In a bid to avoid untoward incident, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday hinted shutting down mobile services on Eid-ul-Azha.

He, however, said the mobile services will be closed down for a limited time where there would a threat of law and order situation. In this connection he said directives would be issued separately.

The minister further said that there would be a complete ban on the collection of skins of the sacrificial animals during Eid occasion by the defunct organizations.

He said he had already written letters to the provincial Chief Secretaries‚ Home Secretaries and Inspector General of Police in this connection. No one would be allowed to collect hides of the sacrificial animals forcefully and strict action would be taken against such elements, he added.

The minister was of the opinion that 90 percent of the general public appreciated our previous decisions to close down mobiles during festivals wherever a threat was felt.

Appreciating the role of media in curbing the terrorism menace, Rehman Malik said they should continue their role in this connection. Security would be provided to the all congregations on Eid day, he added.

Replying to a query, the minister said that the government had foiled few terror bids with the help of media. “We have identified and captured few terrorist with the help of video footage provided by the few media organizations,” he added.

He criticized Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N chief and Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab chief minister, for not accepting the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s verdict in Asghar Khan’s case.  He remarked, “PPP leaders were dragged in the court in Nawaz Sharif’s era.”

Malik said the PML-N should leave dual standards and accept the Supreme Court’s verdict in the case instead of terming the verdict as an “injustice

The minister said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its leadership respect the judiciary, adding that they had accepted every decision of the courts.

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