While responding to a question about banned organisations on Pakistani news channel Geo TV, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto claimed there were at least three Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ministers in the Cabinet who have links to banned organisations.
“I will be forced to take their names if the government does not take action against them. At least three PTI ministers have a record and history when it comes to banned organisations,” Bilawal Bhutto said.
He alleged that one of the ministers publicly met with members of the banned organisations during the election campaign.
Bilawal stated that these ministers believed even to this day that if someone spoke against these organisations and terrorism, then they were speaking against the country.
He said that it was hard to believe that the National Action Plan was being implemented with these ministers, with their prevailing mentality, were present in the cabinet.
A week ago, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said no militant group would be allowed to operate from Pakistani soil to carry out attacks abroad, days after his government announced a sweeping crackdown against Islamist militant organisations.
Pakistan faces growing international pressure to rein in Islamist groups that carry out attacks in India.
The February 14 attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel and led to tension between the nuclear-armed rivals as India conducted airstrikes in Pakistan’s Balakot region.
Both countries carried out aerial bombing missions last week and even fought a brief dogfight before tensions cooled.
The United States, Britain, and many other nations have urged Pakistan to act against anti-India militant groups.