ISLAMABAD: The deputy commissioner of the federal capital had rejected Islamabad SSP’s request to deploy Rangers at the Judicial Complex where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s hearing was underway on Monday.
According to sources in the DC office, no action was taken over the SSP’s letter and the deputy commissioner did not order the deployment of paramilitary personnel at the Judicial Complex.
However, as per the rules, the deployment of forces is a matter that is decided upon by the deputy commissioner.
As per the SSP’s letter, a copy of which is available with Geo News, the request for deployment of Rangers in G-11 — where the Judicial Complex is situated — was sent to maintain the law and order situation in the federal capital.
The interior ministry has started an investigation into the matter – to ascertain on whose orders the Rangers were deployed.
Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Ahsan Iqbal questioned the deployment of Rangers, after he was barred from entering the court complex where Nawaz’s hearing was underway.
While addressing the media, Iqbal said the Islamabad chief commissioner was coordinating the security arrangements for today’s hearing.
“This morning, however, the situation had changed and the Rangers had taken over security [of the judicial complex],” said Iqbal, explaining that in Islamabad the Rangers operate on the directions of the chief commissioner.
The minister said that the Rangers claimed to have “their own orders”, adding that this is a deplorable state of affairs which demands being taken notice of.
“Rangers are subordinate to my ministry..they’re supposed to work under the command of the civil administration. If Rangers have refused to observe orders, a high-level inquiry will be held and we will see who has challenged the writ of the government,” said a visibly upset Iqbal.
“I waited for the Rangers commander for 15 minutes, this is unacceptable, Whosoever has done this, disciplinary action will be taken against him. I will resign as I will not be a puppet minister.