PTI minister says Uzair Baloch JIT report released by Sindh govt 'different from original'.

 
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Minister for Shipping and Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi on Tuesday made a "passionate" appeal to Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed to take suo motu notice of the Uzair Baloch JIT report released by the Sindh government a day earlier, which he alleged was different from the "original".

He was speaking alongside Information Minister Shibli Faraz at a press conference in Islamabad, where he presented a separate report. "You are also from Karachi, you have seen how Karachi has been systematically destroyed," he said while addressing the CJP.

On Monday, the Sindh government made public the JIT reports of three high-profile cases - concerning Uzair Baloch, the Baldia factory fire incident and former chairman of the Fishermen Cooperative Society Nisar Morai - after much controversy and litigation in courts.

Addressing the media at the outset of the presser, the information minister said that the PTI had come into power to take the country forward.

"We want to rid the people of those who support gangs [...] Zaidi raised this [issue] in the National Assembly because we believe that the purpose of the report is to inform the public about the facts.

"[Zaidi] also went to court because the reports were not being released. Some parties harmed the province for their personal interests and made it a 'personal state'."

During the press conference, Zaidi criticised the JIT report released by the Sindh government for allegedly omitting important information about the motives behind the killings and on whose orders they were carried out.

He questioned how such things could have happened without "government protection". The ministers then showed a video, comprising clips related to PPP, Baloch and Lyari, to the media.

'Ties to PPP'

Zaidi said that he had initially written a letter to the Sindh chief secretary in 2016 for the reports to be released, before he was elected as a minister, under the Right to Information Act, 2013.

However, after receiving no response, the minister decided to approach the Sindh High Court (SHC).

When the court directed them to release it, [the Sindh government] still didn't do so. I wrote to the chief secretary again [but] but he failed to give a response once again so I filed a contempt of court petition.

However, the Sindh government then approached the SC against the SHC's decision, he said.

"I wanted to bring up this issue on the floor of the National Assembly. They were giving speeches on the budget but they were...

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