Karachi suo motu: MQM welcomes Supreme Court verdict

MQM says it has directed all units and sectors to take action against any miscreants in the party.

Express October 06, 2011

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement Committee (MQM) Rabita Committee on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) verdict in the Karachi suo motu case and vowed to respect and uphold the decision.

A statement from the MQM said that the party was grateful to the chief justice of Pakistan and the bench for acting to protect the lives and property of the people of Karachi. The committee says the Supreme Court decision will help maintain peace in the city.

The MQM said it has directed all units and sectors to take action against any miscreants in the party.

The party has invited all stakeholders in the city to come forward and work to maintain peace in the city.

Earlier, the court had announced the verdict in the case and had ruled out a ban on the MQM.

The court had slammed the Sindh Government for failing to take effective measures against target killings and extortion.

The chief justice quoted reports of intelligence agencies saying that some criminal groups had political backing and that such elements had become part of political parties.


Naveed | 10 years ago | Reply

No one has tried to read deeper into the Supreme Court’s verdict on Karachi’s law and order problem. It seems politically correct to shower praise on the verdict praise it. The verdict, however, fails to address the real causes of intense violence the residents of Karachi have been subjected to for years. The Supreme Court held a suo motu hearing on the Karachi violence because the judges had been worried over the matter. They should be praised for it. This writer believes that any constructive criticism of the Karachi verdict will be taken in good faith by the judges. The verdict says that the violence in Karachi is not ethnic but a result of conflict between groups over economic, social and political interests. This is a tricky observation. In Karachi, there are no economic or social no-go areas. There are, for instance, Pathan or Mohajir no-go areas, i.e. ethnic no-go areas. Ethnicity and political economy in Karachi are so deeply intertwined that they cannot be isolated. The Supreme Court verdict has referred to economic, social, and political interests. However, it did not put the right perspective i.e. the ethnic perspective on it. A glaring omission from the verdict is the Court’s failure to mention the purely religious-sectarian factor in Karachi violence. One is puzzled to note that the verdict makes no significant mention of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and the Taliban that are playing havoc with the lives of innocent people in Karachi.

Adnan Siddiqui | 10 years ago | Reply It is good that the Supreme Court's decision is respected by some parties but I see that there are a few parties like ANP and Jamat-e-Islami who are not respecting the Supreme Court decision.
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