Interior Minister Rehman Malik has termed Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s statements on providing security to Mansoor Ijaz as ‘contempt of court’.
Malik said that he will file a request for a ‘contempt of court’ notice against the chief minister.
Shahbaz Sharif, on Thursday, said that he will take personal responsibility for providing complete security to Ijaz during his visit to Pakistan.
He said that he will welcome Ijaz and will provide him security till the last moment he is in Pakistan, and also offered the judicial commission probing the controversial memo to come to the province to record Ijaz’s statements.
In response to Shahbaz’s statements, Rehman Malik said that the ‘cat is out of the bag’ now and that it was clear why Nawaz Sharif went to court for the Mansoor Ijaz case.
Malik added that he was considering filing a contempt application against Shahbaz Sharif regarding provision of security to Ijaz in Punjab. Replying to a question, Malik said that the chief minister was attempting to divert the public’s attention from the spurious drugs case by issuing such statements.
He again reiterated that the government will welcome Ijaz by providing him “tight” security till the last moment during his visit to Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2012.
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