Media persons asked Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi whether a mechanism is being chalked out to prevent leaders of banned terrorist outfits from taking part in electoral politics and if the fourth schedulers would be barred from travelling for Hajj and Umrah.
“What has been happening in the past will not be allowed to continue,” he told reporters after addressing the closing ceremony of a spring festival at the Kohat garrison yesterday.
“The government has taken over all religious seminaries, ambulances, dispensaries, hospitals and other assets linked to the proscribed organisations. The government has also released funds to run these assets,” he said
Fourth schedulers are individuals who are members of proscribed organisations and have been placed on the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
The minister reiterated that the ongoing crackdown against outlawed organisations had not been initiated under any external pressure. He said the government was committed to transforming Pakistan so that nobody could point a finger at it.
Referring to a report to be submitted by Pakistan to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) next week, he ruled out the possibility of Pakistan’s placement on FATF’s black list.
The minister said in its last report submitted to the FATF, the federal government had pleaded its case in such a professional manner that all member states except India had lauded Pakistan’s efforts, noting a reasonable improvement.