Army operation in Karachi not a permanent solution: Imran Khan

Published: August 25, 2011
Imran Khan demands that the federal government impose Governor's Rule in Sindh.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Imran Khan demands that the federal government impose Governor's Rule in Sindh. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that an army operation in Karachi is not a permanent solution.

Imran Khan demanded that the federal government impose Governor’s Rule in Sindh.

“I have always opposed military operations,” said the PTI chief.

He added that a military operation in Karachi is as effective as “treating cancer with a Disprin”.

“If I was governor I could end the violence in three months,” he added.

Ameer Syed Munawwar Hassan of the Jamaat-e-Islami said his party cannot support the deployment of army in Karachi either, claiming that such a move will worsen the situation.

Talking to the media at Lahore Press Club, he said a solution without the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) should be pursued to restore peace in Karachi.

Munawwar Hassan said the MQM had been a part of the government for the last ten years and accused its leaders of disturbing peace in Karachi.

He said that August 26 will be marked as a day of solidarity all over the country to express sympathies with the people of Karachi.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Sana Baig
    Aug 25, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Its so easy to talk Imran Khan. Kindly just deal with MQM face to face and I will see where you land. Even Indians leaders dont have a quick solution for every insurgency. Are you better than Congress of India??. One more thing ‘Why you woke up after things are in control’. Same old dirty politics, playing in hands of others.


  • faraz
    Aug 25, 2011 - 11:57AM

    If military operation is like treating cancer with disprin, then what would be the equivalent of a surgical operation? Atomic bomb?


  • Why not
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Regardless, Army is the solution now. . . . . Karachi is in shambles and it does not have months or days to fix it. It needs drastic steps by the Army. It is too late for politicians to talk and think and plan. . . .they had all the time. Karachi is experiencing a genocide and in all fairness Army should step in. The Karachi public will welcome it with a big sigh of relief!The politicians need to welcome and cooperate with the Army for the sake of humanity and national security. Pakistan zindabad!!


  • Aamir
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:10PM

    MQM need blood to lift its graph. The same is true for PPP and ANP.


  • zia ur rehman
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:25PM

    no doubt. he is right. There were similar military operation before in karachi, but peace could not be ensured for much longer. Only depoliticized police, with the help of intelligence agencies can solve problem of karachi!!!!


  • Adeel Ahmed
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:29PM

    @Sana Baig Yes its easy to talk but it is always initially thoughts and words which later transformed into actions, so please do not criticize those who talk and give suggestions as it shows that they are concern. However, criticism is for those who have authority and unable to exercise it.

    Second, Yes Imran Khan is better than congress, if you have gone through the history of congress politics.

    Thirdly, you are living in fool’s paradise if you believe that things are in control. In UK, more than 1000 were arrested and hundreds been trialled and in Karachi 20-30 people arrested and I bet these are just suspected, so it means that only this amount of people are involved in Karachi disturbance. Things will only be controlled when action will be taken without political intereference.

    and by the way Imran Khan is always very vocal against the violence in politics specially in Karachi.



  • arif khan
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:29PM

    the army should not come in karachi.after the lasta successful operation in the 90’s all the police officers who participated in the operation were brutally investigation ,no media outcry over the shahadat of these police officers has ever taken place.
    the army was badmouthed,criticised,portrayed as the villains,a propaganda film was made in which the army was shown as the villains killing innocent karachiites when everyone in karachi knows that the thugs and gangstes were killed in the operation.
    why should the army come again? it will again be villified by our media as killing people in coldblood and why should the rangers take strict action after what was done to them by the media and judiciary after the sarfraz shah incident.shah was a criminal having a fake pistol,saying ‘meri majboori thi’ and yet still the media went after the rangers.the karachi based media will do the same thing if the army comes in karachi again.
    the army should realise that it is in its best interest not to come to karachi as the people of karachi will only criticise them for targetting one ethnic community and the media will portray them as the aggressors and occupiers of karachi.


  • Raheem Idrees
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Agree totally with Khan.


  • moeed
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:43PM

    @sana baig
    the issue is not over yet this is what happened before and it is happening now aswell the issue has been resolved temporarly and until a permanent solution is found i think the problem will come back again. about ur point about imran khan he was saying about this issue before aswell and he is criticizing the bad governance of government now aswell.


  • moeed
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:45PM

    @Sana Baig just look at the ET post on 21 august when imran said that he feared and economic meltdown. so plz get the right information before saying anything.


  • Aug 25, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Imran Khan and Jamat-e-Islami chips of the same block with no vote bank and no constituency and blames every evil to US,UK and always point their fingers at wrong places


  • xOYA
    Aug 25, 2011 - 12:51PM

    All say the same if i was this if i was that
    & when they get the Power they Forget Alll they said


  • muhammad babar
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:03PM

    @arif khan:

    yes,i saw this propaganda film on a local karachi channel and it showed the persons dying holding a party’s flag and the pakistani soldiers were portrayed as the bad guys.why would the army want to come into karachi again after what karachi did to them the last time? all the hatefilled propaganda in the media against the pakistani army and the castigation of them.the army should not come into karachi as it will be used as an excuse to call in the international community and we’ll have an East timor or libya like situation in which the americans and NATO will be called in to save a particular ethnic group.
    we have already seen a trailer of this in recent press conferences and speeches in which india and the international media were addressed to take notice of the violence in karachi.the army should not fall into this trap.


