I asked Mir Shakil to 'control' his men: Saif

Monitoring Desk

BONN: Ehtesab Bureau Chairman Senator Saifur Rehman on Monday told BBC that he asked Jang Group chief executive Mir Shakilur Rehman to "control" the people who were printing news at their will in his newspaper.

In an interview with the Urdu transmission of the radio, he denied that he asked the Jang Group chief executive to fire 16 journalists. "This is absolutely wrong," he said, adding Mir Shakilur Rehman met him along with Hameed Haroon and Mujibur Rehman Shami and asked him to withdraw the income tax notices.

"We discussed the situation. I told him they (Jang Group journalists) were spoiling the situation. Their newspaper was printing the news without any consideration. I asked him to refrain from doing such things, and control the people who were printing such news," Saif said.

When asked whether he was willing to swear as demanded by the Jang Group chief executive at the Faisal Mosque, Saifur Rehman said he feared God and was wiling to settle affairs anywhere.

He admitted that he asked Mir Shakilur Rehman to support the government on the Karachi issue. "I did seek his help on the Karachi issue, and it is my right to say to him anything in the interest of the country," he added.

The News International Pakistan