Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday said that activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP) and some other parties are involved in the extortion in Karachi.

He was speaking to media persons at the Jinnah International Airport here in Karachi. He said that the prime minister’s son Musa Gilani had arrived in country for providing help in investigation in drugs scam case.  

Criticising the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for opposing composition of probe body formed to investigate deadly air crash that killed 127 people near Islamabad, the minister said that opposition leader Chaduhry Nisar Ali Khan was raising objection due to inclusion of a PCO judge in probe committee but there were several PCO judges working in the country.

He said that the Bhoja Airline was awarded license during Nawaz Sharif government on agreement of soft conditions, adding that he would take action against those persons who received bribery for restoring licence of Bhoja Airline if proof was found in this regard.

Rahman Malik said that it was his appeal to Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan not to do politics on the corpses, for God sake. By expressing his reservation on Judicial Commission, he has tried to hide his own guilt, he said. It was unfair on the part of Chaudhry Nisar to say that Air Blue incident report was not made public, he wanted Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be arrested, Malik said.

Rahman Malik said that licences to private airlines were issued in Muslim League-N era and asked why such soft terms were kept at that time.

Rahman Malik asked for evidence relating to the allegation of taking bribe for the restoration of Bhoja airlines’ licence and assured immediate action. Malik said in my personal opinion old planes should not be included in the airline fleet besides enquiry was underway as to why old planes of only Cathy Pacific come here.

Replying to an other question, he said that law enforcement agency arrested one group belonging to Gilgit who was involved for creating law and order situation in Gilgit, Balistan, Karachi and Balochistan, adding that arms and ammunitions were being smuggled in Karachi through Hub area.

He said that through 18th amendment, provincial governments were responsible for maintaining law and order situation in their respective provinces.