ISLAMABAD - Amid protest by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) against the raid of Rangers at its headquarters – Nine-Zero - in Karachi, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Rangers took the action while remaining within the ambit of law and the Constitution.

While giving an interview to state-owned TV channel, Chaudhry Nisar said that Rangers conducted the raid at Nine-Zero on the basis of reports of intelligence agencies.

“It is the responsibility of the Rangers and police in Karachi to carry out such operations while remaining within the law,” he said.

Nisar clarified it was the demand of the MQM that Army should launch an operation in Karachi and all parties had been taken on board to launch a Rangers-led operation in the metropolitan city.

“The prime minister had given final approval of the operation after Cabinet endorsed the decision,” he said, adding it had been decided that political affiliations would not come in the way of operation.

Talking about other issues, he said the government announced National Action Plan within seven days after Peshawar terrorism incident and Army as well as intelligence agencies were carrying out joint actions. He said that British authorities were in contact with Pakistan in connection with Dr Imran Farooq murder case.

He said that Afghan government was helping Pakistan in arresting TTP leader Mullah Fazalullah.

He said that 60 militant organisations had been banned in the country while he ruled out any presence of Daesh in Pakistan. He said Daesh had been banned under international laws.

He said the US had to give Pakistan 230 million dollars in connection with war on terror.