Fear Maligning Rangers to Save Dr Asim Only - Ch Nisar
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali on Wednesday insinuated that Sindh government led by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is maligning the Rangers reputation by not extending its powers in order to save a single entity (Dr Asim Hussain).
“I don't know how deep your ties are with him (Dr Hussain),” the minister remarked. “How far can a party or a government go for one person?,” questioned a visibly dismayed Nisar.
The minister said it was clear that some forces were trying to derail the Karachi operation, which had been initiated after a thorough political consensus and had been highly successful in achieving its ends.
“If things do not change, then I will present some options on behalf of the federal government,” he said. Nisar also asked the provincial government to change tactics or else threatened to make public a “confidential joint investigation report and other reports by the FIA and NAB so that the public can decide for itself who is trying to hide what.”
Nisar’s tirade comes as the PPP-led provincial government is delaying extending Rangers’ special policing powers in Sindh. Special powers assigned to Rangers in the province, which have in the past been extended every few months via orders from the provincial government, expired on Sunday, Dec 6, 2015, at midnight.
“For a week now, Rangers is serving on the streets of Karachi without legal cover. If there were reservations or concerns, why where they not brought up weeks earlier.”
The interior minister said the provincial government had for years extended Rangers’ powers via executive notifications and questioned the ‘sudden’ need to consult the assembly on the matter.
“A normal administrative procedure has been made complex, which is equivalent to playing games with the sensitive Karachi operation,” said Nisar.
Giving a message to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Nisar said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is an independent body, whose chairman had been appointed with consensus between the PML-N and the PPP – a practice he alleged the PPP did not follow when it was in the center.
Similarly, the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) counter-terrorism powers are granted under the Anti-Terrorism Act and have were been assigned at the PML-N’s whims, he said. “Nor is the Rangers serving PML-N's agenda.”
“I have never made my reservations public, I only share them in meetings. But the situation has forced me to comment publicly on these matters.”
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