Nawaz Sharif takes notice of Karachi situation following MQM's demand to deploy army

Nawaz Sharif decided that a meeting will soon be held to determine what parties are in favour of this demand.

Web Desk August 28, 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the situation in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi on Wednesday, Express News reported. The notice comes after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) demanded that the army be deployed in Karachi.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain had demanded army deployment to protect the life and property of the Kutchi community in Lyari. He had clarified that the Constitution allows them to make such a demand.

It has been reported that Sharif has decided that a special cabinet meeting will be held on September 2 or 3 in Karachi to discuss the situation in the city and determine what parties are in favour of this demand.

The Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-General Zaheerul Islam as well as IGs will be called to attend the meeting.

Earlier, major political parties in Sindh rejected MQM's demand to deploy army in Karachi to maintain law and order.

Imtiaz Shaikh of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) had said that his party would not extend any support if the forces are moved in Karachi for law and order. “Police officials should be appointed on merit and given full authority, otherwise no change will take place,” he said.

“It should be examined as to why the situation in Karachi reached a point where the MQM had to make this demand”, said PTI Deputy Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi. However, he did not subscribe to the demand.

Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi chief Mohammad Hussain Mehnati had said that calling the soldiers was not a solution to every problem. The provincial government should end its reconciliation policy and take action against the criminals.


shaziarasheed | 9 years ago | Reply

SIR, kindly kindly look at the "HALAT-E-ZAAR " of jinnah terminal how ugly it has become over the years ,it needs extension ,has no chairs to sit and wait ,needs proper modern cafeteria to have nice clean cup of tea or coffee .thankyou.

Anonymous | 9 years ago | Reply

I think very soon CPLC, the only effective organization in this scenario will be dissolved. A new killing squad will be made with Police in the front, Rangers at the back and Army at a dormant position. No change will take place rather the speed of killing and putting under bars of the opposing political forces will increase. Having no death sentence for the proved killers will just increase number of people joining this profession. Also must cut hands of proven decoits and theives. Abductors be hanged in public. Save Pakistan

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