IB report about 37 parliamentarian found fake: says law minister


Islamabad, Oct 11 (TNS): Law Minister Zahid Hamid on Wednesday said that the media report about alleged links of thirty-seven parliamentarians with banned organizations has been found forged and fake.

Speaking on motion in the Senate on Wednesday, he said Director General Intelligence Bureau on the very first day issued a media denial and lodged complaint with PEMRA to investigate the matter.

He said an FIR has also been registered in this regard.

The House has now been prorogued.

A list allegedly issued by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) which is said to be forged had contained the names of over 37 lawmakers suspected of having links with banned terrorist and sectarian outfits.

The list first came to light when a private television channel aired a report claiming that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the IB on July 10 — three weeks before his disqualification — to keep watch on the listed legislators, mostly belonging to the PML-N.

The issue was also raised during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi earlier this week.