‘ISI chief offers to resign’
REZAUL H LASKAR/PTI
Islamabad, May 13: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha today purportedly offered to resign after parliamentarians criticized him for lapses related to the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden last week, according to media reports.
Earlier, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said Pasha had "surrendered" himself to the parliament so that he could be held accountable for any lapses.
Pasha's dramatic announcement came during an in-camera joint session of both houses of parliament that was briefed by military officials about the operation by US special forces to kill bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.
TV news channels quoted their sources as saying that Pasha had offered to quit after being cornered by lawmakers from the main opposition PML-N and the ruling Pakistan People's Party.
An emotional Pasha said he was ready to resign if parliament asks him to do so, the channels reported.
Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a senior leader of the PML-N, reportedly had a heated exchange during the session that began at 3 pm and continued for over six hours.
Tehmina Daultana, another senior leader of the PML-N, reportedly accused Pasha of meddling in politics.
The news channels further reported that some parliamentarians shouted "Shame! Shame!" as the ISI chief, a close aide of army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, was questioned by lawmakers.
Pasha reportedly said that mistakes had been made but he had not erred knowingly. He also reportedly apologized to the people and parliament.
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