Legal action against JeM, JuD impossible due to state involvement: Rana Sanaullah

Published: May 18, 2016
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The operation in the province would continue until the terrorist safe heavens are eliminated, says Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: ZAHOORUL HAQ/EXPRESS

The operation in the province would continue until the terrorist safe heavens are eliminated, says Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: ZAHOORUL HAQ/EXPRESS

In a startling revelation, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said legal action against militant groups such as Jamaatud Dawa and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) is not possible as the “state itself is involved.”

In an interview to BBC Urdu, Sanaullah was asked why action has never been taken against pro-establishment and anti-Indian groups in the province, to which he responded saying, “By pro-establishment groups if you mean JuD and JeM, then let me tell you that they have been declared proscribed organisations and they can no longer carry out any activity in the province.”

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However, ruling out the possibility of legal action against the groups, the Punjab law minister questioned, “How can you prosecute a group with whom the state itself has been involved with?”

Refuting allegations that raids and operations against extremist elements are not conducted in Punjab as they are in other provinces, the minister said more people were arrested and prosecuted in Punjab than any other province. “More suspects have been arrested and prosecuted in Punjab than any other province,” he said.

“This is why the law and order situation in the province is better than the rest of the country,” he added.

When asked about South Punjab’s link to militancy, Sanaullah said the whole country was plagued with extremism. “The impression that South Punjab is the hub of militancy is not correct, ” he said, adding that the PPP government given a freehand to militants in the region in return for “political gains”.

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“After Gulshan-e-Iqbal park incident, we conducted more than 10,000 intelligence based operations in Punjab,” the minister said, adding that more than 50,000 people were questioned during these operations.

Refusing to give a time-frame for the ongoing operation in the province, Sanaullah said, “The operation will continue until terrorist havens are eliminated and that may take a few years to complete.”

The article originally appeared on BBC Urdu.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • May 18, 2016 - 4:35PM

    Such kind of irresponsible statement by a responsible minister indicates growing trust deficit between the institutions of my beloved motherland which is unfortunate .Recommend

  • Saravjeet Singh
    May 18, 2016 - 4:50PM

    No matter how much you do to hide truth, facts always come out in open.Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 18, 2016 - 4:54PM

    I thought this was all an open secret.Recommend

  • Abbas
    May 18, 2016 - 5:04PM

    Truth come out, In Pakistan problem is not corrupt Politicians but some one else.Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 18, 2016 - 5:51PM

    @lala Ji,
    Irresponsible statement or bitter truth???
    I prefer irresponsible statement over liesRecommend

  • Shuaib
    May 18, 2016 - 6:04PM

    He said was involved. Inferring past tense. Please get some better verbal reasoning skills.Recommend

  • Anon
    May 18, 2016 - 6:21PM

    Well…. he should know!Recommend

  • Patwari
    May 18, 2016 - 6:27PM

    Impossible because he has connections with all of them…Recommend

  • Auginpk
    May 18, 2016 - 6:34PM

    What else left to talk.Recommend

  • Azmat Ali
    May 18, 2016 - 7:03PM

    Another attempt by PML-N to rile the military into taking over. I assure you this was part of the whole process of bringing in the military to take over, so that they can hide NS’s (and all other politicians’ and leaders’) corruption behind a military take over. Continue to see similar antagonizing statements from government functionaries in the near future. Recommend

  • A Khan
    May 18, 2016 - 8:45PM

    When someone has lack of intellect to keep the question in perspective and answer respectively and yet has a government portfolio.
    Recall , ex- defence minister Mukhtar making similar statment. When later confronted he said he never understood the question and had meant something else. It’s enough for finger pointing indian’s (like little kids in school grounds) to say ‘nay nay na nay nay’.
    Our PM doesnt know better so how will his cabinet. Recommend

  • ramdar
    May 18, 2016 - 9:18PM

    @Shuaib:
    As per the report, he said ” has been involved.” It is present perfect tense rather than simple past. Present perfect is used for a situation ”beginning in the past and going up to present,”
    A crime is a crime, even if state is involved.Recommend

  • Jerry
    May 18, 2016 - 9:22PM

    BBC has on its payroll, reporters who tow the Indian line, has a history, known for airing misleading news and twisting the facts etc. Is this what the minister actually meant. I am sure clarification will be coming soon. Recommend

  • weirdity
    May 18, 2016 - 10:59PM

    @Jerry: “I am sure clarification will be coming soon”
    Of course! The order for providing clarification will come from you know where.Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 18, 2016 - 11:43PM

    Raana Sanaullah please spell out the meaning of ‘ state involvement ‘ ? Sir, you being a sitting Minister in the PML-N lead government must clarify such a statement.Recommend

  • Jerry
    May 19, 2016 - 12:55AM

    Indian trolls who I am sure are paid for this job, got a golden opportunity to malign PakistanRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 19, 2016 - 1:42AM

    @Jerry:
    And of course @Jerry can provide us a list of all the BBC reporters that are on India’s payroll!
    OR NOT!! Recommend

  • Ajeet
    May 19, 2016 - 2:32AM

    India has many ways to punish the Arabs who stole our landsRecommend

  • Cool Henry
    May 19, 2016 - 4:37AM

    @Jerry:
    BBC has been consistently anti-India to the point that at one time they even used faked visuals and recordings to slam India…Recommend

  • brar
    May 19, 2016 - 6:11AM

    An open secret the whole world knows, never forget where was worlds most wanted terrorist was found.Recommend

  • vinsin
    May 19, 2016 - 9:27AM

    So non-state actors were state actors.

    @Jerry:
    The news is on Pakistan newspaper not on BBC. Recommend

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