Karachi violence: Peace to be restored at all costs, says Malik

Published: August 3, 2011
Police, rangers have failed to maintain law and order as 300 individuals die during the month of July. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

Police, rangers have failed to maintain law and order as 300 individuals die during the month of July. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said peace in Karachi will be restored at all costs and stern action will be taken against those involved in target killings, Express 24/7 reported on Wednesday.

Malik was speaking to the media after a meeting at the Crisis Management Cell in Karachi. The meeting, which discussed the situation in the city, was attended by Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Intepector General Sindh, Acting Director General Rangers and other high-ranking officials.

(Read: Violence continues in Karachi; 200 killed in July)

The interior minister, who was leaving for Islamabad, acknowledged Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain’s reservations and said action was being taken to restore peace in the city.

He said a number of people had been arrested and weapons recovered from the city.

MQM chief calls on people to ration food for a month

MQM chief Altaf Hussain, considering ongoing target killings and violence in Karachi, has called on the people to ration food for at least a month.

Hussain lashed out at the government and law enforcement agencies, and said that they have failed to control law and order in Karachi.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Aug 3, 2011 - 1:31PM

    Another of his statements !!!Giving statements is the only thing he can do!!!


    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:02PM

    At the cost of what, more killings ??


  • Haider
    Aug 3, 2011 - 2:03PM

    At all costs ????
    Are 20 bodies of innocent Pakistanis are not enough?
    And this is happening for the last 3 years.
    What more cost you want Mr. Malik?


  • Aug 3, 2011 - 2:04PM

    Rehman Malik and his govt has failed in bringing peace in Karachi, that’s not how you mange a city which is above 20 million in population


  • Aug 3, 2011 - 2:41PM

    under the power game,
    target killing is continued,
    poor and helpless people are dying
    that is a our politics and justice.


  • Aug 3, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Peace shall get restored after all the trash is thrown away from the top management!


  • Aug 3, 2011 - 2:46PM

    That “at all costs” line is about as irresponsible as it gets. Yes, drastic measures should be permitted. But that wording is dangerous. The effort should have been taken to be a bit more exact. That effectively gives them shoot-on-sight permission, regardless of what is in their sights be it militant, fellow officer, children and other innocents. They technically are permitted to spray bullets in any direction without discrimination and are not required to use strategy at all. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have a considerable amount of freedoms because of what is being dealt. It isn’t a very common scenario, which can justify special measures. What I am saying is, instead of giving a media friendly one liner with high probability to backfire such as that, there could be some specific terms set which would not require a whole lot of effort. Even just some vague guidelines needing to be followed for judging who is or isn’t a candidate for a bullet to the face would be enough.


  • too bakaro
    Aug 3, 2011 - 5:21PM

    How does comments such as “rations for a month” help anything other than cause greater panic and in the city which is merely to give parties more leverage against each other for personal gains.

    Allah will be knocking on your door for hisaab very soon. lets not forget thatRecommend

  • Aug 3, 2011 - 5:36PM

    There is chess game,
    gamers are sitting around and playing,
    killing each other ” mooray” including poor and innocent
    it is being done deliberately for more violence and unrest,
    so it needs crucial operation.

    The question before is that,
    who is fit for such operation,
    I would say herein,Pak Armed Forces ,
    it would remained long live.


  • Prayerer.
    Aug 3, 2011 - 6:00PM

    For better governance I request the president to make following changes: Faisal Raza Abidi should be the PM. Dr Zulfikar Mirza should be the Foreign Minister and Hina Rabbani Khar should be CM, Sindh. My suggestion may not appeal to some people but I’m sure the president will know the wisdom in it.


  • Fawad
    Aug 4, 2011 - 12:32AM

    @ Prayerer – It is apt to say that ancestral idiocy is the salient trait of your lineage


  • Shahid
    Aug 4, 2011 - 3:27AM

    He is a joker, nothing more.


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