Chaudhry Nisar lashed out at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) over raising the issue of Panama Papers leaks, saying that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was clamouring for investigation into the leaks even though his mother’s name was also included in it.
Reacting to a PPP plan to launch a campaign against corruption in the country, he said it was tantamount to a campaign by Bharatiya Janata Party in India for the rights of Muslims.
He said PPP leaders had forgotten the Surrey Palace in the United Kingdom, palaces in Dubai and precious property in France.
Answering a question about the Sindh government’s decision to reportedly send the inspector general of police on forced leave, the interior minister said the IG was an honest officer who contributed a lot towards restoration of peace in Karachi.
Chaudhry Nisar said there was no pressure on him to resign from his office, adding that “if he decides to resign it can only be under pressure of conscience and not on demands of those who have no credentials”.
He said his ministry should be given some credit for the arrest of one of the main suspects involved in the 2012 Baldia factory fire in which 250 people were killed.
The factory in Karachi was set on fire after its owner had reportedly refused to pay extortion money to people belonging to a political party.
The suspect, Abdul Rehman, alias Bhola, was arrested in Bangkok on Dec 4. He has been brought back to the country to face charges.
Chaudhry Nisar said that the interior ministry had made a strategy with Thai security agencies for the arrest of Bhola, a former sector in-charge of Muttahida Qaumi Movement who had fled to Dubai after the incident.
He said the Baldia factory fire was an incident of grave magnitude and its perpetrators should be brought to justice.
Talking about Khanani and Kalia International, the interior minister alleged that the company had been involved in money laundering and people in the previous government were hand in glove with it.
He said when Altaf Kalia was arrested in the US, the Federal Investigation Agency had been asked to conduct an inquiry against him and his partner Javed Khanani. The inquiry had revealed that another inquiry was conducted against them in past but it had been covered up by the government of the time, he added.
Javed Khanani recently died after falling from a building in Karachi.
The interior minister said that his ministry with the help of FIA had been carrying out an investigation against the two money-changers for the past eight months. He added that the findings of the investigation were so enormous that a book could be written on them.
He said the findings of the investigation would soon be made public.
Meanwhile, earlier speaking at the passing out parade of Islamabad Police constables and first contingent of Rapid Response Force in the capital, Chaudhry Nisar said that the Rapid Response Force was fully trained and capable to carrying out counter terrorism operations.
After the parade, he told reporters that the two paramilitary forces had been prepared to take up internal security responsibilities from Pakistan Army. He said over Rs70 billion had been spent on capacity building of Rangers and FC over the past one and a half years.
courtesy : dawn news