PM to approve second phase of Karachi operation

Published: March 25, 2015
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ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: As efforts to end lawlessness in Karachi continue, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to approve the second phase of the ongoing targeted operation in the city on Wednesday, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Interestingly, in an unexpected turn of events, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chose to preside over a crucial law and order meeting at the Pakistan Air Force Faisal Base in Karachi, opting out of the usual location for such meetings – either the CM House or Governor House.

Adding to the controversy, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad was not present at the meeting despite having received the premier along with Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah from the airport.

It is reported the governor was not present as the federal government considered the option of removing him from his post following Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s convicted worker Saulat Mirza’s allegations.

Read: Shocking revelations: MQM chief ordered KESC director’s assassination, claims Saulat

However, presiding over the meeting, PM Nawaz said, “I want to see complete peace in Karachi come what may.”

Lauding the Rangers for taking action against criminals and targeted killers in Karachi, the premier said, “The operation must continue till the elimination of the last criminal. We have to bring back the lights of Karachi which economic hub of Pakistan.”

Assuring the Rangers of the federal government’s full support in their operations, Nawaz said, “Pakistan’s economy depends on Karachi, but unfortunately some elements have disrupted the law and order situation. We have to deal with them with iron hands.”

“We will give defeat those elements who want to impose their writ in Karachi and other areas of the country,” he added.

Further, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah briefed the premier regarding the cases referred to military courts.

The premier was informed 369 encounters have taken places and 56 belonging to outfit organisations have been killed.

The issue of removal of barriers also came under discussion and DG Rangers informed the meeting that they have started taking action without any discrimination.

‘Targeting influential MQM leaders’

Earlier, The Express Tribune had learnt Nawaz, who is visiting the city to preside over a meeting on the law and order situation, will be apprised of the law enforcement agencies’ (LEAs) strategy on how to commence the second phase of the crucial operation.

Read: Arrests in Karachi operation: ‘Most criminals have political affiliations’ 

Sources said Rangers had arrested members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) ‘militant wing’ in the first phase while in the second phase, they will target influential leaders involved in target killing, extortion and other crimes. “Well known faces of MQM — in Parliament and in Sindh Assembly — would be investigated,” the sources revealed.

The sources said the LEAs are determined to arrest and punish all those accused of criminal activities in the city in line with the federal government’s commitment to take the Karachi operation to its logical end.

Read: Come what may: Karachi operation will continue, says Nawaz

Speaking about the role of Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari in ensuring peace in Karachi, the sources said both the federal government and Pakistan Army are happy with Zardari. “Playing his cards smartly, Zardari is benefiting from the efforts to restore peace in the city,” they said.

The sources further stated that the federal government and security agencies will also counter MQM’s claims that the operation specifically targets them.

In a meeting with his party lawmakers, the sources said the premier expressed satisfaction over the progress made in the Karachi operation, claiming that there has been considerable reduction in incidents of street crime, kidnapping for ransom and target killing.

“I would personally go to Karachi to get progress updates,” he said.

Separately, PM Nawaz met Corps commander Karachi and DG Rangers to discuss the security situation of Karachi.

‘Operation against criminals’

While addressing a ceremony at the Karachi Stock Exchange, PM Nawaz asserted the Karachi operation was not against any party but against criminals.

“We are not targeting a single party in the operation but we cannot spare any criminal,” the premier said,

PM Nawaz reiterated that before the Karachi operation began, the government consulted all political parties and was not the sole decision-maker.

“We consulted all political parties before launching the Karachi operation and have been successful in curbing crime in the city,” he added.

Further, he said peace is necessary for a prosperous Karachi – the metropolis of Pakistan.

Claiming that the Sindh government was supportive of the operation, Nawaz said, “There has been a decline in criminal activities since the start of the operation.”

PM Nawaz further said armed militias and those responsible for sectarian violence will all be targeted whichever province they are hiding in.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Mar 25, 2015 - 3:21PM

    PPP’s turn now?Recommend

  • Asad Shairani
    Mar 25, 2015 - 3:22PM

    This is great, but why is the operation being restricted to just MQM? If that happens, the MQM will be able to keep the sympathies of the Urdu speaking people with them, something which will eventually reflect in poll results. If you want this to be effective, make it across the board. Recommend

  • AK
    Mar 25, 2015 - 3:23PM

    First thing first. Remove the Governor and investigate his tenure.Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2015 - 3:57PM

    Rangers must target Lyari-PPP and Sohrab Goth-ANP as well. Otherwise, you are giving people an opportunity to symphatize with MQM. This way the government and LEAs will end up as losers.Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 25, 2015 - 4:10PM

    You can approve third and fourth and fifth face in advance

    Urdu speakers will only vote for MQM. Period

    InshAllah new elections will show the same result

    Stooges like Imran Khan and biased parties like PML-N are besharams that were fighting like tribals few weeks back but when it comes to Karachi they all unite.

