HYDERABAD: Sindh information minister Sharjeel Memon has rejected the need of a military operation in Karachi, saying such operations did not produce results in the past as well. He was speaking at a press conference in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Memon linked the violence and targeted killings in Karachi with foreign intervention, saying a “third force” was deliberately creating trouble in the financial headquarters of the country. “Pakistan is an atomic power. They can’t fight with us directly.”
Responding to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s criticism of the Sindh government for failing to control violence in Karachi, Memon claimed that the Punjab province had a higher crime rate than any other province. “[In Punjab], a gang rape is reported after every 41 hours. There were over 10,000 kidnapping for ransom cases last year. The crime rate is higher by 16% as compared to the rest of the provinces combined.”
Memon also questioned why the 35 “hardened criminals” who were released on parole by the previous government were never summoned by the judges, who were hearing their cases. “The politicians and police are blamed for releasing these criminals but no one says a word about the judges who never summoned them,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2012.