ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Rehman Malik said Friday that militant group Islamic State’s (IS) network is present in the country and that it is led by Yousuf Salfi.
Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, where the former interior minister had arrived to attend a meeting of the missing persons commission, Malik claimed that security personnel had arrested several IS militants during raids conducted in different parts of the country.
He said that being a former interior minister, he had his own means of gathering information from sources which had provided him with information regarding the presence of IS militants in the country.
The Pakistan Peoples Party leader also said that the IS militant group had emerged after infighting between different groups under the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group.
He said that he will disclose that where the meetings of the terrorist organization were held in the country within a few days. The PPP senator said that he was optimistic that the negotiations between PTI and the government will be successful.
“It will be an achievement of the jirgah if both parties start talks”, Malik stated.
“PPP never supported PML-N. We are standing with the Parliament for the survival of democracy”, he said.
He termed the appointment of Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan as the new Chief Election Commissioner a “good omen”.
Rehman Malik, commenting on the Article VI case against former President General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf, said that the “Pandora’s Box” will be opened with addition of new names in the treason case.
“Re-investigating the treason case will not bring any kind of harm to the government”, he added.
The statement from the former interior minister comes despite a denial of IS presence by incumbent Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. INP