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Aug 20, 2013| Courtesy by : tribune.com.pk
By Taimour Abdullah Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while speaking about a statement from Sikander in the National Assembly on Monday said that ‘big mobsters’, including international officials, intelligence agencies and some links from Abu Dhabi were behind the Islamabad standoff, Express News reported.
However, he specifically made it clear that he did not mean that the Abu Dhabi government was linked to the incident.
While speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Nisar admitted that the Islamabad standoff had prolonged for too long, but defended himself by saying that he never had the time to provide Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to them.
The interior minister added that he had inquired about the security lapses during the incident and the agencies had given a ridiculous excuse. He added that according to the security agencies, the stun gun could only be used from a distance of 5-7 feet, and that an ‘expert’ who knew how to use the gun properly was not available, he said.
Nisar also slammed Pakistan media officials standing around the scene during the Islamabad standoff, stating that the media showed irresponsible behaviour by not allowing security agencies to deal with the situation efficiently.
He said that the media should not have shown violent parts of Sikander’s arrest.
No indulgence in petty politics
The interior minister said that he was accountable to the national assembly, and pledged to reveal all facts to the public.
Speaking about a new security policy for the country that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government was working on, he said that security was Pakistan’s prime concern at the moment.
He asked for unflinching support from everyone, regardless of political affiliation, on the security of the country.
Nisar said that although he was a human and could make mistakes, he would work for all provinces of Pakistan and leave petty politics behind.
He said that Frontier Corps (FC) forces from all parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been removed and that the provincial government has been given complete authority over the region.
The interior minster added that the Chief Minister of Sindh himself would testify that the federal government has offered to double the number of Rangers personnel in the region for provincial security.
Nisar pointed out that a number of grave violent incidents had taken place in the two months he has been in office but he has not taken to publicly pointing fingers at anybody.