The leader of the People’s Aman Committee, Zafar Baloch, said that the people who represent Lyari in the Sindh Assembly were part of a conspiracy to malign the neighbourhood and its residents.
The people representing Lyari in the Sindh Assembly include Nabeel Gabol, Rafique Engineer, Saleem Hingoro, and Rafiq Advocate. The animosity between the People’s Aman Committee and Nabeel Gabol is no secret, but Baloch did not draw any distinctions between him and the rest of the representatives. “All of them are working with other individuals in the assembly to harm the people of Lyari,” he said.
Baloch claimed that though Lyari has become a stable neighbourhood, the targeted killing of two football players about a month ago could disrupt the tranquility prevailing in the area. He pointed out that the investigation committee formed by the Home Minister had not made true on its promise to produce results within 48 hours. The People’s Aman Committee also announced that it will organise a protest in front of Bilawal House on January 6, in order to voice its anger at the fact that authorities concerned had not taken any substantial steps to catch the suspects.
“We will not be protesting the way we do at Chief Minister House, Governor House or the Karachi Press Club. We will talk with the same amount of respect with which we speak to our father or grandfather. But we will make sure that the government still takes us seriously.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2012.
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