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Pakistan to crack down on terrorists
April 29, 2003 09:00 IST
Pakistan on Monday said it would take action against terrorist outfits that have resurfaced with new names.
After presiding over a high-level meeting, Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said in Islamabad: "... the government is responsible to ensure rule of law and would go for it at any cost. We are committed to purge our society of terrorism and our every action must speak of our resolve. We must remain vigilant of hidden, internal or external hand and should not give any room to anti-state elements to use our soil."
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had, in January 2002, banned five terrorist outfits, including the Jaish-e-Mohammed, blamed for the attack on Indian Parliament, and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
Another terrorist group, the Harkat-ul-Ansar, was also banned later.
Independent, a Pakistani weekly, reported that the Jaish had Harkat had renamed themselves Khaddam-ul-Islam and Jamait-ul- Ansar respectively.
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