Islamabad: A Pakistan Supreme Court-constituted commission yesterday slammed the country’s central government for “cavorting with” banned terror groups, Dawn reported.
Terror outfits must be immediately banned and the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) must be enforced not just in letter but in spirit too, said the judge-led commission, formed to investigate the August suicide attack in Quetta that killed 74 people.
“If Pakistan is to be a tolerant citadel of peace and interfaith harmony, then the laws and the Constitution have to be re-established,” the commission’s report said.
Dawn wrote that the commission “regretted” that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had on October 21 met the he head of three banned organisations – Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, Millat-i-Islamia and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat – “to listen to his demands and (then) conceded to them. “
“ATA is equally applicable to public functionaries and they should not be cavorting with proclaimed members of banned organisations,” the commission said, according to Dawn.
The newspaper added that the commission insisted that hypocrisy must stop.
“There should be a nationwide streamlining of national policy and all government servants need to abide by it, or face the consequences,” the commission said according to the newspaper.
Everyone needs to be informed about which the organizations that are banned, the commission said.