ISI Chief told me to resign in the middle of the night, Nawaz Sharif makes new stunning claims


*Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif claimed on Wednesday that former ISI chief Lieutenant General (retired) Zaheer-ul-Islam had asked him to resign “in the middle of the night” during the 2014 anti-government sit-ins.*

“I received a message in the middle of the night,” Sharif told PML-N members in the party’s central executive committee meeting. “It was said that ‘if you don’t do that you will have to face the consequences and martial law can also be imposed’.

“I said… do whatever you want but I won’t resign,” Sharif added.

In 2014, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek had staged a 126-day sit-in in Islamabad against alleged rigging of the 2013 elections.

Lt Gen (retired) Islam had served as the ISI chief from March 19, 2012 to November 7, 2014.

This is the first time that Sharif has publicly commented on Islam’s reported plot to overthrow his government.