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Hina-Bilawal rumour: UK paper points to ISI hand,Pak says no

Both Khar and Gulzar have dismissed the tabloid’s report as “reprehensible” and “trash”.

The Pakistani military on Saturday dismissed as “absurd and baseless” a British newspaper’s report that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was behind a defamation campaign against Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

A spokesman for the Inter-Services Public Relations denied The Telegraph’s allegation that the ISI was running a defamation campaign through Bangladeshi tabloid Blitz against Khar and Bilawal.

“These allegations are absurd and baseless. The ISI has nothing to do with this defamation campaign and neither any problem exists between the Foreign Minister and the agency,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The defamation campaign was the “handiwork of those who want to weaken the state by creating misunderstanding between various institutions”,the spokesman said.

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“The Telegraph”,the spokesman said,“needs to behave more responsibly and confirm veracity of information from respective entities before printing such malicious stories”.

He described media reports involving Pakistani military agencies as “rubbish and part of a propaganda campaign”.

The Bangladeshi tabloid’s claim that 34-year-old Khar and 24-year-old Bilawal were involved in a relationship had triggered speculation about the fate of the Foreign Minister’s marriage with industrialist Feroz Gulzar.

Both Khar and Gulzar have dismissed the tabloid’s report as “reprehensible” and “trash”.

However,The Telegraph quoted unnamed “senior PPP figures” as saying they believed the claims about Khar were part of a plot by the ISI to damage her reputation.