Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed on Saturday night (late at night) that the intelligence services had overheard a telephone conversation about a fake police attack on a PTI leader that resulted in the deaths of its occupants and the subsequent accusation of law enforcement.
The second plan, according to the minister speaking at a hastily convened press conference here late at night, involved staging instances of firing and humiliating women in order to attribute it to intelligence and law enforcement agencies and to draw attention to it as a global human rights issue.
He said as the matter was of huge importance he thought it necessary to apprise the nation as the orchestrated event was planned for tonight (Saturday night). However, he added, the timely action from the intelligence agencies foiled the nefarious design, resulting in the exposure of the plot even before its execution.
He further said that the intended purpose of the orchestrated event was to generate controversy surrounding the legal actions taken after May 9 vandalism and to present these staged plays as grave human rights violations and state oppression through international media.
The minister said that these people hurt the sentiments of martyrs’ families and the nation by attacking the martyrs’ monuments, Jinnah House, and military installations.
He also expressed firm resolve that the May 9 miscreants would definitely be brought to justice. Those, who attacked Jinnah House and broke into military installations, would be tried in military courts under the Military Act 1952, he added.
For all others involved in the May 9 riots, Sanaullah said their trial would be conducted in civil courts.
The minister conveyed the strict directives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and the firm resolve of the federal government that no innocent would be prosecuted.
He said they [PTI leadership] employed method without considering it was wrong or right including lobbying with external forces like Zalmay Khalilzad to achieve their objectives. However, he added, when they failed, they hatched a dreadful plan to stage such attack and put the blame on law enforcers.
Rana Sanaullah said the gang and its ringleader were near to meet their logical end, and they would never be allowed to achieve their objectives.