RENALA KHURD - Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said that Karachi and Quetta were being targeted to destabilise Pakistan. He called for joint efforts to root out terrorism and extremism. The minister said the federal government will extend all-out cooperation to the Punjab government if it decides to launch an operation against outlawed organisations.

Rehman Malik stressed that a consensus should be developed among all provinces to resolve the Kalabagh Dam issue.

He expressed the views while inaugurating a machine readable passport and visa office at Renala Khurd and addressing a public gathering after laying a Chadar on the grave of Syed Ismail Shah Bukhari, Karmanwala here.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting‚ Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari and local PPP leaders were also present.

Malik said the Kalabagh Dam should be built if all the provinces agreed to it. "However, confusion should not be created among the people on the issue," he added.

He said that all the provinces should work together to counter terrorism.

A decision has been taken in a meeting of all the provinces police chiefs that they will work jointly to eliminate terrorism, he added. He said, "Mobile sims are moving bombs as mobiles phones have been used in almost all the bomb blasts."

The federal minister said that to curb the use of mobile phones for terrorism and other crimes‚ the sale of SIMs to unscrupulous persons or at shops had been prohibited. All cellular phone companies will install Biometrics System in three months.

Rehman Malik pointed out that It was the prerogative of provinces to call Army if they deemed appropriate.

He said that if any person was blacklisted because his passport was lost or he received a duplicate one, he did not required permission from the Interior Ministry or the Director General but only had to write an affidavit on a stamp paper for seeking exemption. He stressed that the officers of federal services should not indulge in wrongdoings while being posted in the provinces. If they are found involved in a case, they will be called by the federation, face inquiry and punished, he added. He said that the Punjab rulers should not use foul language against the elected President.

About general election, the minister expressed his hope that the next general elections would be held on time and predicted that the PPP would again form government as a fruit of President Zardari's policy of reconciliation. "The government has foiled terrorism bids and there is peace in the country except in one or two areas," Rehman Malik declared.

He said that Taliban leaders like Waliur Rehamn, Hakimullah Mehsud, Hafiz Gul Bahar and others were injured as they were fighting with each other.

He said that journalists were receiving threats and a meeting would be called on Monday to make a strategy.

Rescue officer leaves for Glasgow: Rescue 1122 District Officer Dr Ejaz Anjum has left Glasgow, London to attend a two-week training workshop.

The training has been designed for the executives of the Rescue 1122 and after the training workshop they will be able to guide their respective rescuers' teams in a better way.