ISLAMABAD: Former inside minister Rehman Malik has claimed that Pakistani visas are nonetheless being ‘secretly’ issued to US intelligence officers.
Speaking to reporters outdoors the Parliament Home right here on Tuesday, he stated the federal government was accusing the earlier authorities of the Pakistan Peoples Get together (PPP) of issuing visas to US spies, although it was nonetheless issuing visas to US officers.
He claimed that Pakistani authorities would proceed to situation visas to US officers until they continued to obtain the Coalition Help Fund (CSF) from the US authorities. “Has the federal government stopped receiving the CSF, which is acquired by the Ministry of Finance and dispersed via the Ministry of Defence,” he stated. “If the CSF is stopped, then the federal government won’t challenge visas to US officers… The truth is the method of issuance of visas to US officers has by no means been stopped by the current authorities.”
Pakistan has been receiving the CSF from america because the Musharraf regime for offering providers to the coalition drive preventing towards terrorists in Afghanistan.
Rehman Malik served as inside minister within the final PPP authorities when the then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani issued a letter to Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani permitting him to situation visas to US officers. The difficulty of visas granted then to US intelligence officers has triggered a debate in political circles of the nation placing the primary opposition PPP on the again foot.
Inside Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan claimed a few days in the past that the federal government had withdrawn powers of Pakistan’s ambassador to the US to challenge visas on his personal.
The previous inside minister stated Mr Gillani had regulated the method of issuance of visas and never violated any regulation.
He claimed that previous to the PPP authorities, US officers have been allowed to enter Pakistan with out visas. “The PPP authorities stopped this apply and Mr Gillani issued the letter on this context,” he stated.
Mr Malik stated it was for the primary time because of the PPP’s strict coverage that issuance of visas to US officers was made conditional to the suggestions of the US State Division.
In reply to a query a few proposal to research the nation’s visa coverage, he stated: “We’ll welcome an investigation into the matter however the investigation should cowl issuance of visas since 1998 until up to now.
“The nation needs to know who allowed (entry of) American officers by way of Gama Gate of Islamabad airport with out visas and immigration clearance.’’
He accused former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf of permitting People to sneak into the nation and stated: “It must be investigated as to who allowed the US military to return to Pakistan and offered Shamsi airbase to US forces.”
Revealed in Daybreak, March twenty ninth, 2017
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