ISLAMABAD - PML-N Senator Zafar Ali Shah asked Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday to step down immediately, as US Secretary Defence Robert Gates in his statement has affirmed the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan. Speaking on a point of order in the Senate, the furious Senator said, Gates statement on our own soil has exposed that Maliks denial about the presence of notorious security agency in Pakistan was wrong. The Interior Minister had announced on the floor of this House that he would render resignation if someone proved Blackwaters presence in Pakistan, now what sort of proof he required after the Gates statement, Senator Shah said. He also said that nation should be informed whether Robert Gates was wrong or its Interior Minister was telling a lie. The Minister of State for Interior Tasneem Qureshi could not viably explain Governments position on the issue. Senator Shah said Government was concealing facts from the nation and that it had allowed the Blackwater to operate in Pakistan. He later walked out in protest for not been duly answered by the treasury side. PPP Senator Raza Rabbani said it was time for the Government to come clear on the issue. On another point of order, Senator Rabbani said that State Bank of Pakistan was providing protection to the banking cartel in the country by opposing elimination of Section 27-B from the Banking Companies Ordinance. He said the Section was repugnant to the Industrial Relations Act 2002, adding that State Banks behaviour in this regard was anti-labourers. During the question hour, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira informed the House that 25% of Government advertisements were being provided to regional press. Minister for Defence Production Abdul Qayyum Khan Jattoi informed that MG3 weapons had not been provided to the NWFP Police because the General Headquarters (GHQ) had not issued NOC for the purpose. He said war weapons could not be provided to police. The House was also informed that as many as 14,764 foreign nationals were arrested by FIA during the last three years including 180 female foreigners. Out of these, 1,076 are still detained in Pakistan. The House was further informed that 334 foreigners had been arrested in Pakistan under charges of drug trafficking among which 241 were punished under the law. The House was also informed that there were as many as 1,262 juvenile prisoners in various jails of the country.