TTP planning attack on Qadri’s rally in capital: Malik

Published: January 5, 2013
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Rehman Malik says authorities have intercepted a conversation between Taliban leaders planning an attack. PHOTO: PID/FILE

Rehman Malik says authorities have intercepted a conversation between Taliban leaders planning an attack. PHOTO: PID/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday claimed that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was planning to attack Minhajul-Quran International (MQI) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s march on January 14 in Islamabad.  

“We are trying to track the planners and assessing the threats to decide what kind of measures should be taken to foil any terror attempt,” Malik said.

This information transpired from a conversation between Taliban leaders intercepted by the authorities, he added. Malik said the threat was not taken seriously at first, but a TTP spokesman confirmed the lead.

2013 elections

Malik stated that conspiracies were being hatched against the country and uncertainty regarding whether elections would be held on time or not are rife. The Prime Minister has made it clear that elections will be held on time according to the Constitution, he affirmed.

All the political parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid and Awami National Party have categorically opposed any delay in the elections, Malik added.

Talks with the Taliban

Malik asserted that the government had asked extremists to abandon violence, but they have refused to hold talks with him.

“Those, who are enemy of Pakistan, are also enemy of me,” he said.

He called upon the Taliban to form a team for negotiations with a team comprised of government officials, of which he would not be a part.

Malik further asked Taliban members to stand up and revolt against their criminal leadership, who are responsible for the killing of hundreds of innocent people. The government will give general amnesty and offer jobs to revolting members of the Taliban.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • John B
    Jan 6, 2013 - 12:18AM

    I am really going to miss him when he leaves office. He keeps the humor alive in PAK!

    “Those, who are enemy of Pakistan, are also enemy of me,”

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  • Jan 6, 2013 - 9:49AM

    Mr. Malik, this plan in PDF format will be appreciated.

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  • Dr.A. K.Tewari
    Jan 6, 2013 - 10:18AM

    Mr Malik , you are talking about which constitution , The constitution which has been outrightly rejected by TTP terrorists . The only option left before you is to fix them all as early as possible . They will also not alow you to hold election peacefuly so better do rehersal on 17th Jan and built a confidence in the people for a democratic secular Pakistan .

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  • Pakland
    Jan 6, 2013 - 11:39AM

    We must warn the Taliban and their backers to stand down. Pakistan has come back full circle. That it has rejected violance for peaceful co.existance with all. Taliban will be just bombing their own feet away. They can not stop the caravan of peacelovers with violance. They will run out of bomb & suicide bombers before they can make a dent on this train. I request our Saudi Muslim leaders to let other Muslim Sects live peacefully and stop fearing Sufism or Iran all the time. They will hold and loose power by the will of God and not by the will of their feared “enemies”.Recommend

  • Something Clever
    Jan 6, 2013 - 6:32PM

    @Pakland:
    violence.

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  • Zeeshan ashraf
    Jan 6, 2013 - 9:54PM

    @Dr.A. K.Tewari:
    pakistan was never meant to be formed for a secularism. let the sharia be rule of land and trust me we won’t have to worry about terrorism anymore.

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  • Dr.A. K.Tewari
    Jan 7, 2013 - 8:47AM

    @ Zeeshan , You will realize it when they will arrest you under blasphemy law to take their personal revange from you . The war against terrorism is not going to end till there is one supporter not only in Pakistan but in the entire world . Drones will continue to do their assigned job .

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  • zeeshan
    Jan 7, 2013 - 3:47PM

    @Dr.A. K.Tewari
    i dont fear to get arrested for violating blasphemy law because i know i wont even dare to think about saying something which violates the blasphemy law, not out of their fear but fear of Allah.Ofcourse war will end once the sharia is placed in coutry.Pakistan was peaceful before and it can be peaceful again. we just have to realise the problem and act towards its solution.Recommend

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