ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said if the banned outfits could attend the JUI-F-convened All Parties Conference (APC), the Taliban should have been invited to the event.
Talking to the media here on Friday, Rehman Malik said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Supreme Court (SC) should take action against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for its ties with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
Talking to the media here on Friday, he said that the LeJ was involved in different activities throughout the country and was using the Punjab as a hideout. He said that all the details about the LeJ, including the list of its 734 activists, had been provided to the Punjab government. The minister hoped that the Punjab government would move against the banned outfit.
Malik claimed that the LeJ was responsible for 80 percent of terror plots across the country, adding that the militants took refuge in the Punjab after conducting terror attacks.Referring to the dialogue with the Taliban, Malik said that they should lay down weapons if they were serious in holding talks with the government. He stressed that the nation needed to get united over terrorism.
He said that the agreement of Punjab government with the Transparency International was disappointing. He said it seemed that the Punjab government did not have trust in its machinery.
Rehman Malik said that JUI’s All Parties Conference was a good step for the establishment of peace in the country. He said if the Taliban were serious in dialogue, they must lay down arms and come to the negotiating table.
Meanwhile, Rehman Malik said that the ongoing operation against the banned terrorist outfits was yielding good results and peace would be restored soon in Karachi and Quetta. He said that Karachi Police had held 20 wanted terrorists involved in terrorism activities.
He said that PPP-led government had showed good performance in its five-year tenure as it did not compromise on terrorism and took strict actions against culprits to eradicate terrorism from the country.
Rehman Malik said the government had foiled many plans of terrorism adding that these incidents would be eliminated soon.The minister said that those terrorists who were involved in Karachi and Quetta incidents were in police custody and raids were being conducted to arrest more terrorists. He hoped that the Punjab government would also take strict action against the terrorists in the province.He appreciated the role of law enforcement and intelligence agencies in arresting the anti-state elements. The nation would get rid of terrorism soon, he added.