Say goodbye to terrorism, Pak govt tells militants
Islamabad: Reeling under terror onslaught, the Pakistan government appealed to militants to surrender their arms and "say goodbye to terrorism" on the occasion of the country's 63rd Independence Day today.
Interior minister Rehman Malik said the cases of those who surrendered would be examined on an individual basis, with authorities deciding between "leniency" and prosecution.
"On August 14, my message for these terrorists is: let's start a new day, surrender your arms, come to the political or law enforcement authorities and say goodbye to terrorism," Malik told journalists after attending a ceremony at the Police Martyrs' Monument here.
Referring to the reported killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone attack in South Waziristan Agency earlier this month, he said the government is close to collecting material evidence of his death.
"The evidence may be (video) footage or DNA test. Most of the work on collecting such evidence has been completed and we will inform the nation about this soon," he said.
Confusion has surrounded the fate of Mehsud, with the government and the Taliban making claims and counter-claims about his death. However, Malik said circumstantial evidence, ground realities and certain reports from South Waziristan indicate that Mehsud is dead.