Islamabad - The story on March 29 headlined “INTERVIEW-Pakistani property tycoon eyes media move to protect his name”, is withdrawn. The story included a quote attributed to Malik Riaz Hussain about his relationship with Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif, that was incorrect. There will be no replacement story.

In a twitter message, Malik Riaz said “I’ve not said anything scandalous about military, COAS or bribing ISI or politicians. Reuters have associated concocted things to my interview.”

In another tweet, he said “Views on relationship with military misinterpreted. I’ve tremendous respect for institutions and have working ties on professional integrity.”

In a tweet ISPR DG also termed the allegations ‘uncalled for and unfounded’. “COAS has no relationship and no acquaintance with Malik Riaz ,” he added.