FC takes over security of parliament house | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Frontier Constabulary on Thursday took over the security of parliament house on the directives of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal.

Reportedly the paramilitary troops on Tuesday withdrew from their providing security to the parliament following an open protest by the interior minister against their deployment at the court complex where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s hearing was under way.

The FC personnel is mandated to assist police and elite force in providing security at the entry/exit of the parliament, and its checking points.

On October 2, Rangers personnel disallowed Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal from entering the accountability court. The minister arrived as the court conducted hearing of three NAB references filed against Nawaz Sharif.

The episode irked the minister who said that he would rather resign than be a “puppet minister”. He 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.

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