No organized terrorist network in Punjab: Minister 


LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday asserted that there was no organized terrorist network or no-go area in the Punjab.

Speaking at a press conference here at 90-Shahrah Quaid-e-Azam, he said the operation against terrorists launched in the province was a national operation.

He said that operation against terrorism was already underway across the province, but now it was being carried out in a more organized way.

The minister said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had mentioned about the capacity building of intelligence agencies. He said that people should also play their role in providing information about suspects and terrorists’ activities in their surrounding areas.

He said that there was no hideout of terrorists in Punjab, adding that the provincial government was fully implementing the National Action Plan.

Sanaullah said that police, the elite force, counter-terrorism department (CTD), Rangers and Pakistan Army had conducted several joint intelligence-based operations in Punjab since the launch of the operation Zarb-e-Azb.

He said the police had carried out 56 operations in Punjab, whereas the CTD had conducted 16 operations after Gulshan-e-Iqbal park blast. He said the police with the support of intelligence agencies, had launched 88 operations in which about 5,221 suspects had been interrogated and 5,005 released after verification and 216 were still under investigation.

The minister said that the response time of rescue and police teams was appreciable as they quickly carried out rescue operation and shifted the injured to various hospitals.

The law minister said the Punjab government formed a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the park suicide bombing.

He said that there were about 15,000 religious seminaries in Punjab and the government had completed data of these seminaries.

Sanaullah said that political leadership, religious parties, opposition and the government were on the same page in the operation against terrorism, adding that the operation would also be launched even in Kutcha areas of Punjab.

Inspector General of Police Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera and other senior police officials were also present on the occasion.