No ceasefire during Ramadan, says Pak
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the security forces will continue their offensives against the Taliban during the holy month of Ramadan, the Online news agency reported.world Updated: Aug 24, 2009 10:33 IST
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday the security forces will continue their offensives against the Taliban during the holy month of Ramadan, the Online news agency reported.
"We are not interested in a ceasefire," Malik said. "They haven't kept their commitment in the past. We will continue targeted actions against the Taliban."
The Taliban had announced that it will stop fighting during Ramadan, which began Saturday and is traditionally considered a time of peace.
Malik said the police have prevented at least three possible attacks on government buildings by militants. The security forces arrested three suicide bombers who planned to attack the parliament and two other buildings, the report cited Malik as saying in a CNN interview.
He, however, did not disclose when the bombers were caught.
The Pakistani soldiers are waging a bloody battle against the Taliban in northwestern part of the country close to the Afghan border.