Controversial interview: Federal minister Mushahidullah Khan resigns

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Mushahidullah will give explanation to PM over his interview as he arrives in Pakistan from Maldives

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Senator Mushahidullah Khan has resigned from the post of Federal Minister for Climate Change a day after BBC Urdu published his interview in which he alleged that former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen Zaheerul Islam Abbasi had tried to stage a coup during last year’s sit-ins by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

According to sources, Mushahidullah Khan has forwarded his resignation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister sought exaplanation from the senator over his controversial interview to BBC.

During his interview, Mushahidullah had alleged that the intelligence agency Intelligence Bureau (IB) recorded some of the audio tapes of General Zaheerul Islam’s conversations in which he was directing some people how to spread chaos during the PTI sit-ins and then occupy the Prime Minister House.

He further said that the Prime Minister played those audio tapes before the Army Chief on the eve of August 28, 2014.

Responding to these accusations, the Prime Minister s spokesperson refuted claims made by the PML-N minister said that no such tape exists.

He said there is nothing in the knowledge of Prime Minister regarding any tape which was presented to him by the Minister as claimed.

Information Minister, Pervaiz Rashid has also rebutted the claim of Mushahidullah. He said no one had listened to any such tape nor was such tape presented to anyone.