Announces gallantry award for Malala
MINGORA: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday announced Rs100 million head money on the banned TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan.
Talking to reporters at the Saidu Sharif Hospital where he inquired after the health of injured Kainaat, the minister said any person who provided information leading to arrest of Ihsanullah Ihsan or end his life would get the hefty cash amount. He said Ihsanullah was the person who called the media to claim responsibility for the savage act of attacking Malala and her schoolmates.
The minister added the plot to eliminate Malala was prepared in Afghanistan and the despicable task was given to three terrorists for execution. He said the TTP was planning to replace Hakimullah Mehsud with Maulana Fazlullah as the head of the militant organisation. On the occasion, he announced to name three platoons of the FC after Malala, Kainat and Shazia. He added that the government would award gallantry award to Malala for her brave stance on the girls’ education in the Malakand division.
To a query, he said Pakistan had deployed over 60,000 troops at the Pak-Afghan border as the militants crossed border to stage attacks in Pakistan. He said Pakistan had lost more than 40,000 people in terror attacks and frequent drone strikes in the tribal belt of the country. He added only three percent militants were killed in the drone attacks. He also lauded the sacrifices of slain journalist Musa Khankhel for peace in Swat. Later, Rehman Malik visited the school of Malala Yousafzai and met the students, encouraging them to equip themselves with the power of education.
Meanwhile, the TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan rejected the impression that Maulana Fazlullah will replace Hakimullah Mehsud as leader of the Pakistani Taliban.
“We reject this statement of Rehman Malik that Maulana Fazlullah will replace Hakimullah Mehsud. Maulana Fazlullah is equally respectable to us but there is no truth in the statement that he will become head of the TTP,” the Taliban spokesman said. He said Hakimullah was completely in good health and all groups of the TTP considered him as their leader.