    What about families of people who died in model town?

    What about PTI workers who died only to be followed by coward doing muk muka?

    That young person will not come back but this 70 year old mummy is enjoying marriage?

    Checking twitter, media, and discussing with friends and family I am getting this input that this has backfired big time. Then again such saazish never works..In the end people don’t like selective justice…if there were issues in MQM right way was to deal it politicallyRecommend

  • masood
    Mar 25, 2015 - 4:27PM

    Long Live Prime Minister of Pakistan for taking such a bold step. This will benefit all Pakistan. We karachiites facing this lawlessness for the last 25 years & these steps will benefit our future generation & even Mr. Asad will be happy to see the change. This was initially started against Aman Committee (militant wing of PPP so called) now spread over to other mischievous elements. JUSTICE JUSTICE & JUSTICE will save our country. Let me remind my dear fellowmen the time is not far when PAKISTAN will be the place of opportunities for other part of the world.Recommend

  • Ifti
    Mar 25, 2015 - 4:35PM

    If the operation is really sincere, the Governor Sindh should have been removed by now. It’s becoming a joke really, all this running around while no one can touch the Governor who has been at the helm during the worst time in Karachi.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Mar 25, 2015 - 4:43PM

    my vote for PML N for life if they remove all such filth from Khi
    that will be tabdeli that PTI could only imagine but not performRecommend

  • Pervaiz
    Mar 25, 2015 - 4:47PM

    It is nice to clear up the mass in Karachi but, one has to start from him home where people have been shot in point blank range and in Model town Lahore but no Low of land activated. is this called hypocrisy.. Recommend

  • Harry
    Mar 25, 2015 - 4:55PM

    @Asad Shairani That is the most non-bias logical comment so far.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:04PM

    @Hasan Askari – hahaha which world do you live in brother? I’ve lived in Bahadurabad Karachi (100% urdu speaking area) for 26 years and I’ve seen the people’s attitude change towards MQM. So many young and aspiring guys I know fell to their false propaganda and had their lives ruined. You know nothing of MQM’s death squads, functioning of Sectors and Units, how they get funding, training etc. I grew up with these guys, saw their lives get destroyed. 90% of the people I know today hate MQM, and I’m only talking about Urdu Speakings. My family, friends, relatives, community members, literally no one supports MQM anymore. Sympathies exist only for people like Faisal Subzwari, Mustafa Kamal etc but everyone is well aware of MQM’s terrorist wing. My uncle nearly had himself killed when he left it, I should know. Oh and btw I’m also an Urdu speaking (grand parents moved from UP India to Karachi), and I’ve never faced any sort of discrimination whatsoever. MQM tries to group all urdu speakers as its vote bank but the reality is it’s not! So please stop your nonsense. Maybe you don’t live in Karachi so you don’t know the ground realities.
    We are very, very happy with the Rangers operation. Please give us our Karachi of the 60s and 70s back, we’re with you! Recommend

  • jami
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:07PM

    The news itself reflects that operation in karachi is MQM specificRecommend

  • Malikpur Janderbari - Abbottabad
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:09PM

    @Hasan Askari: Friend your entire arguments is false also you are using wrong fake id of Hasan Askari, he is reasonable person and never gives such stupid arguments. whereas MQM is concerned it operation is not against MQM operation is against criminals, and these criminals caught from MQM headquarters…, secondly why don’t you pple realize that after this arrest no target killing happened in Karachi, this proves that MQM was behind all this …. now must be accountable for their activities … thousands of innocents brutally killed by these beasts now their turn… don’t cry for these terrorists…let them finish and then Karachi is not going anywhere MQM can do politics in clean Karachi!Recommend

  • SF
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:42PM

    Karachi operation should be done across the board either it is Lyari, Sohrab Goth, 90 or Mangophir, because enough is enough we cannot loose our doctors, Lawyers, Business Man, scholars and every innocent citizen in the name of target killing, extortion, street crimes and bomb blast. Recommend

