The Pakistan army issued a warning on Wednesday and said it reserves the right to pursue legal action against those elements who were involved in “peddling malicious allegations and blatant lies” against its leadership.
According to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “the insinuations made by people on social media citing former finance minister Shaukat Tarin is unfounded propaganda”.
It added that Tarin himself duly denied the assertion.
“Peddling malicious allegations and blatant lies against the institution and its leadership to promote vested interests is condemnable and the institution reserves the right to take legal action against those involved,” cautioned the army.
The statement came in response to a tweet by a journalist on social media saying that the Tarin was called on to betray PTI Chief Imran Khan and assist Premier Shehbaz Sharif.
One hour later, Tarin had also categorically denied the news and made it clear that no one in the establishment had asked him to leave Khan and join the Sharif government.