ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that third force is hatching conspiracy to turn different sects against each other in order to destabilise and weaken the country.

He was talking to media after meeting with a delegation of Ulema of various schools of thought in Islamabad.

Referring to the incidents of terrorism on Karakoram Highway‚ he said that govt will make all-out efforts to protect the life and property of the people.

He said it has been decided to provide security escorts to the passenger vehicles travelling on Karakoram Highway.

Malik said Islamabad police will escort these vehicles up to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from where KPK police will take the responsibility of their protection.

He also said the experience of suspending mobile services for a brief period proved helpful in preventing terrorism at different places.

He said deliberations will be held with all stakeholders including political leaders‚ ordinary people and government servants regarding introducing post paid mobile phone services in order to keep track of mobile users. In what can be seen as an amended statement, the interior minister separately said the government has no intention of immediately blocking unregistered SIMs as this will cause inconvenience to users and will have a negative impact on revenue.

In a radio interview, Malik said all stakeholders will be asked to devise a strategy to deal with the problem of SIMs being issued against fake identity cards or to a person other than the supposed user. Malik said that SIMs should be verified against thumb impression of applicants in the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) database.

He added that interests of foreign investors and cellular operators will be kept in mind while addressing this issue.

“We will devise a mechanism to ensure that mobile phones are not used as tools for terrorist activities,” he vowed.

“The government had information about possible terrorist activities and the enemies’ designs were foiled through effective coordination between intelligence and law enforcing agencies,” he said.

Rehman Malik also said the Taliban are operating from Afghan soil and on someone else’s instance. He warned Taliban to surrender arms, “otherwise government is determined to take campaign against terrorism to its logical conclusion.”

When asked to comment on reported statement of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman that they would retaliate if any operation was launched in North Waziristan, the interior minister said they do so at someone else’s instance.

“It is known that Maulana Fazlullah and Maulvi Faqir are operating from Kunar province of Afghanistan. It would not have been possible for them to carry out attacks on this side of the border, kill our people and take back their own injured without active foreign support,” said Malik.

“I ask Taliban to surrender arms otherwise government is determined to take campaign against terrorism to its logical conclusion,” he added.