ISLAMABAD: Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Thursday staged a walkout along with a few other legislators on the reports of an alleged Intelligence Bureau (IB) memo claiming links between parliamentarians and proscribed organizations.
The list named a number of key ministers, including Riaz Pirzada, Zahid Hamid, Baleeghur Rehman, Sikandar Bosan, Hafiz Abdul Kareem and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi.
Pirzada in his speech said that he is from a respectable family, and holds the honor of his ancestors, adding that why is he given ministry if he is in contact with proscribed organisations.
“I don’t believe in IB. I am not a kid, I have been in politics from more than 50 years,” he said. “The Prime Minister house should have immediately ordered an inquiry after receiving the report. If I am a terrorist why I am a minister.”
He added Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Finance Minister should clarify if the inquiry was initiated by PM House or not.
Responding to the minister’s speech, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq interrupted and told Pirzada that while he was on a visit to Iraq, IB has filed a complaint in PEMRA that it is a fake document.
“Come to my chamber tomorrow. I will call DG IB. This is a sub judice matter,” the speaker directed Pirzada.
Earlier, the federal government took notice of the memo and announced to file case in Islamabad’s Secretariat police station.
The IB has also issued a formal denial of any such report or list. The government also advised Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to take strict action against apparently mala fide reporting.