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Interior Ministry, NAB should take action against illegal appointment of Indians at QICT: Barrister Ejaz

Interior Ministry, NAB should take action against illegal appointment of Indians at QICT: Barrister Ejaz

LAHORE: Barrister Ejaz Ali Bhatti has urged the Ministry of Interior and National Accountability Bureau to take stern action against illegal appointment of Indians at Qasim International Containers Terminal (QICT) Karachi.

While talking to Customs Today, senior lawyer Lahore High Court (LHC) Barrister Ejaz Ali Bhatti who is also a foreign qualified legal expert, said that Indians allegedly working unlawfully at Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) without the issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) might be a national security risk.

He said that law enforcement agencies must hold the license of M/s QICT due to its operations without clearance of MOI. He said DP World Group owned almost 75% shares of M/s QICT and appointed Indian officials at key posts in DP World Karachi who are operating Pakistan strategic ports, posing threat to national security of Pakistan.

Talking with Customs Today, Barrister Ejaz Ali Bhatti expressed shock at the presence of Indians working at key posts at the QICT. Indian involvement could also be seen in increasing irregularities at the QICT where importers based in Pakistan got frustrated due to demands of extra demurrage & detention charges, the advocate added.

He further said that the Interior Ministry should immediately start prob against the presence of Indian officials at QICT in any shape in order to safeguard the national economy & security.

Barrister added that the Supreme Court of Pakistan should take notice against the QICT as most of its shares are given in hands of enemies. He appealed to the Chief Justice to direct the government agencies like FIA and NAB to take action against such acts of QICT as discreet control of highly sensitive port could pose a serious risk to national security.

He said in order to secure national economy, the government must stop Indian nationals to get information like in and out movement at the port which could be made possible only if people like Rizwan Sultanali Soomar, chairman and director of M/s DP World Karachi and Devang Mankodi a Director at DP World Karachi, should not be allowed to control Pakistani ports.