Army providing security to Mansoor Ijaz uncalled for: Gilani

Published: January 22, 2012
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Speaking to media, prime minister says Ijaz is not just insincere to Pakistan, but also to himself. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Speaking to media, prime minister says Ijaz is not just insincere to Pakistan, but also to himself. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: Asking the army to provide security to Mansoor Ijaz as if he is some head of the state or someone more important than the American president is all “rubbish”, said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday.

Speaking to the media outside Arfa Karim’s residence in Lahore, Gilani said that the government will have to spend billions of rupees in order to arrange for the army for Ijaz’s security. “It seems as if a viceroy is coming over,” he said.

He added that Ijaz is not just insincere to Pakistan but is also insincere to himself, and it is against the law and the Constitution to give him such protocol.

“The impression the country is giving the world that a man whose credibility is questionable has shaken up the whole country is a dangerous message,” the premier added.

The past record of Ijaz indicates that he has always spewed venom against the establishment and the government of Pakistan, he added.

When asked whether Ijaz will be put on the Exit Control List on his return, Gilani remarked that Ijaz is a foreigner and not a Pakistani. “The matter is sub-judice in the judicial commission and the parliamentary committee. Let them decide on the matter.”

Gilani added: “Under the rules of business, under the Constitution and under the system, it is the duty of the Ministry of Interior to provide him [Ijaz] with security.”

Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan

The prime minister sought to quell rumours that Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, who is representing Gilani in the contempt proceedings, had asked Gilani not to accept former law minister Babar Awan as part of his cabinet. “Aitzaz never asked me to not include Awan. The PPP will decide on its future course vis-a-vis Awan and I will accept what the party decides,” the PM said.

NATO Supply

Gilani said that those who are threatening to besiege Parliament House if Nato supply routes are reopened should first read the recommendation of the parliamentary committee formed to make the decision on restoration of supplies. “Neither did the government ask them [the opposition forces] before suspension nor will it seek their permission before resumption of supplies.”

Letter to Swiss courts

In a surprise change of stance, Gilani said refused to talk about whether the government will write to Swiss authorities. “The matter is subjudice and everyone, including the media and party members, should refrain from discussion on it,” he said, in an about turn from his earlier statements where he clearly said that he will respect the court’s ruling.

Husain Haqqani

Dodging question on why former US ambassador Husain Haqqani was living in the Prime Minister House in Islamabad, the premier turned on the media, saying Haqqani was innocent but had to resign to pacify the media.

Political alliances

As speculations abound that the government is considering calling for early elections, the prime minister said snap polls are not a solution for Pakistan’s problems. He said that the opposition’s strategy was to embarrass the government but swiftly pointed out that there had been no political prisoners during the current government’s rule.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Jan 22, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Wonderful Mr. Prime Minister. That is the right position. I salute for the clarity on the issue.

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  • Khawlah
    Jan 22, 2012 - 5:29PM

    If Mansoor Ijas is true in his allegations that he has written a memo on the request of Hussain Haqqani and HH did the same on the request of Zardari, then there are 3 players in the conspiracy. However, I cannot digest that the man who is involved in the conspiracy against Pakistan is given Army Battalion Security. This is how one should treat a traitor to Pakistan, ie Mansoor Ijaz. The man is murky and so the memo is murky.

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  • Jan 22, 2012 - 5:40PM

    I not any side but as a neutral person i support that at least this man should not be escorted by Military vehicles from the airport upon his arrival, he talked, wrote and propagated a lot about our ISI and Army.

    But don’t know why my sixth sense keeps telling me that this man won’t come

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  • Observer
    Jan 22, 2012 - 6:10PM

    Our ‘honourable’ PM is so careful about spending the ‘money of the nation’. Recommend

  • R.A
    Jan 22, 2012 - 6:24PM

    I welcome whole heartedly the statement
    He is just an ordinary American and shuld be
    treated like that.
    What I can't understand why the media has
    made him a super human.
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  • hindustan ki shakti
    Jan 22, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Boss military is giving him security bcos he is expected to say some thing which will be against GOVT. So if Govt provides him security , he may be attacked .
    Moreover military wants to topple govt so want someone who can make a very strong case against govt , so that military can take over.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 22, 2012 - 6:54PM

    He is an ordinary American but this government is not an ordinary gov , this gov is of tyrants and corrupt people .for this reason he is needed to escort.Recommend

  • pent
    Jan 22, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Billions are already spent Mr. Prime Minister on your 100 car motorcade. Please stop trying to make a fool of us awam of Pakistan. Mansoor bhai will be here for very few days and the cost will be much less than your security sir. And if the money is such a problem, I am sure the Army will do it for free:)

    By the way, evidence of your motorcade:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rWM7v8Oxuo

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  • Supressed, Opressed, Depressed
    Jan 22, 2012 - 7:08PM

    Mr. Prime Minister, was it not your Interior minister who said Mr. Ijaz would be provided with fool proof security?

