Bikes and phones: Rehman Malik defends ban citing intelligence

Published: November 16, 2012
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Interior minister states highest number of motorcycle bombings in Balochistan and Sindh.  PHOTO: FILE

Interior minister states highest number of motorcycle bombings in Balochistan and Sindh. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Defending the decision to ban motorcycle riding and suspend cellular services, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said such extreme measures were based on intelligence and put into effect after Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s approval.

He said that they “put in black and white” the federation’s responsibility under Article 148 of the Constitution which is cited time and again by the court.

Malik briefed the media on the number of motorcycle bombings taking place in the city in 2011 and 2012, with Balochistan and Sindh having the highest number.

The interior minister insisted that the ban was based on information of received terrorism threats.

Earlier, the interior ministry’s directives for suspending cellular services were criticized by the Sindh High Court (SHC) which had ordered restoration of those services.

Malik said he would appeal the Sindh High Court’s decision against the ban imposed on motorcycles, reported DawnNews.

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  • Maher
    Nov 16, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Rehman baba, suspending mobile services or ban on motor cycles is not the solution of this problem. What if you guys deploy police from VVIP’s escort and place them on their actual DUTIES?? You guys have failed to capture terrorists and now you are using such stupid bans to defend yourself. SHAME

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  • Nov 16, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Banning isn’t a solution Rehman Malik.

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  • Zainab jafri
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:06PM

    mr minister ! this is not going to work anymore. now terrorists will plan , less communication need based operations. track them tweeting !

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  • SurelySure!!
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:12PM

    where are we heading?

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  • Speaker
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:31PM

    This was the first time that i am with Rehman Malik. The court take the wrong how can you order with out hearing the suspect. Is judiciary is the only supreme institution????

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  • Born Political
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:35PM

    Thats an ineffective but still a solution, Malik needs a bit of appreciation for maintaining peace on Eids. However, he had 4.5 years to identify and eliminate actual root causes of this terrorism and his performance should be questioned in this tenure.

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  • Polpot
    Nov 16, 2012 - 3:50PM

    No You Tube, No Cellular Services, No Bikes and No electricity
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Pakistans carbon footprint is the very best and the Interior Minister should be
    appointed as the Ecology Minister.

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  • Noman Ansari
    Nov 16, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Rehman Malik defends ban citing
    intelligence

    Oh the irony.

    Shouldn’t it be lack of intelligence?

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  • Lofted Shot
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Intelligence ? Does Government has one ? if so Martyr Terrorist not Poor Civilians. Mr. Minister, this will not work in future – you’ve left absolute disgraceful impression.Recommend

  • Rowdy R
    Nov 16, 2012 - 6:14PM

    @Noman Ansari:
    You beat me to it.

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  • Chimgaadarr
    Nov 16, 2012 - 7:59PM

    … he needn’t not cite his ”intelligence’ … rather, lack thereof …

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  • Syed
    Nov 16, 2012 - 8:59PM

    stop the $10 million a year funding that Saudi and UAE provide these terrorists and their madrasas. It surely will stop a lot of problems and killings in our country.

    AANKHAY KHOLO

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 16, 2012 - 10:28PM

    This UK national is neither saadiq nor ameen. On many occasions he backtracked his words.

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