ISLAMABAD/KARACHI - The federal government has said that its plan for Karachi peace was almost ready as MQM reiterated its demand for army deployment in the restive port city.
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ahmed has already made it clear that army would not be called in and they would go for a Sindh government-led operation in the troubled city instead.
Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed told the media in Islamabad on Saturday that they have worked out a strategy and made arrangements for restoration of peace in the metropolis. He said that federal cabinet would meet in Karachi on Tuesday to finalise the security plan but political parties would be taken into confidence before the final decision and its implementation.
The minister said that Sindh chief minister, governor, law minister and representatives of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) would participate in the federal cabinet meeting. He said the chief minister will supervise the operation against criminals in the mega city while federal law enforcement agencies would assist in the action.
Rasheed said the operation would be conducted without any political, cultural or some other sort of discrimination. Those found guilty would not be spared at all, however influential they may be or whichever segment they belonged to, he warned. To a question, he said the government would explore all options and utilise all resources against the criminals and gangsters to restore peace in the port city.
On the other hand Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar defended his party’s demand for deployment of the army. Talking to media persons in Karachi on Saturday, he asked that if the Rangers could be called to protect Karachi, why the army could not be called.
He said that Rangers had been in the city to provide protection for 22 years but the situation has worsened over time. “I am not saying that the Rangers are partial, but certain expediencies don not let them do their job.”
Sattar said it was dreadful that when the dispersed people of Katchi community return home they are welcomed with bombs, bullets and rockets. He said that under these conditions when the citizens aare on the mercy of terrorists, only army could control the situation and provide protection to the people. He said they would take any decision about attending the special session of the federal cabinet on September 3 after consultation.