A BNP Standing Committee member on Sunday rejected the news that Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence gave Khaleda Zia 50 million rupees to help her win in the 1991 parliamentary polls.
The report chiefly dealt with a petition of Pakistan’s former Air Force commander-in-chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan against 140 million Pakistani rupees doled out by the establishment through the ISI to a select group of anti-Benazir Bhutto politicians in 1990.
“Another Rs50 million was allegedly paid to Bangladesh’s Khalida (Khaleda) Zia to help her in polls against Hasina Wajid’s (Wajed’s) Awami League generally perceived by Pakistan’s security establishment as pro-India,” the report said.
“It’s absolutely false and ridiculous. It’s totally unfounded that a party like BNP takes money from a foreign organisation for election campaign,” Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia said Sunday when The Daily Star contacted him for his reaction.
“Recently an influential international newspaper has published a story on a major political party of our country. This one might be counter news of that one,” Rafique added.
The Khaleej Times report can be accessed here: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?section=international&xfile=data/international/2012/march/international_march76.xml