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Malik promises strict law against terrorism

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Monday, July 05, 2010 Ulema vow to join hands with govt, demand stern action against banned outfits; Qadri says protectors of terrorists sitting in parliament ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: A strict law will be enacted to curb terrorism in the country, Interior Minister A Rehman Malik told the Ulema from different schools of thought in an exclusive meeting on Sunday. The meeting was called by the minister. Minhajul Quran Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri said on Sunday that those protecting the terrorists were present in parliament and the media should hold them accountable. He said parliament had completely failed and it was responsible for the mess the country was facing while the media was setting the agenda which was, otherwise, the role of parliament. He was delivering a telephonic address during the concluding session of Majlis-e-Shura of Minhajul Quran International here on Sunday. Tahirul Qadri demanded the establishment of a commission against terrorism under the leadership of the chief justice and urged the media to raise its voice against the system, which was protecting corruption. He regretted that there was no shortage of so-called religious scholars who justified the actions of terrorists. He said it was also the responsibility of the media to expose the supporters, financers and sympathisers of terrorists and extremists. Qadri said parliament should meet for 14 days to legislate on terrorism for its elimination. He said it was common knowledge who were backers and intellectual suppliers of terrorism. He demanded that the source of support and supply of arms and ammunition to terrorists should be unearthed. He also inquired about the outcome of the investigation into scores of incidents of terrorism, saying that the invisible hands should be exposed. Dr Qadri criticised the role of parliamentarians, saying that MNAs and MPAs knew everything about terrorists in their constituencies but were maintaining a criminal silence. He blasted the inaction of parliament and said that the country was being turned into Somalia, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, adding that the politicians had neglected the national interest for their petty interests. He said the monster of terrorism had destroyed the country and places such as markets, bazaars and shrines were not safe from terrorists. He said corruption of politicians paved the way for military takeover. He said General (retd) Musharraf compromised the national honour, security and interests and turned the country into a colony. Source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29835