Karachi operation: Security forces zeroing in on militant wings of all parties

Karachi-style operation planned against sectarian groups in Punjab


Kamran Yousaf March 16, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: The ongoing surgical operation in Karachi will not remain confined to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) soon other political parties which are believed to have militant wings will be targeted.

The deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi is the result of an enduring turf war between major political parties, says a recent intelligence report that sheds light on how alleged militant wings of certain political parties have wreaked havoc on Karachi.

The report claims that besides the MQM, other key political parties also have militant wings in the metropolitan city.

The intelligence agencies recommend an across-the-board operation against criminals and militant wings of political parties to restore normalcy in the country’s financial hub.

The ongoing crackdown on criminals by the Rangers was launched in light of the report. “The raid on Nine-Zero is just the beginning ... soon this campaign will target other militant wings,” said a security official.

In response to the Nine-Zero raid, MQM chief Altaf Hussain accused the military of being selective in its approach to deal with the law and order situation in Karachi and the rest of the country.

However, the security official dismissed the allegation and said it had already been decided that all political parties’ militant wings would be disarmed without discrimination. Under the National Action Plan, all non-state groups will be disarmed, he added.

He said that in terms of fighting extremism and terrorism, there was a clear strategic shift in the approach of the current military leadership. “There is a greater realisation now that for too long have we tolerated groups that use violence to further their interests,” said another official.

PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar said his party supported across-the-board action against all criminals, irrespective of their party affiliations. Asked if the PPP has a militant wing in Karachi, Senator Babar said: “All I can say is that there should be an across-the-board operation to restore law and order in Karachi.”

ANP Senator Shahi Syed, however, denied his party had a militant wing in Karachi. “We have given a free hand to the Rangers. If they think our people are involved in any criminal activity, then they should be named and shamed.”

But Syed believes the operation alone is not the answer to the problem. “Unless the Karachi police are depoliticised, the law and order issue will prevail.”

Punjab operation

A similar operation will be carried out in Punjab against sectarian groups inciting violence across the country, said an official. A targeted campaign is already under way but it would be stepped up once the security forces establish the state’s writ in the tribal areas and restore law and order in Karachi, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2015.

COMMENTS (26)

Saeed Minhas | 6 years ago | Reply @Intelektual: I should agree with u at least that rampant terrorism has fled into Karachi from around damaging its face , but should i ask who ruled Karachi for the last two to three decades and the same must be considered for the good or otherwise condition of the business hub of Pakistan; don't u think we can still make it another Singapore but there are certain forces not letting it so. its time we should clean our city from every one and making it 'Roshnion ka shehr' again
Intelektual | 6 years ago | Reply @Viking Star: You need to realize that white collar people are not equipped enough to defend Karachi from the likes of Liyari gang and Taliban ! Ofcourse the people defending the Karachi if not police and para-military had to be small time crooks I am not denying nor defending their criminal pasts but in comparison they are by far the lesser of the evils that endanger Karachi ! The Mafia has never been MQM the mafia is routed through KPK where arms and drugs are a local industry, The Mafia is routed through Baluchistan infamous for Kidnappers and extortionist ! Yes there are bad eggs in MQM that should be cleansed but they misuse their party status.
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