Asks him to corroborate claims; Pakistan cricket team will not depart for India till security clearance granted; Govt not clipping powers of state institutions
Islamabad—Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday termed Mustaf Kamal’s allegations against MQM leader Altaf Hussain as rhetoric, asking the former mayor of Karachi to come up with substantial evidence to corroborate his claims.
Addressing a press conference, he said it was not necessary for government to form judicial commission every time somebody makes allegations.
“Mustafa Kamal hasn’t said anything new in his press conference and nor he has produced any documentary evidence to back his allegations,” Nisar told a news conference. It is not necessary to set up a commission on every press conference and claim, he said.
Nisar said that Mustafa Kamal had left Pakistan at his own will and then returned and addressed a press conference on his own.
“If Mustafa Kamal has any evidence, he can share it with our committee of FIA officials,” he said. “We are forming a committee on Monday. I invite Mustafa Kamal and others to share the evidence with the committee,” he said.
The interior minister formed a two-member committee to investigate claims of Sarfraz Merchant about money laundering.
The interior minister, referring to the allegations by Mustafa Kamal against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, displayed displeasure over individuals questioning the government’s silence on the issue.
“The government is under no obligation to issue its point of view on every political debate that rages in the country.”
Talking about cricket team visit to India, the Interior Minister said that a security team has been constituted and will depart on Monday for India, to ensure that the Pakistani cricket team is provided complete security while participating in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
“ICC’s security team is in India, but time is short as our cricket team is due to leave on Wednesday. We can delay our team’s departure till we are sure that they will be safe in India,” said Nisar.
He added that a three-member team has been formed and will leave for India on Monday. He elaborated and said, “I have asked the PCB chairman to wait, and the team can wait until the security clearance is assured.”
Nisar said that it is the responsibility of the Indian government to ensure security of the Pakistani team, as the World Cup is an international tournament, and India should ensure that security is provided to all participants.
“Until security clearance has been given, our team will not leave for the world cup.”
A senior officer, director in the FIA, Usman Anwar will lead the investigation team, added the interior minister.
The interior minister while referring to the former donor and a close associate of top MQM leaders, Sarfaraz Merchant, stated that a committee has expressed its desire to interview and examine the documentary evidence he is claiming to possess.
“Sarfraz Merchant has shared some evidence on media. We have decided to send a team to UK to interview him if he doesn’t come to Pakistan,” he said.
“The UK government will be contacted in this regard and this process will start from tomorrow (Sunday).”
He added, “I assure everyone, including the MQM, that as long as I am holding this office, no injustice will be done to anyone.”
“If anyone has some information about the money laundering case, then they should come forward and share it with the government and the committees formed to investigate the issue,” stated Nisar.
The interior minister said that he was disappointed by the investigations of UK police regarding murder of Dr Imran Farooq and added that he has conveyed his reservations to them.