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Interior Minister Rehman Malik. — Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik demanded a halt to US drone attacks in Pakistan, adding that, the attacks were rendering Pakistan's efforts to countering terrorism ineffective, DawnNews reported on Monday.

In an interview to a US-based television channel, Malik said that despite having all the resources, the United States was not making sufficient gains in Afghanistan.

Moreover, the minister said a military operation was not a solution to the problem of militancy in any region in the country.

On a question about Malala Yousufzai, the teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban, Malik said she was the pride of Pakistan and that the people awaited her return after a full recovery.

Malik said the police had offered protection to Malala on three separate occasions, adding that, her father had refused security.

The minister said Malala was attacked by two men who were both Afghan nationals, adding that, they had come to Mingora with the help of a man named Ataullah, a resident of Swat.

He said the police was looking for both the attackers, adding that, Malala and her family would be provided with maximum security upon their return.  — DawnNews

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Oct 31, 2012 06:37am
After 24 hours, Rehman Malik is alowed to say, I never said it. He is free to retract.
Oct 29, 2012 10:47am
Pak generals and politicans are playing with people minds by downplaying the role of Drones in combating hardend terrorists.
Oct 29, 2012 05:43pm
Your are yourself the interior minister of your state and demanding the halt to drone strikes in your own country in other country's media. Such a sovereign state!!!!
Oct 29, 2012 08:36pm
When Rehman Malik looks in the mirror he sees a JackAss staring back at him saying,"Man, I can't believe it. You are DUMBER than me. Thank God." Need I say more?
M. Asghar
Oct 29, 2012 10:28am
Malik's words as always have no significance apart from passing his time.
Oct 29, 2012 04:56pm
What did I read???? "She was the pride of Pakistan?" She is the pride of Pakistan and will always be cause there is no one more courageous then her. What is he doing about the Talibans in the meantime. Seems like he is shifting the blame on the father for refusing security.
iqbal Khan
Oct 29, 2012 07:30pm
Drone attack is the only way to eliminate these miserable creatures.Thanks to US for doing that for us.
Oct 29, 2012 08:59pm
Never believe on words coming out of this person.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 29, 2012 11:29pm
gul bahadur
Oct 29, 2012 10:00am
People who oppose drone attacks should give a solution to the problem.It seems to me that we are just talking and the media is willing to fill the blanks.
Oct 29, 2012 11:06pm
No, he never slept, the nation needs to wake up and question his sincerity about this statement ?
Oct 29, 2012 09:39am
Rehman Malik's statements have a shelf life of 24 hours.
Abbas Syed
Oct 30, 2012 01:48am
I would not believe a word of Mr. Malik. or another minister or the army official say. In September October of 2010 US Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Senator Carl Levin told an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations that he met Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other officials and they discussed improved accuracy of U.S. drone attacks on terrorists targets inside Pakistan, Levin told The United States has intensified attacks on terrorists but while also increasing efforts to limit civilian casualties. He objected to Pakistani officials making different statements in public and private.
bum Fata Baal
Oct 29, 2012 04:29pm
He wants drones to stop. Also, He wants to arrest the two terrorists (Afghanis) who attacked Malala.But, He wants drones to stop killing such terrorists who attacked girls like Malala on regular basis in Afghanistan. He is against military solution to terrorism. Also, He knows that a Swat terrorist helped the afghans attack Malala. BUT, He is against military solution (in Swat or anywhere) to terrorism. He wants to give "full Security" to Malala and family. (like he gave Full Security to Bibi) The guy is either confused or speaking from his BOTH mouths.
Oct 29, 2012 11:36am
"Malala and her family would be provided with maximum security upon their return". Isnt that same thing they promised earlier? Does this carry any weight? I would suggest Malala and her family apply for refugee status in UK and get settled there. Its too much to ask from a teenager.
Oct 29, 2012 08:31pm
Every one did not understand Malik Rehman, he is proved the best doing interior minister, completing term of assembly and govt. puttiong demovracy in right direction. Every individual is his opponent right from a political worker to the SC, still he is internal minister of Pakistan. Welldone Rehman Malik. Do not care just keep on doing. stop drone from zero you will be hero and you can that.
Oct 29, 2012 08:08pm
May be even less. How about four hours - because he changes his statements of the day, before going to bed.
Sajjad Ali Gopang
Oct 29, 2012 02:41pm
We don't have trust on Rehman Malik's Security. But even than i will suggest Malala Yousufzai to return to her own country and Fight, everyone have to die one day but die like a Lion.
Oct 29, 2012 09:47am
then what would international community do to stop terrorism
Oct 29, 2012 03:11pm
Oh my GOD, he's woken up. What a change?
Oct 29, 2012 12:08pm
ha ha ha . u said it thank u .
Oct 29, 2012 09:56pm
That long 25hrs i thaught it may be a split second before everyone falls around laughfing.
Jaseem Pasha
Oct 29, 2012 04:27pm
In other words. Malik Sahab is saying: "Unless US stops killing Taliban and Pakistani civilians with its drones, we (the government + military) will, insh-Allah, do nothing - we repeat, 'NOTHING', to stop Taliban killing Pakistani civilians and terrorizing women and children. But we will keep on condemning terrorism, because we are very good at it." Of course, drones must be stopped, US is violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, but Taliban are violating the writ of the government, violating the laws of the land, violating the honor of Muslim women and children, violating the principles clearly delineated in Quran-al-Hakeem, violating the sunnah of our Prophet (pbuh) without remorse, every moment and every minute in the lives of Pakistani men, women and children, with no one to raise voice on their behalf. We pray to Allah swt that the top hierarchy of military become as brave as each Pakistani foot soldier who is unafraid to face these terrorists and sacrifice his life, that the leaders of the government become as daring as the young Pakistani girl, Malala, that the religious leaders stop inviting Pakistani Muslims to the destructive path of Shaitan and follow the real sunnah of our Prophet, the path of mutaqeen and peace. Ameen.
Oct 29, 2012 02:25pm
Now that Imran Kahn has not covered himself with glory at Toronto airport, Rehman Malik wants to step into his shoes by repeating the same tired and fruitless slogans.
Oct 29, 2012 10:37am
he is two faced. One for the press other for his boss. After so long does he really expect other to take him seriously
Oct 30, 2012 09:16pm
Rehman Malik , you are jack of all trade master of none. If you had performed your duties honestly none of this would had happened.
Oct 30, 2012 03:14am
So Malik (PPP government representative) says 1 - Drones are useless and making anti terror efforts harder 2 - America isn't winning war in Afghanistan 3 - Military operations aren't solution But all we can criticise day and night is Imran Khan, let's see how many "Shame on you Mr Malik" articles circle around and how many write an open letter to Mr Malik or Mr Zardari. I know Malik lacks credibility but point is that we have no other solution so don't sit around calling people Taliban Khan because at least they are presenting solutions and NEVER were part of the problem.
Oct 30, 2012 02:30am
elections are coming up nice try Mr Malik
Oct 29, 2012 08:04pm
I agree with Sandip. Malala can achieve more and can be more effective from outside Pakistan. Pakistan is in the hands of most insincere politicians, like Rehman, and cannot provide proper environment for this young girl.