LAHORE - Punjab Minster for law Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday said there was no doubt that judges, prosecutors, investigators, and witnesses are harassed to obstruct justice.

 "It is doubtless that judiciary and all those who are part of the judicial system are threatened with dire consequences to change the outcome of trials at all levels”, he stated here.

He said the granting of bail to an accused, who was facing trial for attacking Sri Lankan cricket team, despite hard evidence, was a glaring example of this.

The Punjab minister also took a strong exception to the term of "Punjabi Taliban."

"This is a "hate-term" and has been coined out of prejudice for Punjab", he said.

Meanwhile talking to the media at Punjab Assembly Committee Room, the law Minister said that Punjab is purged of terrorism and no seminary or madrassa was providing terrorism training to anyone. These allegations are totally baseless, he said adding, the term ‘Punjabi Taliban’ was coined by the former Interior Minister Rahman Malik just to wreak vengeance on Punjab. He also informed the media that the Punjab government has smashed the network of terrorists, extortionists (bhutta mafia) and kidnappers. He overruled the allegations that no go areas existed in Punjab.

On holding local government elections on the party basis, he said no harm lay in holding party based elections, however the Election Commission has reservations on holding election on this pattern at the level of Village Councils. The Minister said, after notification for completing fresh delimitation of constituencies by November 4, elections would be held by December 7 next as per directions of the Supreme Court.

To a question on the recent raise in power tariff and the SC suo moto action on it, Rana Sana said that the government would follow whatever the court asked for on the power tariff issue. If the court would ask for revising the power tariff and taking steps for it, the government would obey the order.