ISLAMABAD: Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla, while rejecting Secretary Interior’s reply to Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Sunday, said that he intends to take action against the interior ministry for filing a First Information Report (FIR.) against Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar without taking the upper house in confidence.
Talking to the media, Saleem Mandviwalla affirmed that interior ministry made a “mistake” by giving go-ahead for the arrest of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto’s spokesperson Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar.
Claiming that the interior ministry should accept its mistake for apprehending the senator, Mandviwalla stated that no information on the subject was priory given to the Senate.
“The interior ministry had assured that they will not make any arrest before notifying the Senate. However, not even the Senate chairman was briefed on the matter,” stated Saleem Mandviwalla.
“Now, I will take this matter to the upper house of the parliament and then there we will devise further proceeding on the issue as per the unanimous decision,” he added.
On March 20, Mustafa Nawaz Khokar manhandled police officials on occasion of the appearance of party Chairman Bilawal and Co-chairman Asif Zardari at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office in a corruption reference.
A day later, Islamabad Police booked Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokar, Raja Shakeel Abbasi and 70 other PPP leaders for creating menace and manhandling officials of Islamabad Police.
According to the FIR, the PPP workers tried to breach the security of the NAB building by removing the barriers despite being told by the deputy commissioner about the imposition of section 144 in the federal capital territory.
The FIR also contained sections for injuring police personnel by the PPP workers and hurling derogatory remarks against the accountability watchdog officials while trying to enter the NAB premises before the arrival of their leaders.