KARACHI: Senior Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik warned against unregistered organisations to avoid collecting Fitra in the month of Ramazan and ordered the police and law enforcement agencies to keep a strict eye on such activities.
Talking to the media outside the Bilawal House on Saturday, Malik said that the government would not allow any organisation to set up camps and collect Fitra by distributing “chits” among the people.
“Any social and welfare organisation willing to collect Fitra has to apply and acquire permission from the government, otherwise no one will be allowed to indulge in these activities,” he said, adding that the situation in Karachi will remain normal as around 15,000 police personnel were being inducted in the city on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari.
Lashing at PML-N
Malik, defending the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), lashed out at the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and its leaders.
Criticising PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Malik alleged that all forces including PML-N, Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had joined hands against the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) during the by-election in Multan, yet they faced defeat.
He added that the leaders of PML-N through their “petition politics” had been creating hurdles for the government, trying to weaken it. “Time and again, I have conveyed this message to them that the incumbent government under the leadership of President Zardari would complete its tenure,” he asserted.
Malik further asked Sharif to contact the PPP regarding the upcoming general elections if he has any reservations.
He added that the PPP is still a popular party in Pakistan and there is not much opposition even in Sindh. “We do not care about the alliances being formed against the PPP,” said Malik hinting at the recent alliance of PML-N with the Sindh United Party.