PPP fires warning shot against Shuja Pasha on Article 6

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah Friday said that article six of the constitution could be invoked against DG ISI if allegations levelled against him by Mansoor Ijaz proved true.

“President is a part of the Parliament and these allegations fall within the purview of the article 6,” the minister said told media outside Parliament House Friday. He suggested ISI chief to file a lawsuit with the court against Mansoor Ijaz.

“Mansoor Ijaz is a liar and I am sure Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha will clarify these allegations soon,” he added. Shah stated that though he did not believe in the allegation of Ijaz but the DG SIS should issue a statement to clear dust.  

Mansoor Ijaz had claimed that General Shuja Pasha had sought and got permission from senior Arab leaders to oust President Asif Ali Zardari. However, no official statement is made by the military so far in this regard.

In his view the controversial memogate is only a piece of paper. Shah accused media and others of giving unnecessary importance to the issue. “Importance of memo is not more than a piece of paper,” he asserted.

Criticising Mansoor Ijaz, Shah said that he was hatching conspiracies against Pakistan and democratic system. “Mansoor Ijaz, who is a foreign national, is lying and levelling allegations against everyone,” he said.

The minister continued that institutions in Pakistan were about to clash with one another just because of controversies created by Mansoor Ijaz. “I don’t know why these circumstances are being created,” he wondered.

He claimed that Mansoor Ijaz had given a briefing at the residence of Sartaj Aziz on October 10, 1999 and asked the government to accept Israel.

Criticising the role of PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif in memo issue, the PPP leader said that first, he urged upon the government to probe into the issue, but later he moved the Supreme Court expressing no confidence on the Parliament.

“The PML-N also has representation in Parliament in large numbers but Nawaz Sharif wants something special out of memogate issue,” he said adding the prime minister has referred the matter to the parliamentary committee following a letter written by PML-N’s
Senator Ishaq Dar.

He said that the government and his party were not afraid anything and players behind the memo issue would be exposed soon.

 “This is not the period of 1990s as masses are now more aware,” the minister said adding the people now understand every game. He said that above the Supreme Court, there were also the courts of Allah and the masses.