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									Malik warns banned outfits

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday stressed the need for
improving law to control activities of banned organizations.

Replying to a point of order of Sheikh Waqas Akram that banned
organizations were holding public rallies in various cities despite the
fact such activities were banned under Anti-Terrorism Act, the interior
minister said banned outfits were organizing rallies under different

He informed the National Assembly that strict action would be taken if
any evidence was found that a banned organization held a public rally in
the Capital territory.

The minister said banned organizations were collecting funds under
different names and underlined the importance of proper legislation to
curtail their activities.

He said a bill dealing with the activities of banned organizations had
been pending with the Senate Standing Committee for the last two years.

Rehman Malik said law enforcement agencies needed more empowerment to
take proper action against the banned organizations, adding the the
passage of that bill was necessary to have strict check on the activities
of banned outfits.

He said recommendations of all political parties would be accommodated in
making a comprehensive legislation in this regard.

Earlier Sahibzada Fazal Karim also raised concern on ongoing activities
of banned organizations. He demanded foolproof security arrangements for
public gatherings on 12th Rabiul Awal.

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