Published Date: Jan 28, 2012
MALIK SEEKS JUDICIAL COMMISSION
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has underlined the need to set up a judicial commission to probe the spurious drugs case, which has so far claimed 104 lives in the Punjab.
“I will discuss the matter with the top leadership and suggest setting up of a judicial commission to punish the culprits.” Rehman Malik was talking to the media after addressing a report launching ceremony. The report titled “Examining the Dimensions, Scale and Dynamics of the Illegal Economy: A study of Pakistan in the Region” was jointly compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
He said was that the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who also holds the portfolio of health minister, should have resigned from the minister’s slot after the death of 104 innocent people. There are fears that the death toll might increase, he added.
“I will recommend to include a representative of the media as a member of the commission,” he said. He said that clear directives had been given to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to arrest whosoever was found involved in the fake drugs case, be it the Punjab health secretary or Medical Superintendent of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).
He criticised the Punjab government for not being able to check the substandard medicines even though it had around 500 drug inspectors. Commenting on Shahbaz Sharif’s statement on provision of security to US citizen Mansoor Ijaz in the Punjab as per his (Mansoor) demand, the interior minister said that it was tantamount to contempt of court as there was a clear order to provide security to the US citizen. The minister said that by issuing this statement, the chief minister had attempted to divert the public attention from the fake drugs case.