Rehman Malik reinstated as advisor to PM on interior affairs

Published: June 5, 2012
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Malik given charge of interior ministry, allowed entry into NA, Senate. PHOTO: FILE

Malik given charge of interior ministry, allowed entry into NA, Senate. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: A day after the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend Rehman Malik’s senate membership, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani issued directives to the cabinet division to reinstate him as advisor to the prime minister on interior affairs, Express News reported.

The cabinet division, as per the prime minister’s directives, issued the notification for the reinstatement of the former interior minister as advisor, stating that he held the same post in 2008 prior to becoming a member of the Senate.

Being made the advisor, he has been given charge of the interior ministry and will now be allowed entry into the National Assembly (NA) and the Senate.

A senior official of the prime minister secretariat officially confirmed the notification.

Malik will hold this post until the verdict of the Supreme Court.

Earlier, Express News reported that Malik had stopped visiting the Interior Ministry since the Supreme Court suspended his Senate membership and sources said that he had also removed the national flag from his car, and would not be attending the future Senate sessions.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan had earlier suspended the Senate membership of Interior Minister Rehman Malik while hearing the dual nationality case.

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  • concerned citizen
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:07PM

    this is the extent of shamefulness!

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  • Shahzad
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:07PM

    what a shame… these sob’s are more united than a common pakistani

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  • Tanweer
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:11PM

    This is hallmark of PPP government. When someone is unseated or transferred because of some kind of offence he/she committed, he/she is given another lucrative post. We are not surprised.

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  • Bookie
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Does this means that he did not give up his British nationality!

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  • Babloo
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:18PM

    What a brazen mockery of sc decision and democracy.

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  • joy
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:35PM

    I am really confused................
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  • Much Amused
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Can the SC please take similar action for members of other parties also?

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  • Z.Khan
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:37PM

    Looks like strange tug of war between civil government and judiciary. With this new salvo both targeted victims belonged to PP. Other day Attorney General challenged the authority of apex court in such matters. Good to know that Civil Government also found the solution to continue with R Malik. Flag or not flag he will be number one in Interior Ministry. With all the due respct SC, what did you achieve with these prompt decisions? One left for US and enjoying peaceful life. Other just changed the hat.Recommend

  • M. Ahmed
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:38PM

    PM is never tired of publicly stating that he respects the judiciary. Does he?

    The PM is acting like an outlaw. PM is setting precedents that will not allow Pakistan to rank high as a country that has respect for law. May be good for Gilani but too bad for country.

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  • Aftab
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:38PM

    Vote for Imran Khan to bring about real change. Current corrupt government has not done anything in the interests of the country

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  • Zalim Singh
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:41PM

    through back door.

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  • elcay
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:42PM

    There is no concrete evidence that he has renounced his British Citizenship.

    But anyhow he has retained his post, perks and priviledges. What more does he want ? And who cares what the so called 18 million supporters of PPP want?Recommend

  • messed
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Musharaf, Army, Maulvi better than this mess

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  • Calypso
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Hats off to the PPP leadership for attaining new heights of shamelessness!

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  • Zeffos
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:58PM

    Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being ruled by fools ~ Plato

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  • imposter
    Jun 5, 2012 - 5:59PM

    so cute!

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  • AAM Shehri
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Convicted but pardoned…. Disqualified but appointed advisory to PM….

    these just wont go away…Recommend

  • SK
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:10PM

    democracy is the best revenge……………………….. from poor masses of this country

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  • Discostu
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:13PM

    They need to go after him for perjury. He will be convicted for that. Now he has a automatically disqualified from everything. Before you say what good will that do, Al Capone was sentenced for tax evasion, not for being a gangster. Doesn’t matter how they get there, as long as they are punished.

