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Two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi groups operating in Pakistan: Malik

Two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi groups operating in Pakistan: Malik

Monday, February 25, 2013 - Khanewal/Jahanian—Federal Interior Minister, Rehman Malik Sunday said that two groups of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) working under Malik Ishaq and Maulana Ludhianvi were operating in Pakistan.

Speaking to the media in Sahiwal Malik added that all provinces need to take action against terrorism and if the Punjab government had acted on letters sent by him pertaining to the LeJ, a tragedy such as the one on Kirani road in Quetta would not have taken place. Malik said thatS after the 18th amendment, law and order was the responsibility of the provincial governments.

The interior minister added that information regarding an attack on the Hazara community had been given four days earlier, questioning whose fault it was if the attack could not be stopped.

Talking to media Jahanian, Interior Minister said enemies were working to destabilize the country but their nefarious designs would be foiled by forging unity.

He said when Taliban become weak they talk about dialogue; however‚ he said the government would form a strong team to have dialogue with them.

“We don’t want to see suicide vests in the hands of our future generations”, Malik said.

He criticized the Punjab government for not taking proper action against the banned outfits. He said a list of 734 terrorists has been provided to the Punjab government and these people should have been arrested.

Rehman Malik lamented that the Punjab government took only halfhearted action against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on the information provided by the federal government.

He warned Shahbaz Sharif to stop using indecent language against President Asif Ali Zardari and threatened to use more harsh words against Sharif brothers.

Malik said those who have been criticizing the federal government should explain whether any tender was announced for the construction of metro bus project.

He said he would write a book on petition mafia.—INP

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