Pak Defence Ministry says no political cell operating in ISI

      The Defence Ministry of Pakistan, during the hearing of the Asghar Khan petition in the Supreme Court, has denied the existence of a political cell operating in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has been hearing the 1996 petition filed by Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan who had accused the ISI of financing politicians in the 1990 elections by dishing out Rs 140 million to create the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) and prevent Benazir Bhutto's PPP from winning the polls, reports The Dawn.

Chief Justice Iftikhar said that a letter submitted before the court on June 26, 1997 had stated that a political cell was functioning within the ISI. Defence Ministry representative Commander Shahbaz asserted that the information had been confirmed with the ISI before submitting the response.

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