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Ahsan Iqbal threatens to resign over Rangers deployment outside NAB court

Ahsan Iqbal threatens to resign over Rangers deployment outside NAB court

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Monday slammed Rangers after it took control of the federal judicial complex on the hearing of former premier Nawaz Sharif and denied entry to ministers, lawyers and media into the premises of the court.

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Speaking to reporters before he departed from the court in protest, Iqbal said courts are "open spaces" which supporters and lawyers of the defendant could enter.

He said the personnel of paramilitary force all of a sudden appeared in the morning and took over the security arrangements despite the fact that security measures were finalized under the chief commissioner.

The minister said it was only during martial law governments that closed trials were conducted, adding that trials held in democracies are "transparent".

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He clarified that state within state will not be acceptable adding that Rangers are bound to follow the instruction of the civil administration.

Iqbal further announced, "I will resign as interior minister if not established who deployed Rangers as they're supposed to be taking orders from me".

"I can not be a puppet interior minister", he said.

"There will be one law here and one government. two states can not function within one state".

He said, "I can not desist from taking notice of this situation".