Federal Minister for Interior Senator Rehman Malik addressing the upper house of the parliament.  — File Photo by Online

ISLAMABAD: During the Senate's session on Friday, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik defending his earlier decision to ban motorcycles from the roads in Karachi (for today) said that the parliament had failed, DawnNews reported.

Senator Raza Rabbani objecting to the federal minister's claim said the parliament had not failed and that the parliament could not give a stamp of approval on weak legislature.

Malik stood by his action saying he respected the decision of the Sindh High Court but added that the move to ban motorcycles off the roads was right as motorcycles provided an easy mode of transportation to terrorists and were used in most terrorist activities.

Senator Malik said the decision to ban motorcycles was taken in view of information received that a motorcycle would be used as a bomb on the first day of Muharram in Karachi. He also said that motorcycles were used in 438 bomb attacks across the country during the current year whereas 96 motorcycles were destroyed in bomb attacks in Karachi alone.

Malik further said he would appeal in the Supreme Court against the Sindh High Court's decision against the ban imposed on motorcycles in Karachi on the first day of Muharram.

Senator Babar Awan also criticised the decision to order motorcycles off the roads and termed the move as illegal.

The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) staged a walk-out from the senate session over the situation in Karachi and the party's Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said the government had lost its writ in Karachi and that it was not serious about improving the situation in the city.

Speaking to media representatives later, the interior minister reiterated his stance, saying the order was issued in the light of reports from intelligence agencies.

He added that the order was issued after consultations with and support from the allies.

Malik lamented that he was harshly criticised for the order to keep motorcycles off the roads in Karachi on the first day of Muharram.

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Comments (64)

