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Former minister for ports and shipping Babar Ghori. — File photo
Former minister for ports and shipping Babar Ghori. — File photo

KARACHI: Senior leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and former minister for ports and shipping Babar Ghori has denied involvement in the alleged disappearance of 19,000 containers carrying arms from ports during his tenure as minister.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said about the allegation while talking to reporters at the airport on Saturday.

“One can’t even imagine releasing a single container without the permission of all agencies present at the ports. The FBR (Federal Board of Revenue) enjoys authority for releasing containers after all due formalities.”

Director General of Rangers Maj-Gen Rizwan Akhtar submitted in the Supreme Court that about 19,000 containers carrying arms and vehicles had gone missing a few years ago and it must be pointed out who was at the helm of affairs in the ports and shipping ministry at that time.

The Supreme Court later set up a one-man commission to find out whether arms and ammunition were brought or smuggled through the sea and suggest measures to stop it.

Mr Ghori said he would face every investigation and that as minister he did not go beyond the set rules.

He said the DG Rangers in a statement had already denied that he did not mention his name or anyone’s role in the disappearance of the containers.

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excalibur Sep 01, 2013 08:50am

What were the Customs / intellignece Agencies doing about all these 19000 cntnrs and why were the consignees quiet and not bothered with their goods ?

mirza j baig Sep 01, 2013 09:29am

total lie, he should be tried on chages

Muhammad Imran Hanif Sep 01, 2013 09:31am

19,000 Containers disappeared in Babar Ghori's Tenure as Minister and he doesn't have a CLUE about it. Well, ACTUALLY THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

Abdul Malik Sep 01, 2013 10:15am

And Babar Ghori expect us to believe him? It's an open secret that not only he misused his powers/position as minister of Ports & Shipping, he played havoc with the ministry by way of high degree of corruption.

Zahid Sep 01, 2013 10:42am

It was expected. Nobody named Babar Ghauri but said "Chor ki dadhi me tinks". It is a normal and universal practice that the head of a department of ministry is all responsible what is happening in his department. And in Pakistan in particular, it is beyond imagination that 19000 containers can disappear from the port without the knowledge of the Incharge. The ball is in the court of the SCP. So wait till the case is decided and he may go to the court to explain his position. Even Altaf Hussain sitting in London and in exile is saying all what an eye-witness would narrate. Isko kahte hain ' chori aur sina zori'.

Free Sep 01, 2013 11:21am

Someone needs to investigate how did he become a millionaire in such a short period of time? He has grabbed and sold most of Karachi play grounds to Saima Builders. Don't forget Mai Kulachi land sold to U.S consulate for so cheap. He was the main character in that too. Very shady character to say the least.

NK Ali Sep 01, 2013 11:52am

Whether the container is one or nineteen thousand, the fact remains that unless the protocol of laws is not observed for releasing these containers, they are not released. If the regulations were bypassed then the agency(s) and its officers responsible, are to be held accountable. In Pakistan during the Afghan War, US aircraft and officials came and went as they pleased. Obviously, there is something sinister in this mess and 19,000 containers missing is very hard to believe unless the US and its allies have intentionally cut our hands off and we have willingly allowed them to. Pakistan has crossed the threshold of incompetence and corruption. It will take a lot of time and suffering to come back to a semblance of verity. Salams

Ammar Sep 01, 2013 12:55pm

He is yelling truth.

Ash Mirza Sep 01, 2013 01:41pm

WOW 19000 (nineteen thousand) container missing loaded with arms and cars, few years a go, and Pakistan Government just found out. If the ports are not secure, how government will secure the country??? GOOD LUCK. Ash Mirza (USA)

aslam minhas Sep 01, 2013 01:57pm

His statement carries as much weight as Wasim Akhtar's (as interior guy) when he said that he didn't know where the 600 containers appeared overnight in Karachi blocking all the roads on the eve of arrival of the Chief Justice!

And now our ex-ambassador Mr. Hameed Haroon says that PPP is reponsible for the killing of Kutchis in Lyari.

Yemeen Zuberi Sep 02, 2013 02:53am

It seems that there was no government, no law enforcement agency, no one on the gate to see gate pass, moreover, the officer who has brought this matter to light remained silent at the time when the containers were being taken away. Amazing Pakistan.