PCNS decides to summon Ijaz on Feb 10

January 26, 2012

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Senator Raza Rabbani. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Thursday decided to summon US citizen Mansoor Ijaz again on Feb 10 and asked the concerned authorities to allay his apprehensions about security arrangements keeping in view the law of the land.

Briefing media representatives after the committee’s meeting held in the Parliament House, the committee’s chairman, Senator Raza Rabbani, said that Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq had briefed the committee about security arrangements made for Ijaz during his stay in Pakistan.

The attorney general also presented a record of correspondence with the BlackBerry company regarding provision of forensic record of Ijaz's conversation, he said.

He further said that the committee reviewed the statement of the attorney general and reached the conclusion that prima facie the arrangements for the security of Ijaz, who was scheduled to appear before the committee, were adequate.

“The committee feels that if Mansoor Ijaz has any apprehensions regarding his security, they may be addressed keeping in view rules and law of the land,” he added.

Rabbani said the committee had decided to issue a fresh notice to Ijaz asking him to appear before it on Feb 10.

“This notice will be served in accordance with the past practice and through the ministry of foreign affairs,” he added.