ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Saturday, said that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) threatened to attack Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran’s long march to federal capital and referred to intercepting conversation of Taliban leaders talking about their plans.

He, however, quickly added that as Dr Tahirul Qadri’s planned march would be peaceful, the government would not only welcome it but would also play its part in facilitating the participants and providing them with security cover as humanly possible.

Talking to reporters at the residence of Federal Information Secretary Chaudhry Rashid Ahmad, after offering fateha for his late mother, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the agencies had intercepted conversation of Taliban leadership about planning attacks on the rally of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Islamabad. “We have finalised arrangements for those coming to Islamabad in which some sick people are also present,” he referred to the exact wording of the intercepted talk.

Malik said at first the government did not take such threats seriously but now the matter became of prime concerns as TTP spokesman also confirmed attacking Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march and rally in Islamabad. “We are assessing the threats to decide what kind of measures should to be taken, we are trying to track them,” he said.

At the same time, the minister said the government would welcome Dr Tahirul Qadri’s public gathering in Islamabad as it was his right to express his view point but showed his expectations that the long march and public rally would be peaceful and the participants would not create any kind of bad law and order situation to the residents of the capital.

He informed that the government had mandated him to hold talks with Dr. Tahirul Qadri and he said that Qadri would be contacted soon in this connection.

Rehman Malik said conspiracies were being hatched against the country and rumours were being spread about the delay in holding of general elections. “Prime Minister has made it clear that general elections would be held in time and there would be no delay in this regard,” he added. He further said all the political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q), Awami National Party (ANP) and others had categorically opposed any delay in holding of elections.

Replying to a question about any progress in holding talks with extremists, he said the government had asked them to shun way of violence, if they were really serious about dialogue. He said that extremists have refused to hold talks with him. He urged Taliban to form a team for holding talks with the government.

Interior Minister asked Taliban to stand up and revolt against their criminal leadership who was involved in killing hundreds of innocent people. He said that government would give them general amnesty and offer jobs to the revolting Taliban. He said there were no good or bad Taliban but all of them were the enemy of the country.