Sindh provincial minister Manzoor Wassan has categorically denied that the Pakistan Peoples Party has any militant wing while talking to the media at this office.
He said that the PPP is still the largest and the most popular party of the country and it must be given credit for completing its tenure and smoothly transferring power to the next government.
Wassan said that the Sindh government is discharging its duties under the able leadership of Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and all efforts are being made to restore peace in Lyari. He further said that those involved in land grabbing, extortion and extremism were behind the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi and it is the collective responsibility of the of the provincial as well as the federal intelligence agencies to help maintain law and order. He blamed the establishment for not providing the political forces the opportunity to play their due role, which, he said, has resulted in the problem of terrorism and ethnic and sectarian strife.
Lauding the role of Sindh police, he said that police personnel have rendered remarkable services and sacrifices while performing their duty in Karachi and appealed to the people to assist the government in eliminating anti-state elements.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2013.