Pakistan is not a weak state and no one should take it lightly: Fawad Chaudhry

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RAWALPINDI, Federal Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Saturday said declaration of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as a proscribed organization was purely an internal decision of Pakistan.

Talking to the media persons at District Headquarters Hospital after
inquiring after health of injured police personnel, he outrightly
rejected any foreign pressure on the issue of TLP.

The minister said the government had handled the protest of the TLP
in the best possible manner and the situation had normalized now
across the country.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had already issued a statement
and tweet in which he had appreciated the bravery of police and law
enforcement agencies.

Fawad said that the government had to close social media for a few hours but it was inevitable to counter the tactics of the miscreants.

He said every Muslim was ready to sacrifice his life for the honour of the Holy Prophet SAW but any body using this
issue for getting political mileage was unfortunate.

In past foreign hand was found in sectarian violence in Karachi and nobody could rule out hand of enemy countries in the recent violence on the name of religion, he said.

The minister said few parties may have
been playing in the hands of the enemy and such incidents could weaken
the country. He appreciated Punjab, Sindh and KP police and security
agencies which gelled together and countered the threat effectively.

Chaudhry Fawad said the government was committed to the capacity building of the law enforcement agencies. He said Pakistan was the fifth largest country and one of the seven atomic powers of the world and it should not be taken as a weak nation which had defeated
the scourge of terrorism successfully.

He said that Pakistan was not a
weak state and no one should take it lightly.

The minister said in democracy everybody had his viewpoint but no one could
be allowed to blackmail the state by use of force or any other means.

He also lauded Interior and Religious Affairs Ministries and the
provincial governments for handling the situation with coordination.

Chaudhary Fawad Hussain announced that leader Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz
(PML-N) Rana Sanaullah had threatened Chief Secretary Punjab, Commissioner and
other officers on Friday and a case would be registered against him under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the related laws for which instructions were being given.

He said no one could be allowed to intimidate government officials and their family members. “If he wants to do politics, he has to do so within the limits of the constitution
and respect the law. Often Rana is interested to act like Altaf Hussain. If there will be insulting talk about the institutions, or the officers be threatened or institutions to be blackmailed, then surely there will be action,” he said.

The minister said there was no plan to demolish any house in Jati Umrah but no body would be allowed to occupy government land illegally. He said actions were being taken in the light of a report presented to the Prime Minister a few months back that certain Members National Assembly had occupied the government land, including Khokhar Brothers, who had occupied hundreds of kanals of land. He said non-political persons had also done so and the Prime Minister had ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Fawad said the Punjab government acted on the inquiry, marked by Prime Minister and the lands were recovered from the people worth billions of rupees. The Khokhar brothers had occupied the government land and built a palace. Besides, the names of senior members of the National Assembly including Daniel Aziz were included in land mafia.

Likewise, he pointed out that the government came to know that government land was transferred in the name of an old woman in Jati Umrah, who was benami (anonymous); just her name was used and then the land was transferred in the name of Nawaz Sharif’s mother. And there was the issue of open occupation on which the Revenue Department declared that the land had been given illegally.

The minister continued that notices were served and the related procedure was being adopted to recover the land and the other side had the right to challenge the process and they had done so.

He emphasized that the government job was to investigate and after that submit the details before the courts, adding, later it was up to the courts and other parties concerned, as there was no dictatorship in Pakistan. He agreed that too much time was consumed in dispensation of justice due to complexities.

Regarding Jahangir Tareen’s media talk, he said this was not the first case of Jahangir Tareen; adding, Babar Awan was the first to be accused in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf upon which he resigned and returned after clearing his name, likewise Aleem Khan.

Similarly afterwards another Punjab minister Sibtain Khan faced the law of the land after being accused of corruption and resigned from his ministry.

He said that Jahangir Tareen had to prove his innocence in court, the government had no personal problem with him and he had no problem with the government. He expressed the hope that Jahangir Tareen would fight his case in court, and in accordance with the Constitution and the law, the proceedings would move forward.

To another question, he agreed that the police force was poorly equipped and suggested to the questioner that this should be asked to Pakistan Peoples Party and
PML-N, which had ruled five years each in the last ten years and spent Rs. 3 trillion. “They should be asked, where was this colossal amount spent,” he said.

Earlier while visiting the District Headquarter Hospital he inquired
after the injured police personnel and said that he, Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf Secretary General Amir Kiyani and Special Assistant to Prime Minister
on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill have come on behalf of the Prime Minister
to inquire after their health.

He said the entire government was standing with its brave security forces. He assured that all medical facilities would be provided to injured to security forces personnel. Talking with the doctors and paramedics on duty he said they bravely and selflessly fought against the pandemic as the front line workers which was praise worthy.

The minister also presented bouquets to the injured personnel of the police admitted in the District Headquarters Hospital.

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