IGP submits report in SHC regarding withdrawal of security from Mirza

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday was informed that a large number of the arms licences were issued in the name of Dr Zulifqar Mirza, his wife and son, substantiating the claims that he had formed his own army, which was violation the Constitution.

IG Sindh submitted a report to the division bench of SHC which was hearing a petition of Dr Zulifqar Mirza against withdrawal of security personnel employed for his security.

In a report, IG stated that the licences of prohibited bore issued by the interior ministry shall be produced later on, when they are received from it.

It was stated that the hundreds of persons armed to the teeth escort Mirza and majority of them are involved in criminal cases, adding several women, carrying prohibited weapons, were seen on the news channels, which has created a sense of fear and terror in district Badin. This private army is prohibited by the Article 256 of the Constitution, added the report.

IG said that the SSP Badin had also been directed to deploy security personnel for the security of the petitioner and his family members.

Responding to Mirza’s allegation about Faryal Talpur’s security, he said that Ms Talpur has been provided appropriate security for her safety & security as the special branch had issued a report, stating the terrorists had planned an attack on her.

He said that ex-ministers had no entitlement as per law or Provincial Assembly of Sindh Privileges Act 1975, nevertheless some of the former ministers, including Pir Mazaharul Haq, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Abdul Rauf Siddiqui and Waseem Akhtar had been given security on assessment of threats to their lives and recommendations of the special Branch or other agencies.

While taking on record a report, the court directed the counsel for the petitioner to file rejoinder if any till May 20.

Mirza had filed a petition against withdrawal of police constables posted for his and his wife, former speaker Fehmida Mirz’s security.

He had submitted in the petition that he would be killed if he was not provided security as Asif Ali Zardari and Altaf Hussain were his biggest enemies.

Mirza said that Ms Talpur was given a police escort comprising 250 police personnel whereas former home minister Waseem Akhtar and other MQM leaders are also given security. Therefore, he pleaded to the court to order the authorities to provide him and his family adequate security.

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