LAHORE: Interior Minister Rehman Malik confirmed on Tuesday that notices have been sent to vacate the Shamsi base and also denied reports of UAE requesting Pakistan not to shut it down, reported Express News.
Talking to the media at the Lahore airport, Malik said that the Nato attack on Pakistani soldiers was uncalled for and the government has courageously responded to the US over the issue.
He further said that decisions will now be taken according to the public will adding that Pakistan wants to exist in the world with peace and dignity.
On Monday, Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zaid al Nahyan arrived in Islamabad and requested President Asif Ali Zardari to let the US use the base till investigations into the incident are complete. However, President Zardari turned down the request saying that the decision has already been taken.
Commenting on the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi, Malik said that the Numaish firing incident was not a matter of Shia-Sunni enmity, instead there is a third party which wants to destabilise Pakistan.
He assured that the people involved in the incident will be brought to justice and the government will make sure that such incidents are avoided in the future.