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Dhaka waits for 'transcript' from Pakistan to verify ISI funding
DHAKA, March 24 (BSS) - Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni today said her ministry has been waiting for the transcript of the deposition of former ISI chief Asad Durrani as Pakistan foreign ministry denied intelligence funding to Bangladesh's BNP in 1991 general elections.

"We have heard that there are reports of Pakistani denial, but we have been waiting for the transcript (of the deposition of the former ISI chief). We can make comments on it once we have it," said the foreign minister when approached for comments on the controversial issue of ISI funding in Bangladesh general elections by Pakistani intelligence.

The Pakistani intelligence funding comes to the fore last week after the Middle-East based Khaleej Times and the UK-based Daily Mail Online published identical reports that former ISI chief has admitted in Pakistan Supreme Court that they had funded BNP five crore Rupees to go to power in 1991 general elections.

The media reports were also carried out by leading media houses in Dhaka.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her cabinet colleagues and a number of senior leaders of Awami League came down heavily on BNP and its chairperson Khaleda Zia for taking five crore Rupees from the 'defeated force', Pakistan, in order to come to power in 1991 elections.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Abdul Basit at a regular press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, however, denied the allegations saying the former ISI chief did not admit in the Supreme Court that they had financed BNP during parliamentary elections in Bangladesh in 1991.

"Let me say that these news reports are totally baseless. These are not only baseless but also part of mischievous efforts to damage the brotherly and mutually beneficial relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Basit said Pakistan strictly adheres to the non- interference in internal affairs of other countries and that it would be ill advised to give credence to such false, misleading and self- serving stories.
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