Keeping a close watch on match fixing, says Malik

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that political parties should identify the black sheep in their parties and oust them for peace in Karachi adding that, intelligence is being gathered on the Pakistani cricketers and we are keeping a close watch on match fixing.

Talking on the situation in Karachi, Rehman Malik interacting with the media said government is keeping a close watch on the situation in Karachi and all outlaws irrespective of what party they belong to unbiased action would be taken against them.

He said he appeals to all political parties to cooperate with the government in maintaining peace in Karachi and identify the black sheep’s within their party and oust them so that they could be brought under the net of the law.

He said that a target operation would be conducted in Karachi on the basis of intelligence reports and no terrorism act would be tolerated.Talking about the world cup semi final in Mohali  Malik said that though he was “sure the team has very clean members”,

intelligence is being gathered on the Pakistani cricketers, including “who are meeting them and the position of their telephones”. “I gave a warning that there should be no match-fixing. I am keeping a close watch. If any such thing happens, we are going to take action,” Malik said two days ahead of the game in Mohali.

“This is necessary because we can’t take a chance after what happened in London,” he said.He  also had some advice for the Pakistani players. “Do your practise, sleep early at night and wake at the proper time. They should dedicate themselves to Pakistan for the match,” he said.

There is a lot of excitement about the India-Pakistan match in the World Cup semi-final, he said.“There is a lot of love for the cricketers and we hope they will win the game for us. We expect they will not disappoint the people,” he said.

Mr. Malik also welcomed his Indian counterpart P. Chidambaram’s remarks about adequate security being provided to the Pakistani team while in India. He noted that Mr. Chidambaram had said special arrangements would be made for the game in Mohali, including the deploying of some 1,000 commandoes.“I am sure of his (Mr. Chidambaram’s) capability.

He is a man of wisdom and authority and has the capability to handle things well,” Malik said. Talking about the desecration of the Holy Quran by a US Pastor, The Interior Minister said President has strongly condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran and the US Pastor Terry Jones is an agent of Al-qaeda and Taliban. We have strongly protested with the US over this issue and have written a letter to Interpol.

He further said that Raymond d Davis issue is a dead issue and the court has given its verdict and there should be no more talk on this issue.

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