Shahzad Latif
November 16, 2012 3:25 pm
who gives rights to judiciary to intervene in such day to day decisions ?
Cyrus Howell
November 17, 2012 12:04 am
In Karachi, respect all people and you won't be shot.
November 16, 2012 10:01 pm
Wait few days, Then he will say my speech was mis-Quoted!!!!
November 16, 2012 8:10 pm
At last the government man saying they are a failure
November 16, 2012 11:26 pm
We see a complete failure in Rahman Malik. Why there is so much delay in his punishment phase. The earliest it comes; the best for all of us when we get rid of him.
Cyrus Howell
November 16, 2012 9:21 pm
Good point. That crossed my mind as well. It is just a political game. They want to appear to be taking action when they are not doing much. "Five more years. Five more years. We want five more years."
Agha Ata
November 16, 2012 4:17 pm
Only Interior Senator Rehman Malik can propose such fantastic steps to catch terrorists. lol
Ali G
November 16, 2012 4:35 pm
Mr. Malik or should i say Dr.Malik... you have done enough damage to Pakistan and its people...its time for you to leave Pakistan
Cyrus Howell
November 16, 2012 9:24 pm
That would be extremely hard to accomplish. He has just made himself more enemies in the parliament.
hassan M
November 16, 2012 11:58 pm
Even if one life were to be saved from this measure, a million inconveniences are still a cheap price to pay.
Jamal Nasir
November 17, 2012 3:08 am
Just feel pity on mediocrity of Honorable minister's (in)action. This shows the capacity of his thinking
November 16, 2012 12:39 pm
The Government must take measures to improve their systems and security procedures rather banning this and that.
November 16, 2012 9:12 pm
Such solutions come to Rehman (?) Malik's mind very easily...disconnec mobile service, ban motor cycles, lie to the court, obtain pardon from the President even after being convicted to serve in the Parliament...... well done malik.
November 16, 2012 7:52 pm
Mr Rehman Malik has failed and not the parliament. This ludicrous statement beats everything else he has ever said.
A. Khan
November 17, 2012 2:08 am
Apart from general failure in governance by PPP, the worst PPP interior minister in living memory should be the one to resign as he has completely failed in providing security to the Pakistani citizens, which is his primary job function. If he cannot provide security, giving lofty speeches can be done by anyone in public, although very few will have the permed hairdo.
November 16, 2012 9:59 pm
There is a big IF they are caught quickly. Well the police have a good track record of cleanly hosing down crime scenes , even in murder situations!
Cyrus Howell
November 17, 2012 12:22 am
Yes, They have.
November 16, 2012 8:07 pm
What will happen on the 2nd day, 3rd day...10th day? Everything will be hunkydory after the 1st day?
Cyrus Howell
November 17, 2012 12:08 am
What information? The information he received from his aluminum foil hat with the TV antenna?
November 16, 2012 7:09 pm
Question is who will or can impose STRICT martial law ?
November 16, 2012 9:50 pm
He should have said that all motorcycles should be replaced by unicycles. The benefits are plain to see: it is very difficult to throw a bomb while riding atop a unicycle, and a wobbly unicycle-rider would immediately draw the attention of the proper authorities, well in advance.
November 16, 2012 7:44 pm
Absolutely disgraceful comment. All our present troubles started under Zia's strict martial law! Until Bhutto's time, we had never heard of jihadi groups and suicide bombers. Though Malik has a habit of making sweeping statements at times, the reality is that even Musharaf's martial law did not stop suicide bombings. Now after all the ridicule Malik has received, would it not be an irony if there is a suicide bombing using a motorcycle in the next 9 days? We all seek solutions without being inconvenienced ourselves.
Gerry D'Cunha
November 16, 2012 12:49 pm
democracy has completly failed in pakistan - the only solution for this country to survive further is to impose strict 'martial law' and let the people live in peace.
November 16, 2012 9:01 pm
There is a very simple measure we have here in the UK. it's called vehicle registration! this way if any vehicle is used in a crime people are caught quickly.Even if it's blown to pieces. The Crime and security situation in Pakistan is diabolical!People in the UK are now scared to return for fear of being kidnapped!!
November 16, 2012 7:14 pm
56 thumbs up to 3 thumbs down - makes it very relevant.
Aijaz Awan
November 16, 2012 4:01 pm
It shows the faliure of security agencies and their stretegic plans. Mr Malik always defends his action which by now incompetent. people suffers not the politicians.
November 16, 2012 1:25 pm
I don't know why everybody talk about Democracy, it is one form of Government. It just like a system of running a company. If it is successful in one country doesn't mean it will be successful in Pakistan. Pakistan people meed food , jobs and electricity, they are not concerned of what kind of government should be in the country. Democratic governments in Pakistan had deliver nothing , only thing they have done is corruption and hurting common people
November 16, 2012 2:41 pm
Ace terror fighter interior Minister frustrated the Parliament. What has he done for democracy?
November 16, 2012 3:14 pm
What they need is, a good brain!!
November 16, 2012 7:18 pm
Which democracy. where ?????In Pakistan. Talk of tyranny man .
November 16, 2012 11:00 am
ever most funny statement said by minister.
November 16, 2012 4:24 pm
sounds like Musharaf's spoke person
Mohsin Hayat
November 16, 2012 2:20 pm
Situation in Pakistan is going bad day by day and the reason is that we all are losing our rights to perform . we blame others but do not act as what we say. there is a lot of variances between what we say and what we do. Just Government is not responsible for this situation . we are all equally joint partners. Solution come from inside not from outside. how things will be move towards prosperity and happiness let see......... do good today you will get good fruit tomorrow. three things we should remember: 1. helping poor people 2. distribute things equally among people 3. respect all the people positive change will come automatically
Keen observer
November 16, 2012 1:40 pm
If Mr. Malik's arguments are taken on its face value, which with his credibility track is a difficult act on its own. But let's say we take his argument, what is next than, ban cars because that's what terrorists use, ban buses because that is the target, ban men on the road because men commit these acts. Mr. Rehman is a joke and President should replace him with a competent person with some integrity. Unfortunately this whole deal of rehman being trusted with such key post ,to the extent to go around all court decision to keep him in such powerful post , in itself is a suspect, and shows lack of commitment by the government of Pakistan to bring peace.
zamin haider
November 16, 2012 6:52 pm
this is not a best solution to band on motorbike .the best solution is to remove the corrupt leaders and other administrative authorities form their post.actually they are not sincere with the Pakistan.every day they are blaming on each other parties and groups. simple is that if they can't control the situation then ,they should resign from their post.
