Kingri House special: ‘No time for agar, magaar, Mash’Allah and Insha’Allah - it is time for martial law’

AML chief claims he met the PML-F leader to ask him to join the federal opposition.


Express August 22, 2011

KARACHI: The army will not only maintain law and order in the city but will impose marital law as well, said Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara on Monday.

After a meeting with Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at Kingri House, Pagara told the media that there was no time for “Agar, magar, Mash’Allah and insha’Allah”. “It is time for martial law,” he said. “People who used to criticise me over the demand to call the army to the city will now support my point of view.” The AML chief claimed that as there was no opposition party in the country, he had come to Karachi to persuade Pagara to join him.

The PML-F chief predicted that the situation in Karachi would worsen by next month and September would prove to be the nastiest month of the year. He demanded that the capital of Pakistan should be relocated to Karachi in order to solve one problem. “The president has invited the Muttahida Qaumi Movement to rejoin the government but no one knows what the consequences could be,” he said. Ahmed claimed that the MQM and Pakistan Peoples Party had been using the Sindh and Mohajir cards but once the army took over the city they would only worry about ration cards. Speaking about PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, he said that people did not believe him when he claimed that Sharif’s future was bleak and that he would not play an important role in politics. He commented on the suo motu notice taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the recent target killings and claimed that no tangible result would be reached.

Ahmed claimed that the killings were making lives miserable. He added that the people were burying their loved ones rather than going out for Eid shopping. “The people are not seeking the chief justice’s help, they are looking towards the chief of army staff instead,” he said.

Pagara added that the Sindhi nationalists should avoid dreaming because they would not win seats in the elections.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd,  2011.

COMMENTS (26)

Abbas | 10 years ago | Reply he comes up with insane ideas from time to time just to stay in the news ! he should always be ignored... army has enough engagement already on our borders and tribal areas, and its place is to safegaurd our borders. Police and related infrastructure needs to be strengthened to have a better law and order situation. And most importantly if we all Pakistanis have some brains then we should not elect the same politicians again who cannot protect us from terrorism.
Scholar | 10 years ago | Reply

The current democratic setup failed because last elections were held by musharraf. We know that 45% voters were bogus. We need a new democratic government and not a martial law. The army should only help in holding fair elections. Martial laws can never solve our problems. Dont test what is already tested many times.

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