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Reports of ex-ISI chief Zaheerul Islam joining PTI ‘untrue’, says Fawad Ch

ISLAMABAD: Former federal information minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that reports of the former director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), retired Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, joining PTI is ‘untrue’.

According to media reports, Fawad said there was no truth to rumours that Gen Islam had joined the PTI, adding that he was merely expressing support for a PTI candidate who happened to be a relative of the retired general.

He said Gen Islam had participated in a political event in support of a PTI candidate in the upcoming Punjab Assembly by-polls.

The candidate he is said to have been supporting is Shabbir Awan, who is running for MPA from the PP-7 (Rawalpindi) constituency.

It is worth noting that Gen Islam remained ISI chief from March 2012 to Nov 2014. During this time, it was speculated that he had provided tacit support to the PTI during their sit-in outside parliament and remained a part of negotiations held to try and seek a peaceful resolution of the sit-in.

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