The Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM- H) is willing to hand over its weapons if the government wants to deweaponise the city, announced the party’s Shamshad Khan Ghauri at a press conference held at the press club on Saturday.
Ghauri said that the government should get rid of all sort of weapons and will be supported by the MQM-H, in every possible manner. “We want to see the city free from weapons and peaceful,” he said and added that the MQM-H held the government responsible for the present law and order situation. The party believes that the government has made it easy for their coalition partner to own and use ammunition. “If they were concerned for the safety of the citizens and their properties then they never should have issued thousands of armed licences for coalition party activists, who use these licenced weapons for extortion and murder,” said Ghauri.
He went on to say that the citizens of Karachi wanted to deweaponise the city in 1992 but were unsuccessful due to an army operation which left the wrong people free. “This time we assure you that when people come out on the streets against arms and ammunition it will be in disciplined manner and they will not retreat before clearing the city from arms,” he said. Ghauri added that while only one per cent of the armed activists believed in armed politics, 99 per cent of Karachi’s people want a weapon-free city.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2011.
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