ISLAMABAD: Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch said the Karachi operation which resulted in the arrest of many involved in terrorist activities, was launched on the demand of political parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Radio Pakistan reported.
The law enforcing agencies and Rangers conducted indiscriminate operation and arrested suspects involved in criminal activities, the minister said in a statement issued Tuesday.
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Baloch asked the MQM leadership to break links with criminal elements allegedly found to be involved in heinous crimes.
The minister suggested MQM supremo Altaf Hussain to go to the court for clearing his position on allegations levelled by the BBC.
In his response to a question, Baloch said the government will investigate allegations against the MQM leader.
Last week, the minister had urged the international community to help Pakistan in the repatriation of Afghan refugees.
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Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Baloch acknowledged that the sustainable return of refugees to Afghanistan depended on the state of security and living conditions in the country.