Shocking! Pakistan interior minister makes deal with terrorists and media glorifies them, regrets probe panel

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Updated: Dec 16, 2016 4:45 PM

At a time when demands of declaring Pakistan a terror state is growing across the world, here's a report that may further lend credibility to such demands.

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At a time when demands of declaring Pakistan a terror state is growing across the world, here’s a report that may further lend credibility to such demands. A probe commission set up by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) to look into the August 8 Quetta attack in which at least 72 people, including 52 lawyers of Balochistan, were killed, has damned the inaction by Nawaz Sharif government against terrorists, according to a report in the Dawn.

The panel regretted that Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan had met Maulana Mohammmad Ahmed Ludhianvi, who is chief of three banned terror organisations — Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, Millat-i-Islamia and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, on October 21 and accepted his demands as reported by media.

As per Dawn, the minister and Ludhianvi had met in Punjab House located in the Red Zone of Islamabad.

Calling to stop the “hypocrisy”, the panel said, “ATA is equally applicable to public functionaries and they should not be cavorting with proclaimed members of banned organisations.”

The minister had also not responded to two letters by Balochistan government seeking a ban on Jamatul Ahrar and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Al-Almi, who had claimed responsibility for explosions on February 14, 2014, and attacks on a police personnel on July 6 and one vehicle of the Frontier Corps on July 27 this year.

The military-politician-terrorists nexus in Pakistan has been exposed to the world several times. It may be for the first time when an SCP-appointed panel has made such damning indictment against inaction over terrorism.

While the minister didn’t respond to the letters by Balochistan government, the head of Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) had asked the ISI to submit a “comprehensive report” to verify the claims by the two organisation.

The commission found it “illogical” when the two organisations had already claimed the responsibility of the attacks.

The commission also regretted that Pakistani media “sometimes glorify” the terrorists while reporting terror cases. “Journalists made no attempt to verify news before circulating and simply print what the terrorist dictated, albeit lies…” the Dawn reported.

In its report submitted to the SCP, the commission called for banning all terrorist organisation without any delay.

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