Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ministry employees likely involved in attack on Kazmi: Malik

ISLAMABAD: Involvement of ministry employees can not be ruled out in the assassination attempt on Religious Affairs Minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, adding that police will soon capture the culprits behind the incident. Talking to reporters, he said someone in the ministry's office might have aided the attackers and investigation in this regard was underway. Police found no bomb at the crime scene, he said, adding that, two pistols, a Kalashnikov, a shopping bag and some other articles were recovered from the site. Responding to a question, he said we have some clues in the case but we can not comment on them. Minister Kazmi was provided two guards therefore it can not be said that he was without protocol, Malik said. We will soon capture the culprits and once the investigation is completed we will inform the public in full, he said. Replying to a question, the interior minister confirmed the submission of an application by Hamid Saeed Kazmi seeking a bullet proof vehicle for himself. The Cabinet division is responsible for the security of ministers and other important officials. At the moment the government has some seven to eight bullet proof vehicles, Malik said, adding that even he travels in private vehicle. On the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari, the government has decided to purchase more bullet proof vehicles, he said. We have detained various suspects and the investigators are interrogating them, he said, adding that the attack on Hamid Saeed Kazmi was targeted and those who conspired it would soon be taken to task. Source : Dawn

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