ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Rehman Malik has summoned a high-level security meeting during the next week to discuss in detail the security threats facing the country and after that he will give an in-camera briefing to the Senate on February 6 on the issue.
The ministry will invite all the inspector generals of police (IGPs) of the four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) as well as respective home secretaries to attend the meeting, Besides this, the high level officials of law enforcement agencies as well as intelligence agencies will also participate in it.
According the official of the ministry, the meeting will discuss in detail the preventive measure to counter terrorism threats facing the country and a mechanism to centralize the intelligence sharing system would also be tried to evolve. Later, the minister will give his policy statement, in the lights of the recommendations of the participants of the meeting, before the Upper House.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik, some days ago, had said that there was information of serious terrorism in Karachi during the first week of February and his statement invited criticism from certain political parties including his own ruling party-Pakistan Peopl’s Party (PPP).
The minister during Wednesday’s session of the Senate said he owned his statement as he had a real time intelligence report. He asked the chair to have an in-camera briefing on the scurfy situation of the country especially of Karachi and later on Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Ishaq Dar’s insistence, Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Baloch decided that the minister would give an in-camera briefing to the house on February 6.
Mean while, Rehman Malik here on Thursday while chairing a meeting at the Interior Ministry issued instructions to the concerned officials to provide proper security to the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had written a letter to the Ministry of Interior informing about serious security threats being faced by CEC.
Malik during the meeting directed that Secretary Interior and inspector general of police (IGP) Islamabad to provide box security to the CEC and depute to a senior police official that would seek the necessary security requirements from the CEC.
Aftr the meeting, the minister while talking to the media said that all the provincial governments had been directed to provide special security to the provincial election commissioners and heads of political parties.
He also accused proscribed Sipaha-e-Sihaba, Lashker-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad for their involvement in major terrorism activities in Karachi and creating a bad law and order situation there. He also said that Pakistan would soon release 27 Indian fishermen.