Rise in terror alarming; won’t get out of control

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Sanaullah says TTP’s activities should also be a concern for Afghanistan

Shujaat Hamza

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that while the rise in terror incidents was alarming, it would not get “out of control”.

“It is not worrying […] Don’t think that this is going out of control or that some group will become out of reach,” he said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.

At the same time, the minister raised alarm over the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claiming responsibility for the suicide attack in Quetta, which claimed four lives, including that of a policeman.

That the TTP claiming responsibility for the attack was both “alarming and condemnable,” he said, adding that the TTP’s activities posed a danger to regional peace and should also be a cause of concern for neighbouring Afghanistan.

Sanaullah also regretted that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan did not attend a recent security meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

He emphasised the need for provincial governments, security agencies and authorities, particularly KP and Balochistan, to address the issue of rising militancy in an effective manner.

“They need to take this matter seriously, and whenever they will need the help of the federal government and its agencies, we will assist them without any delay.

“Political matters aside, we have to play our role according to the system. I believe it is the KP CM’s responsibility to seek the help he needs from the federation and to address these matters,” Sanaullah asserted.

In response to a question from a reporter, the minister highlighted that the Afghan government had made a promise to the world that they would not allow their soil to be used for terrorism.