Rehman Malik Thanks Taliban for Peaceful Muharram

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  1. Vyom

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    Interior Minister Rehman Malik caused consternation today by thanking the Taliban for maintaining peace during Muharram, for which authorities had deployed tens of thousands of security personnel across Pakistan to prevent any sectarian attacks.

    "I had appealed to the Taliban that they should respect the Muharram. I am grateful to them that they respected the Muharram this time. This is a good thing", Malik said while speaking to reporters in Islamabad this evening.

    Malik lauded the performance of policemen and security personnel who were deployed in cities and towns across the country to guard processions and religious gatherings organised by the minority Shia sect.

    Barring a minor bomb blast in Karachi and three rocket attacks in the restive northwest, there were no reports of violence, officials said.

    The Shia community has often been targeted by militants, including the Pakistani Taliban, during Muharram in recent years.

    However, there has been a relative lull in militant attacks over the past few weeks.

    Authorities put in place extensive security measures to prevent violence during Muharram.

    Security forces used helicopters to monitor religious processions in cities like Islamabad and Karachi.

    Around 7,000 security personnel, including commandos, were deployed in the federal capital alone to guard over 900 gatherings and 177 processions.

    Snipers took up positions on the roofs of buildings along the route of processions while sniffer dogs were used to screen people joining religious gatherings.

    news.outlookindia.com | Rehman Malik Thanks Taliban for Peaceful Muharram
     
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    Will he send goats as a present for the nice gesture? :scared2:
     
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    Good to know that the Taliban runs the country!
     
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    Peaceful Muharram? What nonsense! What about 54 dead in Afghanistan? I am sure Pakistan would like to keep Afghanistan boiling and leverage all the difference Afghanistan has within itself.

    Rehamn Malik's statement is a good sarcasm. I think he was thanking the Taliban for carrying out the attacks in Afghanistan.
     

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