KARACHI - Former Sindh home minister Zulfiqar Mirza on Saturday said he had come to throw out ‘Phoolan Devi’ and Asif Zardari from Sindh and bring back PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Addressing a press conference at his residence, he alleged Zardari as a RAW agent, saying Pakistan Army is fighting against these elements. “I am also involved in the fight for the survival of the country and will play my active role in it,” he said.

He termed PPP leader Faryal Talpur as Phoolan Devi, saying it is the same name being used by her employees for her.

Mirza said Bilawal Bhutto was the only hope for the activists of Benazir Bhutto, however, these hopes are also dying down. He also alleged SSP Badin for killing people in fake encounters, saying he killed a person namely Amanullah near Moro. Mirza was also accompanied by the wife of Amanullah who presented the photos of fake encounter.

Meanwhile, strict security measures were taken in and around the Sindh High Court where Dr Zulfiqar Mirza was arrived with his supporters while driving his car. At least 300 police personnel were reportedly deployed around the vicinity of the court. A dozen lawyers and a crowd of supporters carrying the national flag also accompanied Mirza.

Heavy contingents of police and commandos were also deployed at the rooftops of the nearby buildings. The media was barred from entering the court premises.

The anti-terrorism court (ATC) where Mirza appeared approved his bail until May 19 in three cases, for the sum of Rs100,000. Mirza arrived at the court for a hearing of the cases against him pertaining to the ransacking of a police station in the Badin district.

Addressing media outside the ATC, he urged that his fight was against corruption and the verdict passed today was in favour of the people of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a group of lawyers chanted slogans in favour of Mirza and others chanted slogans in favour of Zardari. A scuffle was also said to have broken out outside the court.

Several encroachments including the vending carts and pan kiosks were removed with the help of lifters.

The routes going to ATC were closed by placing containers whereas more than 1500 police contingent, police mobiles, armored vehicles and two Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) teams were deployed in the surrounding areas of the court. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Zahid Hussain said the journalists were refrained from entering the court as per the court orders.

SHC had earlier transferred cases against Mirza, registered under terrorism act, from Badin to Karachi.

Zulifqar Mirza and DSP Abdul Qadir Samoo exchanged harsh words after police officials attempted to nab close companion of Zulfiqar Mirza.