Ban on Ansarul Shariah soon: interior minister | Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Wednesday that the government will soon impose a ban on Ansarul Shariah, the terrorist group allegedly involved in the attack on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader in Karachi on Eid day.

He made the remarks at the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior. Iqbal claimed that all of the militant group’s members in Karachi have been arrested. He added that the remaining militants, who are on the run, will be nabbed soon as well. 

Iqbal said that this has been a major breakthrough and the government is committed to breaking the entire network of the group.

He said that Sindh Rangers Director General Maj Gen Mohammad Saeed had briefed him about the attack on the MQM-P leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan and the developments in the case.

The minister also said that every political party, including MQM-Pakistan, has political freedom. He added that no violent group or party would be allowed to spread anarchy or chaos in the country.

In a talk with media persons, Iqbal expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the recent Awami Markaz fire incident in Islamabad, saying he has sought the inquiry report of the incident.