Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has asked the media not to spread false news about the involvement of Iran in terrorism in Pakistan, Waqt News reported.
“Although the RAW agent has been arrested from Pak-Iran border but Iran has never been involved in spreading militancy in Pakistan,” he said.
While talking to the media Nisar said Iran is the oldest friend of Pakistan. “The news of Iranian involvement has increased apprehension among the Iranian leadership after which I have talked to Iranian diplomat in Pakistan and addressed their concerns,” he said. “Iranian President has even said that Iran’s security is directly linked to Pakistani security. We want to increase our relations with Iran and so media should refrain from such reporting which can have negative ramifications.”
The Interior Minister said the issue is with India and it will be resolved. “Bad Pak-Iran relations will benefit many naysayers, so we have to be careful,” Nisar said. “Even the Iranian diplomat pointed out that Pak-Iran do not appear to be brother states after this incident.
Nisar said the government has talked to the Iranian leadership and has resolved the issues.
While talking about his and CM Punjab’s meeting with COAS General Raheel Sharif, he explained that the meeting was no secret. “It was a regular meeting and there is nothing to hide in it.”
On the issue of the Musharraf case the Interior Minister told the media that Musharraf’s name was put in the Exit Control List (ECL) following the order of Supreme Court in 2013. “The previous government could not do this although an FIR against Musharraf was registered in the Benazir Murder Case. But today everyone is blaming us, “he said. “Our government pursued this case with full strength and obeyed the decision of the special court.”
“We rejected Musharraf’s three appeals regarding going abroad but he appealed to the Sindh High Court that allowed him to leave without the permission of Interior Minister,” he told the media. “The Supreme Court upheld the decision of Sindh High Court”
About the issue of pro-Qadri supporters sit-in inside the Red Zone, the minister accepted that there was an administrative loophole in it. “There is an investigation going on and soon it will be revealed to media and public”.
“There were 9,000 to 10,000 people marching towards Islamabad which no police without yhe needed force can handle,” he said. “The Ullema signed an agreement with Punjab Government on Chehlum of Mumtaz Qadri which they broke”.
“The matter got delayed because we did not want any bloodshed and so we were collecting the force to disperse the protestors. On the last day during a meeting I told the PM that we are going to do the operation,” the minister said. “Overwhelming senior leadership wanted to do tye operation to disperse them peacefully but two senior ministers said that we should attempt to talk to them.”
“I talked to both ministers about the situation and they went to negotiate with the protestors,” he pointed out. “The matter was solved with full consent and harmony in our party.”