All political parties have weapons, manpower to use them: Wassan

Sindh home minister says all political parties on same page to restore peace in Karachi.

Express August 19, 2011

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan on Friday said that all political parties in Karachi had a stock of weapons and the people to use them, but they were all on the same page when it came to restoring peace in the city.

(Read: Parties react: Political rhetoric heats up as violence spikes again)

Wassan was speaking to the media in Islamabad before attending a meeting summoned by President Asif Ali Zardari on the law and order situation in Karachi.

The home minister ruled out deployment of the army to control the ongoing violence.

He said positive results will be seen in the coming days regarding law and order in the city.

Wassan maintained that action has been taken against miscreants and arrests had also been made.

A city of more than 18 million, Karachi has a long history of violence, and ethnic, religious and sectarian disputes and political rows can often explode into battles engulfing entire neighbourhoods.

Street thugs and ethnic gangs have been used by political parties as foot soldiers in a turf war in a city which contributes about two-third of Pakistan’s tax revenue and is home to ports, the stock exchange and central bank.


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