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  • BeingPakistani
    Jan 22, 2012 - 7:18PM

    Look .. who is talking about laws , constitution and policies. :)

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  • rafiq
    Jan 22, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Bow even to an ordinary citizen from America he is our lord ,we r his slave.It is our mentality.

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  • Muhammed Rafique Zakaria
    Jan 22, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Trillions are spent on security of PM Gilani, President Zardari and Interior Minister Rehman Malik. But billions will not be spent on providing security to Mansoor Ijaz who knows the names of real enemies of Pakistan. PM Gilani often says: “We will do everything in the best interest of the nation”. Do it Mr. Prime Minister, Just do it!!! M. [email protected] Zakaria Karachi.

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  • Ahmad
    Jan 22, 2012 - 8:22PM

    PM is so much worry about this case …
    This shows Gillani is trying to hide the truth

    plus Witness protection is Government responsibility , but Government is busy in saving and clearing his mistakes

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  • It's (still) the economy, stupid
    Jan 22, 2012 - 8:48PM

    In Watergate (memogate is based on this scandal) deep throat told Bob Woodword follow the money. Government with all its resources should follow the money trail and the whole memogate will unravel. I suppose after Saleem Shazad was murdered no journalist is willing to take up the investigative journalism. Where is a equivalent of Bob Woodworth in Pakistan?

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  • SM
    Jan 22, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Yea the only people to provide security for are the PPP leaders.

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  • Nosherwan Shahid Shaikh
    Jan 22, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Ridiculous! Public Money to go for some more waste!

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  • Shahid Malik
    Jan 22, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Mansoor Ijaz is preparing to come to Pakistan. Shahbaz Sharif is in London. Now, Nawaz Sharif has rushed to London. This is very significant.

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  • Jan 22, 2012 - 10:36PM

    @Observer: : ))))))))

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  • nnk
    Jan 22, 2012 - 10:46PM

    Why should the PM say anything otherwise. His first loyalty is to the Party and next to his Boss, the Constitution comes last and Judicial orders has little or no impact in practice

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  • Jan 22, 2012 - 11:31PM

    PM is right. Why go mad for this guy.

    There should be limit to degrading Pakistan

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jan 22, 2012 - 11:56PM

    Well Mr PM, I recall that you were not capable of providing security to two of your own Ministers!
    So now on what basis can you make any remark in relation to Security for an VIP Foreign National, who is about to open an pandora’s box about the dealings within Pakistan’s ruling elite???

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  • Noushervan Malik
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:21AM

    salute to our courts who is listening to a person who is sitting in another subcontinent but they cannot hear the voice of those poor peoples who really deserve this…

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  • Attif Abbas
    Jan 23, 2012 - 12:43AM

    These Feudal mindset think that if any one has a claim against them he should go through police process of stealing their cow case.Courts has nothing to do with it as its between feudal, Police and the complainant.If Courts interfere its against democracy.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:25AM

    @Noushervan Malik:
    Yes ! you are very right, but sadly this is Pakistan !
    After all it is the people of the Country, who are responsible for giving them the mandate to rule, which is even more sadder !

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  • Tania
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:32AM

    Look who is talking?

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  • Kashif Alvi
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:33AM

    So its perfectly acceptable to spend trillions on security for Haqqani who has been hiding in the PM house…..coming from a man who has been suggestively called ‘dishonest’ by the supreme court, PM Gillani—-why should you be trusted? Please don’t insult our intelligence.Recommend

  • Well
    Jan 23, 2012 - 3:42AM

    @Kashif Alvi: kashu, exactly……………. plus Blackberry record does not lie.
    Forget about who & how he is. We are talking about electronic evidence
    that would speak for itself.

    PPP and its entire following has put Party before the Country.

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  • Jan 23, 2012 - 4:19AM

    Mansoor Ijaz is certainly not worth the attention he is getting.. He is not the next President or is he Pakistan;s Messiah/

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  • Saleem
    Jan 23, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Dear Mr. Yusuf Gilani , I agree with you that he is an ordinary citizen and should be treated as such. Kindly do not forget that every citizen is an ordinary citizen or in your statement your assumption is that Peers are superbeings or being elected as Prime Minister has made you non-ordinary ? You do try to get the medal of restoration of democracy but I am not sure if you got the difference between democracy or monarchy correclty ???

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