ISLAMABAD - The government will withdraw additional security given to members of the joint investigation team (JIT) who probed allegations of financial misappropriation against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.
State Minister for Interior Talal Chaudhry informed the Senate lawmakers that the government would cut security provided to the six members of the JIT that was not in line with the instructions of the Supreme Court. He said that presently Rangers were providing security to all of them.
Responding to a question posed by Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) Senator Usman Khan Kakar, Chaudhry said, “The government will look into the standard operating procedures (SOPs) about the security being given to the JIT members and they would only be provided necessary security under the instructions of the SC.”
'We have received reports that the JIT members and their children are being provided more security than necessary,' he said, adding, reports suggested that Rangers' vehicles used to accompany even the children of the JIT members when they go to buy grocery in the markets. JIT was headed by Additional Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wajid Zia.
In May, PML-N Senator Nehal Hashmi had delivered a threatening speech against the members of the JIT and the judiciary. Later, the chief justice had taken a suo motu notice of Hashmi's speech.