He said if any organization sought an explanation from such elements of their misdeeds, they dubbed it an assault on Sindh. In fact, no institution or the federal government had launched an ‘assault’ on the province, rather it was under attack from those people, who had been occupying its land, resources and wealth for so many years and eating up the same like termite, he said in a statement here.
The minister said book volumes could be written on the inquiry reports with regard to their corruption cases ranging from EOBI to TDAP, Sui gas companies to PIA and other cases pending with courts.
He said they even did not spare Hajj and Umrah from corruption. Pakistan was the single country where worst corruption was committed in Hajj and Umrah affairs when they were in power.
Chaudhary Nisar said he did not want to give any explanation about his character as his was open with the grace of the Almighty.
He said he had no words to dilate on the double standards of such elements, who criticized the government in the assembly and then quietly sought favours from it in recruitments, transfers, extension in services, privileges and other interests.
“There was a long list of privileges and favours, which even refreshed the memories about such instances of some specific opposition leaders during the era of Field Marshal Ayub Khan, who were opposing the government, but at the same time were siding with it for their personal interests.
About his press conference, Chaudhary Nisar said despite meetings and assurances for the last three weeks the matter pertaining to the Rangers was made to linger on and the Karachi operation was being disputed due to a single person.
Being an interior minister, it was necessary for him to apprise the nation of the facts, he said, adding that the people and the political parties should take ownership of the Karachi operation.
After that, he said, the Sindh government had given its reaction on the issue and it was necessary to sort out the matters with maturity despite reservations.
Unfortunately, he said, different leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) then issued statements against him, targeting his person. Uncivilized and uncalled for language was used by those people who had no logic or argument.
The minister said it was necessary for him to give explanation in response to the criticism by the provincial government made after his press conference.
He said it was alleged that the federal government was not spending a single penny on the Karachi operation. This allegation was baseless as the centre had been spending Rs 9 billion on the Rangers operation, besides bearing the expenses incurred by federal intelligence agencies working in Sindh.
The federal government, he said, however would not give funds for second-hand APCs (armed personnel carriers) imported from Serbia as their cost was more than the new ones of American made. The Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) had even declined to sign such an agreement and he was removed from his office as a punishment, he added.
The minister said the operation was said to be purely a provincial subject and no other had right to interfere. But he clarified that the operation was launched by the federal government not by the provincial government. The Rangers and federal intelligence agencies were monitoring the operation, which operated under the federal government, he added.
Moreover, he said, the Supreme Court had issued clear directives for the operation, which were both for the federal and provincial governments.
The minister said extension in the mandate of Rangers to continue the operation was made an issue by the provincial government and not by the federal government. The Sindh government dragged the matter so long despite repeated assurances after expiry of the Rangers’ mandate date.
He said the provincial government had been criticizing and debating the issue for the last three weeks, while nothing had been said from the federal government side prior to his press conference.
He recalled that only one objectionable point was raised (by the provincial government) in July regarding the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). On his directives, the FIA Director called on the Sindh Chief Minister Sindh in presence of Commissioner Karachi and in that meeting, the modus operandi and strategy was worked out for future actions.
After that, the Sindh government did not raise any other objection, but now it was being alleged that the FIA was assaulting the Sindh government, the minister added.
Chaudhary Nisar said the National Accounability Bureau (NAB) was an autonomous institution and did not act on the directives of the federal government. Its head was appointed in consultation with the federal government and the PPP. Terming any action by the NAB against the corrupt elements being taken on the behest of federal government was inappropriate, he added.
The minister said that some workers of MQM, JI, ANP and Sunni Tehreek were nabbed but no one had questioned the operation as did by the Sindh government halting its progress.
He reiterated that in the larger interest of Karachi, Sindh and Pakistan, all should set aside political differences and let the operation continue.
He said the Centre was already playing its role and would continue it in future.