Friday, 5 August 2011

Government insincere about Karachi peace, says MQM

Farooq Sattar presents list of 500 ‘criminals’ in National Assembly
Demands judicial probe into killings
Parliamentarians urge political unity for restoring peace

Mahmood Sadiq
ISLAMABAD - Presenting a list of around 500 criminals in the National Assembly, the MQM Friday alleged the government was directly involved in aggravating law and order situation in Karachi.
"If the government is serious about Karachi, the law and order in the city can be restored within three days…The government is following a well-thought-out plan to create unrest in the mega city," said Farooq Sattar, who is deputy convener of coordination committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
Addressing the National Assembly session, which was chaired by Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, Farooq accused the security agencies of telling the people to make their own security arrangements. “Efforts are underway to rob MQM of its mandate in the city of millions. Karachi city has been surrendered to underworld gangs.”
Demanding formation of a judicial commission on Karachi unrest, he said at least 1,500 people have been ‘massacred’ from January to July during the current year. Farooq demanded impartial investigation of all the law and order related incidents in the city and an impartial crackdown on the criminals. He also demanded of the government to send a committee comprising representatives from all political parties, adding the committee should visit Kati Pahari and Orangi Town and investigate into the unbridled killings there. He also demanded that powers be delegated to the Rangers in the city.
On the occasion, Farooq Sattar presented in the assembly a list of around 500 men, who according to him were ‘terrorists’ responsible for creating law and order situation in Karachi.
Most of the lawmakers called for unity and harmony among all the political parties to remove ethnic, sectarian and political divides in the country, particularly in Karachi. Speaking on floor, PML-N MNA Shireen Arshad suggested taking stringent actions against the criminals in Karachi. She said that exemplary punishment should be awarded to the criminals.
Shireen Arshad lamented that unfortunately the law and order situation in the city was not under the provincial government's control. "All the political parties should join hands against the terrorists, especially in Karachi, in order to establish everlasting peace." She recommended modern training for police force and Rangers and providing them state-of-the-art weapons.
MQM, MNA Abdul Wasim said terrorism, inflation, unemployment and poverty were the main causes of unrest in Karachi and other parts of the country. He said time had come to address the issues and problems of the masses.
JUI-F’s Laiq Mohammad Khan criticised the government for its failure to apprehend and punish the assassins of former premier Benazir Bhutto, saying that if the government could not arrest the killers of Ms Bhutto, how it would establish its writ in the country.
Muhammad Hayat Khan of PPP said anti-state elements were endeavouring to divide Karachi ethnically and to destroy the economic hub of the country with an aim to destabilise Pakistan. Mr Khan further said that all political parties needed to rise above party politics and sit together for a peaceful Karachi.

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