Pakistan ‘revising’ list of banned terror groups

Published: March 12, 2012

Malik says, 'If banned organisations assure of closing down militant wings, we would like to meet them in few days.' PHOTO: PID/FILE

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: Pakistan on Monday invited militant groups including the Taliban for peace talks and said banned organisations would be delisted if they “closed down their militant wings”.

Pakistan has banned more than 30 militant outfits, including al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“If the proscribed organisations assure us that they have closed down their militant wings and abandoned extremism, then we would like to meet them in next few days,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters.

“We have been contacted by several banned organisations that want to sit and talk. If they want to give up militancy we will talk to them as we are revising the list of proscribed organisations,” Malik said.

He did not identify any group but said that the government had “even offered the Taliban to give up militancy and join the federation”.

Mehrangate: Malik says he has ‘solid proof’

Malik affirmed on Monday that he has ‘solid proof’ in the Mehrangate scandal and is ready to take it to the Supreme Court.

Talking to the media outside the parliament, Malik said that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) should also go to the Supreme Court to prove that it is not guilty.

On the other hand, the PML-N released an official statement on Sunday saying that the allegations against the party in the Mehrangate scandal were being framed on the advice of President Asif Ali Zardari.

“Habib is a special pawn of Zardari which he has used it against Sharifs,” read the statement.

The statement added that Habib’s past is full of fraud, corruption and fake allegation charges, and Zardari should come forward openly instead of playing “such cheap tactics”.

“Habib, on Zardari’s directions, is fooling the nation,” it further said.

The Mehrangate scandal emerged after the Supreme Court began the hearing of air marshal Asghar Khan’s 20-year-old petition in which he stated that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) rigged the 1990 elections by handing out money to several politicians.

Former chief of Mehran Bank Younis Habib appeared before the Supreme Court and had admitted of handing out Rs140 million to various politicians.

Malik displeased with Punjab government’s arrangements

We never chant ‘Go Shahbaz Go’ because we know you were elected constitutionally and through the peoples’ votes, remarked Malik during a media talk on Monday.

Responding to why there was no picture of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah during Istanbul mayor’s visit to Lahore on Sunday, Malik blamed it on the “hatred” of the Punjab government towards the ruling government.

“When I went to Lahore, I saw that there was no picture of the Quaid-e-Azam, the president or the prime minister… Even if you hate us so much, you can bear a heavy heart for some time and put up the pictures of the country’s leadership,” said Malik.

He added that whenever a foreign delegation lands, it should see Pakistan’s atmosphere. “It shouldn’t happen that only pictures of the Punjab leadership are evident.”

“If they are disparaging the president, then they are disparaging themselves… Perhaps, you will be in our place tomorrow,” said the minister.

Reader Comments (16)

  • umair
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:29PM

    We don’t want our foreign delegations to return from airport by looking at staring posters of loser leadership.

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Mar 12, 2012 - 12:53PM

    At least there should be Qaid-e-Azam’s picture! Shame on PML(N) government in Punjab………Recommend

  • IFTIKHAR-UR-REHMAN
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:19PM

    If you have SOLID PROOF then what are you waiting for ??? A written invitation????

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Come on the present whatever proofs and evidences you have and let the beficiaries of ‘Mahran Bank’ looted wealth be exposed so that people can see the actual thieves here and decide who they wish to elect in next elections. Come on Rehman Malik it’s your chance don’t squander it by just using as bargaining chips.

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  • ashok sai
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Dr.Malik, are you really naive or pretending to be one ?

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  • Democrat
    Mar 12, 2012 - 2:04PM

    agreed @umair..

    hahaha…any sane person in the world would want to discuss anything with the current leadership? who can take them seriously? mr.z, mr.g, mr.ba, mr.rm ms.firdous, and the others… for God sake, cannot we have anyone else out of the 18 crore people in pakistan?

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  • Lady gaga
    Mar 12, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Pathetic – YOU CANNOT MAKE A DEAL WITH SATANS (TTP)

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  • Mar 12, 2012 - 4:54PM

    Sc must punish Shareef brothers for accepting bribe money

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  • Attif Abbas
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:03PM

    You both are the two sides of a coin just blaming each other and nothing more.

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  • Its (still) the Economy Stupid
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:44PM

    This is just a rehabilitation scheme to legalize JUD under the garb of Difa-e-Pakistan.The justification will be peaceful rallies. When IRA gave up violence they surrundered there weapons to government. Are these outfit going to surrender their weapons/ Denounce violence against Pakistan and usual list of enemies like USA, India, Israel etc?

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  • Dajjal
    Mar 12, 2012 - 5:50PM

    How about adding the Lahore BAR Association to the list of Banned Terrorist Organizations? Not only do its lawyers openly support and condone terrorism but also praise and protect violent terrorists and extremists. Plus they also openly practice bigotry against minorities… Don’t think the Jury’s Out on this one… Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 12, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Banning a militant organization without tossing the militant leaders in jail has accomplished what?

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 13, 2012 - 2:31AM

    Put it Mr Hitler picture the real man … behind the azadi of indopak.

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  • Mawali
    Mar 13, 2012 - 3:21AM

    Yes, and please do not forget to include PPP and PML (all factions), MQM, APM, JUI, IUJ and their various manifestations.

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  • Nabeel
    Mar 13, 2012 - 6:23AM

    Denounce extremism? So according to your definitiin mr malik. Anyone who calls for replacement of this corrupt man made democratic setup with the islamic political setup of khilafat is deemed an extremist even though he uses political and intellectual struggle to achieve that aim. Wah jee wah. That is why you have banned peaceful groups like hizb ut tahrir who totally reject it. Let it be clear, you have no authority over these bans, its your masters sitting in washington who are the real player in our country.

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  • Minister of Terror
    Mar 13, 2012 - 8:30AM

    Under your leadership all top terrorists of the world have visited Pakistan made it a terrorist heaven. All I have to say that “buck” stop at you Mr. Malik. And one more think, no, they don’t need visa to visit and live in Pakistan.

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