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'Billions can't be spent on Ijaz's security'

world Updated: Jan 23, 2012 00:40 IST

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Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said the country's interior ministry will provide security for Pakistani American businessman Mansoor Ijaz but billions of rupees could not be spent on this.

Ijaz, the central character of the memo scandal, has repeatedly spoken negatively about the Pakistani establishment, said Gilani, adding that it seemed as if a viceroy was coming to Pakistan not Mansoor Ijaz and billions could not be spent on his security, Geo News reported.

"Under the constitution, providing security to Ijaz is the duty of the interior ministry as and when required the Rangers and Army can also be summoned," said the prime minister while paying his condolences to the family of IT genius Arfa Karim who passed away last week.

He also said that the memo issue had sent a negative image about Pakistan internationally.

Ijaz has been summoned by the commission to Islamabad following petitions on the memo issue by the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders and others.

He was issued a one-year multiple-entry visa by the Pakistan high commission Thursday evening.