mr Nawaz Shareef does need any enemies if he has harbored friends like him.This "loose cannon" should be immediately "FIRED".

Robbie Aug 15, 2015 02:45am

So the 3rd Umpire was the ISI Chief

Salman-UK Aug 15, 2015 03:09am

This just shows how pathetic PLMN is...

Zoab Khan Aug 15, 2015 03:28am

Mushahidullah is a minister of climate change....lolllllll

saz Aug 15, 2015 03:34am

It was obvious the drama of sits in by PTI and PAT last year was orchestrated by some of the agencies and now it has been disclosed. PML N is doing same work of disclosing or making comments and then rolling back entire comment as that of MQM and PPP.

Sady Aug 15, 2015 03:41am

I am astonished IB could tape ISI chief! I hope he was not using a walkie talkie!

Khan-Kashmiri , USA Aug 15, 2015 03:42am

Mushahid is telling the truth , Kh Asif had said the same thing but NS is trying to save himself from shame and embarrassment.

Asif Aug 15, 2015 03:44am

This thing is not sane for sure.

FA Aug 15, 2015 03:47am

He should be fired as Minister for Climate change for spreading rumors.

Kayne Aug 15, 2015 04:02am

Shame on the gov to undermine all the good work the army is doing for Pakistan.

parveez Aug 15, 2015 04:17am

Mushahidullah Khan, is a loud mouth, and rude man, thats the impression I got when ever I have seen him on television

Sarwar, USA Aug 15, 2015 04:25am

Topi drama by PML N to calm MQM and corner PTI. What a bunch of hypocrites politicians we have...

Sara ally qureshi Aug 15, 2015 04:26am

@Old all done to defame the army.

Dr. Khalilullah Shaikh Aug 15, 2015 04:56am

"other sources" should immediately be unveiled by the learned senator/senior cabinet member... he may also be "dealt with" for his baseless and far from truth remarks in the BBC interview.

Malveros Aug 15, 2015 05:21am

Mushahidullah is spot on. That is the reality whether anyone likes it or not.

JHK Aug 15, 2015 05:37am

Army is getting too popular. This is nothing but an effort on NSs part to defame the army . I guess a lot of people didnt even know about this but NS made sure that every one knows about this letter.

pakman Aug 15, 2015 05:49am

double standards of Mushaidullah, will come down hard on the corrupt PML-N memebers as well. Corruption and extremism true enemies of Pakistan.

Iqbal Aug 15, 2015 05:50am

On 69th Independence Day we have yet not become mature enough to handle sensitive matters responsibly. Just listening to someone and airing irresponsibly on foreign media without its authenticity is enough a proof of our maturity level. Such people must be taught and trained to understand the National Interests and intricacies attached so that our enemies may not get advantage.

ShehzadA Aug 15, 2015 05:52am

All of them are corrupt and all this drama. Some guy leak out the info then pressured into taking it back. That is what will happen. When Zardari spoke ill about army and threaten to expose Generals I didn't hear a peep from any body... why? What Zardari wrong or there so something else is going on? Think? Why we are in such a big mess? I am not a PPP fan but he has guts and no body could touch him regardless of his ill reputation.

shair khan Aug 15, 2015 06:06am

Remember when there is smoke there is fire. Was Javid Hashmi not saying the same thing.

Sonny Afridi Aug 15, 2015 06:10am

Baseless lies. If the IsI wanted sharif out he would've been out let me assure you. ISI had nothing to do with IK's movement. When someone wants attentions run to British outlets? Kya baat!

zia Aug 15, 2015 06:18am

well done BBC u never let the peace come in this nation. I dont know when our people will wake up.

Syed Rizvi Aug 15, 2015 06:20am

True or false such internal squabbles augurs not well for the government.n

Pragmatic Aug 15, 2015 06:30am

Power strangles between Civilian and Military is a daily thing in our country. Why is everyone acting so surprised? This minister forgot the cardinal rule that these matters shall remain behind the walls no matter who wins.

Saima Khan Niazi Aug 15, 2015 06:31am

Its seems an open secret. Javed Hashmi, Justice Wajih, Hamid Khan and others are not lying

PTI is a division of the establishment, not good for democracy

Mr M.Tariq Aug 15, 2015 07:19am

Not to bright. Should be kept in Pakistan For future not foreign material

FARHAN Aug 15, 2015 07:44am

..........and thses politicians call themselves patriots n nation builders. What a great occasion selected for this disgraceful act. It has become a norm in our country that you utter rubbish n very easily retract by saying that it was put of context. Please leave this country n do not destroy the spirit created by out great armed forces.

Tariq Siddique Aug 15, 2015 01:31pm

it's ripe time to say good bye to such old politicians who continue creating problems for the govt through their untimely statements, albeit correct, n reignite the civil military strife instead of letting the govt to run smoothly.

DocRiz Aug 15, 2015 09:09pm

For BBC to air a report on the former top spook means the tape most likely is in existence i. e. several western agencies must have them, all Pakistani agencies have western handler's.

If the conspiracy is indeed true, charges of treason will certainly be filed against Abbasi, Pasha, Qadri and Imran Khan. There is ample evidence available against the four to try them in the newly empowered military courts.

aiyer Aug 16, 2015 10:23am

Pakistanis need to work harder at developing a democratic society. Over the next 20-25 years, if they start now, most issues including Kashmir will be resolved. The military rulers will not allow Kashmir to resolve as their arms-merchant backers will lose billions of dollars of business.

Duur Aug 16, 2015 12:52pm

After this. My respect for COAS and PTI leader Imran Khan has doubled. Respect them both. They are true patriots.

noshin Aug 16, 2015 01:56pm

Aminister from PML-N sets an example of poor foreign policy!

noshin Aug 16, 2015 01:57pm

Political party leaders and chair persons are so mean in this country!

noshin Aug 16, 2015 02:05pm

an army officer thinks about the national interests whereas a politician thinks about his party's interests..

noshin Aug 16, 2015 02:05pm

@Duur an army officer thinks about the national interests whereas a politician thinks about his party's interests..

Shak Aug 16, 2015 02:55pm

When you give too much power to spooks, things could get out of hand.

Dr. Ahmad Baig USA Aug 17, 2015 12:36am

Mushahid is not the first one to disclose this alleged tape existence. tape story has been appearing in print media since the dharna time. The Captain of this team and news breaker is Kh Asif , Request to PM and COAS /JCOS to take proper action against Kh.Asif on Aug 4, 2015 he talked in TV shows against Army and two DG ISI, this is discrimination of PM to terminated small bird and no action against corcodile.