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  • Logic Europe
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Sureme court is loosing its credibility
    It is there to decide cases for public but instead it is brazenly targeting PPP ! it has people in its ranks that said yes to a dictator. Malik didnt say yes so he had to go on exile and get british nationality Because of him and PPP supreme court judges are where they are now and not being dragged on streets and imprisoned. Mr malik is a strong character doing the most difficultl job in pakistan All you commentators should know that this party will return to power again No pakistani cares about his passport But some judges find hum and PPP easy target

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  • Nabeel Javed
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Corrupt man is protecting the other other corrupt.

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  • Imran
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:39PM

    @Logic Europe:
    . Mr malik is a strong character doing the most difficultl job in pakistan

    Very true. And he has been doing it very well. Terrorists are curtailed. When he joined, suicide bombers were on the lose, going after Pakistanis throughout the country. Attacks on foreign dignitaries, players, politicians. He successfully curtailed terror for most of the part. No high profile murder, except one case where Punjab government was responsible for the security.

    A job well done.

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  • Blithe
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Too important a wheeler dealer b/w PPP and MQM.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Why just foreign citizenship is bothering the judiciary, IK has permanent residency of britain, ban him too from forming PTI and future elections! In my opinion citizenship and permanent residency is the same because both of these allows the holders to take the next flight out of pakistan, if things get worse for the nation or themselves! They dont have stake in pakistan as those of pakistanis who cant get out of the country in bad times, these are true pakistanis, they are here in thick and thin. Every body else is just a visitor.

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  • Nauman
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:52PM

    PM himself should be disqualified. What a bunch of looters are leading us!

    What if Gilani is forcefully removed!?? He’ll become advisor to President on General Ministerial Affairs.

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  • AAM Shehri
    Jun 5, 2012 - 6:59PM

    @LionOfPunjab:

    Permanent citizenship of Britain means you have declared / submitted your legeance to the queen and will defend the interest of Britain.

    While residence or indefinite stay is a mere visa status which means you have no restrictions on visiting Britain I.e. indefinite entries.

    In case of Rehman Malik it is a case of unlawful concealment and contrary to the oath that he took, which requires declaration that the person taking oath does not have a dual nationality because that can cause a conflict of interest especially for an interior minister who has to safe guard Pakistan’s interest even against Britian to whom he has submitted his legeance to.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:00PM

    If the man claims that he has renounced the UK citizenship, what proof does the PCO court have that he did not? Malik does not have the burden of proof but the prosecution which in this case are the justices themselves! The SC has lowered itself to the level of trial court, prosecutor and witness at the same time and depriving the accused of basic right of appeal to a higher court. No other SC in the world would be this politically motivated and ignore all the imp pending cases for political issues. They cannot wait one more year to change the govt and undo the election results.

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  • Imran
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:03PM

    I am quite happy at this terrible news, this is turning out to be a very funny tom and jerry cartoon. Has anyone ever thought about the role of the supreme court in our politics?

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  • Liberal
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:07PM

    Everyone here had a say in what they think of Mr.Malik,PPP,Mr.Prime minister,Assemble,SC e.t.c. But haven’t any of you yet wondered why the SC is continuously targeting PPP officials.I mean, to me it seems like there is something fishy,no? there is something going on inside the SC that none of us know about. (Well,maybe some do,but not many. ) With as much experience as i can gather, i never saw such verdicts being issued against officials former to PPP’s government.What went wrong now? Why is the SC all of a sudden so active? (not that i have a problem, but it would be better if they use their energy on civil cases.) Our country is in the Dark ages right now, and criminals ( not talking about officials here. Just everday criminals.) are still on loose. How about we worry about them for the time being? It would do us and our country more good.

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  • Maria Junejo
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:13PM

    pakistan is very unlucky country. We have power-hungry rulers.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Call PPP corrupt and not competent. But they are cleaver and courageous.

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  • Bhatti Bhai
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:31PM

    @ Liberal

    “But haven’t any of you yet wondered why the SC is continuously targeting PPP officials.”

