ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel on Wednesday lambasted Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah for “intentionally” skipping a meeting that was supposed to discuss shortcomings in security arrangements for former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Senate Interior Standing Committee meeting, held here under the chairmanship of Senator Mohsin Aziz, regretted that the Minister and Interior Secretary – Yousaf Naseem Khokhar – intentionally skipped the meeting as they had been warned well in time.
Aziz led Islamabad’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Nasir Akber, in reassessing security threats to PTI chief Imran Khan, in addition to reinstating the license of the security firm charged security at the Bani Gala residence of the head of the PTI.
“You need to reassess the level of threat to the life of the PTI chairman as the world knows that the former prime minister is facing serious death threats,” he told IGP Islamabad.
The IGP said it was aware of the level of threat to the former prime minister due to which the police are escorting him even though he is going to get bail in the local courts.
The chairman of the committee also questioned the revocation of the license of a private security company – carrying out security duties at the residence of the head of the PTI – and the withdrawal of the Gilgit-Baltistan police delegated to the security of his residence in Bani Gala.
IGP Islamabad said 266 personnel from the Frontier Constabulary, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Police, British Police and Rangers have been deployed for the security of the ex-Prime Minister. He said security for the head of the PTI costs Rs 24 crore which also includes staff salaries.
IGP Islamabad said the license of the private security company which was revoked due to a minor mistake has also been reinstated.
This prompted committee member Senator Kamil Ali Agha to question what the police had to say about the 2,200 police deployed for the security of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which cost $4.5 billion. rupees to the national kitty. However, the IGP had nothing to say on the question put to it by Senator Agha and instead said that there would be no more than five police officers for the security of three former prime ministers, including Yousaf Raza Gilani , Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. .
Senator Agha said the police are making the same mistake they made in compromising the safety of late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, adding that the same mistake is being made in the case of Imran Khan, who will be responsible in case of breach of security. He said the committee was supposed to discuss security with former prime minister Imran Khan, but the interior minister and home secretary voluntarily skipped the meeting, which shows they are not taking not the matter seriously.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2022