LAHORE - Punjab government is not ready to blindly go for action on the demand of Federal Interior Ministry against the ‘proscribed’ organisations.
Sources in the government stated that the Punjab govt is totally opposed to terrorism but for crackdown on any organisation in the province it will look into the facts and proofs and examine their veracity beforehand.
They further said that the government does not want any banned organisation to thrive and continue nefarious activities in the province and it may take action if solid and credible evidence is provided to it, which they stated has not been shared with the Punjab government.
Talking to this scribe, PML-N General Secretary Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said his party has a clear cut policy against all forms of terrorism in the country.
He said they will not back out from any action to curb terrorism if they are provided with concrete evidence.
He said after Federal Ministry has asked for action, the matter will be considered to know on what basis this demand is being made.
It may be recalled that Federal Interior Minister finding involvement of Lashkar-e- Jhangvi (LeJ) in the recent sectarian based terrorist incidents in Quetta has called upon the Punjab government for immediate crackdown on this organisation which stands banned in the country.
A high-level meeting chaired by Federal Interior Minister Rahman Malik on Tuesday, also sought complete investigations into the foreign visit of Malik Ishaq, believed to be a kingpin of LeJ, who was released on bail by the Supreme Court in over 40 cases last year for having no substantive evidence against him.
Responding to the Interior Minister’s assertion, Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan stated on Wednesday that “the ignorant Interior Minister like Rehman Malik should know that Punjab government has arrested Malik Ishaq and he is in jail.”
The Provincial Minister said that the FIA which is a Federal agency and under Interior Minister had allowed Malik Ishaq to go abroad while his name was on the ECL but on his return Malik Ishaq was arrested by the Punjab police.