Controversial ‘story’: Nisar says issue must not be politicised

WEB DESK : Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday said that a controversial news report carried by Dawn “was not a national security leak”; rather it was a totally fabricated report which has nothing to do with facts.

Talking to media persons after launching ‘Online Complaint Management System’ at National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Nisar said the news story was not a national security leak as it was not based on facts.

He said the newspaper in its story claimed that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence exchanged harsh words with each Other, but actually there was no difference of opinion between them during the meeting. Nisar said the story also mentioned that Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry was giving a briefing on diplomatic isolation. “The Foreign Secretary never talked about diplomatic isolation in any meeting and he talked about realignment,” he said, adding that the Foreign Secretary also said that Pakistan’s enemies are giving an impressing that the country stands isolated.

He said the story also claimed about differences of opinion between civil and military leadership over actions against the non-state actors. “I want to disclose it for the first time that 34 high security meetings were held during the last three and half years on the issue of non-state actors, as our enemies are using this issue to achieve their objectives. Pakistan has adopted a unified policy against non-state actors,” he added.

The Interior Minister said he asked the editor of Dawn to call back the journalist from the United States to appear before the committee. He said the editor assured him that the journalist would come back to Pakistan next week, and would appear before the committee.

“I want to give a clear message to those who want to achieve political gains through this issue. For God’s sake, do other business as this is a sensitive issue. Therefore, it should not be politicised,” he added.

To a question about the letter written to him by President Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Nisar confirmed that he had received the letter. “Sheikh Rasheed expressed reservations over three members of the committee set up to investigate the controversial news story,” he added.

He termed the reservations of Sheikh Rasheed over former Justice Aamer Raza A Khan, FIA Director Usman Anwar, Secretary Establishment Tahir Shahbaz and Ombudsman Punjab Najam Saeed baseless. He said Usman Anwar was “the FIA officer of the year,” asking the AML chief to correct his facts. He also said the present government did not appoint Tahir Shahbaz as Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), and he had been appointed by the then Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf.

Commenting further on Sheikh Rasheed’s criticism on the judge heading the committee, he said the former judge enjoyed good reputation during his career. “The Prime Minister did not even know the name of the former judge before he was given the task to investigate the issue,” he said. According to him the judge was also not ready to head the committee; however, he expressed readiness in the larger national interest. Nisar further said he is about to make public the findings of the inquiry he conduced regarding the matter.

To a question about the statement of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak who called Nisar a dictator, the Minister stated: “Yes, I am a dictator for those who want to spread violence and anarchy in the country…If I was a real dictator, I would have never let Pervez Khattak and his team to hold rally in Islamabad on November 2.”

Describing Bilawal Bhutto Zardari a “non-serious kid”, he said that the Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was ridiculing men of his father’s age by calling them as Chacha (uncle).”

“I do not know how a 27-year-old kid who does not know Urdu as well as Sindhi can lead a party like PPP,” he added. About the appointment of former CJP Saeed-uz-Zaman as Governor Sindh, he said that he himself was part of this decision. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken a decision about the appointment of new Governor a few weeks ago but he was waiting for a right time,” he added. He announced that passport offices will be set up in all districts of the country from February next year. He also directed the Nadra officials to solve the issue of blocked Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) within three months.

Source : Business Recorder