Islamabad: A special cell, set up by the government, has been given the major assignment of widening the wedge between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan, The News International, Pakistan’s leading newspaper quoted a former spymaster as saying on Tuesday.
This ex-spymaster told the newspaper that the purpose of this exercise is to split the opposition votes for the benefit of the ruling PPP in the next general elections despite extremely pathetic performance of the present regime.
Quoting source the paper said that some so-called journalists, a condemned and dismissed government servant, one close confidante of General Musharraf and a few others are working in the cell that would continue its work till the next general elections.
“ mostly choice media men including some anchorpersons have been persuaded to write such pieces or do such TV shows that should add fuel to the already bad relations between the two,” the paper said.
With the present division and by furthering the bad blood between Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan, the former spymaster said that PPP’s top leadership is confident to return to power for the next five years.
The former intelligence chief said that the PPP’s strategy is working perfectly so far and if the situation remains unchanged and Nawaz and Imran continue to remain at each others throat, no one could deny the PPP regime another term.
The former officer told The News that the PML-N and the PTI go into elections in the same mood and with the same hatred against each other, the PML-N is expected to lose seats in the National Assembly, from the present around 100 to around 70.
He said Imran’s PTI would win around 30 seats, mostly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.It is also said that the same special cell would be allocated billions of rupees for election days and this money would mainly be spent on the media and media persons.