Reconciliation policy: Malik offers second chance to outlawed groups

Published: November 27, 2012
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Interior minister calls for talks, says ‘good behaviour’ will result in lifting of ban. PHOTO: PID / FILE

Interior minister calls for talks, says ‘good behaviour’ will result in lifting of ban. PHOTO: PID / FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

In a move that is likely to make the international community uneasy, Pakistan has decided to lift a ban on some proscribed organisations that are no longer involved in terrorist activities.

The government is ready to review its policy to keep a check on banned outfits in order to promote its reconciliation process, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.

“We invite all banned outfits for talks. Their cases will be reviewed if they are not involved in terror in the recent past,” Malik told the media, adding that his ministry will host these organisations in Islamabad soon.

Some security analysts, meanwhile, termed the offer for dialogue a welcome sign, which, they said, would promote peace and decrease violence in the country.

Officials working on the proposed review policy told The Express Tribune on Monday that it is likely that a ban on Tehreek-Jafria, Harkatul Jihad Islami and some organisations in Balochistan will be lifted. Meanwhile, organisations that are on a watch-list, such as Sunni Tehreek and Jamaatud Dawa, will face fewer restrictions.

On the other hand, violent hard-liners which are already facing a strict ban, particularly the Punjabi Taliban and Laskhar-e-Jhangvi, may face even tougher sanctions. Malik said that those groups which have given up violence will be allowed to work for public welfare. He added, “But strict action will continue against those organisations which do not give up terrorist activities.”

During the meeting with representatives of terror outfits, the minister said, it will be gauged which organisations have refrained from violence. Referring to several banned outfits which have resurfaced under new names, interior ministry officials told The Express Tribune that the government will review all lists.

Malik also asked the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, Waliur Rehman, Punjabi Taliban chief Maulana Ismatullah Muawiya and pro-Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Nazir to surrender for the sake of a peaceful future for their children.

“I knew where the TTP receives its weapons from. I would advise TTP leaders to surrender before our brave security forces catch you people,” the interior minister declared.

Currently, the interior ministry has outlawed around 43 organisations for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities. Amongst the 43 banned groups, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Muhammad were banned before the 9/11 attacks for propagating sectarian violence. This year 14 organisations were added to the list of banned groups. Most of these were based in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

In total, there are around 232 religious organisations operating in Pakistan according to the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS). There are around 53 Deobandi organisations, 39 Barelvi organisations and 20 Shia organisations.

The United States, United Nations and India had been pressing Pakistan to ban some of these organisations allegedly involved in conducting terror attacks around the world. However, even after the UN passed a resolution in 2005 requesting Islamabad to ban three organisations, namely the Hafiz Saeed-led JuD, the Al-Akhtar Trust, and the Al-Rashid Trust,  Pakistan did not ban them and chose to ‘closely monitor’ their activities instead.

According to the list of banned outfits under review, groups that have changed their names include Sipah-e-Sahaba (now identified as Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan and Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat).

PIPS Director Muhammad Amir Rana stressed the need for a new mechanism where the government should review the banned groups’ list on an annual basis.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (6)

  • TTP
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:40AM

    Interior Minister’s job is not to advise terrorists, but catch them, prosecute them and hang them.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:04AM

    “Interior minister calls for talks, says ‘good behaviour’ will result in lifting of ban”
    Rehman Malik either you lift ban or not this doesn’t effect them because they are operating their activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan by changing their names and still receiving funds/aids thru different resources from the that people who love Jihad and also want to continue it.
    “reconciliation-policy-malik-offers-second-chance-to-outlawed-groups”
    Rehman Malik suppose if they accept your this mentioned above reconciliation’s proposal on this term and condition that allow and provide us the safe passages to fight against the non-muslim powers in Afghanistan and close all the continue military operations against us in Pakistan and also say you assuredly and surely and give you guarantee that we shall not disarm ourselves but the weapons shall never used against any one in Pakistan then what would you do?Either shall you accept their this proposal or reject?
    “The United States, United Nations and India had been pressing Pakistan to ban some of these organisations allegedly involved in conducting terror attacks around the world.”
    Are the US and India angels and also aren’t involved in the slaughters of innocent and sinless Afghanis and Kashmiris?
    “However, even after the UN passed a resolution in 2005 requesting Islamabad to ban three organisations, namely the Hafiz Saeed-led JuD, the Al-Akhtar Trust, and the Al-Rashid Trust, Pakistan did not ban them and chose to ‘closely monitor’ their activities instead.”
    Unfortunately without any solid,authentic,credible and trustworthy evidences….
    In the last methinks Rehman Malik has been afraid of threats receiving from them this is why he gave this statement….

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  • Batman
    Nov 27, 2012 - 11:49AM

    “…brave security people catch you people”. Hahaha. Good one Malik Sb, good one.

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  • Satya Vachan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:52PM

    Is he outta his mind?

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  • Parvez
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Shows only one thing and that is : the State is weak.

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  • Cautious
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:16PM

    However, even after the UN passed a
    resolution in 2005 requesting
    Islamabad to ban three organisations,
    namely the Hafiz Saeed-led JuD, the
    Al-Akhtar Trust, and the Al-Rashid
    Trust, Pakistan did not ban them and
    chose to ‘closely monitor’ their
    activities instead.

    And you wonder why the rest of the World doesn’t listen when you say your committed to fighting terrorism?

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