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Imran Khan rejects claims on sacking Gen Asim as DG-ISI in 2019

Imran Khan shared a report by the Telegraph UK which made shocking claims on his " personal duel" with Pakistan's current military chief.

PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has rejected the allegations of “sacking” General Asim Munir as the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG-ISI) in 2019 because the then-spymaster wanted to investigate corruption cases involving his wife Bushra Bibi.

According to the details, Imran Khan shared a report by the Telegraph UK on the former premier’s ” personal duel” with Pakistan’s current military chief.

However, Imran Khan immediately refuted the allegations made in the article, terming them as “completely false”. He then went on to say that Asim Munir never showed him any proofs, nor did he remove him from his post.

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“The article claims that I had made Gen Asim resign as DG ISI because he had shown me my wife Bushra Begum’s corruption cases. This is completely false. Neither did Gen Asim show me any proof of my wife’s corruption nor did I make him resign because of that,” Imran Khan said on Twitter.

On the other hand, PML-N leader and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb called Imran Khan a liar, while questioning what other reason was there. “If this wasn’t the reason, what was? Do tell! The only reason you can’t give another reason is because you know that this is the real reason. Liar,” she said.

The article had claimed that Imran Khan removed Gen Asim Munir as the DG-ISI in 2019 as he wanted to investigate Imran Khan’s wife and her circle for corruption.

“Gen Munir was head of the military intelligence, looking after the army’s internal affairs, and then head of the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence). It was as the ISI chief that he is reported to have first clashed with Mr Khan, who was the then prime minister. Gen Munir is reported to have informed Mr Khan he wanted to investigate allegations of corruption around his wife and her circle,” the article said.

“Then, in June 2019, he was removed from his post only eight months into what was meant to be a three-year term. The army offered no explanation for the reshuffle, which saw Gen Munir shipped off to lead an army corps in Punjab and replaced with a hardliner,” it further added.

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