National Assembly passes MQM’s deweaponisation resolution

Published: November 20, 2012
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ANP, JUI and PML-N oppose resolution to deweaponise the entire country.  PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ANP, JUI and PML-N oppose resolution to deweaponise the entire country. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

The National Assembly passed a deweaponisation resolution on Tuesday presented by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), reported Express News.

The resolution was presented by MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar and was opposed by Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).

ANP had opposed the resolution as the party wanted to deweaponise Karachi only while the MQM opted for deweaponisation of the entire country.

The ANP had moved a motion in the Senate earlier seeking effective measures from the government to deweaponise Karachi in view of the prevailing law and order situation.

Dr Sattar, speaking to the media after the NA session, said that the problem of terrorism should be rooted out from the country. “Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and all places where innocent Pakistani are being killed will be cleansed [through deweaponisation].”

The MQM leader expressed hope that the deweaponisation bill, which the MQM presented in January 2011, will also be approved.

He said that the first step in deweaponisation would be to hunt down the factories of weapons and then the sellers – whether they are inside or outside the country – and take action against them.

“We have invited all political parties to come onboard for the sake of national interest,” he added.

The issue of military operations in Karachi and deweaponisation sprang up after a recent bomb blast that took place near an imambargah in Karachi.

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  • Nov 20, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Germans enforced gun control before the Holocaust. We all know it didn’t turn out well for Jewish people.

    Looks like Pakistanis will be getting Iraq or Libya style invasion in coming years.

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  • liaqat ali
    Nov 20, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Is this a ploy to avoid deweaponization of Karachi? I think so.Still, I would say yes.But start from karachi and go up quickly.

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  • Uza Syed
    Nov 20, 2012 - 2:35PM

    What a stupid stand?! Just deweaponize Karachi, why not the whole country? Why would anyone in her/his right mind want to oppose such a good idea, it’s beyond me. I support MQM and its leadership on this wise resoluton, let us deweaponize our country completely. Deweaponization of the whole country is the only way, you just can’t deweaponize one city in isolation, how can you, does the city exist in a closed box protected by some kind of firewalls? I as a citizen of Pakistan from Karachi would just not go along with people and parties like ANP & Nawaz Muslim League etc. to take away my gun whereas the rest of the country is free to have whatever weapons they wish to carry and use, which could be easily brought to my city and target me and my loved ones for whatever reasons. Thank you for your this ‘sincere gesture’ to deweaponize me and render me helpless, thank you really, but no not with me sirs!

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  • H.A. Khan
    Nov 20, 2012 - 2:41PM

    De-weponise the entire country and let there be peace and security

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  • Hu
    Nov 20, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Its is a great idea. And why restrict it to Karachi. The whole country is flooded with arms. Are these weapons not freely available in KPK as well. Are there innocent llives not being lost there?

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  • Salman Nisar
    Nov 20, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Very Smart Move by MQM….check & Mate !

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  • Something Clever
    Nov 20, 2012 - 4:31PM

    It sounds nice.
    But can you really imagine the people you have to worry about actually complying? Succeeding in taking their weapons involves…
    1. Finding out where they hide
    2. Raiding the house while they shoot at you
    3. You arrest them
    4. You search for weapons and confiscate them
    5, They’re released

    That sounds awfully familiar to what happens already. It’s still not a bad idea, in theory. But it’s absolutely nothing that will stop much of anything that actually inspired the action.

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  • Mubashir
    Nov 20, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Ya… And that was a call for all Illegal weapon to go underground….. take that in your face! To bad .. The only loser is Pakistan …l again.

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  • AA
    Nov 20, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Though I don’t see MQM’s stance being completely objective, I must admit that their point makes sense

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  • Ali Ashfaq
    Nov 20, 2012 - 4:57PM

    They make sure DeWeaponization in Karachi not to happen at any cost Recommend

  • ab
    Nov 20, 2012 - 5:02PM

    we all know that nothing significant will be done and this is all topi drama. people getting caught and then released on phone calls will not solve any problem. the whole system needs to be changed.

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  • Naeem
    Nov 20, 2012 - 5:39PM

    MQM does NOT want to deweaponize?! BTW I treat urdu speaking and Mohajirs of Sindh Pakistanis just like anyone else. Please get rid of this divide!Recommend

  • Nov 20, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Take the start from Karachi where people are being killed on daily basis for no obvious reasons and the killers escape with out any problem. We should focus our attention and consolidate our resources to deweaponise Karachi because it is economic hub and centre of Pakistan. It absolutely does not make any sense that you do not haver writ of the govt in the most populous city of the country while there are examples of countries where they do not have effective control of some inaccessible rural areas but a complete control of the urban cities. So start from Karachi once we deweaponise this Mega city then it should be followed by other cities and then rural areas. This is simply an excuse of MQM to avoid operation in karachi. Recommend

  • Kashif Dada
    Nov 20, 2012 - 5:51PM

    first off, there is no urban or rural region in pakistan where we see corpse in gunny bags everyday, extortion by political parties, animals hides being snatched, land grabbers with political patronage, so most effected area should be cleaned first,

    secondly, weapon doesnt shoot on its own, there is a criminal mind behind the trigger that pulls it who should be taken care of

    3rd; illeagal weapons should be confiscated across the country but what if some1 kills with liscenced weapon and with a political patronage (still a lethal combination)

    and least but not least; weapons making factories is an industry and this world needs weapons for good reasons too, Turkey has one of the bigegst local weapons making industry but does it have what we see in KHI?

