ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday that criminals belonging to any group would not get any relaxation on political basis.

Pervaiz Rashid said the Rangers have no political objectives and were acting according to advice of the government.

Talking to mediamen here at President House after taking oath as Federal Minister, he said that the law-enforcement agencies, including Rangers, had no role in politics and they were taking actions according to the unanimous decisions of the democratically elected government.

If anybody had complaint regarding the operation in Karachi, he could approach the independent judiciary, he said and added,"We do politics of reconciliation and not that of expediency."

He said that if any criminal used the flag and office of any political party, then it was obligation of that political party to surrender the person to the law.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was determined to root out terrorism and the Armed Forces and security agencies were successfully continuing the operation Zarb-e-Azb for the elimination of terrorism.

"Armed forces, security and intelligence agencies and police are chasing the terrorists."

He said that the government owned the operation in Karachi and indiscriminate action would be taken to establish peace in the City and apprehend the criminals.

"Nobody will be allowed to indulge in crime on the pretext of religion and politics," he warned.

The Minister said a Parliamentary political party could not be deprived of its democratic rights to participate in Parliamentary democratic polity of the country. It was the responsibility of the government to protect this legitimate right but nobody also had the right to commit crime on the pretext of politics, he added.

"I believe that all the political parties in Parliament will back the law- enforcement agencies and cooperate with the State institutions to ensure supremacy of law."

Senator Pervaiz said, "Whether a criminal is in a madressah (religious seminary) or in the office of a political party he will be apprehended. Any hurdle in this process will be removed."

He said that all the political parties were together on issues of eradication of terrorism and overcoming energy crisis and economic difficulties.

Responding to a question, he said that all the institutions of the country should be respected and indecent and inappropriate language should not be used against them.

He said that the culture of abuse and bullet should end.

The political leaders should respect and follow the laws related to the integrity and honour of the security institutions of Pakistan, he added.

"One should realize that the choice of words also has an effect on one's own personality," he noted.

He said that the Constitution, Parliament and government backed the security institutions in their efforts to eradicate criminal activities.

He said that the State was fully supporting the Rangers operation in Karachi and nobody would be allowed to go against the law and undermine the supremacy of the law.

The Minister said that the Zarb-e-Azb and ongoing Karachi operation were started with the support of all the political parties. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself went to Karachi before start of the operation, he added.

Responding to a question, he said that the Sindh Chief Minister was captain of the operation as stated by the Prime Minister the provincial Chief Executive was leading the operation in Karachi.

The Chief Minister, he added, had supported all the decisions taken in the meetings about law and order situation in Karachi.

The Minister strongly condemned the terror incident in Lahore and said all Pakistanis irrespective of their religion were brothers and sisters.

It was responsibility of the government to arrest and bring to justice those who perpetrated the heinous terror attack in Lahore,he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister Mushahidullah Khan condemned the terror incident in Lahore and said that the enemies of Pakistan were involved in terrorist activities in the country.

He said Pakistan was a nuclear country and its enemies did not want it to make progress and become a strong nation.

"With these incidents, we will not get blackmailed on the Karachi operation and Zarb-e-Azb."

He said that the government was determined to take action against terrorists and would not compromise on its stance on terrorism.