Senator Farhatullah Babar on Saturday submitted a call-to-attention notice in Senate regarding a recent report that intelligence agencies were “shielding” terrorists.
Babar’s notice — based on a petition submitted in the Islamabad High Court by an Intelligence Bureau employee — called Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal’s attention “towards a matter of sufficient and urgent public importance, namely the reports that terrorists are being shielded and protected by an intelligence agency itself.” Babar said that circumstantial evidence to support the claim exists, adding that there are “reports that some militants are being protected by some invisible forces.”
While highlighting such instances, Babar said that Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed, “has repeatedly been protected from UN sanctions for unexplained reasons.”
In his notice, Babar also said that the discovery of a “Pakistani national identity card and passport from the person of Mullah Mansoor Akhtar — who was killed in a drone strike in May last year — should have [led to] investigations into [who is] protecting [the] Taliban.”
“However, there has been no progress in the case … as is evident from the replies to questions recently asked in the Senate raising suspicions of a cover up [in the matter],” he added. Babar also recalled that in the recent NA-120 by-elections, the photographs of a “banned militant leaders appearing on the election posters of a candidate” had raised concern but the “Interior ministry failed to take notice [of this].”
In the notice, Babar further said that the complaint of the IB employee against his own department has lent a sense of urgency to the matter.