KARACHI: Rejecting claims of conducting armed operations only in Lyari, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said security personnel have also raided offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other political parties, Express News reported on Monday.
Speaking to media outside Bilawal House in Karachi, Malik said that if there are no criminals hiding in Lyari, then the residents of the area should let police and rangers enter their houses and see it themselves.
“Police would not shower flowers if they are attacked with hand grenades,” Malik added.
He further said that security forces will continue to strive for restoration of peace in Karachi.
Committee to monitor law and order situation
President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said lawlessness and targeted killings in the city could end if the three major political parties – the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party, joined hands.
Chairing a meeting of the allied parties at the Bilawal House, Karachi, the President also directed setting up a committee comprising representatives of the three parties to have constant liaison with the Sindh Chief and Home Ministers. He said it would help remove any misgivings about ‘operations’ against law breakers, extortionists and target killers.
The committee will comprise six-members, with representation from all government coalition partners, will be formed to monitor the law and order situation in Karachi. The decision was taken during the meeting chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday.
Measures to control the deteriorating law and order situation in the city were discussed during the meeting, which was held at Bilawal House.
The MQM delegation was led by Farooq Sattar, ANP by the party’s Sindh president Shahi Syed and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.
ANP’s Syed, while speaking to the media after the meeting, said that the new committee will monitor suspects arrested during security operations, and will also look into more operations with the approval of all political parties.
The meeting was attended by Malik, Agha Siraj Durrani, Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, Rafiq Engineer and PPP leader Faisal Raza Abidi.