ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday, in an implicit response to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmakers’ criticism of his ‘inaction’ against Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz, alleged it was the previous PPP-led government which had ‘provided Aziz security guards.’
In a press conference in Islamabad, the interior minister said no one was above the law “but the government cannot arrest someone just to appease a section of society.”
“I never said that there is no FIR registered against Abdul Aziz, he had at least 31 cases registered against him,” said the minister, adding that “out of these, 12 were of a serious nature.”
Nisar had come under immense pressure to take action against Aziz after four key legal documents, asserting that the cleric was an absconder, were presented last month in the Upper House by Senator Farhatullah Babar.
Earlier, in a policy statement presented to senate on Dec 30, 2015, Nisar had said that if anyone came up with documentary evidence against Aziz, immediate action will be taken regardless of political considerations.