ISLAMABAD - Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar on Monday revealed that the political wing of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was still operative, however, its purpose was not formation or braking up of the parties but to inform ‘top leadership’ about political activities in the country, reported a private TV channel.

The defence minister said there had always been a political wing in the Directorate of ISI and Prime Minister Gilani and President Zardari would be informed about the agency’s policies and requirements by newly-appointed ISI Director General Zaheerul Islam.

The minister said that he was optimistic about working relations between the new ISI chief and the political government. “Supremacy of the civilian institutions of the country over military institutions will be practically applied,” he said.

The defence minister also revealed that generous amount of money was distributed among candidates of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) in 1990’s general elections.

“Rs 10 million for the candidates of National Assembly and Rs 5 million for provincial assemblies were given on the directives of then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan during the elections,” he added.

Commenting on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), he said Shah Mahmood Qureshi had been sidelined by the chief Imran Khan by appointing Javed Hashmi as president of the party.