Mahmood Minhas
November 16, 2012 3:19 pm
On such occasion the next step of Rehman Malik is to ban the people of Pakistan to out out from their homes. Good control and administration by Rehman Malik.. He will not leave the nation untill and unless it is suffered adversly.
November 16, 2012 1:03 pm
I think another possible solution to terror threats can be banning people from coming out their houses. Mr. Malik want people to pay for incompetency of his department, police and other security agencies. You are getting paid from the taxes so better start working than telling people to hide in bunkers or not use their mode of transports.
p r sharna
November 16, 2012 10:36 am
most irrelevant comment relating to the matter.
Captain Pakistan
November 16, 2012 10:34 am
Parliament has been very successful at that.
Iqbal Hussain
November 16, 2012 4:07 pm
As per regular remarks of R.Malik...."there is a foreign hand in all the bombings" poor guy forgot to say that when he restricted motor cycles on the roads in Karachi. Pls. let him survive and make as much money that he can make and buy another hotel in London. Iqbal Hussain. (USA)
akhter husain
November 16, 2012 4:19 pm
Poor Rehman Malik,he is always caught between the devil and the deep sea.He is utterly wrong if he takes a decision and,he is also wrong if he does not.Is there any body to help him?
November 16, 2012 11:07 am
the only one who has succeeded in the last five years is Rehman Malik, congratulations.
November 16, 2012 5:19 pm
But he will remain a proud member of this parliament irrespective of collapse of interior security...what a joke...............
November 16, 2012 3:44 pm
Oxygen also provides breathing mechanism to a would be terrorist. Shall we pollute the atmosphere to an extent none of us can breathe? A British citizen banning normal walks of life in Pakistan. It can't get more disgusted than it already is.
November 16, 2012 11:15 am
It is governemts' responsibility to ensure security to citizens as they get on with their daily lives. If we are to bear such nonsense and are forced to lock ourselves at home, why do we need a government then? Why on earth are we payiing for a government which is doing absolutely nothing except for causing hindrances in our daily lives?
November 16, 2012 6:02 pm
you only reap what you sow...
November 16, 2012 4:12 pm
I think the JUI are taliban apologists and should be kep out of parliament.
Shazada Zahid M Loan
November 16, 2012 3:40 pm
This Malik has failed in his job, now in his 4th year. He must be held accountable and imprisoned and made to return the salary and other expenses - he is the second worst Interior minister after CAUDHRY Shujjat. The Pakistani people have stooped so low.
November 16, 2012 9:39 am
Agree. The only thing that has succeeded in the last 5 years is loot and plunder.
Michael Malcolm
November 16, 2012 3:54 pm
Fully agree with you. Malik and his party has failed miserably in all section of Civil Society. Malik is a puppet in the hands of the ruling Government to hang on by hook or by crook till the people of the country throw all of them out in the elections. A man without face.
November 16, 2012 5:16 pm
Folks! remember it NOT only Rehman Malik's Pakistan. Saving this country is the responsibility of every single Pakistani. It will take a concerted effort by the government and each one of us, that these savage, in humane terrorists are effectively apprehended. While banning the motorcycles in the entire city is outrageous but limiting the bike riders along the path of the precessions may not be a bad idea.
November 16, 2012 2:08 pm
Parvez Bhai. Golden words!
November 16, 2012 2:09 pm
how about shutting down all transportations, cell phones, water, electricity and put a curfew in the city so that nothing happens. what a terrible idea from the Minister. Instead of doing their job and arresting culprits they want people to suffer like they arent going through much.
Agha Ata
November 16, 2012 4:09 pm
To me it sounds like suspecting all motorcyclists as terrorists knowing well that this is the most comnmon means of transport for millions no citizens. There should be a better way to catch a terrorist.
November 16, 2012 10:14 am
undhair nigri Chopat raaj...
p r sharna
November 16, 2012 2:50 pm
law and order is the responsibility of the executive and intervention in it is encroachment in their jurisdiction and can not be termed democratic. Moderator is requested to allow it. my earlier detailed comment similar to it has been denied to appear.
November 16, 2012 4:03 pm
If there was democracy in Pakistan then it would have failed, there is no democracy what so ever in Pakistan yes this is valid point to impose martial law because our nation deserves it.
November 16, 2012 3:13 pm
Pakistani nation should use their head while voting that such non sense people should not come back again, this is horrible Governament and horrible corrupt leaders. They were never fit to be leaders rather they are opportunists who took over due to weekness of our systems. I will blame Army for bringing in power such a corrupt and unethical people.
November 16, 2012 9:53 am
Irresponsible statement. For Pakistan to survive democracy has to work and for democracy to work parliament has to work.
November 17, 2012 1:47 pm
Maybe you live in Defence and Clifton driving around in Civics and Accords to say such things. People ride bikes to go to work, study and run family affairs. Why do not you come down to areas like MA Jinnah Road, Lines Area etc and tell people on their face that they cannot earn their bread and butter for the next day.
Muhammad Riaz
November 16, 2012 8:01 pm
Rehman Malik should get an ordinance approved from the Presidency to get Motorcycle owners exchange their bikes for a free car. This will make a stronger and popular case.
danial tariq
November 16, 2012 12:47 pm
I think we have to give Malik his credit for trying to save us from sucide bombing....
Keen observer
November 16, 2012 1:42 pm
"Senator Malik said the decision to ban motorcycles was taken in view of information received that a motorcycle would be used as a bomb on the first day of Muharram in Karachi."
November 16, 2012 2:37 pm
They said, they have the information for some terror plot....how bout finding them and arresting them..... I will tell you where to find most of them. Unfortunatly, go check all the madarsas and keep and eye on their leaders as well as their activities. Also, keep both eyes who is coming to sindh and who is leaving and bringing what? 70% problem solved. Also, create a a team of police who is trained to bait the theifs and catch them at red handed with camera as witness and show to general people on national TV everyday. That will cut down some crime when people are cought on camera red handed repeatedly....many countries do that...this nothing new. But just do not trouble the poor people which your poor judgement and put ban on use of their only means of transportation. I want to tell R Malik that we need everlasting peace in Pakistan, not for during the month of Moharram which starts our new year.......Do realy want to start new year with senceless bans? If PPP serious about peace, let Mustafa Kamal be the Interior Ministor than see the change.....
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