ISLAMABAD: Reacting on Justice Qazi Faez Isa inquiry commission report into the August 8 carnage in Quetta, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that the inquiry report on the incident was one-sided and without the point of view of the interior ministry.
Briefing media in the federal capital Nisar said, “I went to the prime minister yesterday, told him that I wish to resign and then clear my stance. He said that is unacceptable to him.”
The report that surfaced on Friday criticised the role of the interior ministry and regretted the minister on October 21 met Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvi, the head the proscribed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat to listen to his demands and conceded to them as per the media reports.
Nisar said that he would never lied to the media as national security was more important to him than personal attacks. “People were against my speaking about the report, but I was adamant to clear the matter and bring you the other side of the story.”
“I read the report in the newspapers today, spiced up,” Nisar said. “The secretary of the judge sent a list of five questions at the Punjab House, which were earlier presumed fake, but were later answered.”
He was asked why he met a delegation of the ASWJ, and allowed them to hold meeting in Islamabad. He replied that he has not met any delegation of ASWJ, and permission to hold a rally in Islamabad was given by the district administration.
He was also asked 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.
He said that they wanted to discuss the blocking of the national identity cards of their members on the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act, which is not acceptable for any citizen of Pakistan. “No one has an issue if Ludhianvi gets elected, but do when he was present there with me”
He reiterated that Difa-e-Pakistan Council was not a proscribed organisation and many prominent personalities including Gen. Hameed Gul, Ijaz-ul-Haq and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed have addressed their rallies, and even the PML-Q has been a part of it.
He said that there was not a single question in the Quetta Commission relating to the carnage. Therefore, he appealed to the Supreme Court, which is in process of a change of command, to hear the case soon as possible. “I will be answerable at any forum,” he said adding that he would defend himself at the Supreme Court.