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Interior Minister Rehman Mailk. — Photo by AP/File

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said he was grateful to Tahirul Qadri, chief of the Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran (TMQ), for his cooperation with the government and added that the nation had stood united in the face of conspiracies against the country, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, the minister said the performance of the government delegation was commendable and added that the president and the prime minister had played a positive role in the situation.

Malik said the nation had remained united in the face of conspiracies of all kinds and that the opposition leaders had also stood up to safeguard the democratic system.

He said in order to do his job to provide security to the participants of the long march and the subsequent sit-in in Islamabad, he had to deploy 11,000 security personnel from outside the federal capital.

Malik said security agencies had done an impressive job to minimise disturbances during the sit-in. He added that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had also played a commendable role during the event.

On threats to the long march and the sit-in, Malik said the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had threatened to launch an attack during the event.

The minister said he sympathised with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) over the killing of Manzar Imam, an MPA of the party who was shot dead on Thursday in Karachi.

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Agha Ata (USA)
Jan 18, 2013 01:12pm
What a drama! :)
Parvez
Jan 18, 2013 06:35pm
Well said. If the operation were successful there would be no government left and we would be well on our way to becoming a progressive country.
Michael Malcolm
Jan 18, 2013 07:48pm
I also as a Pakistani living abroad feel ashamed of such irresponsible utterances from Rehman Malik who was particularly asked not to be at the negotiation. If it was me I would have resigned. Rehman Malik will not for there is no shame only false claims without evidence.
Indusonian
Jan 18, 2013 03:00pm
Now we have two Drama Kings after arrival of "Mullah Drone". His Arrival, as I suspected was designed to hijack agenda of PTI and my suspicion proved to be right after announcement that they are going to contest elections. Very wise decission by PTI not to join his dharna because if blood would have shed, PTI would have been directly charged by media pundits as "undemocratic institution using bloody means to derail first ever democratic transition via election". What a freakin show this was. I salute to all the participants of dharna to brave that harsh weather. Vote for PTI to build a new Pakistan.
Umer Ijaz
Jan 18, 2013 11:44am
Please don't waste our time, Mr. Rehman Malik. Leave Pakistan Please..
excalibur
Jan 18, 2013 12:05pm
Qadri is absolutely right.. Cancer in governance has to be surgically excised
Noor khan
Jan 18, 2013 12:12pm
great job Mr.Malik on handling the security .. long march ended so peacefuly great job
Reader
Jan 18, 2013 12:55pm
The interior minster should be ashamed of his behaviour during his press conference the day before the settlement between Qadri, govt & the coalition members. He was talking like an illerate and needs some diplomatic protocol lessons. Accusations he made against Qadri without substantial evidence is deplorable and unacceptable. During that press conference at his ministry he claimed to provide such evidence. Where is this evidence Minister. In order to improve international understanding of Pakistan, this govt should have some behavioral lessons. As a pakistani living abroad, it is embarassing to see such behaviour from a pakistani minister.
Ashraf K
Jan 18, 2013 12:00pm
Nation does not need compliments from Rehman Malik. His derogatory remarks about Dr, Qadri during the march are on the record. He is simply AAZ's bagman.