  • 'A
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:59PM

    & once the operations in Karachi is a success, a similar effort of different dynamics should be launched against the sympathizers of thugs and bandits in KPK who have deliberately adopted an ambivalent approach towards their ideological mentors in TTP. The terrorist apologist perched inside the palatial den at Banigala should be hauled to a military court and tried for treason and being an enemy against the state.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Mar 25, 2015 - 5:59PM

    & once the operations in Karachi is a success, a similar effort of different dynamics should be launched against the sympathizers of thugs and bandits in KPK who have deliberately adopted an ambivalent approach towards their ideological mentors in TTP. The terrorist apologist perched inside the palatial den at Banigala should be hauled to a military court and tried for treason and being an enemy against the state.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Mar 25, 2015 - 6:00PM

    No one is gonna touch Bhai nor Governor neither MQM, because reports are that a deal has been done with the intervention of International players; while same can be seen on ground that the operation drive which was rapidly moving specially after revelations of Saulat MIrza & Adnan Siddiui is now been gradually evaded.
    once again terrorists seems to win and Pakistani Nation seems to loose. Recommend

  • javed mirani
    Mar 25, 2015 - 6:09PM

    @jami:
    @Harry:
    They did a great job exposing Altaf, but army should also go after PML-N. army cheif is on pay roll of Shariaf should take action against sharif brother. Sharif were behind the creation of talaban. Without taking Zardari and Naiz along with Altaf there will be not real sucess in cleansing Pakistan politics.Recommend

  • Syed
    Mar 25, 2015 - 6:33PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    What makes you sympathetic for this mafia, unless you a re an active member of it.
    Do Not try to paint this as an ethnic issue. MQM robbed their own masses to feed the big fat bunny sitting in UK. Your comments are baseless and very biased as always.Recommend

  • Rehan Naqvi
    Mar 25, 2015 - 6:46PM

    I am not a fan of Nawaz Sharif and his PML government but credit must be given where it’s due. This is one of the most important operations in Pakistan’s history. Although, I think this really would not have been done if it wasn’t for the pressure from COA. Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 25, 2015 - 7:25PM

    I have encountered more Urdu speakers on media website than in Karachi I guess. And every second person claims their parents migrated from “UP India”. lol. So spare me this crap.

    Let me expose this sham of being one nation. If express tribune allows me to do so. I have noticed that they edit most of my comments

    Basically Pakistan was built on two nation theory. The issue was that Indian Hindu elites wanted to keep all power and minority Muslims did not enjoyed same status. It was not about discrimination against Hindus. It was about the fact two groups were not able to respect each other’s existence and unlikely to accept hegemony of other. Anyway two new nations did come into existence

    The mindset continues till today. It has just taken another color. In India though its still Muslims vs. Hindus. People like Modi and such extremists are good examples

    In Pakistan it took shape of ethnicity. We talk about unity and Urdu speakers are told to change into Sindhis but the fact remains that all provinces are named according to language. In USA is any state named Irish? English? Yet we give lecture on calling ourselves Sindhis

    Even that was fine but then we started playing politics

    Merit was removed and educated leaders like Liquat Ali Khan were murdered and politics were played against Fatimah Jinnah. Later on Bhutto was killed while establishment did not have the courage to go after Nawaz etc.

    Bangalis were treated as second grade and they took their nation and are now well ahead of Pakistan as well

    Tuttoos of English are now in rule in Pakistan.

    rural sindh is backward
    no one cares about saraikis..
    rural punjab has backwardness, extremism etc
    nwfp is a gone case
    balochs less said the better

    Karachi was doing something but these tuttoos started playing politics and brought it down with their games

    One journalist was saying that in 1992 operation 9 people were killed and declared Indian agents and weapons were recovered with Indian stamps on it. Later they were oproven innocent.

    All these games have been played

    We the people of karachi just does not want Imran Khan and Nawaz as our leader. We want to see educated moderate ..sure MQM is not ideal but many in MQM are people we connect to. we dont want shia hatred, lashkars, anti west, corrupt mind in our society

    MQM did go off track but reason is years of conspiracies against them. When a sane person like Musharraf came and treated it on merit it did wonders

    Gradually bad elements will filter out. However truth is you are happy that MQM goes off tack because in the end you do not want good of Karachi or Pakistan. For your corruption mind you want to loot this city and you get happy when their is violence

    You brought refugees here. It was such a good place 2 decades ago and now many places seems like Taliban are roaming around

