Pakistan, crackdown, Activists, banned outfits, preventive detention

‘Naya Pakistan’ govt tighten noose around banned outfits

Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Khan Afridi has announced that 44 under-observation members of banned organizations (POs) including Mufti Abdul Rauf and Hamad Azhar have been taken into preventive detention for investigation.

Addressing a press conference along with Interior Secretary Major (Retd) Azam Suleman Khan, he said the action was taken under National Action Plan (NAP) and detained persons will be interrogated.

He said actions under NAP will continue and progress will be reviewed after every fortnight.

The minister said neither Pakistan’s land will be used against anyone, nor any country will be allowed to intervene into our affairs.

He said the actions are being taken against all proscribed outfits without any discrimination and added rule of law will be implemented in New Pakistan.

Replying to a question, he said Pakistan is acting against the banned groups in its own interest and there is no pressure on the country.

“This is Pakistan’s decision. The action will continue for two weeks. We will investigate the detained persons. Every single detail will be shared with all stakeholders,” Afridi said.

The interior secretary said in order to implement NAP, a high-level meeting was arranged and attended by representatives of all provincial governments.

“The action is being taken across the board and not against one or two organizations,” he said.

He said in case they have to seize properties and bank accounts of any outfit, they would not demonstrate reluctance.

Azam Suleman acknowledged that some people who have been detained are named in Dossier handed by India to Pakistan on Pulwama attack.

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