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Rangers withdraws personnel from Parliament security

ISLAMABAD: According to sources that Rangers have withdrawn personnel from Parliament security after the incident when rangers personnel stopped Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to enter in the accountability court.

On Monday, Rangers personnel disallowed Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal from entering the accountability court. The minister arrived as the court conducted hearing of three NAB references filed against Nawaz Sharif.

The episode irked the minister who said that he would rather resign than be a “puppet minister”. He said that the Rangers claimed to have “their own orders”, adding that this is a deplorable state of affairs which demands being taken notice of.

“Rangers are subordinate to my ministry…they’re supposed to work under the command of the civil administration. If Rangers have refused to observe orders, a high-level inquiry will be held and we will see who has challenged the writ of the government,” said a visibly upset Iqbal.

When approached, senior administration officials confirmed the development.

Security officials at the Parliament House have informed offices of the speaker and deputy speaker, sources added.

They further informed that the paramilitary force took the stance that Islamabad administration should submit a written application for providing security to the parliament.

For the last two days, only police and Elite Force have been deployed for the security of the parliament, sources added.