ISLAMABAD: Emergency rule has improved law and order in the country but the threat of suicide attacks had not yet diminished, said Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema. Briefing media persons, he said that the federal government has issued instructions to the provinces and security apparatus to redouble their vigilance to ward off the grave threat of terrorism. They have been asked to leave no scope for the terrorists to hit even soft targets, he said. The spokesman said that directives have been issued for security high alert due to apprehensions of more suicide attacks.
He said that army would be deployed in the provinces during elections only if a formal request was made by provincial governments.Cheema said that the security forces have cleared the Swat region of extremists and militants and they are now on the run. Maulana Fazlullah and a handful of his hardcore followers are confined in the remote pockets where they are being chased and will be arrested soon, he claimed.
He said that suicide attack on a school bus at Kamra is another grim reminder of the ugly design of the perpetrators to subvert the democratic process. He said due to the comprehensive security measures taken by the law enforcement agencies throughout the country, the anti-state elements are becoming increasingly desperate in their mad pursuit. The spokesman said that law and order situation in Balochistan has also considerably improved. Most of the Ferrari camps have been destroyed. He however, admitted that sporadic acts of terrorism by anti-state elements do occur here and there.
He said that people’s participation and interest in government affairs have increased many folds during last few years. People of Balochistan are showing great enthusiasm for the forthcoming general elections. The fact that 284 candidates have filed their nomination papers for 14 National Assembly seats whereas 976 candidates have filed their papers against 51 Provincial Assembly seats indicate that people of Balochistan are not behind other provinces in zeal to be part of the democratic process, he added.
Replying a question, the spokesman said that all political personalities are getting equal level of security. He, however, said that security is contingent upon the level of threat faced to a particular individual. Responding to another question, he said so far no provincial government has requisitioned army for elections. He said that army would be deployed in the provinces during elections only if a formal request was made by provincial governments.
About release of Aitzaz Ahsan, he said it is for the provincial government to take a decision. He told a questioner that UK has already declared BLA as a terrorist organization and Pakistan is in touch with other members of the international community to get it declared terrorist outfit.
Informing about the meeting of the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister with Interior Minister, the spokesman said that they exchanged instruments of ratification of the extradition treaty signed by the two countries in 2003. The main objectives of the treaty are to make more effective cooperation in the prevention and suppression of crimes and extradite any person wanted for enforcement of a sentence for an extradition offence, he concluded.-SANA