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  • S K Afridi
    Nov 20, 2012 - 5:53PM

    MQM knows that it is just not possible to deweaponize the entire country, hence no deweaponization of Karachi Recommend

  • Candid 1
    Nov 20, 2012 - 5:55PM

    @Jewcifer:
    Keep your wet dreams to yourself, we are not iterested in your pervert fantasies.

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  • Nov 20, 2012 - 5:58PM

    @H.A. Khan:
    @Hu:
    @Salman Nisar:
    @Uza Syed:
    Well said and well placed comments.
    Deweaponize the entire country and for once take the task seriously. All the weapons in the country emanate from the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. The reason, it is their cultural inheritance to move around with weapons. In Darra Adamkhel, you have the largest arms bazaar in the country and that is from where the flow of weapons started in the first instance. Now from every nook, corner, and rat’s hole a weapon is trickling and gushing into Pakistan, especially Karachi. If the rest of the country is not fed up of fighting and killing each other and want to deweaponize Karachi, it is suggested you look inside your own shirt. Surely, the citizens of Pakistan want peace and stability so they can go ahead with life. If they are not, well at least, I am. Salams

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  • Khawar
    Nov 20, 2012 - 6:05PM

    If MQM workers are unarmed, peace loving, law abiding citizens, why do they fear clean up operation?

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  • LOK
    Nov 20, 2012 - 6:12PM

    . Obviously they will oppose such a move. And if this ever happens them it has to start from North and work its way down to Karachi. MQM and Karachiites will not accept the other way round. Take it or leave it. Recommend

  • True pciture
    Nov 20, 2012 - 6:18PM

    @Jewcifer:
    what a stupid analogy! Pakistan is no Iraq nor Libya, no one would dare such an adventure, look how the super power (US) got a bad beating in Iraq & not to forget Afghanistan :) Iraq had a very weak army & Afghanistan had no army & still they are able to kick out the invaders. Pakistan has way better army than both these countries so your wish can never become true, sorry :) P.S you were way off the topic!!!

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  • True pciture
    Nov 20, 2012 - 6:24PM

    I think we better start from Karachi since more people died there compared to KPK, Baluchistan & Punjab combined in this year !!! startling fact isn’t it? and we thought that KPK was unsafe but its the truth, over thousand people have been killed this year in Karachi alone. Government should make it sure that people’s lives are secured in Karachi & should start a clean up operation asap, across the board, to apprehend the killers. Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Blogger
    Nov 20, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Good job MQM, ix.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Nov 20, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Clever move by the MQM to stretch the law to such a degree. The kind of wanton carnage taking place in Karachi puts even Balochistan and Waziristan to shame. Karachi first, the rest of the country can follow.Recommend

  • Nov 20, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Yes, Deweaponize the entire country without any discrimination, not only Karachi.!!

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  • Kashif Dada
    Nov 20, 2012 - 6:53PM

    @Kashif Dada:
    couldnt be more precise than this

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  • Dr Asif
    Nov 20, 2012 - 7:51PM

    The problem of terrorism should be rooted out from the country. “Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and all places where innocent Pakistani, then why just in karachi? Deweaponize the entire country and for once take the task seriously. All the weapons in the country emanate from the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. The reason, it is their cultural inheritance to move around with weapons. In Darra Adamkhel, you have the largest arms bazaar in the country and that is from where the flow of weapons started in the first instance.

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  • Sam
    Nov 20, 2012 - 10:34PM

    Point is, why wound you need a weapon?

    I dont recall seeing any news where people used their weapons for self-defence so obviously they are misused.

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  • Blogger
    Nov 20, 2012 - 11:02PM

    @Editor:
    Why amendment made to my comments. My original comment was “Good idea MQM, if cancer is in a finger, cut down the whole body

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  • Blogger
    Nov 20, 2012 - 11:04PM

    @Dr Asif:
    Sir, weapon is extensively used in Karachi, and not in other parts of country. dozens killed on daily basis. Well why not MQM said the same thing for the whole country, when they were demanding operation in N.Waziristan after malala attack.

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  • The Reader
    Nov 20, 2012 - 11:17PM

    When attack on Malala in Swat, they demanded operation only in N.Waziristan, and when Karachities demanded DE-weaponize the city, they cry “Why only Karachi, why not the whole Pakistan???” isse kehte hen Khulla tazzaad :D

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 8:00AM

    @Candid 1:
    Iraqis said that too.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 8:02AM

    @True pciture:
    Apparently there is a need to watch international current affairs program called news.

    It starts with sanctions, media subversions and when countries are nice tendered up boots on the ground comes.

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  • Nov 21, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Yess De Weaponise Pakistan …Why Only Karachi ??
    MQM We Are With You

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