Islamabad under threat from LeJ, Taliban and Qaeda 'sleeper cells'
20 February, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad is under severe threat of terrorism from the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and al Qaeda, a report of the Interior Ministry presented in the Standing Committee of National Assembly on Interior revealed on Wednesday.
The standing committee meeting was mainly convened to discuss the report of the Interior Ministry. It got heated when MQM's Nabeel Gabol demanded imposition of emergency in the country due to a fragile security situation. This demand received sharp criticism from the PML-N and PPP members of the committee. According to the report, Islamabad is the most dangerous city as the "sleeper cell" of banned TTP, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and al Qaeda are posing a grave threat to the security of the city.
The briefing of the ministry shared with the committee, chaired by MNA Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, pointed out that cross-border criminal elements had become active these days. About the security situation in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Interior Ministry said certain evidences have proved that India was involved in the deteriorating law and order situation in Azad Kashmir. It revealed that illegal weapons and terrorists were penetrating Pakistan through its western and eastern borders.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were the most dangerous groups in Punjab. In Sindh, presence of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, al Qaeda militants and target killers was reported. Speaking on the precarious security situation, Nabeel Gabol demanded the imposition of emergency in the country and termed those who talked of negotiating with the Taliban "fools".
"We are holding talks with militants and they are throwing the bodies of our military personnel and civilians," he deplored and called for taking extraordinary measure like imposition of emergency to deal with the law and order situation. Gabol's demand was, however, strongly rebuked by PML-N's Tehmeena Daultana and PPP's Nawab Yousaf Talpur, and both of them lashed out at him for this demand.
Daultana said that Gabol's leader, a reference to Altaf Hussain, was living outside the country, to which he replied that her leader had also left the country. The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan said that at the moment there was no need for the imposition of an emergency or a martial law in the country. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) also opposed Nabeel Gabol's demand for an emergency in the country.
Nabeel Gobal also attempted to move a resolution in the committee against holding talks with Taliban militants. However, majority of the members opposed the resolution, asking the chair not to entertain it.