  • Baloch
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:09PM

    @Sana Baig:
    Dear in my opinion India and Pakistan are 2 different societies interestingly sharing some common problems( corruption, extremism/ Terrorism, Poverty).
    In short Pak surviving for its survival against the Forces from inside and out both where as India enjoing its hegemony in the region !

    In Pakistan the the society mostly is being pulled by multiple strings headed by the power makers(Foreign intervention,Military, Political Parties, Industrialists etc) where as in india its not that complex.

    When you talk about Karachi the problem is political parties ( MQM, PPP and ANP), the people who are the main stake holders in the city who want to dominate via their Ghunda Raaj ! Its all about Power politics.

    My self having no affiliation with any political party am in favour of a crack down and wiping out of terrorist/ armed wings of these political parties who enjoy power more than the Law Enforcement Agencies.

    Furthermore having in view the regrettable History owing to these major political parties and our Confused Military no further chances can be given to these sacred Devils.
    We are left just with Imran Khan who seems to be a genuine person standing out there for a common cause which we all want. So for the next term: YES TO IMRAN KHAN !

    And if the people think Imran Khan can just talk, then mind you all even his talking makes sense .He means what he says, he sticks to his words !! not an hypocrite like our other Leaders !!


  • wah wah
    Aug 25, 2011 - 1:14PM

    “If I was governor I could end the violence in three months” i mean what is his three month mantra for everything? “if i was the pm, i could end terrorism in three months” is another example of the great leader’s obsession with three months. bas karo kaptan bas


  • saleem
    Aug 25, 2011 - 2:49PM

    If i was made ………in three months , why should any one make you anything , who is stopping you to go to Karachi and talk to the stake holders, Who has stopped you to go FATA and stop the drones. Nobody made Anna Hazare anything yet he has got the whole indian establishement on its knees . You have been a politician for the last 20 years, what have you done except a hospital. NS the yellow cabs and now yellow cabs part 2 . AAZ has well …….just about everything


  • rashid
    Aug 25, 2011 - 5:26PM


    How come asking for a depoliticized police system means pointing fingers to wrong places(US, UK)?


  • Abdullah
    Aug 25, 2011 - 7:49PM

    People who are asking for Army operation in Karachi have forgottoen the loss of East Pakistan or they want somethng to happen with Karachi too..Army Operations throughout the world have been unsuccessful.Karachi only option is a Clean Operation by Police under some neutral Governor having no party affiliation..

    Those who are comparing Imran’s efforts with Anna Hazaray are ignorant as they dont even know that Anna Hazaray’s step is a very small step as he just wants a anti-corruption bill to be passed whereas Imran wants the whole system to be revamped..Anna’s movement has been successful as media is showing him 24/7….so when u want to bas someone ,at least have ur facts rightRecommend

  • Aadersh
    Aug 25, 2011 - 8:22PM

    Every time Imran talks he makes some sense…but here I m surprised on few still defending the ruling elite…One thing is very clear all the stake holders of Karachi n ruling coalition in central government(old n new) either r very incapable or not sincere with Pakistan…Certainly YES TO IMRAN KHAN!!


  • Gee haan
    Aug 25, 2011 - 10:57PM

    @arif Khan and muhammed baber – Army should definately take charge of Karachi . . . It is some politicians who along with India always bad mouth the Army and Army should not pay any attention to them. Karachi cannot be sacrificed just to appease certain India and certain politicians. Army should be concerned about Karachi being hijacked by the enemies which include some politcians and foreign terror spy agencies (Indians).
    If you were a common Pakistani citizen, you would understand this, but again you may very well be Indian trolls lacking sympathy for all the mayhem and genocide going on in Karachi and wanting to see the destructive job complete. At this time only the enemies of Pakistan will try to stop or bad mouth the Honorable Army of Pakistan.


  • freeman
    Aug 25, 2011 - 11:42PM

    Those days has gone now. Yasser you living in past. Imran Khan now has now substantial amount of support. Youth will decide who will be the next prime Minister Of pakistan.

    I Imran Khan is the only Leader who can give correct solution of Pkistan’s Problems.


  • bad politicians Dushman
    Aug 26, 2011 - 6:20AM

    Zabardast Imran Khan bol para Humara Hero, Karachi is represented by its own people not waderas Big business men or sardars “sirf Mamooli log” yaha hero ka koi kam nahi only locals can run Karachi, Imran mian One week lalo khet may raho aur wo bhi naaly kay sath, feel the pain, see the struggle and live in local peoples own shoes, A hero like u cant live such lifestyle. Inqlab aya Imran khan may yun murrawat may izafa aur muhabbat may kami.


  • M. A. Changezi
    Aug 26, 2011 - 6:58PM

    @Adeel Ahmed:
    Mr? Khan is over generalizing by saying, if he were the governor he would get things in order within three months. Why not tell us the specifics? What steps would you take, if you were the governor? You never know it might help our crippled government but generalization is something we all can have been doing. God bless us all and Pakistan.


  • isloo boy
    Sep 13, 2011 - 9:15AM

    karachi needs islamabad like honest police


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