Continuing his tirade against the Sharif brothers, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday that he will present evidence against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief for alleged contempt of court within eight days.
The minister added he has already ordered an investigation in this regard and further alleged that the Sharif brothers have defaulted on loans amounting to Rs3.09 billion.
Speaking to journalists at the Karachi airport on Thursday, Malik said that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif may not be guilty of the “small corruption” that they have been talking about, but are certainly guilty of “massive corruption”.
“I don’t want Nawaz Sharif to resign, I just want him to stop lying, and to come in front of the people and apologise for taking money that belongs to them and the National Bank of Pakistan,” he said, while holding up documents he claimed were evidence of the defaulted loans. He also, once again, called Shahbaz the “king of liars”.
“I am not doing this on my own, so nobody should claim any political victimisation. I am doing this as the interior minister and I appeal to the chief justice to take a suo motu of this,” said Malik. He added that would be sending a reference to the National Accountability Bureau.
The interior minister lauded the Sindh Police for doing a good job with limited resources in its operation against gangsters in Lyari and insisted there is no “clash of institutions” regarding the non-involvement of Rangers in the operation.
Malik said his trip to Karachi came at the request of President Asif Ali Zardari. He added that he does not want to give a false impression that the federation is interfering in provincial issues.
In typical fashion, Malik also issued a warning to criminals in Lyari: “I am warning all those criminals, we are going to strike, and I mean it!”
Malik said that no one from the Pakistan Peoples Party is supporting the criminals in Lyari and if anyone is, he would take action against them.
He also said that the Taliban and the Balochistan Liberation Army is involved in destabilising Karachi and are using Lyari as a “window”.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.