ISLAMABAD Interior Minister Rehman Malik kept on contradicting his statements in the Upper House, as he, on one hand, said the House should not hold a debate on the murder of MQM leader unless inquiry was completed while on the other hand he blamed banned Outfit Sipah-i-Sahaba for the murder.
Rehman Malik on Tuesday briefed the House about the situation emerged in Karachi after the murder of Raza Haider. The Legislators wanted to hold a debate on the situation of Karachi by suspending the Question-Hour Session. Many people were killed and the miscreants set many buildings and other public property on fire after the murder of MQM Legislator.
The Minister was of the view that they should not speculate things regarding the issue and avoid blame game until joint investigation team completed the inquiry. At the same time, he said that the law enforcement agencies had strong evidence of the involvement of banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) in the murder of the MQM leader. He also blamed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other banned organisations for their involvement in sabotaging the peace of Karachi.
The Minister said that he received the reports in October last about the plan, made by Mohammad Shakeel alias Shakeel Barmi, an activist of SSP, to kill three MQM leaders. There was also a plan to launch two suicide attack on the funeral ceremony of Raza Haider, he added.
Malik said that the perpetrators knew that after the murder, MQM would blame ANP and all this would lead to destabilising Karachi. About Mohammad Shakeel, he said that Shakeel visited South Waziristan Agency (SWA) to meet Qari Hussain Mehsud, who had been in Karachi for three years.
The loss of lives and public property would be much bigger, if laws enforcement agencies had not reacted and moved well in time, the Minister said amid protest of Haji Adeel Ahmad, Parliamentary Leader of ANP in the House. Haji Adeel said that around hundred workers of the ANP had been killed after yesterdays incident and properties of his party workers were being damaged and targeted. We are in a state of war and there is a programme to destabilise the country, Malik said. He said SSP and Lashker-e-Jhangvi involved in the target killings in Karachi. He said that he was ready to give in-camera briefing to the members.
The Minister while clarifying the news published in a section of press said that the former president used to stay in expensive hotels in London and Pakistani High Commission in the same way had booked the rooms at the high rates for the President for stay during his UK visit. But when President Zardari came to know, he directed cancellation of the booking, he said. He also dispelled the impression that NDMA was not doing its duty well in the flood-hit areas.
Earlier, the House continued its debate on the flood. The three Legislators, who took part in the debate, opined that President Zardari should have visited flood-hit areas instead of enjoying foreign trips causing huge loss to the national exchequer. Semmi Siddiqui of PML-N remarked that PPP should declare its assets before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after it said that it would bear all expenditures of the Presidents visit to UK. They were also of the view that the NDMA was not seen in the flood-hit areas. The Legislators also said that a big chunk of foreign aid received after such calamities was eaten by the corrupt.
Senator Mohammad Ali Durrani drew the attention of the House that the Government was busy auctioning its properties of Bahawalpur District in a non-transparent manner. Chairman Senate, Jan Mohammad Jamali referred the matter to the concerned standing committee. The Leader of the House, Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, also laid The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010 (V of 2010) and The Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Ordinance, 2010 (VI of 2010), before the House.