Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday categorically rejected presence of Islamic State (IS) in Pakistan, saying that elements talking about presence of such an organisation aimed at maligning the government. “Some militant organisations are using the name of IS and resorting to wall chalking, but, so far, there is no evidence of such an organisation in the country”, said Nisar Ali Khan while talking to media persons here on Saturday.
He urged political parties to refrain from making statements regarding IS, as such moves were not in Pakistan’s interest. Statements issued about the existence of IS would only undermine credibility of the government, he added. He said Pakistan is already being maligned because of existence of different militant groups and the elements talking about presence of IS should not refer to such a non-existent organisation. The civil and military leadership is committed to eliminate all sorts of militants and terrorists from Pakistani soil.
Talking about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) plan to demonstrate a massive rally in Islamabad on November 30, the minister said that government has no objection if the party followed the course of law. “As Interior Minister, it is my responsibility to ensure that no road is blocked in Islamabad,” he said. “We have imposed no restrictions on November 30 PTI rally. Law is very clear about carrying out any political activity”.
“If PTI holds a rally in Islamabad, it will be according to the law and constitution,” said Nisar Ali Khan, adding that citizens of Islamabad have a right to free movement and no road should be blocked or inconvenience caused to the people. The minister said PTI should hold its show of strength on 30th and then come to the negotiating table.
He said there is no doubt that political parties have a right to organising gatherings, but others too have their rights, which should be respected. The minister categorically said: “One would be mistaken if he thinks of invading Islamabad. No-one can challenge the writ of the state,” he warned.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT