Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating the simultaneous fire incidents in Lahore and Karachi on the same day.
While speaking to the media, he said that he would also inquire if any element of terrorism was involved in the fire incidents. “It has to been seen if there was any mischief in the fire incidents in Lahore and Karachi”, he added.
Commenting on the visit of UN delegation on missing persons, the minister said that it would be informed that some among the missing persons were actually working in other countries.
Replying to a query, he said that 109 complaints relating to missing persons were sent to UN from Pakistan.
It is vital to mention here that the UN Working Group of Enforced Disappearances is currently visiting Pakistan on the invitation of the foreign office and they would be taking our viewpoints in this issue.
He stated, “The UN mission has neither come for investigation nor it was permitted. We would brief the UN who was these missing persons—some of them are missing over here, but in fact working abroad”.
The minister continued that he would be raising the issue of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui with American officials in his next US visit, adding that this was top priority of the country.
Commenting on migration of Hindu pilgrims, he said that the New Delhi government would be contacted in the pilgrims didn’t return from India.
While replying to a question about Fox News’s interview of Dr Shakil Afridi, he said that it would be probed as to how detained doctor managed to record his interview. He, however, said that it could only be a baseless story.
Earlier it was reported that, Afridi, who helped the CIA in locating Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, told a US television channel that the ISI supports fundamentalists.
Fox News had claimed that its correspondent had conducted the interview in the Peshawar Centre Jail, and quoted Dr Afridi as saying that he suffered brutal interrogation and torture.
In the meantime, ISI, Peshawar Central Jail and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government rubbished the interview as fiction and baseless.