Malik to enjoy unlimited privileges

LAHORE: Just hours before the constitutional tenure of parliament came to an end, the interior ministry issued a notification on Thursday, declaring unlimited perks and privileges for the incumbent Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and his predecessors.

The notification (No F-1/13/2013-Security-I) was issued with the stamp and signature of Section Officer Shahadat Ali Bangash.

According to sources, this decision may be a governmental bid to ingratiate certain incumbent coalition partners.

The contents, to be formally published in the next issue of Government Gazette, state that all federal ministers for interior, excluding caretaker federal ministers and those who held office when the Constitution stood suspended, can benefit from the following facilities indefinitely: protocol coverage be provided by Federal Investigation Agency to the ministers, their spouses and children at all airports of the country; and services of a personal staff officer/assistant private secretary/ personal assistant, a driver, and an orderly, all to be appointed by the National Data Base Regulatory Authority.