IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, June 26,IRNA -- Pakistan chief military spokesman has lashed out at major American newspapers for publishing baseless news to damage the reputation of the country’s military and its leadership.
Major General Athar Abbas said that 'The New York Times' and ' Washington Post' recently attributed remarks to the Army Chief, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, who has never made those remarks.
General Abbas told the state television in an interview that Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani never said that Pakistan had mortgaged itself to the US. He said the NYT had claimed that the story was published on the basis of notes of a participant of a session at the National Defence University addressed by Gen Kayani that the army chief had acknowledged that the country had mortgaged itself to the US'.
He said, 'We have the recorded video proof and transcript of the whole address of General Ashfaq Kiani. He said the army chief has not said a single word what the NYT has published.
The NYT also published a story in the name of the military public relations department on June 15, titled 'Pakistan's Chief of Army fights to keep his job', which is contrary to the fact and there is no such thing.
He said that the army’s public relations department with the help of Ministry of
Information took up the case against the local correspondent for of NYT for his irresponsible reporting and to cancel his visa but the resident editor and foreign correspondent editor of the newspaper in person came to Pakistan and apologized to the army’s information department.
General Abbas said there has been a flurry of reports in US media particularly, New York Times and Washington Post, which are rivals but working on the same agenda by casting a negative light on the military by questioning its sincerity in the fight against militancy.
The NYT story was a baseless story which was seen by the army’s public relations department as a continuation of the campaign against the army both at the national and international level.
He said that one needs to understand that there were hidden hands which were supporting, funding and fuelling in manipulating the public opinion that there was a wide gap between Army and nation.
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