KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said that the Sindh Cabinet had unanimously decided to conduct targeted surgical operations in nine troubled areas of Karachi.
Addressing a press briefing in Karachi following the exhaustive Sindh Cabinet meeting with the Prime Minister, Memon said that it had been decided to conduct targeted operations in nine troubled districts of Karachi.
Memon added that the Prime Minister had also held discussions with coalition partners and hoped that the operation would bear positive results. He added that the operation would take action across the board and would be free of any influence from individuals or political parties.
Allegations by the MQM
Memon deplored the allegations levelled by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement against the PPP calling them “baseless” and being “fed” from some sources. He termed the call by MQM leaders to provide protection to one segment of the society as unreasonable.
The Information Minister said that the PPP did not indulge in name calling or levelling allegations against coalition members and allied parties, neither did it believe it was its policy to indulge in extortion, forcibly collecting Zakat, Fitra and animal skins.
In response to a question, Memon said that if any member of People’s Party had called MQM a terrorist organisation then the party would take strict disciplinary action against such a member.
PPP against criminals
Memon said the PPP government had taken action against criminals including Rehman Baba and Arshad Pappu.
The Minister added that target killers who had been arrested were subject to a neutral investigation which included teams comprising members of the ISI, Military Intelligence, and other law enforcing agencies.
He added that the government and even the journalist community was aware of when and where the tradition of bodies stuffed in gunny bags started. And which where from did weapons started arriving in Karachi and under whose patronage.
Memon said that the PPP did not support terrorist organisations neither did it support arming its party members.
Memon urged the media to desist from reporting unsubstantiated stories. He urged them to report responsibly and after verification of facts.
Memon said that they would release videos which disclose the truth about concocted news stories.
Altaf calls for Gilani’s resignation
Responding to a question about Altaf Hussain calling for PM Gilani’s resignation, Memon said that they respected the views of the MQM chief. However he said that calls for resignation should have also come when there was an operation on the Lal Masjid and when Akbar Bugti was killed.
Earlier, it was learnt that the the Prime Minister had given his approval for a targeted operation in Karachi.
According to a statement reportedly made by Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan, nine locations had been identified for a first phase of the operation to restore peace in Karachi. Wassan said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had given his approval for the operation which does not involve any action from the army, The Express Tribune understands.
The Sindh Cabinet which held a meeting with the PM over the worsening law and order situation has decided to use Police and Rangers to take action against criminals across the board. Wassan said that the Prime Minister was briefed over the complex tussle between the extortionists, target killers and the land and drug mafia.
Meanwhile the government has decided not to interfere with MQM’s call for a day of mourning on Tuesday.
A press briefing is expected shortly.
MQM chief calls for Gilani’s resignation
MQM chief Altaf Hussain has called for Prime Minister Gilani to resign since he has failed to protect the people.
He said that Gilani's government had failed to provide protection to the people of Karachi and especially the Urdu-speaking community.
Gilani chairs Sindh Cabinet meeting over Karachi
Prime Minister, directed the provincial government and the heads of law enforcement agencies to take stern and indiscriminate action against the culprits who had made the city unsafe for the people. "This is unacceptable and the culprits must be brought to justice by awarding them exemplary punishment," he added.
The Prime Minister made it clear that the situation in the city had to be brought under control.
He urged the coalition partners and other stakeholders to jell together and extend their full support to the law enforcement agencies which were fully committed to protect the lives and properties of the citizens.
The Prime Minister said that the law enforcement agencies were fully capable of delivering effectively with the full backing of all stakeholders.
Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Shah were also present in the cabinet meeting.
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In a democratic setup, the deployment of the military in Karachi is not necessarily the best way to go about tackling the problem. It could have the potential not only of undermining democracy but challenging the capabilities of the civilian government to tackle tough law and order situations. Under the circumstances, the government’s decision to empower and support the law enforcement agencies is welcoming an wise. In the first phase of the targeted operation the FC personnel and Rangers would be deployed in the front ranks and the provincial police would back them up. Intelligence agencies would also be made proactive. The criminals identified in the lists prepared by the secret agencies would be moved against first and then the operation would be extended to other areas. Those blaming Pakistan peoples party for not invitingmilitary to control blazing Karachi should not forget the dire consequences of 1992 operation. Rather than Govt is focusing to gather intelligence and information and then conduct targeted operations against the miscreants. An army action in Karachi would mean the collective failure of the political forces to manage the affairs of the country satisfactorily. Experience shows that when the MQM was rehabilitated by the very same establishment that tried to quell it by military force in 1992, Karachi was laid open to the very risks the military operation was intended to do away with.
@aliya: I concur your view, PPP can not win back Karachi by force; let the popular memebers of Karachi to run its affairs - though by remaining within constitutional limits.
What were they doing before? It is to be seen that this so called surgical operation be completed or be it only of words.
He is 100% right, we are with you PPP if you done your job fairly ...
No operation, nothing new, will happen. Its just blackmailing in the backdrop of the deadlock in negotiations with the MQM. PPP will never go after its own proxies, PAC, ANP, etc. http://karachitargetkilling.wordpress.com/
But he said,if any member of People’s Party had called MQM a terrorist organisation then the party would take strict disciplinary action against such a member.
I am sure,bargaining between them is expected,hundred percent expected,you will see.
@Hedgefunder: PM Gilani did not do anything up till now to stop the genocide in Karachi for two reasons: one because he is not capable to do anything, and secondly, to quote Anna Hazare: "sarkar ki niyat saaf nahi hai."
LOL !!! So now its time to play more games with PM's statement !!! Surgical Operations!!! So what took you so long to conduct these??? You obviously knew that Army was not an option under consideration, so why did you not move to have this new operation under plan and implemented earlier??
late but right ....good decesion
On media they have disclosed the locations as well where operation has to be conducted so that terrorist can have ample time to flee hide outs.
If democracy really existed, the Chief Minister of Sindh would be the final authority to "approve" an operation in his province, not the Prime Minister since, especially after the 18th Amendment, law and (dis)order are provincial subjects. Furthermore, I welcome the launch of an operation; time will tell if it's of any benefit though. If done sincerely, we'll be seeing a lot of MQM, ANP and PPP activists behind bars...somehow, I feel the PPP will come out squeaky clean and ensure a complete lack of legitimacy. Calls for the resignation of the PM are quite justified. The CM should also be asked, and pressured, to resign as well for a complete lack of interest and ability to deliver.
The Prime Minister has given the "green light" to begin "targeted operations." What does the term "targeted operations" actually mean? Anyhow, the federal government apparently has decided to conduct such operations against those the political parties can no longer control. These "sacrificial lambs," the rogue elements, and the rest of the armed hooligans, after all, are the creation of the three major parties in Karachi vying for ultimate power and influence. The government will use force to stamp out those who use force. Violence begets only violence.
Why doesnt govt use hi tech weapons and modern technology like google earth etc. For sucessful operation. May they succeed!
hmmmm.....we all should migrate to Somalia...its more peaceful now
Instead mqm chief should cooperate with the govrnment. Guess.. the timing of mqm's black day has some link wid the govts planned operation?!