KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Innam Memon said that the high treason case against General (r) Pervez Musharraf was a test for the independent judiciary and federal government.
“The logical conclusion of the case would be finalised with a manifest of determination of the judiciary as how it would keep its independence and courage of federal government. Nothing could be concealed from the people of the country.”
He said that the attacks on places of worship of minority were part of a planned conspiracy against Sindh government, which were condemned in strongest possible words while Sindh government and Pakistan People’s Party chairman had already taken serious notice of those sad incidents and more than a dozens of suspect had also been held under suspicion of being involved in those attacks on Hindu temples in Larkana, Hyderabad and Deplo in Tharparkar.
In addition to arresting the suspects, Sindh government had also suspended a deputy superintendent of police and a station house officer over failing to prevent such attacks on Hindu temples.
He was talking to the newsmen inside the Sindh Assembly premise on Monday prior to commencement of the assembly session.
The attacks on Hindu temples were part of a planned conspiracy against Sindh government under which attempts were being made to destabilise Sindh government, which would never be allowed to succeed and would be foiled soon, he vowed, adding that Sindh government was determined to protect places of worship of minority and that responsibility was diligently fulfilled and every steps were being taken to ensure security of places of worship of minority. PPP believed in complete freedom of practicing religious rituals and all plots to cause Muslim and non-Muslims would never be allowed to succeed.
In a rebuttal to media reports about sacking of the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the Minister for information said that those reports about replacement of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah were nothing but sheer speculations and did not carry any concrete truth. The Chief Minister, being a senior politician was imparting his constitutional obligations quite diligently and had full grip on all affairs that pertained to Sindh province.
The situation in Tharparkar had amicably been controlled because of his accelerated action. It would be better for media to avoid presenting distorted facts and should ensure first hand verification of all the stuff that would be presented in form of media reports. PPP leadership had complete confidence on Sindh Chief Minister, he added.
The media in addition to presenting details about deaths in Tharparkar should also focus on deaths in other parts of the country so that a true and realistic picture should be presented. Sindh government did not want to hide any fact pertaining to Tharparkar but facts should not be presented with an aim to torment Sing government alone. In order to do justice, complete facts should be presented, advised the minister for information.
The issue of appointment of Inspector General of Police, Sindh, a process of consultation was being held between federal and Sindh provincial government and the issues would shortly be resolved amicably. Acting IGP Iqbal Mehmood was a trusted and honest Police officer and he was performing his duty quite professionally, Memon said confidently.
While responding to a question about recent statement of Rana Sanaullah, Memon said that Rana Sanaullah was an irresponsible person and his statements about threats to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were no new things and hence did not deserve any reaction.
The minister had blatantly lambasted federal government for keeping relations with terrorists and said that Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were part of a secret conglomerate as they had reached a secret deal.
They are all friendly to each other whether directly or indirectly. There are photographs of PMLN leaders with terrorists of TTP and LeJ were also on record. A statement of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif for declaring his ideology in lines with the ideology of TTP and LeJ was also self-explanatory, argued the Minister for information.
It was a deplorable situation that federal government had engaged Taliban terrorists for peace talks while forgetting the terrorists had destroyed schools. Shrines, mosques and Imambargahs and carried manslaughter of the innocent civilians, he deplored.
The minister while criticising federal government for breaching the constitution of Pakistan said that federal government had sworn in to protect and respect the constitution of Pakistan but was yet holding peace talks with terrorists in violation to the constitution.
He suggested that federal government should approach aggrieved families that suffered due to the Taliban whether peace talks with the Taliban should be carried or not.
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