    There is so super conspiracy here. The PPP is in power and they are grossly abusing it and therefore they are being targeted by the SC. It does not take a genius and its not rocket science.Recommend

  • A. Khan
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:38PM

    So this means our government will keep foreign nationals as advisors. No wonder we are in this mess.

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  • Altaf Khawaja
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:42PM

    May save Pakistan from such corrupt and power-hungry rulers.

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  • Logic Europe
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:44PM

    @shahbaz
    your lanhuge reflects your desperation
    for supporters of PCO judges, these judges are tainted and openly biased .amgreat percentage of people consider them partial.this perception is present even in the minds of ppp critics ,when people have a feeling that judhpge is partia
    then that judge should RESIGHN

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Who will have more powers new Minister of interior or advisor on interior to PM?
    What a Country: A clean non muslim can not hold an office but convicted Muslim can be on any position.

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  • Dr.A.Tewari
    Jun 5, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @ Nauman, mirza . Your predictions are visible to us but not to SC .

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  • Dr. A.Tewari
    Jun 5, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @ it’s (still) Ec , are you sure that your comment will have any value for SC?.? .

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  • Tch tch
    Jun 5, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Anyone who spend a few hours digging up on RM career knows he is indispensable for PPP. Mirza when he was struck by truth flu made couple of eye opening remarks on RM. This guy is far more cunning then he is given credit for. Gillani can be sidelined but not RM.

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 5, 2012 - 9:58PM

    @Aftab: Why I should vote for Imran Khan and PTI ?????? Do you know PTI Supported Rehman Malik and also PTI stated that there is nothing wrong in having a foreign nationality. Majority of the senior PTI members are foreign nationals.Fauzia Kasuri is a women head of PTI and she is an American National and she is deciding fate about all major issues for Pakistani People in PTI. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jun 5, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Next up, Raymond Davis will become an adviser to PM.

    What kind of non sense is this? Pakistan should be ruled by Pakistanis. Is that too much to ask?

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  • Expatriate
    Jun 5, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Congratulations PM and Rahman Malik sahab.TUSI GREAT HO.Pray for impartial state institutions.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 5, 2012 - 11:19PM

    LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Need i say more !

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  • Lone Star
    Jun 6, 2012 - 12:10AM

    SC and the judges are losing the respect and faith, they’ve been biased openly. I’m not a fan of PPP, but this is little too much.

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  • Faesal
    Jun 6, 2012 - 12:24AM

    These past 4 years have been DISASTROUS for Pakistan.

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  • Shayan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 12:36AM

    I actually have come to the conclusion that all the people, who elected these political leaders those who currently are in the parliament in Pakistan, are actually just like their rulers. And they may be in majority.

    Well, that would explain a lot!

    It’s really really sad realizing that I may belong to the minority, those who would never vote for these leaders.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 6, 2012 - 12:43AM

    If Rehman Malik is correct that he does not hold British Citizen any more than he should give a proof than he is no more a British Citizen and only a Pakistani citizen.

    A convicted Prime Minster is backing the another would be convicted former Interior Minister.

    This is the height of shame for the PPP government.

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  • Salman
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:05AM

    We are getting what we have sowed, We as a nation should pray for the forgiveness of our sins, these leaders are the result of our own wrong-doings in the past. To uproot them we have to unite ourselves and vote for Imran Khan, a person who has the vision to get this nation out of this mess.

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  • Keesey as a toilet paper...
    Jun 6, 2012 - 4:34AM

    Damu-cracy is the best revenge!
    You wanted it, you got it!

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  • Hasan
    Jun 6, 2012 - 10:34AM

    This is a problem that is faced when we allow former convicted men to become politicians. The financial rewards they now receive (read as corruptly amass) is the cost we pay for their convictions (read as imprisonment).

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  • Tahmina
    Jun 7, 2012 - 3:38AM

    What a pity, corrupt regimes will always find ways to accommodate cronies. He is being rewarded for his service to Zardari not for being valuable to the country. He can take refuge in England once it is over, then can return if/when zardari lot comes to power again

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