Strin­gent laws must to save coun­try: Ma­lik

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IS­LAM­ABAD

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.

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