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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi on Tuesday appealed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed to take suo motu notice of Uzair Baloch Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report released by Sindh government and also examine the authenticity of the controversial JIT reports.

Addressing a joint press conference with Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz, the minister Zaidi accused the Sindh government of tampering the JIT report on Peoples Amn Committee (PAC) chief Uzair Baloch, alleging that the "genuine" report carries names of senior PPP leaders and lawmakers.

The PTI minister presented the separate JIT report and criticized the report released by the Sindh government for not having important information.

The JIT on Uzair Baloch released by the Sindh government is edited. There is a difference between these two reports. The JIT report unveiled by Sindh govt is 35 pages, whereas, the original report is 43 pages. No one from the Sindh government signed it," he claimed.

"Original JIT report carrying the signatures of its members on every page except the representative of Sindh government and names of PPP leaders who patronised Uzair Baloch are also mentioned in it," claimed Zaidi.

Ali Zaidi said that he will file a petition in the top court urging the CJP to take suo motu notice of the Uzair Baloch JIT report.

The minister said the report released by the provincial government raises serious questions as on each page of the JIT report all the four people (from the federal government) have signed but not anyone from the Sindh government has signed it.

"The Uzair Baloch JIT had six people- one person from special branch of the provincial government, one person from Crime Investigation Department which comes under Sindh government, one from Inter-Services Intelligence which comes under the federal government, one person from Intelligence Bureau (under federal government), one from Rangers (under federal government), and one person from military intelligence (under federal government)," he added.

"The JIT report which I have, shows that Uzair Baloch has been associated with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) since childhood. The original JIT shows the names of Faryal Talpur, Qadir Patel, Sharjeel Memon and Zulfiqar Mirza as friends of Uzair Baloch," said Ali Zaidi.

He said the report released by the provincial government does not mention as to on whose instructions Uzair Baloch killed the innocent people, adding that those who played with the peace of Karachi must be brought to justice. It must be noted that nefarious Lyari gangster Uzair Baloch, Nisar Morai and Baldia Factory Fire incident's Joint Investigation Team (JIT) reports were made public by Sindh government on Monday.

According to details, the reports were released by Sindh's ministry for interior and are currently available on their website, the website crashed soon after the reports were uploaded to the server.

Speaking on the occasion, the information minister said the aim of PTI-led government is to inform the public about the facts. "Ali Zaidi also raised the matter [of JIT] in the National Assembly because the PTI believed that the objective of forming the JITs was to tell the people facts about cases and to get to the culprits who supported gangs in Karachi," he added.

He hailed the maritime affairs minister for approaching the courts for the release of JIT reports on Uzair Baloch, Nisar Morai and Baldia factory fire inferno.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020