Rehman Malik appointed adviser to PM on interior
ISLAMABAD: Following the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend Rehman Malik’s membership to the Senate, the government on Monday promptly decided to appoint him as the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Affairs.
According to well-placed sources, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who is presently in Quetta, has taken a prompt decision to make the stop-gap arrangement.
Taking the PPP’s leadership as well as the allied parties into confidence, the prime minister has directed the Cabinet Division to issue the notification, appointing Malik as the Adviser to the PM on Interior Affairs.
“The Cabinet Division is most likely to issue the notification any time from now,” the sources added.
The government reacted to the Supreme Court’s interim order in the dual nationality case swiftly as the Interior Ministry is serving as a pivot to the war on terror besides law and order being one of its paramount functions, the sources added.
The PPP government allocated Malik the Interior Ministry as soon as it took over after winning the 2008 elections. Since Malik was not a member of parliament at that time, the government appointed him as the PM’s Adviser on Interior.
Later, the PPP leadership got him elected as a senator on April 27, 2009. Thus, on the very same day he took oath as interior minister after getting membership to the Upper House of Parliament. It is pertinent to note here that to be a federal minister, one has to be a member of either of the houses of parliament.
Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s second tenure.
He later joined the Pakistan People’s Party and was a trusted lieutenant and chief security officer (CSO) of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.