Foreign elements are involved in the recent spate of terrorism in Karachi and the arrested killers have disclosed during interrogation that they had been trained in India, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Wednesday.
Talking to The Express Tribune he said that it has not been a tradition of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to fight over extortions, contributions, fitrah and sacrificial hides.
“Had this been the case”, he said, “then it would have been visible all over the country as the PPP is the biggest party of the country”.
He said that the arrested assassin Ajmal Pahari had told the joint interrogation team that he had been trained for terrorism in India.
He said that the politics of ‘dead bodies in sacks’ was introduced in the 1990s, while PPP had always been promoting peace.
He said that the situation in Lyari had started deteriorating during the Musharraf regime when, though he was arrested, Rahman Baloch was also allowed to run away. He said that it was during the PPP government when he had been killed in an encounter with the police.
He said that PPP was furthering the process of reconciliation.
He said that some locals were playing into the hands of foreign elements, however, now the law enforcment agencies had been given clear-cut instructions to deter terrorists at all costs.
He said that action was being taken against extortionists, targeted killers, land, drug mafias and other criminal gangs.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2011.