PPP wanted concessions on Ayyan, Dr Asim: Nisar

Published: August 13, 2016
Interior minister says air tickets of Ayyan, Zardari and Bilawal are booked from same account. YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

Interior minister says air tickets of Ayyan, Zardari and Bilawal are booked from same account. YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

ISLAMABAD: The country’s security czar claimed on Friday that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had offered to distance itself from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and cooperate with the government in exchange for quashing the cases against model Ayyan Ali and former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain.

Ayyan is facing money laundering charges while Dr Asim is in custody on charges of terror financing and treating terrorists at his medical facility, Dr Ziauddin University Hospital.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan claimed that two months ago “a responsible person from the PPP” contacted him and suggested two confidence building measures (CBMs) for collaborating with the government and for distancing itself from the PTI.

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“These CBMs included withdrawing cases against supermodel Ayyan Ali and granting Dr Asim bail,” he said, adding that he knew that the air-tickets of Ayyan Ali, PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and party chairman Bilawal Bhutto are taken from the same account.

Nisar also hurled allegations against the PPP parliamentary leaders, Khursheed Shah and Aitzaz Ahsan.

“There is a party (PPP) which has vowed to target me. The leaders of opposition are generally against the government but they are against me,” Nisar said at a news conference on Friday.

According to Nisar, the PPP leaders are against him because he has defended the security agencies, lambasted India and has refused to become an accomplice in corruption.

“First, my statements in defence of the security agencies irritate them whereas as interior minister this is my responsibility to protect the security agencies from unfounded criticism,” he said.

“Second, my statement against India also infuriates them as there is nexus between them and India and there are people whose interests are attached with India.

“Third, it is also my responsibility not to become an accomplice of those who commit corruption. This is another reason of irritating them and hence every day there comes a statement against me,” he said.

Hitting out at both Shah and Aitzaz, Nisar said he did not ask as to how a ‘meter reader’ reached this position or how the LPG quota was awarded to ‘someone’ during Benazir Bhutto’s regime.

He claimed that many persons had got flats on the Constitutional Avenue and asked the chief justice to look into this affair. “There are some ‘big shots’ who have got these flats free of charge and there is a record of all these affairs,” he said.

Chaudhry Nisar challenged the PPP leadership to hold a public debate with him on the media and let a jury of journalists decide who is right and who is wrong.

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He noted that in the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism there are only four points which came under the purview of the interior ministry and progress was made on these points on a fast pace.

“Meanwhile, there are 10 points of the NAP which are related to the provinces,” he said, adding that as the interior minister he coordinated on headway on the NAP.  According to Nisar, the other points are related to Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, Ministry of Religious Affairs, and Information Technology.

“The NAP is a concept and it is not magic switch that could make things happen at the push of a button. For the past 14 years, the war against terrorism is being fought and no one attempted to block the CNICs or passports.

“No one attempted to scan the foreigners who are living in Islamabad. It is our government which initiated these tasks,” he said, adding that terror incidents had dropped to a quarter.

Nisar said across the border, our enemies are planning against us. “When there is talk of foreign nexus then someone from our ranks get perturbed,” he said.

Referring to some speeches in the National Assembly after the last week’s Quetta blast, he said no one dared to talk against Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) while standing in the Indian lower house.

“Momentum has developed in the fight against the terrorism and the terrorists are on the run now,” he said, forcing terrorists to look for soft targets to demoralise the nation.

He said as the interior minister his work is to share intelligence. He said 20,000 intelligence operations were conducted in the country during the past two years which preempted 1000 incidents.

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The interior minister claimed that the re-verification exercise of the CNICs was going on successfully and in just one month and 10 days, 30,000 foreigners had been identified and their CNICs had been blocked.

Already, Nisar said, 31.2 million CNICs have been verified which is one fourth of the total CNICs while a total of 105 million CNICs would be examined during the ongoing exercise.

Responding to statements of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, he said it was totally wrong that he did not attend the luncheon hosted in honour of Saarc interior ministers.

He said the government fulfilled all etiquette as the host country of Saarc Interior Ministers Conference and arranged helicopters for the interior ministers, as part of the diplomatic protocol extended to heads of states. “If they (India) did not fulfill their etiquette then I am not responsible for it,” he added.

Nisar said he was equally responsible for reacting if anyone attempted to disgrace the country.

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He pointed out that as per their request the Indian side was allowed 15 minutes for talking — although there was no precedent for such speech in these kinds of conferences. “If a country talks then the other country also has the right to respond,” he added.

Nisar said the Indian home minister may now counter his statement but the fact remains that he left the country after the break and talked about this issue in his country’s upper house.

“I wish he (Singh) had responded over here instead to talking about it in the Rajya Sabha.

“Now they say that Pakistan has not learnt its lesson. I ask them what lesson Pakistan should learn. It’s they who have closed the doors of dialogue. India is occupying Kashmir and operation in Kashmir by India is not acceptable to any Pakistani,” he said.

