ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Monday that Sunday night’s blast near an Imambargah in the Abbas Town neighbourhood of Karachi was not a sectarian attack and blamed a “third force” force the incident, Express News reported.
A bomb planted on a motorcycle parked at a dairy shop near the Imambargah, went off and killed three people and injured over a dozen.
Speaking to the media in Islamabad, Malik said that he will continue to work to curb terrorism despite the criticism he received against blocking cellular services and motorcycle riding in the past.
The interior minister said that the bans were placed because of the information he had received regarding terror bids in Karachi and Quetta.
Malik said security of all imambargahs will remain on high alert till Muharram 10 in view of terrorist threats.
All possible measures are adopted to ensure security and peace in the country as per directions of the president and the prime minister, he told reporters.
He said that as a part of the security measures, entry and parking of cars within one kilometre of imambargahs and half a kilometre for motorcycles have been banned till Ashura.
He added that the government has given a “free hand” to the security agencies which are working to curb terror acts.
Malik said that Karachi and Quetta were being targeted to attain “specific objectives.” He said that he had told security agencies that motorcycles should be parked at least half a kilometer away from Imambargahs.
He said that unverified SIMs will be blocked by November 30, this year.
The interior minister also said that everyone in Karachi will be held responsible if any attack takes place in the city.
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Mr Malik, who will stop this " Third Force " from devastating Pakistan? The honourable interior minister or some " Fourth Force "?
Please send Him all His first , second & Third forces OUT with him Since he is making us all responsible then why does he still hold office STEP down we will handle this all our selves
This man has no plans to secure Karachi. That's why always ban pillion riding and block mobile network service.Once he said that bike and mobile Sims have become a dangerous tool.
We must immediately surrender to this Third Force because its quite obvious we have lost. The THird Force has been active for the past 65 years (it was responsible for all bad things in Pakistan) and its clear that we just can't stop it.
Wake up the courts or pakistan and punish them. Wake up the agencies of Pakistan and punish them, Wake up the people of Pakistan and condemn them and seperate yourself from these barbarians. If we don't then nobody will be safe, nobody is safe.
@Tahir You look like Rehman Malik's student. Lol
Does he mean to say we will have to wage a war to fight these perpetrators because as per his saying, they must not be operating from inside this country. This man comes up with so many funny things. Sarah Palin, Bush and Romney, all three in one: the great Rehman Malik. At some point we will be able to actually publish a book about his gaffes. till then, keep facing bomb blasts and terrorism.
Third force mean who...Either is it Raw or Mousad? Plese tell the fact to the genral public. Mr Rehman Please don't play with sentiments of common man and Nation as a whole.
What he mentioned about third force could be aliens from other planets.
And that third force is violent wahabi groups and it is an insult to us sunnis to call them sunnis
@ Sonya the equation u create doesn't make any sense. It is Saudi who keep engaged America otherwise he is ready to give green light to Israel to attack Iran. What is happening in Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan every body know who is behind sectarian killings IRAN. Iran always try to destablize Pakistan even their Agencies working closely with India to trouble Pakistan.
“third force” was it a gravitational force?.
"There are lies, damn lies and statistics" and honorable senator Malik is a M.Sc. in Statistics from Karachi University - enough said!
As usual, this guy is clueless.
Just to make majority sect of this country comfortable with the situation this "third force" conspiracy theories are always given as an easy way out from the establishment. Truth will not be easy to swallow for majority of the people.Don't know how much time and innocent blood it will take to come out of state of denial on part of this establishment and people.
people who have been blowing bombs in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Syria are the same who are active in Pakistan - same methods and same type of activities because they all drink from the same source, Israel + Saudi led GCC = USA
"ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Monday that Sunday night’s blast near an Imambargah in the Abbas Town neighbourhood of Karachi was not a sectarian attack and blamed a “third force” force the incident, Express News reported."
Inspector Clouseau, "blamed a third force" without naming it , at best best this is hearsay, conjecture and at worst a conspiracy theory.
Off course, it's always a 'third force', isn't it? The government will never clamp down on those actually responsible
Everybody in karachi will be held responsible for any attack in the city..... WTF !!!