    Invest in your province and people but NOT at the expense of conspiracies

    Clean your lashkars, jaish and anti India groups that you harbor

    Let us live in peace..do not turn us into tribals

    I am not a MQM worker and never was..however some in family have voted for MQM

    So spare all lies…the fact that I am active means that this operation is not connectingRecommend

  • Usman
    Mar 25, 2015 - 7:27PM

    Funny, he never approved the first phase of the operation, he was too busy ‘taking all political parties on-board’ rather than any meaningful action on either NACTA or Karachi Op.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Mar 25, 2015 - 7:39PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Politically MQM is a timid party which finds itself in a spin whic is unfortunate. If it can correct its policies it can lead those Muhajirs who merely join it because of its ethnic pull. But alas the recent revelations following nine 0 operation have revealed true face of MQM and its criminal gang which will disappoint vast majority of Urdu speakers who will no be seeking an alternative. And that would be way forward.

    For the leadership of Pakistan this is the right moment to apprehend miscreants and their leaders and deal with them appropriately no matter which party they belong to. Recommend

  • Siddiqui
    Mar 25, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Important news is Dr. Ishrat ul Ehad Khan’s absence at law and order meeting. It confirms that his days are numbered in governor houseRecommend

  • Hussayn
    Mar 25, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Only thing that LEA’s need to do is not to restrict the operating against a single party which is currently MQM. If there should not be militant wings in political parties, there is a wide board of such parties. Don’t spare any of them…Recommend

  • PakAwam
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:31PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    Reality on ground has changed, Karachi’s population and dynamics have changed. If proper delimitations were done and free and fair elections were ensured and lets consider for the sake of argument that all Urdu speaking will vote for MQM (which is not true), they will win less than half of the Karachi’s seats. It’s simple but brute fact. MQM retains power based on manipulated elections on flawed delimitations. No more militant and violent politics allowed. Better for you folks to own and integrate with fellow Sindhi people and work for the betterment of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 25, 2015 - 9:35PM

    @Hasan Askari: Sir. Karachim is the hen which gives Golden egg.You take off Karachi from Pakistan and it won’t be able to survive while karachi alone can beat Singapore,dubai and hongkong. Punjab owns Pakistan and Karachi is the only unconquered territory for them. Khyberpukhtoonkha,Balochistan and interior sind are zero plus zero for them.Punjab is dividing every other ethnicity and ruling Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2015 - 11:04PM

    @Malikpur Janderbari – Abbottabad:
    @Syed:
    @Ibrar:
    @PakAwam:
    The Muhajjirs are treated as second class citizens. For the last 68 years.
    They tried their best to integrate in Sindh. but were kept at arm’s length
    by the Sindhis and fierce ethnicity rules. If you are not a Sindhi or Sindhi
    speaker you do not belong. They received the same treatment from Punjabis,
    and Pathans. These are all Sons of the Land. The Muhajjirs, migrants, permanently.
    The Urdu speaking Muhajjirs want their separate province. For which they will be
    responsible. They can sink or they can swim. They can live in peace there. There
    will be no sectarian, no ethnic, no Shia/Sunni divide, nor hate against the West or
    India. Lives cannot be built around perpetual hate and ethnicity. The Muhajjirs have
    a right to this. And they will achieve this goal. One way or another. It is too late now.
    The Sindhis and Punjabis and Pathans have their own provinces. And they govern
    themselves. So will the Muhajjirs.

    ET moderators, please print, this is a truthful assessment. A fair analysis.
    And censuring and editing does not help, it only mitigates. if people are unable to
    voice and express their opinions in a civil manner.Recommend

  • Mansoor Sindhi
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:32PM

    @Shahid:
    Karachi is not in space, it is heartland of Sindh. We own every inch of it. And Sindh is a heart of Pakistan. Our forefathers welcomed millions of immigrants and we are proud of it. We expect that our MQM brothers will not just eye on resources of Sindh but they also integrate and assimilate with Sindhis. My humble request to MQM is to let Urdu Speaking Mohajirs integrate with people of Sindh. Because the unity and brotherhood between Native Sindhis and Urdu speaking people will bring stability, healthy competition, peace and eventually prosperity for whole province and Pakistan. Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:48PM

    It is my observation that Urdu speakers do not want another province. This is what my feedback is from Muhajirs. Somewhere there is appreciation that Sindhi speakers have welcomed them and both communities have lived in peace

    However I have few comments on Sindhis

    1- They need to delegate power to anyone who deserves it. There should not be the mindset where CM has to be Sindhi. PPP has spread that mindset only because it wants to rule over Sindh and loot the money. What has PPP given Sindhis? They are poor, live in miserable condition and they have been conditioned to remain as slaves. They should give votes to non-Sindhis and maybe a non-sindhi will change it for the better

    2- Establishment from outside has sent refugees from Afgahnistan just to counter extremists. It has changed Karachi for the worst. The culture is going fast. Areas which were developed now look like as if they are some market in Kabul or Peshawar. This was a conspiracy to change vote dynamics of Karachi.