PPP’s reaction

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman, Sindh Chief Minister’s Adviser Moula Bux Chandio and PPP’s MNA Imran Zafar Laghari strongly reacted to Nisar’s remarks at the news conference.  In a statement, Rehman said Chaudhry Nisar was actively undermining any possibility of consensus so vital to fighting the borderless enemy of terrorism.

“The PPP has tried very hard to play a responsible and unifying role both inside and outside parliament, but it seems that the interior minister is looking to fan political fires and make dangerous attempts to divert public attention from the real issues at hand,” she said in a statement.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Aug 13, 2016 - 8:59AM

    Good for you Minister sb. Keep at it… Took you 2 months to reveal the approach by the PPP on confidence building measures.. Wah wah… What other revelations are in store for us? Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 13, 2016 - 9:08AM

    Fantastic gifts of Pakistani democracy! :-). Long hail. Hope everyone enjoys this democracy, and lets keep accusing anyone who talks against them and their muk-muka as agents of establishment. Recommend

  • F Khan
    Aug 13, 2016 - 9:25AM

    Khurshid Shah:I hope you got your answer. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Aug 13, 2016 - 9:26AM

    Chi Nisar desperate to bring down NS. Does not think that NS is not willing to give these to save himself but Ch Nisar must explain why those guys have not been charged if they have committed the crimes.Recommend

  • Rehmat Ali
    Aug 13, 2016 - 9:31AM

    This is high profile case and intentionally kept unsolved due to involvement of so called democratic champions.This reflects how strong is political influence on our justice system. Recommend

  • Amit
    Aug 13, 2016 - 9:52AM

    So very soon Pakistan will succumb to indian pressure, now anything and everything from security to entertainment, and from politics to administration is all about India. I like it.Recommend

  • Maher
    Aug 13, 2016 - 10:58AM

    I don’t understand that if Interior Ministry/ Security Agencies have enough proves that PPP is guarding Indian interested than why they are not taking concrete decision against them? Why dragging these cases? May be they have their own interests?Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2016 - 12:06PM

    Well done Ch. Nisar, What about the last blast which happened in Quetta dont you think this is not the right time to talk about these issues it looks like you are manipulation the entire nations once again. Recommend

  • Singh
    Aug 13, 2016 - 12:53PM

    This fellow is one of the hopeless fellows.Recommend

  • Abdul Wali khan
    Aug 13, 2016 - 1:03PM

    ch nisar is very much right only NS minister who is telling truth. . yes every one there is a connection between Ayan and ppp as there high profile party leader khusa who was ex governor of punjab fighting case of ayan in a lower court… this show the panic of ppp..Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 13, 2016 - 1:13PM

    Father and son sharing the same bimbo: democracy’s bestest revenge.Recommend

  • Gulzar Ahmed
    Aug 13, 2016 - 2:54PM

    PPP earned extremely bad reputation of corrupt governance during Zardari regime.People of Pakistan have lost confidence in the loyalty of PPP to Pakistan security and sovereignty.As long as the present structure and hierarchy and persons who matter,are not replaced with young,well educated and sane persons to form team of Bilawal,PPP will continue to sink and finally extinct.I feel sorry to say but the fact is that Zardari has become symbol of a corruption and hatred in the masses.What Ch.Nisar said about PPP is not only talk of the Pakistan,but Zardari is an international celebrity of corruption.This is for Bilawal to very seriously ponder and follow the footprints of his mother,(may Allah place her in heaven).Bilawal will have to get rid of all babas to steer the party out of crises.No other way at all.How a leader of 25 can exert and prevail upon age-ridden stalwarts who always take Bilawal,”Abhi bacha hai.” Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Aug 13, 2016 - 5:24PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    Keep it in the family.Recommend

  • J.Niaz
    Aug 13, 2016 - 9:47PM

    Showing good taste,Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:26AM

    Donald Trump would be proud of a statement like the one Chaudry Nisar delivered.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Aug 14, 2016 - 3:32AM

    Will Ch Nisar explain why no solid proof is presented to the court to convict her. Where the money recovered from her is lying and who is the custodian. Ch Nisar may be having a soft corner for Ayan Ali. So far Ch. Sahib have not shown a brilliant work to prove his brilliancyRecommend

    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:09AM

    Minister Chaudhry Nisar, If u r really serious then please present these facts to the law and initiate criminal proceedings against the criminals and their facilitators involved directly or indirectly. This nation keep hearing statements and no action. Stop playing politics when it comes to security and integrity of Pakistan. U can do it if u have the nations interest supreme.Recommend

  • MR kHAN:
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:54PM

    @ Sayed & Sayed.
    White color crimes are difficult to prove. An intelligent and clever lawyer can twist and distort the facts by abusing the provisions of law to prove his client innocent. .Recommend

  • Abid Ali
    Aug 14, 2016 - 7:17PM

    we are wishing and looking of transparent justice without political influences. Law is strength and sprit of our legal authority and each one answerable in court of Allah.

    it’s duty of state to provide justice to every one at all levels. Even PRESIDENT of Pakistan has no right to accept excuses defined in sharia icluding to reduce death executions.Recommend

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