Interior minister Sheikh Rasheed urges Opposition to reschedule their lengthy march

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Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid speaks in the Senate on January 24, 2022. — Radio Pakistan
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid speaks within the Senate on January 24, 2022. — Radio Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Monday urged the Opposition to reschedule their lengthy march set to happen on Pakistan Day (March 23) citing the specter of terrorism.

Addressing a a session of the Senate in Islamabad, the Rasheed stated that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) can select to proceed with their lengthy march however he would recommend rescheduling it.

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He additional added that each Prime Minister Imran Khan and he love this nation as a lot the Opposition does, “but remember there is a terrorism threat on March 23.”

The minister stated that he’s not “afraid of PDM’s long march but there are terrorism threats, adding that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was also told not to stage a procession in Rawalpindi because of security reasons but she went ahead with it despite the warnings.”

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He stated that on March 23, overseas ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) nations will attend the Pakistan Day parade, due to this fact, “half of Islamabad will under be the control of [the government] and jammers will be installed there.”

“How will the Opposition [mark its influence] under such circumstances?” the minister questioned.

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Rasheed stated that he would recommend “PDM show strength in Islamabad on March 17 or 27.”

‘India by no means desires Pakistan to have good relationship with Afghanistan’

Speaking about different issues, the inside minister added that India by no means desires Pakistan to have a great relationship with Afghanistan, including that, “Indian spy company Research Analyst Wing (RAW) has employed some Pakistanis to carryout terrorist actions in Pakistan.”

He added that the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP ) and Daesh are present in Balochistan.

‘We want one narrative against terrorism’

Shedding light on negotiating with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), he said that government is “not within the technique of holding a dialogue with TTP.”

“Those who make robust calls for and problem the integrity of Pakistan, then the state will take care of them strictly,” he added.

Rasheed further said that the government will not allow any kind of terrorism in the country, adding that the “Opposition can be standing with us on this severe matter.”

“We need one narrative in opposition to terrorism,” he added.

He also affirmed the government’s commitment to protecting the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), adding that, “Imran Khan’s government will fulfil its commitment on CPEC.”

The authorities had arrested terrorists concerned in Dasu and Gawadar assaults (by which Chinese workers had misplaced their lives), he stated.

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