US ambassadors meeting provincial govt officials 'not a problem': Shireen Mazari

August 16, 2022

PTI leader Shireen Mazari defends KP CM Mahmood Khan's meeting with US Ambassador Donald Blome

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Former human rights minister and senior PTI leader Shireen Mazari. — AFP/File


Former human rights minister and senior PTI leader Shireen Mazari on Tuesday said that US ambassadors meeting the officials of provincial governments is "not a problem", as she defended Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan's meeting with Donald Blome.

The PTI recently faced criticism over contradiction in stances towards the United States.

Speaking at a press conference, Mazari asked under which contract US ambassadors visit sensitive areas while no Pakistani ambassador can go to the sensitive areas of other countries.

"No ambassador could meet the prime minister in our [PTI] government. There is a separate protocol [for such visits]," she said.

'CEC working under political agenda'

Moving on to the burning issue of PTI's prohibited funding case, Mazari said: "It is becoming clearer that the Election Commission of Pakistan is biased as the chief election commissioner is making decisions out of his jurisdiction."

"He is working under a political agenda," she said.

Mazari contended that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cannot probe any prohibited funding case.

"Under which authority is FIA asking for records?" she asked, asserting that seeking such information does not fall within FIA's jurisdiction and is against the law.

She went on to say that the Supreme Court had directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to look into allegations of prohibited funding against all the parties.

"Instead, the ECP adjourned the hearing on PTI's plea for a month."

The minister said that the ECP "didn't even serve a notice to the party" and when they asked about it, "the Commission said the notice was its on the official website but it wasn't".

'Build a case against Gill if he has violated any law'

Speaking about Shahbaz Gill, Mazari asked why, when the PTI leader gave remarks over a landline, are the police demanding access to his mobile phone.

"If Gill has violated any law then make a case against him. They cannot detain a person and torture him at an unknown place," she said, adding that Gill has torture marks on his body and he was kept thirsty and awake.

She went on to say that a bid was made to torture Gill after shifting him to PIMS hospital from Adiala Jail.

"Rana Sanaullah, we are not going to be terrified of you. We are fighting the war for haqiqi azadi [real freedom]," she said, while addressing the interior minister.

She also condemned the detention of the wife of Gill's driver.


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