ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday claimed on Tuesday four terrorists had been arrested form Karachi in connection with Abbas Town incident and he would reveal more facts about Quetta blasts in National Assembly’s Wednesday sitting.
“The nefarious designs of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi could be foiled only by political unity,” he maintained. The minister also proposed that DG Rangers and all chief ministers should be invited to Wednesday’s sitting so that they could also be held accountable before the House.
Malik also asked the Punjab government to hold a closed-door meeting with him for making a strategy against terrorism. He was of the view that killing of Shia community was a conspiracy to delay the upcoming elections.
“Though security personnel were deployed at the bomb blast area but the terrorists finding some opportunity when security officers were relaxed did this,” he said. “Why do all political parties not get united against a nationwide threat when all clues are leading to LeJ,” Malik posed a question.
He said the bloodshed in Karachi was not carried out by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan rather some other elements were conspiring to destabilise country and delay elections. The Karachi blast was the repeat of Quetta incident, he added.
He said the designs of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi could be foiled only through political unity.
Malik said during the raids the law enforcement agencies have removed the flags of defunct outfits from different localities in Karachi and also sealed their offices.
“Let us not flow into emotions. We should stand united for sake of country’s security setting aside our political differences,” Malik urged the political forces.
He appreciated the religious scholars who avoided any blame game following the Karachi blast, respecting a commitment they had made under oath.
The interior minister said some elements had tried to persuade victim families not to bury the dead bodies; however the Sindh Governor and Sindh Deputy Speaker convinced them to bury them.