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DG ISI, ISPR's presser exposed Imran Khan further: Rana Sanaullah

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Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan addresses a press conference at the Press Information Department in Islamabad, on October 27, 2022. — YouTube/PTVNewsLive
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan addresses a press conference at the Press Information Department in Islamabad, on October 27, 2022. — YouTube/PTVNewsLive
  • Sanaullah welcomes DGs ISI, ISPR's critical presser.
  • Khan mongers hate, divides nation through his politics.
  • Government will mobilise armed forces to stop marchers. 

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Thursday said PTI leader Imran Khan's detestable face was exposed before the nation even further after the apex intelligence agency chief stepped up to set the record straight regarding US cypher and Arshad Sharif's murder in a rare presser.

"Khan, who staged the US cypher drama, has turned into a festering wound [for Pakistan]," Sanaullah said addressing a press conference following the DG ISI and DG ISPR's joint conference. 

The minister said the politics of the PTI leader, whose heinous face was unmasked by the audio leaks, was aimed at mongering hate and dividing the nation and it was impossible for democracy to move forward as long as Khan's negative agenda was in force.

No entry in Red Zone 

The interior minister said the government would not let Imran Khan's long march, scheduled to launch tomorrow (Friday, October 28), enter the Red Zone no matter what.

"The government will also mobilise the army under Article 245 of the Constitution and the marchers will be contained at all the entry points into Islamabad."

Regarding PTI's call for a public rally in H-9 and G-9, Sanaullah said the government would ascertain the party's intentions before giving a go-ahead for those political shows.

"We will ensure that the march complies with the orders of the Supreme Court and high court," he said, adding that the PTI would be allowed to march towards the federal capital only if it fulfilled the requirements.

Arshad Sharif murder & US cypher

Moving on to Arshad Sharif's murder, Sanaullah said that this matter was also like the US cypher as they (PTI) "have to play on it."

He said that Imran Khan would also be exposed on this matter.

The minister said that the threat alert for Arshad Sharif was issued by the KP govt, which would be investigated, adding that the alert was a hoax. The alert stated Taliban has plotted the journalist's murder, according to the minister. "Arshad Sharif bought the threat and went to Dubai and was later sent to Kenya," he said and added that the journalist was further terrorised there.

Sanaullah said that the cases against Arshad Sharif killing would be filed after the submission of the findings of the inquiry committee probing the case.

All clues point to Imran Khan, Salman Iqbal

Saying that PTI needs a 'body' for the long march, Rana Sanaullah claimed that "on the face of it all the existing leads in the Arshad Sharif murder case point to Imran Khan and Salman Iqbal".

He said verified details about the ownership of the farmhouse, where Arshad Sharif was suspected to be staying in Kenya, would be received shortly.

The minister said the two-member joint investigation team was gathering intelligence about the Waqar and Khurram --two key characters in the late Arshad Sharif's Kenya ordeal. "Did Khurram inform Arshad Sharif's family first?" Sanaullah questioned.

A rare press conference

Speaking about the rare appearance of DG ISI in a press conference flanked by DG ISPR, Sanaullah said the two clearly conveyed to the nation that the institution intended to work within its constitutional limits.

"The institution's decision to keep in its jurisdiction has made the nation witness regarding the army," the interior minister said.