KARACHI: On Thursday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed indicated to the opposition not to put too much expectations on the foreign funding case and warned the Muslim League-Nawaz of Pakistan that the much-publicised investigation might prove to be a “second Panama Leak” for the PML-N that would lead to further “financial scandals of its leaders” being exposed.
At the same time, however, the interior minister sounded cordial when he thanked the Pakistan Democratic Movement for maintaining the pledge to preserve discipline at the protest outside the office of the Pakistan Election Commission and offered the multiparty coalition with the same spirit to stage the ‘long march’ on Islamabad.
While visiting the Nadra Mega Centre on main Korangi Road, Mr Rasheed took the opportunity of brief interaction with the media where he came up with his thoughts, plans of his ministry in Sindh and the message to the opposition parties.
“They [opposition parties] are talking about foreign funding case,” he responded to a question about the possible fate of the case being heard at the ECP.
Appreciates PDM for keeping protest outside ECP under control
But let me tell you, this is the next Panama [Leaks]. I’d recommend that Maryam Nawaz read it carefully and then she could realise what it really is. It would unravel the belongings and controversies of your [opposition parties].
He expected JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s defeat, who he said had been “used” by the PML-N and the PPP in the past.
Mr Rasheed said, “Honestly speaking, I feel sorry for him [Maulana].” “Either way, he’d fail. I’m telling him to be patient. Maulana Sahib, you’re not going to get anything. In the middle of the road, they [PML-N and PPP] will desert you. I admire him very much as a priest, but I can only tell in politics that he is going to fail.
He said there was little to give the opposition parties to rally the public because everyone was aware of their ‘corruption’ and left no moral ground for their protest.
But at the same time, he produced a green light for the PDM’s planned long march to Islamabad.
“They [opposition parties] managed the protest very well outside the ECP office,” said the Minister of the Interior.
It is a very vulnerable place, but in the Red Zone, they insisted on holding a rally. We permitted them and gave them their programme timetable. I am grateful to them that their contribution has been fulfilled. They are permitted to stage the long march in Islamabad in the same spirit.
Rangers headquarters visit
Earlier, the Minister of the Interior visited the headquarters of the Pakistan Rangers, where he had a meeting with Director General Rangers, Sindh Major General Iftikhar Hassan Chaudhary and paramilitary forces officers.
A statement released by the Rangers after the meeting said, “The Interior Minister praised the role of the Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, in maintaining peace and law and order.” The meeting reiterated that all possible measures will be taken, especially in Karachi, to ensure stability and law and order in Sindh.