ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani hosted an Iftar-dinner in the honour of retired four-star generals on Monday, TheNation has reliably learnt. However, the ISPR denied that such an event had taken place at any official level in their knowledge. Sources say that those attending included Former Chief of Army Staff Gen (retd) Jehangir Karamat, Former Vice Chief of Army Staff Gen (retd) Yousuf, former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and former DG ISI Gen (retd) Ehsan, former VCOAS Gen (retd) Ahsen Saleem Hayat etc. According to sources, the event was arranged by the army chief for members of the old boys club in the back drop of selective leaks by some former intelligence officers geared against one political party and absolving another from many charges leveled against it in the past. The allegations by several key former intelligence officials, which have been reverberating on the airwaves and print media for the last week or so, might have been uncomfortable for certain political heavyweights but also serve to provide a measure of discomfort for the armed forces themselves. The sources further said the event was part of series of private level consultations the COAS was conducting to seek insight into the issue, which could have serious implications for the armed forces. Some analysts are of the view that these concerted efforts by some former intelligence agencies officers were part of an international campaign by the US guarantors of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on the face of growing political demand for his trial by invoking Article 6 of the Constitution. It was further learnt that several of the afore mentioned key former intelligence officials have assets and property in the US. The information secretariat of the PML(N), which maintains that it is the victim of a smear campaign, has alleged that a network comprising of the Presidency, the MQM and former generals is conspiring not only to save the former dictator but also to drag down the popularity of their party. The party has given the government a 48-hour deadline to cease the smear campaign. The party is also expected to hold a consultative meeting today in the federal capital to chalk out a future course of action.