Late arrival: Interior secretary barred from entering PCNS briefing

Published: May 8, 2012

Committee Chairman Senator Raza Rabbani directed the staff to not open the door of Committee Room 5. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Tuesday banned the entry of Interior Secretary Siddiq Akbar after he arrived late for a briefing on the issue of missing persons in Pakistan.

Committee Chairman Senator Raza Rabbani directed the staff to not open the door of Committee Room 5 after Akbar arrived 25 minutes late for the briefing.

The PCNS was being briefed by Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant-General Zaheerul Islam and officials of other intelligence agencies.

DG ISI Zaheerul Islam was 35 minutes late for the meeting, but PCNS members allowed his entry.

Officials informed lawmakers about steps being taken by the concerned authorities regarding missing persons.

Sources said that DG ISI Zaheerul Islam informed the committee about the deplorable law and order situation in Balochistan.

Inspector General (IG) Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Nadir Zaib and the Balochistan home secretary also briefed the committee.

Zaib informed the committee that all missing persons went to Afghanistan and no one was in FC custody, a participant of the meeting told The Express Tribune.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Zaib said that suggestions on how to solve the missing persons issue had been submitted to the government and it was now their responsibility to work on them and solve the issue.

Reader Comments (24)

  • striver of progress in pk
    May 8, 2012 - 1:00PM

    a good step for inculcating punctuality among the bureaucratic circles.

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  • ishrat salim
    May 8, 2012 - 1:08PM

    There shud be no discrimination…? no double standard….Recommend

  • Aley
    May 8, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Cheap Bravado, should have made Gen Zaheerul Islam wait for few minutes for being late…

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  • Uza Syed
    May 8, 2012 - 1:30PM

    Why this? Both of the late comers should have been locked out not just one.

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  • positive pakistani
    May 8, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Sometimes 25 is later than 35!

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  • Nazar
    May 8, 2012 - 1:41PM

    Had the govt. moral authority…they would not have treated secretary and ISI official differently… this is really shameful act….

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  • adeel759
    May 8, 2012 - 1:48PM

    “DG ISI Zaheerul Islam was 35 minutes late for the meeting, but PCNS members allowed his entry.” “Akbar arrived 25 minutes late for the briefing and was not allowed In” Alama Iqbal Said, “Berq Girti Hai To Bechare Musalmano’n Pe.” Bloody Civillians…………..

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  • Lobster
    May 8, 2012 - 1:55PM

    DG ISI Zaheerul Islam was 35 minutes late for the meeting, but PCNS members allowed his entry.

    sums up the state of affairs.

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  • Anil
    May 8, 2012 - 2:07PM

    what is the point of putting this story , “35 minutes late ” thats all it states, what was a reason behind this??

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  • saqib riaz
    May 8, 2012 - 2:08PM

    DG ISI was late for 35 minutes then why he was allowed entry. Had he something important to share with the PCNS? If yes then what ??

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  • Asad
    May 8, 2012 - 2:15PM

    Why they allow DG ISI after 35 minutes late. Clearly double standard

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  • ishrat salim
    May 8, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Reply to striver of progress in pk…technically u r correct…but since 2 person involved & the interior sec who came first by 25 min late while DG ISI was second by 35 min late both shud hv been allowed with ” a soft slap on the wrist “…otherwise, such discriminatory action demotivates people, this not the way it shud work anymore….wrong is wrong…whoever they may be…that is how we will encourage discipline…Recommend

  • May 8, 2012 - 2:26PM

    it shows that khakis are above the law of land.its shame.

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  • Angry
    May 8, 2012 - 2:30PM

    All are equal but some are more equal

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  • s.ahmad
    May 8, 2012 - 2:31PM

    PCNS was to be briefed by the DG ISI. How they can stop him from entering? What would be the purpose of meeting without him?

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  • Truth_Prevails
    May 8, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Wake up guys: DG ISI was late by 35 minutes and then started the briefing. Mr. Secretery was further late by 25 minutes after the briefing had started i.e. he was late at least by 60 minutes [1 hour]. So he got what he deserved. This doesn’t excuse DG ISI for being late in the first place.

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  • Mo Sheikh
    May 8, 2012 - 2:44PM

    And how late were you Mr. Raza Rabbani? 10 minutes? (you still managed to come before DG ISI and Interior Secretary ;))

    You’re new job description should be the official time keeper of PPP.

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  • mma
    May 8, 2012 - 3:02PM

    What I don’t get is that the report states that when the interior secretary came to attend the meeting it was being briefed by the DG ISI..then how come he was late by 35 minutes when the interior secretary was late by 25 minutes!!!Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    May 8, 2012 - 3:23PM

    why to take an action if u dont have moral courage to withstand it in other situations

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  • Imran
    May 8, 2012 - 5:39PM

    This shows the efficiency of top bureaucrats and military officials. They can’t even be in a meeting on time. Main reason for the sorry state of affairs.

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  • Rana Amjad
    May 9, 2012 - 1:13AM

    Why was ISI chief allowed? This shows the pathetic state of mind of our politicians who are dead scared of Faujis & some follow them very religiously like our ex fast bowler!

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  • Rana Amjad
    May 9, 2012 - 1:24AM

    To be on TIME is the basic essence of prayers! 190 million people praying but nobody on time for appointments.

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  • ayesha_khan
    May 9, 2012 - 3:41AM

    @Uza Syed: “Why this? Both of the late comers should have been locked out not just one.”

    Someone in the audience can be locked out. If the person who is to make the presentation is locked out, who will present?

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  • non-conformist
    May 9, 2012 - 4:37AM

    why special treatment for the khakis?Recommend

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