Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the attacks at Ahmadis’ places of worship in Lahore is a proof that “terrorists taking refuge in Southern Punjab are unveiling themselves”.
“It’s a proof that militants in Southern Punjab are active now. They are the allies of Taliban and al-Qaeda and the government will not let them shed the blood of innocents,” Malik told a group of journalists accompanied him on his visit to one of the two worship places of Ahmadia sect targeted by the militants Friday. Total 95 people, mostly Ahmadis gathered to offer Friday prayer, were reportedly been killed in the attacks.
“We have more than 1700 suspected people having linkages with banned terrorist outfits on our watch list and near 700 of those are from Southern Punjab,” Malik said. However, he added, the terrorists are not confined to a single province but are operating throughout the country.
“They are now trying to split the society on sectarian grounds and for the cause they have established ties with proscribed organizations like Lashkar-e-Jhangwi, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Jaish Muhammad,” Malik said, and vowed that the government will not spare “these evils” and “will eliminate them from Pakistani soil”.