No possibility of 'political solution' with Peoples Amn Committee: Malik

Published: May 6, 2012

Says PAC members should 'surrender, prove their innocence and then they will have every right to become politicians.' PHOTO: PID/ FILE

KARACHI: While dismissing speculations about a “political solution” with the members of the banned organisation, Peoples Amn Committee (PAC), Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday that the PAC members “could not be called politicians” and that there was no possibility of drawing them into negotiations.

Speaking to the media during a visit to Lyari, Malik said that they should “surrender, prove their innocence and then they will have every right to become politicians.”

Responding to a suggestion given for handing over the criminals to the Punjab police, the interior minister said that if they thought such an action would save them, they were mistaken. “The Punjab police, too, have to work according to the law,” he said, adding that the constitution does not allow one to commit crime in one district and get prosecuted for it in another.

“If they think that with [Pakistan Muslim League -- Nawaz's chief] Nawaz Sharif’s support they will become leaders or if they think they will be safe under the PML-N umbrella, then they are mistaken. If they have committed a crime and are wanted by the police, then law will take its own course,” he said.

Malik said that that there were some “smart people” in Sharif’s party who would not accept criminals into the PML-N.

The interior minister said that there will only be “targeted operations in Lyari”, adding that the police “did not lose the battle” and in fact, it was his initiative to pull out the forces from Lyari in order to foil criminals’ plans to spread terror in the city.

Malik said that he was widely criticised for the ceasefire, re-positioning the police and giving the miscreants 48 hours to surrender but he did not pay heed to the criticism and that it was “tactical re-positioning”, the results of this strategy were visible now.

The minister said that the names of suspects had been added to the exit control list (ECL).

When asked what would happen after the 48-hour deadline was over, he said, “Don’t think that after 48 hours, we will go and attack with guns. I want to give the people of Lyari a feeling of security.”

“I want them to know that if the Rangers and the police are there, they are there to protect them, not to conduct an operation against them.”

He said that orders for food supply and resumption of electricity in the the neighbourhood had been given and that it will be done within a day or two adding that concerned authorities would assess the damages caused by the operation and the affected would be compensated.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Tariq
    May 6, 2012 - 4:16PM

    What a mess? Mr. Rehman. Your statements changes every minute. No one can trust you. operstion on..operstion off..targetted operation…??. If you know the culprits, if you know the gambling ‘addas’ then why don’t you pick the culprits, close down these ‘addas’…Karachi was a much better place during Mushraff regime. Two key stakeholders are in government and still things are not under control. Recommend

  • H.A. Khan
    May 6, 2012 - 4:32PM

    I am seriously wondering where is Mr Zulfiqar Mirza?

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  • Peer Sain
    May 6, 2012 - 4:32PM

    We must promote co-existence and that will be done by not making statements that hurt our co-citizens. No air time must be given to people who make divisive statements. There is a law of 1860 that is called article 153A , Law of Disaffection, that puts behind bars any body making a statement that creates bad blood between two people.

    I was amazed how come the journalism fraternity, if at all they are journalists, allowed Zulfiqar Mirza’s outburst 24×7 which were nothing but the wailing of a demented illiterate person. He did not give a damn if other’s feelings were hurt and if we was created hatred between people. This hate mongering should stop instead love spreading should start.

    All the culprits should be arrested, tried and punished as per law. We need peace in the city otherwise it will never prosper. And please note if Karachi faiils the entire country fails too.

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  • Chilli
    May 6, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Thanks to PPP for selecting a GEM for this job.Recommend

  • AG
    May 6, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Our leaders seriously need to read Machiavelli : “Man should either be treated generously or destroyed. For small insults he can take revenge, for large ones he cannot.”

    Make up your mind about what needs to be done. Either carpet bomb Lyari or stop giving idiotic statements like “No political solutions possible.” The middle way is just disastrous.

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  • salim
    May 6, 2012 - 6:44PM

    @H.A. Khan:
    He’s probably still calling the shots. Though silently now.

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  • Lyari_awam
    May 6, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Does this same apply for MQM? Is it only Liyari where all criminals reside and what about rest of Karachi? Wikileaks, SC observations and JIT prove that which party in Karachi has organized militant wings, and has accumulated heaps of sophisticated weapons and their politics thrives on violence and hate. Instead of curbing real criminals and deweaponising whole karachi, PPP is taking such decisions to make his partners happy. People of Lyari are nothing but just a goat of scarfice or a bargain chip. In this time of trouble, we are thankful to Sindhi Nationlist leader Jalal Mehmood shah and other Nationlist forces of Sindh and Baloch for raising their voice against extra judicial killing in Lyari.

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  • HADI SAKEY
    May 6, 2012 - 7:56PM

    The Government depends too much on the abilities of Rehman Malik. The problem is that the citizens generally do not trust him and generally his talks are full of sweet talks only. Has he done anything concrete in his last four years career as Interior Minister? It would be advisable if the government places some reliable person to talk to Amn committee.

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  • Peer Sain
    May 6, 2012 - 9:02PM

    I want to ask the separatist Sindies and Baloch if they ever had one single protest against the tyranny of Vaderas and sardars. None. Because they are afraid they will be killed. And these people who never had a demo against these petty tyrants were going to oust the British?

    Thank God somebody struggled and gave their lives for freedom and themselves were left across the border, and we are enjoying the fruits of freedom. These so called nationalist movements can raise their head only and only because the governments are visionless undetermined and weak. If the leadership was so good that it provided good governance could any one talk of separation or azadi? No.

    Yes the action should take place in all places where there is lawlessness and hideouts, where weapons come from far off etc. I think the next obvious target should be Sorab Goth the epicenter of all illegal weapons.

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  • Ali Baloch
    May 6, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @ peer sahb! first the MQM based agenda that these media groups are promoting abt failure of country if karachi fails is just an illusion to gain more attention, country may be dependent to a certain extent on khi but country has lots of other valuable resources, secondly layarians are our baloch brothers and culprits like choudhry aslam and rehman malik are busy serving MQM and supporters form outside country same like we blame on BLA, only thing is rebelians are in Govt and with strong media………… If we wish to regain Pakistan without racism we need o stop operations and start dialogues peacefuly. violence only creates more violence and if US and army can negotiate with taliban and haqqani groups why cant we talk to our own brothers…. Lets Stop pleasing the Gods of bhatta khori and target killers…

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  • Syed Faisal
    May 6, 2012 - 10:10PM

    @Liyari_Awam , not only the nationalist parties , the whole pakistan is with the poor people of Liyari , they have been subjected to worst operation with no result , just to make constituency and give control of Liyari to Arshad Pappo group.

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  • butt jee
    May 6, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Look busy do nothing. Keep it up Malik Sahib.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    May 7, 2012 - 12:55PM

    Syed Faisal

    Defending Drug lords with head money ……….. in the name of ethnicity ………how far can one go .

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  • salim
    May 7, 2012 - 3:41PM

    @Lyari_awam:
    Where did the heavy weapons i.e rocket launchers, grenades, anti aircraft guns etc come from?

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  • Sajida
    May 7, 2012 - 9:33PM

    Lyari is showing all the signs of becoming a slum along the lines of the Latin American/American cities-also full of gangsters.Why is it that poor people are burdened by presence of criminals in their midst?

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  • Raja Islam
    May 8, 2012 - 1:53AM

    @Peer Sain:
    What about Azizabad, Liaqatabad and Lines Area?

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