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Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik. -File Photo

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that all political parties should join hands against terrorism, keeping their various affiliations aside, and fight against this menace, DawnNews reported on Sunday.

Malik said that Pakistan’s situation today is worse than what it was facing in 1969 and 1971.

After attending the funeral of ANP’s Bashir Ahmed Bilour, Malik spoke to the media in Islamabad and paid tribute to the slain minister who was killed in an attack on Saturday.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took responsibility for the attack.

Malik said that Bilour was a courageous man and praised the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as the members of ANP for the sacrifices they had made for the country.

The interior minister blamed foreign hands for spreading terrorism in Pakistan and accused some “black sheep” within the country of helping them.

He also stated that Ehsanullah Ehsan is working for foreign elements and promoting an anti-state agenda.

Malik said that these findings would soon be shared with the media as well.

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Kashif Khan Dec 23, 2012 01:47pm
Malik Sahib, Were it some foreigners who were spreading terror in Dadu, Pakistan when they attacked the police station in Dadu and torched one person to death.
Agha Ata Dec 23, 2012 01:47pm
A question for Interior minister Mr. Rehman Malik. what percentage of Taliban are foreigners?
S.A. Hyder, Ph.D. Dec 23, 2012 06:53pm
Mr. Malik, will you inform the public what "foreign" country does the TTP belongs to?. All terrorism is Pakistan's ingrown. No foreign country is interested in spreading any thing in Pakistan. When we are doing our best to destroy the country why should any one else take the trouble?
Cyrus Howell Dec 23, 2012 06:50pm
"It is a quite special secret pleasure how the people around us fail to realize what is really happening to them." -- Adolf Hitler
G.A. Dec 23, 2012 07:15pm
Sick and tired of listening to this 'foreign element' or 'hidden hand' out to destroy Pakistan. I think Pakistanis are doing a wonderful job of destroying their country themselves. Question is what are these incompetent ministers doing about these elements? Stop coming up with pathetic excuses.
SBB Dec 23, 2012 07:17pm
It is sad when terror happens anywhere. Every time I hear or read anything about Mr. Malik, it's about him blaming someone or something else. It's never him taking responsibility.
abc Dec 23, 2012 07:26pm
"The interior minister blamed foreign hands for spreading terrorism in Pakistan". absolutely agree with Rehman sahab. Pakistan is the land of true believers, who are anable to harm any innocents. All the terrosims in pakistan is due to US-isreal-india nexus. And Mr Zahid Hamid had proved it over and over again. And that the captured terrorists were found to be non muslims always. period.
Scales9 Dec 23, 2012 05:50pm
How many times Rehman Malik has said that foreign elements are involved in gruesome killings in Pakistan? Nation has lost the count. Nothing will be done to bring the culprits to justice. Inefficient and corrupt people can deliver nothing for their country.Keep on suffering the torture Pakistan.
Khan Dec 23, 2012 05:25pm
Rehman Malik you are a Failure. Leave your job and give it to someone more capable. Someone who is directly elected. Senate and Members on reserve seats should not be in important positions.
IndiaUSA Dec 23, 2012 05:24pm
Pakistan needs more ministers like Rehman Malik, to ensure it stays on great path it is on right now... ;)
Singh Dec 23, 2012 05:15pm
Well ,I have heard Mr. Rehman Malik on number of occasions pointing all the terrorism issues of Pakistan to foreign elements . I hope one day he can share little bit information with outside world about the proofs he got ? As an Indian I would like to ask Indian Government why and if Indian Government is involved in any of these attacks, but where is the evidence ? and If he is not pointing finger to India, then Pakistan is in deep trouble.......
Indian Dec 23, 2012 04:52pm
The location will never be found only American seals will like they did Osama , Malik knows where they all are so does the pak army n ISI
Ravi Dec 23, 2012 04:47pm
Rehman Malik is a loose canon. Not sure how he is being tolerated. In India, we couldn't bear him hardly 2 days.
NASAH (USA) Dec 23, 2012 04:38pm
May be -- Pakistan should keep Ehsanullah Ehsan unlocated -- and relocate Mr. Rehman Malik.
raika45 Dec 23, 2012 02:10pm
I totally agree with you. Time and again Malik has made this statement regarding foreign involvement but has as yet to show proof.How long is he going to fool the people with his statements?He should either put up or admit government failure to curb this menace.
Guest Dec 23, 2012 02:42pm
If you knew foriegn elements are involved then why Goverment of Pakistan is not recording thier protest with those countries involved in distablizing Pakistan!
Zulmai Khan Dec 23, 2012 02:27pm
Yes situation is worse than bla bla bla. Unless we act desicively and with sweeping action, I am afraid the country is going to be doomed...
