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- Aug 14, 2009
KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that concrete evidence of Indian interference in Pakistan has been provided to the Foreign Office which will take it up at an appropriate forum.
He told a press conference after meeting ulema of different schools of thought here on Monday that the issue would be taken up forcefully whenever composite dialogue with India resumed and the proof would be shared with the international community.
He said arms and terrorists were entering Pakistan from Afghanistan and the matter had been taken up with President Hamid Karzai.
Mr Malik said no one could be allowed to use Pakistan’s soil for terrorism.
The interior minister said all ulema had termed acts of terrorism and suicide attacks ‘Haram’ and declared that funeral prayers of suicide attackers were not justified.
He said all ulema were united against terrorism and had offered 10,000 volunteers to the government.
The minister thanked the ulema, but said the armed forces were performing their duty very well and with responsibility.
“I have been given the task to meet ulema and will hold similar meetings in Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta,” Mr Malik added.
He said an international conference of religious scholars would also be held.
In reply to a question, he said a national anti-terror command and a think-tank had been set up three months ago and an anti-terrorism policy was being prepared.
He said three biometric checkpoints had been set up on the border with Afghanistan.
In reply to a question, he said detained US suspect David Headley was born in Pakistan but had left the country in his childhood and was educated in US. If he had committed an unlawful act, action should be taken against him under US laws, he said.
If he had any contacts in Pakistan, the government should be informed and it was prepared to extend full cooperation to the United States, he said.
Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also attended the meeting with ulema.
Mufti Muneebur Rehman, chief of the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, said the meeting had condemned terrorism and suicide attacks, terming them against Islam and Pakistan.
According to a declaration, the ulema suggested that heirs of martyrs should be taken care of and arrangements made for rehabilitation of people affected by terrorism. The armed forces were assured that the entire nation was behind them in their efforts for ensuring security of the country.
Mufti Muneeb said all ulema had pledged to maintain law and order during Muharram and keep vigil on terrorists and extremist elements.
The chief minister also presided over a meeting that reviewed arrangements for Muharram.