Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has finally broken his silence on report of Supreme Court’s Inquiry Commission on Quetta incident and addressed a press conference in Islamabad which he was supposed to do yesterday.
The inquiry report slammed the Federal Interior Minister, Balochistan’s Chief Minister and Home Minister on Quetta carnage that claimed 70 lives in August this year. The inquiry report also criticized the role of interior ministry and regretted the interior minister for meeting with Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi, chief of outlawed Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) on 21st Oct, to listen his demands.
Ch. Nisar, being very aggressive, said he came to know about inquiry report on Quetta incident via newspapers and termed it as completely one-sided without having the viewpoints of interior minister. Ch. Nisar also said that he had met with PM Nawaz Sharif yesterday and expressed his desire to resign from his post so that he could clear himself and present his stance, but PM denied and said that it would be unacceptable for him if Ch. Nisar resigns.
Reacting on Justice Qazi Faez Isa inquiry commission report on 8th August’s carnage in Quetta, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said that Inquiry Commission should have had mandate to ask questions from a person who also has respect, as his respect is more important for him that his ministry, referring to himself, Ch. Nisar stated .
Nisar quoted that he has never lied to media as national security has always been more important to him than personal attacks. He said that people were against him speaking about the report, but it was much necessary for him to talk on issue and bring the other side of story as he was being targeted personally.
Ch. Nisar discussed in detail the answers which he has given to the five questions being asked by SC’s inquiry commission. He said that he had not met with any delegation of ASWJ, it was Jamat-e-Islami’s men who brought delegation of ASWJ, therefore it should be asked to JI. He also clarified that giving permission to someone for holding a public procession is not under his domain, but its district administration that has the authority to do so.
Ch. Nisar was also asked that why has there been no meeting of executive council of NACTA, to which he replied that the last meeting of the executive council of NACTA was held in August 2014, but subsequent meetings were not held as the NACTA Act was not approved by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Nisar said that an eight-member Difa-e-Pakistan Council delegation met him, but he was not informed that Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi would be a part of it and he had spoken with Maulana Sami-ul-Haq as well. Interior Minister said that no one ever had an issue when Ludhianvi got elected but now people are pointing towards him for meeting with Maulana Ludhianvi. He told that they wanted to discuss the matter of blocking of CNICs of their members on the fourth schedule the Anti-Terrorism Act, which is obviously not acceptable for any citizen.
Ch. Nisar also highlighted that there was a time once many prominent figures including General (Retd.) Hameed Gul, Ijaz-ul-Haq and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad used to address Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s rallies as it was not a controversial or outlawed organization back then. He also stated that even PML-Q had been a part of Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s rallies and processions.
Talking to journalists, Ch. Nisar said that there was not a single question being asked about the Quetta incident and apparently it looks that the report is against a person only, he added. Adding further, he said that he would defend himself in Supreme Court and he has also appealed to process the case as soon as possible.
At the end, Ch. Nisar also criticized Pakistan People’s Party and termed it as “Bacha-Party (Children-Party)”, saying that a party’s kid speaks only for insulting someone after getting directions from his elders. He does not even know that his mother’s name is also in Panama Papers, Ch. Nisar said. Interior Minister also said that the ones who have not yet even read National Actions Plan’s documents are criticizing him and others. He said that no matter how many adjournment motions are brought against him, he will face all of them.
The #QuettaCommissionReport is yet more proof the government. should have implemented our 4 demands by now. 1/2— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) December 17, 2016
Immediately after Ch. Nisar’s press conference, Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took it to twitter and expressed his thoughts that the Inquiry Commission report on Quetta tragedy is a proof that government should have implemented their 4 demands. PPP Chairman also said that after the report, there remains no reason to rule even a day longer and government must take notice and action on Inquiry Commission’s report.