Pakistani minister: Punjabi Taliban getting more dangerous

12:27, June 03, 2010      

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Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the Punjabi Taliban holed up in southern area of Punjab province had become more dangerous and were geared up for large-scale sabotage in the country, local media reported Thursday.

Briefing the Parliament's Standing Committee on Interior, Malik said that no military operation was planned against the banned outfits in Punjab, rather effective action would jointly be taken to eliminate them, according to the local newspaper The News.

Malik maintained that the assistance of the Punjab government had been sought to launch an action against the suspected outfits.

He said the information of people blackmailing big trade groups and organizations had also been received and directives had been issued for crackdown on these miscreants.

Unknown militants attacked two worship places of a religious group Ahmadi almost simultaneously in Lahore on Friday, leaving at least 95 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Two separate groups identified themselves as Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan Punjab wing and Al-Qaeda Al-Jihad Punjab wing claimed responsibility for the deadly incident.

According to the minister, most of the important offices of the banned outfits were located in Southern Punjab.

Malik also said the Rangers had been tasked to take action against the elements involved in blackmailing the traders in the south port city of Karachi and the law-enforcement agencies had already gained information to take actions against these elements.

Regarding security in the federal capital Islamabad, Malik said the police patrolling had been intensified and they had been asked to be extra vigilant to avoid any untoward incident.

Source: Xinhua


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