KARACHI- Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday ruled out the presence of Islamic State (IS) militants in Pakistan as reported by ONLINE.
“No organization of this name exists in Pakistan. The reports suggest that there isn’t any presence of ISIS elements in the country,” the Interior minister said this while speaking to media representatives after addressing the passing-out parade of Rangers in Karachi.
The statement comes days after the provincial government of Balochistan conveyed a confidential report to law enforcement agencies warning of increased footprints of IS, also known by the Arabic acronym Daish, in Pakistan.
The ‘secret information report’ stated that the IS claims to have recruited 10 to 12,000 followers from the Hangu and Kurram Agency in the tribal areas.
While replying to a question, the minister said the joint investigation team formed to probe into Wagah border incident would submit its report in a few days.
Regarding the law-and-order in Karachi, the interior minister vowed that police and Rangers would continue their anti-criminal operation in the city till complete restoration of peace.
“We realize that law-and-order situation in Karachi is not ideal, and we are making all-out efforts in this regard. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will soon chair a high-level meeting of government officials and law-enforcement agencies to review outcome of the operation,” he said.
Chaudhry Nisar said Karachi was under grave threat on 10 Muharram but preemptive measures including intelligence based raids and detentions saved the day.
He commended the role played by the Rangers in terms of security and maintaining peace adding that rangers are not the only security agency we have, police reserves the primary responsibility. Although Karachi’s situation is not ideal but one must praise superior performance, he added.
He indicated that Prime Minister will soon visit Karachi which would be his first visit after the change in chain of command.
Nisar said they intend to rejuvenate the operation as there are several areas that need serious attention still which has been discussed with Director General (DG) Rangers Khan Tahir Javaid.
Earlier addressing the passing-out parade of Rangers basic recruits Training Course18 Nisar lauded the role of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, saying that it had carried out 4,000 raids and arrested 7,500 criminals during the 14-month long targeted operation in Karachi.
He expressed the hope that the remaining goal of maintaining complete order in the Karachi will successfully be accomplished by the new leadership of the Pakistan Rangers Sindh.
On the occasion, he lauded the role of former Director General of Pakistan Rangers Sindh General Rizwan Akhtar who led and initiated the operation against criminals in the city.
He also paid rich tributes to the soldiers of Pakistan Rangers and armed forces of the country who have sacrifices their precious lives safeguarding their motherland and combating terrorists.
He expressed the hope that the recruits who passed-out today will play their role in protecting their motherland and countrymen.