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Baldia fire case should be tried by military court: Khursheed

Taking a suo motu notice of a media report on the petroleum crisis on Monday, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) directed secretary petroleum to appear before the committee and explain the government's position in this regard. PPP's MNA Syed Khursheed Shah, who chaired the PAC meeting, was informed that secretary petroleum could not appear before the committee because he was directed to attend the meeting of Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet.

Chairman committee suspended the meeting and directed him to appear on Tuesday with all the relevant record of recent petroleum emergency. The case of Baldia Town should be tried by a military court, Shah added. Talking to media persons after the PAC meeting, he said that his party would support the trial if the criminal case was sent to a military court, adding that the revelations made in joint investigation report were really shocking.

Responding to a question, he said it was the right of Sindh's apex committee to refer the case to the military courts. He said a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is composed of military spy agency-ISI and civilian agency-IB as well as other relevant departments which presented their report after a thorough investigation after over two-and-half years.

He advised the MQM leader Altaf Hussain to follow in the footsteps of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who disowned a group of youngsters involved in criminal and sabotage cases. He said the MQM must disown and expel those who were involved in criminal activities. He criticised the government for ignoring parliament on the formation of apex committees in provinces. He said the parliamentarians must be taken into confidence over apex committees. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should realise that it was the sole institution that stood behind his government against a sit-in of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf but the parliament is being ignored on subjects like taxes and other bills," he added.

He told the media persons if government would not pay due care to opposition's demand, he would approach the court of law. Criticising the woefully low attendance of ministers in parliament, he said the attendance of ministers in Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's government was 100 percent whereas it was 75 percent during previous government of PPP.

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