KARACHI:(APS) The Pakistan Rangers informed an anti-terrorism court on Saturday that the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Managing Director of the Sui Southern Gas Company’s (SSGC) Shoaib Warsi and two other senior officials associated with the organisation, Zohair Siddique and Kamran Nagi, were under preventive detention for 90 days.
The personnel of the paramilitary force produced the three detainees in the chamber of ATC-I judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso.
Rangers officials contended that the SSGC officials had been detained for a 90-day preventive remand for inquiry under Section 11-EEEE of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997. They said the measure was taken upon receiving credible information about the officials’ involvement in offences that came within the ATA’s ambit.
Rangers officials said the detainees were produced along with a detention order and a jail warrant for the court’s information in accordance with Section 11-EEEE(3) of the ATA.
Today’s development comes a day after Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that interference by federal agencies in the provincial government’s affairs amounted to “invasion of Sindh” and that he had already lodged a protest with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The uncharacteristic outburst of anger was the chief minister’s first reaction after the arrest of Dr Asim Hussain, former federal minister and Chairman of Sindh’s Higher Education Commission.