Khan Dec 23, 2012 03:57pm
We have given these foreigners refugee status since 1979 and now these foreigners are destroying our Pakistan after destroying their own country Afghanstan, who is stopping government from removing them out?
Nish Dec 23, 2012 02:36pm
When a politician shows more than necessary emotional response, that means he himself is involved in the crime. For Rehman Malik, it looks like this is the case.
Feroze K. Dec 23, 2012 02:36pm
Can anyone take this man seriously ? He is good for one thing, running errand for AAZ, a carrier pigeon taking messages to MQM supremo in London.
undying_lament Dec 24, 2012 09:56am
So at least "foreign hand" is doing something. Can't say the same about these ministers.
shahidmasud12 Dec 23, 2012 03:15pm
I have couple of questions for you, Mr Malik, aren't you the Iterior minister, aren't you responsible to maintain law and order in the country , aren't you responsible to put this so called forign hand and the black sheeps behind the bars forever. But it looks like you don't have any sense of responsibility .
Rajiv Dec 23, 2012 02:29pm
"The interior minister blamed foreign hands for spreading terrorism in Pakistan and accused some
Muhammad Dec 23, 2012 02:23pm
According to Malik, some foreign elements are hiding Ehsanullah Ehsan, therefore he cannot find him.
Parvez Dec 23, 2012 03:55pm
Rehman Malik is no longer funny. He needs to change his routine and his delivery.
khurram Dec 23, 2012 03:56pm
Malik needs to go. Not sure why he is still running this office when he has no clue about his role and responsibilities as Interior Minister.
Muhammad Dec 23, 2012 02:19pm
Every thing that Pakistan government fails to do is automatically blamed on foreign elements. Is it not the responsibility of Pakistan government to do something about the "foreign elements?" Pakistan, unfortunately, has been, and is in bad hands.
Riaz Sheikh Dec 23, 2012 02:17pm
You knew now that foreign element is involved in the khud-kush attacks? Better leave the the ministry.
M. Asghar Dec 23, 2012 01:23pm
"these findings would soon be shared with the media as well", this he said endless times. It is clear that Malik himself is the problem in this widespread mayhem in the country.
manomoni Dec 23, 2012 02:32pm
Hon'ble Minister must tell which foreign hand is responsible .. or as usual we have to assume American/zionist/indian hands involved in the terrorism?
Aaykay Dec 23, 2012 02:32pm
In my opinion both print & electronic Media in Pakistan should immediately stop publishing claims by Terrorists after each attack. It is high time that the Media should maintain a complete "blackout" on such claims & discourage their criminal acts by restricting these anti State forces to reach out the World. Secondly,the remains of terrorists killed during such heinous anti Pakistan activities should be cremated publicly and pictures of such cremations should be extensively shown preferably with names of those suicide attackers, this new practice will definitely help in eliminating the evil. If possible a law may be passed by our Parliament to this effect.
cautious Dec 23, 2012 02:33pm
Classic Malik - even the Pakistani Taliban are a foreign conspiracy.
CHAS Dec 24, 2012 08:55am
You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time - Abraham Lincoln.........but looks like pakistan is an exception.
Shoib Ahmed Dec 23, 2012 01:48pm
I am absolutely certain that Mr Malik has only one agenda on his mind. "TO ensure the survival of Mr Zardari" . What happens in the country is covered by mundane and senseless statements , without any exposure of any purported foreign element. The cronyism of the politicians is playing Havoc. Can somebody get rid of these useless politicians
ishrat salim Dec 23, 2012 01:27pm
As usual....Ehsanullah Ehsan a TTP spokesman called media from unidentified location to take responsibility for the attack.....why his call can never be located...?
Uma Dec 23, 2012 08:09pm
Are you living under a denial rock?
sali Dec 23, 2012 08:44pm
Typical Pakistani response. Blame your problems on others and take no accountability. This government has failed to put TTP under pressure and provide security to its citizens. You have to break into their ranks and preempt these attacks. Failed economy also means failed security.
Edwardian Dec 23, 2012 08:56pm
I am so pleased what Mr Malik has said. This morning my chowkidar also told me this secret.
Victor Dec 23, 2012 09:39pm
Wheer did you Pakistanis find this Guy?He is not only an embarrassment to Pakistanis but to the rest of us too.
ali Dec 23, 2012 11:24pm
Malik has said this before that foreign elements are spreading terror so what he as as federal interior minister doing about it, the people want results not statements.
Iqbal Dec 24, 2012 12:55am
You are 100 % right no foreign country is fool to take trouble when we are doing a better job in destruction of our own country, specially the Pakistan Government. Iqbal
Yasar Ahmed Dec 24, 2012 02:33pm
Pakistan will not change its stand India should never try to restore normal relations including Cricket.
Rao Dec 24, 2012 07:32am
Rehman Malik himself is a foriegner - British Passport holder