PTI ministers hold important press conference on Uzair Baloch JIT

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: PTI federal ministers Shibli Faraz and Ali Zaidi are holding an important press conference on the recently-released Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report.

“It was our party’s efforts, Ali Zaidi went to court as well. The JIT reports were not being made public,” he said, accusing some parties who were in power in Sindh of establishing their ‘personal state’ rather than establishing the rule of law.

“We [PTI] have come to change the country and to do that, it is necessary to implement a reward and punishment system,” said Zaidi. “This does not pertain to a petty motorcycle or car theft. He [Uzair Baloch] is admitting to 158 murders,” he added.

The minister said that the report, interestingly, did not mention on whose behest Baloch carried out the murders or committed all the crimes.

Reading from the JIT report, Zaidi said that Uzair had confessed that he met former chief minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and PPP leader Faryal Talpur to have the head money on him waived off.

He said that at the last page of Baloch’s sworn statement, the Lyari gangster had said he feared for his life, which he believed was under threat from Zardari and other politicians.

The minister emphasised that the Sindh government had released the Baldia factory fire JIT report on Monday “with great difficulty”, saying that the report said the incident had occurred due to police’s incompetence.

“When Sindh Police SP Rizwan released the report, he was transferred to Shikarpur,” Zaidi disclosed. “Farhan Ghani removed an honest police officer.”

He said that the Sindh government had been reluctant to release the JIT report and said that its release would prove to be harmful for the nation’s security.

“Those who were making [critical] speeches in the assembly were patrons of gangsters in the JIT report,” he said, taking a shot indirectly at the PPP leadership.