Rehman Malik offers amnesty to banned groups if they renounce terrorism
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the government is willing to give a general amnesty for all proscribed organisations, including the Pakistani Taliban, if they renounce terrorism.
"If proscribed organisations agree to cooperate with the government and give up terrorism, they will be removed from the list of banned organisations," The Dawn quoted Malik, as saying.
Malik invited all banned organisations, including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), for talks and said it was time for Hakimullah Mehsud to apologise to the nation.
Malik said it was an opportunity for Mehsud to stop killing of innocent people and live a peaceful life.
"Hakimullah don't hide in one bunker or another. Today, I announce a general amnesty for you if you stop killing innocent people. The enemies you are working for will kill you too, one day," Malik said.
Malik said intelligence reports revealed that the TTP had 'franchised' terrorism and several groups involved in incidents of target killing and kidnapping for ransom were using TTP's name.
He said the government had evidence that the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) organisation was involved in targeted killings and other acts of terror during this year's Muharram processions. One LJ activist, Attaullah, was arrested by law-enforcement agencies in Karachi on Saturday and a large quantity of explosives were seized from him.
"This explosive material was to be used for killing people in Aashura processions. Attaullah is an active member of Lashrak-i-Jhangvi and he received military training in Miramshah in 2008," Malik said.