Rehman Malik admits weak Anti-Terrorism Act allowing banned organisations' continued activities

   Feb 4, 2:02 pm

Islamabad, Feb 4 (ANI): Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has stressed the need for improving a law to control activities of banned organisations.

The Daily Times quoted Malik, as saying that the delay in approval of an amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Act was the main reason behind banned outfits' holding rallies across the country.

He was replying to a point of order raised by Sheikh Waqas Akram of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Sahibzada Fazal Karim of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Malik said that revamping of laws was the solution, but an amendment bill had been lying with the Senate standing committee for the past two years.

Earlier, Akram said that Rehman Malik had lied before the cabinet committee that the provincial government was responsible for the rallies of the Defence Council Pakistan (DCP).

"This is a shame for the interior minister. How can you fight the war against terror, if you are unable to stop rallies of banned outfits in the country?" Akram had said.

Fazal Karim endorsed the view of Waqas Akram and urged the government not to allow banned outfits to hold rallies in the country.

In response, Malik said that these organisations had been rallying by changing their names. He assured the House that action would be taken if any rally was held in the federal capital.

"Revamping of laws is the only solution to the problem and parliament is the authority which can do that," he added.

Earlier, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had announced the grant of one additional basic pay to doctors and paramedical staff of government hospitals from January 1 in addition to their existing salaries. (ANI)

U.S. House of Representatives vote to authorize lawsuit against Obama Jul 31, 2:35 pm
London, July 31 (ANI): The United States House of Representatives voted to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly delaying an insurance deadline at Obamacare.
Full Story
At least four wounded in Karachi explosion Jul 31, 11:50 am
Islamabad, July 31 (ANI): At least four people were wounded in an explosion that took place in a car near a cinema in Karachi, Pakistan.
Full Story
Malaysia Airlines plane halts take-off after collision scare Jul 31, 11:23 am
Washington, July 31 (ANI): A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to halt in the middle of the runway as it was about to take-off, after air traffic control radioed pilots warning them of an imminent collision with another aircraft.
Full Story
Militant Islamists kill Somali woman for not wearing veil Jul 31, 10:59 am
London, July 31 (ANI): A Muslim woman in Somalia was shot down by Militant Islamists for refusing to wear a veil, said her relatives.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY