ISLAMABAD -- Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has accused Federal Minister for Maritime Affirs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi of making the recently-released Joint Investigation Team's (JIT) report on Lyari gangster Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch controversial, alleging that he was trying to do that to favour the accused.
Speaking to the media after his appearance at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi Office in Sindh Roshan Program case, Syed Murad Ali Shah said the Sindh government had submitted that report in court which had signatures of all the members of the JIT.
The chief minister added, they [Sindh government] released the report because they were under too much political pressure. Ali Zaidi showed irresponsibility. I don't know where he got the report from,' Shah said.
'If Ali Zaidi can tell us this then the media would not have published the JIT. Someone comes at night and hand him [Ali Zaidi] a piece of paper on a motorcycle and the next day he starts telling everyone about it. If Ali Zaidi's statement helps the accused or destroys the case then there will be legal repercussions,' he said.
He said the Sindh government didn't desire to make the JIT reports of Uzair Baloch and other high-profile cases public because it believed that releasing these reports would compromise the chances of the arrest of all those absconding accused named in the reports.
'The JIT report has the names of whoever was involved [in criminal activites] along with Uzair Baloch. They became all aware of their names being in the report because of the release of the report.'
He said Ali Zaidi went public with a copy of the JIT that, according to him, didn't bore the signatures of all seven security officials who were part of the probe team, which piled political pressure on the government to release the original reports.
The chief minister said the report that the government made public has the signatures of all seven members of the JIT. He quoted the minister as saying on a TV show that someone came to his residence on a motorcycle and dropped off a JIT...