March 2019 News

Imran, Haider Vow To Continue Crackdown On Banned Outfits

8 March 2019
Tariq Naqash

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that his government would not let any armed groups function in the country amid intensifying crackdown on banned groups and their leaders. 'Under the National Action Plan (NAP), we will not permit any armed group in Pakistan. No country does this. This was decided by all the parties of Pakistan. Since our government came to power, we have decided that we will implement the NAP,' Khan said, addressing a rally in Tharparkar district. 'Pakistan's soil will not be allowed to be used for terrorism,' he was quoted as saying by Geo News. His comments came amid tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the February 14 Kashmir suicide bombing that killed 40 CRPF personnel. Khan also spoke about the security of the minorities in Pakistan and said that his country stood with them unlike India where 'the minorities were being targeted'. He said his government stood with the people of the Hindu community, a minority in Pakistan, and would not tolerate any injustice against them. 'In this Pakistan, it is our responsibility to ensure that minorities are equal citizens and will not be discriminated against.' Reiterating that his country wanted peace, Khan said: 'We returned the IAF pilot because we don't want war. We decided that if you (India) have casualties in Pulwama, we are willing to provide help. However, no one should mistake this for fear.' He added that the main focus of his government was to eliminate poverty. 'When I spoke to Modi after becoming Prime Minister, I said South Asia has the highest rate of poverty and we should resolve issues through dialogue. But I did not know that as soon as their election campaign began, their focus shifted to gain votes by spreading hatred.' Pakistan-administered Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Friday appreciated crackdown on proscribed organisations and said his government was following the suit. In response to a question, Haider doubted Jaish-e-Muhammad claim about Pulwama attack, claiming that no Pakistan-based outfit had any connection with the incident. 'Whenever any incident occurs, people try in routine to take its credit (by claiming responsibility). Taking credit without rhyme or reason amounts to sabotaging the indigenous character of Kashmiris' struggle,' he said. Haider said Adil Dar, the suicide bomber, was a local. Haider expressed his gratitude to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for what he called 'exposing India through a comprehensive resolution (on Kashmir)'. 'We will not allow any outfit or individual to create problems for the government of Pakistan,' he said. Haider avoided sharing details of the action taken so far in PaK, in this regard. However, separately, speaking at a media briefing in Mirpur on Friday, inspector general of police Salahuddin Mehsud disclosed that '12 out of 13 targets had been sealed' in PaK over the last two days and the only left out target was located in a snowbound area. 'Without going into details, let me tell you that action is being taken,' the police chief concluded his reply.