    3- Punjabi establishment and elite (who I called tuttoos) have deliberately created issues in Sindh so that urban and rural fight. They favor looters and waderas

    World needs to understand this point. You will never ever see a sindhi or urdu speaker as a suicide bomber. Unfortunately poor punjabis and pathans are being brain washed from middle east for that purpose. I hate to see it but these two have to sort these issues. They are being controlled by some in middle east. every killer ends up from madrassah in punjab and nwfp

    So stop doing these phases and start from operation in punjab

    Then catch all the looters

    Give local government the money

    Free people from waderas and sindhis and punjabis etc should run their cities instead of CM

    People like Imran Khan should be behind bars for fooling innocent

    Zardari and Nawaz should be tried for looting

    Feudal system abolished

    Army cleaned from playing its games against politicians

    These are serious measures… Recommend

  • Mansoor Sindhi
    Mar 25, 2015 - 11:57PM

    @Motiwala: You raised points, I’d like to reply them. You said “Mohajirs are second class citizens”, like Sindhis, Pathan, Punjabi and Baloch are living the life of luxury. What a joke! Everyone is facing problems due to bad governance. We need improvement in the governance for sure. Isn’t it fact that MQM has been in power for last many years, President and COAS has been from Mohajir community too, Gov Ishrat is a longest serving Governor. MQM is also responsible for the mess.

    Our Law enforcing agencies are trying to clean Karachi from criminal and militant elements, if you love Karachi Sindh and Pakistan, you should be happy, but you resort to Mohajir Card.

    On integration point, May I know, how much you personally know about Sindh, and Sindhi language? When you migrate to UK, USA, Canada, don’t you show respect to the people of that land. Don’t you learn English? Don’t you respect traditions of those countries. On provinces, I’d say, Sindh is not a piece of cake, if you are unhappy with Sindhis and Sindh, no worries brother, Pakistan does not end here in Sindh. Bye!

    Final Note: Pakistan is united in this cause to defeat criminal and militant groups in whole Pak including Karachi. No compromise!Recommend

  • Ali S
    Mar 26, 2015 - 1:50AM

    MQM had a golden opportunity in the 1980s and then again in the 2000s under Mustafa Kamal (who was eventually sidelined) to capitalize on its unprecedented public support from Karachi’s majority and build Karachi into something to be proud of. Instead, they utilized their support and street power to free criminals, target killers and feed a morbidly obese man of questionable mental health in London with fattening extortion money. MQM blew their chances catastrophically, and they have only themselves to blame for it. The writing is on the wall for MQM – I’m a Mohajir and all middle-class Mohajirs like me who I know in Karachi now despise MQM and feel betrayed by them. Only victim-mentality stooges like Hasan Askari still support them.Recommend

  • Hussain
    Mar 26, 2015 - 7:41AM

    Every citizen living in Karachi is happy on the operation. It has been their long standing demand to get rid of terrorists who made their lives miserable for over three decades Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Mar 26, 2015 - 7:43AM

    @Jawad:
    The credit should only go to Gen Raheel Sharif who makes these politicians do what they want it to do. PM is a brainless person and cannot think anything by himself.Recommend

  • True Karachiite
    Mar 26, 2015 - 10:19AM

    Street crimes continue in Karachi while Rangers continue their focus on one party and the areas inhabited by urdu speaking majority. Somehow, the armed groups which fought in Issa Nagri couple of days back was not worthy of rangers attention.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 26, 2015 - 10:49AM

    @masood:
    So you really think all this is happening because of decision by NS?!! If so, then salute to your naivete.Recommend

  • Aftab Tunio
    Mar 27, 2015 - 4:17PM

    We are happy from Nawaz then Zardari because Zardari 100% failed to control Karachi Situation, Karachi operation is one of the best work of Nawaz and Rangers, Another problem where Sindh Government also 100% failed is Education of Sindh where 100000…… Teachers are Ghost (Disappear from School). Sindh need emergency for education, It is necessary like Karachi Operation, I think Ghost teacher is also more then Target Killer, Kidnappers,Recommend

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