Government starts making lists of militants and organisations
By Mohammad Imran
ISLAMABAD: The government has started compiling lists of militants and extremists, which will contain information about the individual and his/her organisation, sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.
“The government has asked all security agencies of the country to start preparing the lists,” sources added.
“The government made the decision to keep a complete profile of militants working for different militant organisations including those that are part and parcel of the United Jihad Council,” they said.
The lists’ purpose was for the government to keep track of militants across the country and to pre-empt terrorist activities in Pakistan, they added.
“Another reason for the collection of the data was that the government wanted to maintain lists of militants who had left their parent militant organisations and had formed small militant groups,” sources said.
Militants who had formed their own small militant groups were more active in terrorist activities, sources said, claiming that such militants were behind terrorist activities within the country including the suicide attacks on President Gen Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
Sources said this was the second time that the government had started such an exercise after the 9/11 incident.
“The government will be able to keep an eye on militants and militant activities after the lists’ preparation,” sources added.
Security agencies would focus on militants who had parted ways from banned militant organisations including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Sihaba, Harkat Jihad-e-Islami al-Alami, Jamiatul Ansar, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Sipah-e-Muhammad and Khudamul Furqan, they added.