Stringent laws must to save country: Malik
Defending government’s decision of banning motorbikes in Karachi and Quetta, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik Friday said motorcycle are used in almost 96 percent of bombing incidents, and the recent restriction was consequent to intelligence reports.
Responding to points of order raised by senators criticizing the ban, the minister said the federation has advised ban on motorcycles under Article 148 of the Constitution legitimizing the federal government’s intervention to maintain law and order situation.
“I did not take the decision unilaterally. It was done after consultation with all stakeholders including the Prime Minister,” Malik said quoting the intelligence reports that terrorists had designed to target Shiite and Sunni processions in Karachi on the eve of first Muharram.
However, he said the Sindh High Court suspended the order for Karachi, adding he would carry on implementing the decision in Quetta.
Narrating the details, he said in 2011, motorcycles were used in 28 bombing incidents in Punjab, 103 in Sindh, 88 in KPK, 204 in Balochistan, three in Islamabad, 11 in FATA and one in GilgitBaltistan.