Blackwater in Pakistan – Senators demand Malik’s resignation
January 23, 2010 1 Comment
Islamabad—Strongly reacting over presence of Blackwater in the country following US defence Secretary’s statement Senators on Friday urged Interior Minister Malik to immediately resign as promise.
Senate (Upper House) Session was held in the Parliament on Friday.
PML-N Senator Zafar Ali Shah again made it clear to the House that now every thing is crystal clear following the statement of US Defence Secretary regarding presence of Blackwater in the country thus demanding Rehman Malik to resign.
He said that US Defence Secretary on Pakistan’s soil has claimed presence of Blackwater in Pakistan adding they were working on contract basis.
Senator Raza Rabbani said, Rehman Malik now must resign as promise made.
The angry Senators went on to say that Government had given permission to Blackwater to work in Pakistan.
On the other hand, state minister on interior Tasneem Qureshi was unable to give any solid explanation to the House on presence of Blackwater.
Meanwhile Chairman National Assembly (NA) standing committee on interior Abdul Qadir Patel has said committee has taken notice of the confirmation made by US visiting Defence Secretary of the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan adding matter would be included in the agenda of the committee forthwith.
He said this while talking to media outside Parliament house Friday. He said committee would seek explanation from the interior ministry as to who had allowed Blackwater to operate in the country and what were the objectives of this US security agency.
The presence of Blackwater in the country was tantamount to trampling the boundaries of the country, he said adding if any credible evidence was received by the committee about operationalization of this US security agency in the country, it would recommend to the government to immediately banish it from Pakistan.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kiara while expressing ignorance over the statement of US Defence Robert Gates about existence of Black Water in Pakistan said that the consultation with legal experts had been started after Supreme Court’s detailed verdict on National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
“I have no information about the statement of United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates over existence of Black Water in the country”, the Federal Information minister said.
“We have categorically said we are taking help of Americans and other states in war against terrorism”. The American forces are imparting training to our security forces for their capacity building, he added. Replying to another question, he accepted there were some differences among the coalition partners but we solved all the issues through negotiations.(Agencies)