According to a handout issued by the interior ministry, Malik rejected the allegation as baseless.

ď This is an attempt to divert attention form Mehrangate scandalís key witness Younis Habibís historic revelations,Ē said interior minister in the statement issued.

The handout added, neither the interior ministry held any sway over ISI/IBís finances, administration, and operations nor the interior minister was authorized to draw money.

The statement also said that the interior minister was absolutely unaware of the whole issue.