Dr. Akbar Nasir, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Islamabad, informed the Senate Committee on Interior that the expense of protecting the former Prime Minister (PM), Imran Khan, is Rs. 20 million per month.
A total of 266 security officers have been sent for the former PM’s protection, he further told the committee.
After Chairman Committee, Mohsin Aziz, took suo moto notice of reports about the removal of the former premier’s protection, the IGP disclosed these data.
Chairman Aziz headed the meeting that was attended by the Minister for Law and Justice, Azam Nazeer Tarar, Minister for State for Law and Justice, Shahadat Awan, Senators Maula Bakhsh Chandio, Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, Faisal Javed, Dr. Waseem Shahzad, Azam Swati, Ejaz Chaudhry, Saifullah Abro, Fauzia Arshad, Kamil Ali Agha, Dilawar Khan, and officials from the Ministry of Interior.
The IGP informed the committee that the Frontier Constabulary (FC), Rangers, Islamabad Police, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police, and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Police, as well as personnel from two private security firms, were handling the former premier’s security under the command of Islamabad Police.
Additionally, he disclosed that five security personnel had been provided to each of the following former prime ministers: Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, Yusuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. IGP Nasir spoke on the significance of their security and cautioned against politicising and mediating the difficult subject. He said that the law was being followed in providing for their security.
The Committee Chairman stated that removing Khan’s protection is improper and illegal because Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) had expressed concerns about his security. He stated that Khan’s security troops from Gilgit-Baltistan had also been withdrawn and asked about the illegal cancellation of the licence of the Private Security Firm that was providing his security.