LAHORE (Online) Interior Minister Rehman Malik has hinted at a military operation in southern Punjab, on the pattern of the ongoing offensive in tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, as authorities have arrested seven men for the carnage at the two Ahmedi sect worship places in Lahore. The prospects of such an operation is in the offing were indicated by Rehman Malik while talking to a private TV channel on Monday. Acknowledging that Punjab-based groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba have joined the ranks of Taliban and Al-Qaeda, Malik said an operation could be launched against them in the southern part of Punjab, as the militant groups were aiming at destabilising Pakistan. The terrorists who have been hiding in southern Punjab have now surfaced, said Malik, adding that the action would be stronger because such killing could not be tolerated. There will be an operation in southern Punjab on the pattern of the tribal areas, Malik was quoted as saying by the channel. The minister visited the channels office to condole the death of one of its employees during last weeks terrorist attack on Ahmedi centre in Garhi Shahu. Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that there are no particular 'pockets of militants in southern Punjab, which can be targeted. An operation on the pattern of the one underway in the tribal areas can never be envisaged in the southern or any other part of the province, Sanaullah said. The comments of the interior minister came days after the gruesome carnage carried out by the Punjab unit of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Lahore on Friday last. Police said seven men had been arrested over the past two days from different parts of the province for the attacks. The arrested militants belong to variety of groups but police refused to give names of the groups. The arrests were made on information given by one of the militants captured during the attacks. We have strong leads, Lahore police chief said, adding, We hope to capture all the handlers and backers of the attackers soon. Our Staff Reporter adds: The Minister while talking to media appreciated joint efforts of the security agencies for the recovery of renowned businessman Riaz Lalji. Earlier, he visited the house of Lalji. He said the police along with other agencies including ISI and IB recovered Lalji through a joint operation while his gunman and the driver were remain abducted.