Malik asks militants to lay down arms, renews talks offer

Interior minister once again invites militants for talks, says they will have to lay down arms first.

Express January 14, 2012

RAWALPINDI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday once again invited militants for talks on the condition that they lay down their arms and renounce violence.

Speaking to the media in Rawalpindi, Malik said that the number of suicide attacks had decreased because of the support given by religious scholars and the action taken against those who were planning attacks.

Regarding the attack in DI Khan on Saturday, Malik said that he had ordered the interior secretary to investigate the incident.

He further said that police stations and check posts in sensitive areas should have proper protection and added that he has suggested the formation of a force that will give aerial and additional support to security forces when their convoys are on the move.

When asked about Mansoor Ijaz, the interior minister said that he was an American citizen and a visa will be issued to him whenever he applies.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2012.


Jat | 11 years ago | Reply

All terrorists please lay down your arms, or else Rehman Malik will come on the tv again and show his latest cellphone.

Pakistanis | 11 years ago | Reply

We don't want any Peace talks with them, Kill them all. They killed our brother and sisters in the mane of Islam, they cannot be our brothers.

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