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Paksitan Govt Prepares Karachi Operation Blueprint

 

New Age Islam, News Bureau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Lack of Armoured Personnel Carriers

 

MQM Parliamentarians Including Myself Due To Be Arrested, Claims Farooq Sattar

Karachi Violence Case: Contradictions and a Lack of Armoured Personnel Carriers

10kg Bomb Defused On Super Highway, Karachi

PPP Supports Targeted Operation in Karachi

Mosque Khateeb Shot Dead In Karachi

Several, Including Political Workers, Arrested In Karachi Search Operations

Govt Gives Top Priority to Peace in Karachi, Says Mamnoon

Altaf Gives Conditional Nod to Proposed Karachi Operation

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Paksitan Govt Prepares Karachi Operation Blueprint

By Sumera Khan / Zahid Gishkori

 August 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The government has prepared the blueprint of a ‘targeted operation’ in Karachi as a special meeting of the federal cabinet has been convened to weigh options for restoring order in the violence-ridden megacity.

“The government has decided to take major political parties into confidence before launching a targeted operation to purge the city of criminals,” revealed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while addressing a news conference on Wednesday.

Nisar’s revelation came hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif summoned a special meeting of the federal cabinet to finalise a strategy to restore order in Karachi. “The situation is a matter of grave concern and all stakeholders should sit together to devise a joint strategy to check the situation,” Nawaz was quoted as telling a cabinet meeting.

“A special cabinet meeting will be held and I would like to invite Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) representative Farooq Sattar to attend,” the premier said and directed Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad‚ Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh IG police, Rangers director general and senior intelligence officials, including the directors general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) to attend the meeting.

The interior minister said that the blueprint of the proposed operation would be discussed in the cabinet meeting. A senior official of the interior ministry told The Express Tribune that the prime minister was likely to give the go-ahead for the operation after consulting major political parties as well as heads of civilian and military intelligence agencies.

The development came a day after MQM Chief Altaf Hussain demanded that Karachi should be handed over to the Pakistan Army.

Chaudhry Nisar, however, opposed a military operation in the city. “There is no need for a full-scale military operation in Karachi as scores of target killers, extortionists and criminals have already been identified,” he said, adding that the paramilitary Rangers were ready to launch the operation.

Under the proposed plan, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah will lead the operation. The government wanted to give a leading role to the provincial government on a non-partisan basis, he added.

“Intelligence agencies have identified scores of criminals who have direct political links,” he told reporters. But there will no political victimisation, he added.

The interior ministry has almost completed its groundwork, and will place its proposed plan before the next cabinet meeting in the first week of September, he said, responding to a question.

The cabinet “will only focus on the worsening law and order situation in Karachi, in which the Sindh chief minister, Governor and all the heads of agencies will give their input”.

In another plan, the interior minister said the government is considering the formation of an outer committee to oversee the targeted operation. It will likely to have representation of the MQM, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Awami National Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, Sunni Tehreek, as well as members of the media and the business community.

The federal government will only assist the provincial government when it comes to setting up the operation’s modules and we will welcome the chief minister’s new plan, if there is any, for restoring peace in Karachi, he explained.

Responding to a question, Chaudhry Nisar said some other dangers also threaten the city but he did not explain these dangers right now.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/596806/special-cabinet-meeting-convened-govt-prepares-karachi-operation-blueprint/

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MQM Parliamentarians Including Myself Due To Be Arrested, Claims Farooq Sattar

 August 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) walked out of the National assembly on Thursday to mark a protest over the arrest of several MQM workers last night, Express News reported.

MQM Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar presented the list of workers who are due to be arrested, saying that the names of assembly members including himself are on the list.

He added that MQM’s demand for the army to be deployed in Karachi had been termed “a slap in the face” of democracy.

Later in a press conference he said that some of the arrested workers were patients of cancer or tuberculosis, while some were over 50 years of age.

Chaudhry Nisar replies

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that MQM’s concerns regarding the arrests in Karachi will be addressed. He added that it will be ensured that the arrested workers are not harmed and do not go missing.

He also said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has been in government for a short period and that they should be given more time to deal with the law and order situation in Karachi.

He said that there is a need for a targeted operation in Karachi and that the Chief Minister of Sindh Qaim Ali Shah will oversee the operation.

Background

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi on Wednesday. The notice came after 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.

Sharif 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.

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, he said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/596905/mqm-workers-including-myself-due-to-be-arrested-claims-farooq-sattar/

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Karachi Violence Case: Contradictions and A Lack Of Armoured Personnel Carriers

 August 29, 2013

KARACHI: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry showed discontent over the Karachi violence investigation report submitted by the chief secretary and IG Sindh on Thursday, Express News reported.

He further said that all ammunition and drugs are smuggled in the country through Karachi Port and the weapons from Nato containers have spread throughout the country.

“Ammunitions earlier caught from Balochistan were also linked from Karachi. Around 19,000 containers containing weapons are missing and being used in the province,” said the Chief Justice.

The Supreme Court issued a notice to customs chief collector and asked him to appear before the court.

During the hearing today, the Sindh Advocate General elaborated that 20 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) were requested for the province from the federal ministry, but ministry officials had refused to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC).

In response to this, the Chief Justice demanded a reason for the refusal and stated that the case has been pending for the last five months, indicating that the federal ministry seemed uninterested in the matter. He further held the federal ministry responsible for ongoing violence in the city.

Later during the day, Sindh Government decided to purchase 20 APCs for Karachi which are aimed to assist the under-discussion targeted operation in the city. The federal ministry has also issued the NOC on this agreement.

The Chief Justice also expressed concern over the contradictory statements from the IG Sindh over the existence of ‘no-go’ areas in the city. He asked why the federal government had yet to assist in the matter, when assistance had been sought.

The Chief Justice also stated that the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) was not functioning effectively under the supervision of the Sindh Governor House and Prime Minister House.

He demanded a list of provincial problems from the Sindh Advocate General so that they could be presented to the cabinet.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/596908/karachi-violence-case-contradictions-and-a-lack-of-armored-personnel-carriers/

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10kg bomb defused on Super Highway, Karachi

August 29, 2013

KARACHI: A 10 kilo bomb was defused near Gana Mandi on Super Highway, Karachi, on Thursday, Express News reported.

The bomb was placed in an iron box along with 3kg ball bearings and the iron box was buried in the sand on a busy service lane.

According to initial details, the bomb was made of explosives weighing 5kg. A timed-device was reportedly attached to the bomb. Later, the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) confirmed that the bomb weighed 10kg.

Around noon, some local people informed the Sohrab Goth Police Station SHO about a suspicious iron box lying near the road.

The target could not be ascertained. Security officials also started a search operation in the nearby area.

Around 200 police personnel were present at the scene.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/596918/bomb-found-on-super-highway-karachi/

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PPP Supports Targeted Operation In Karachi

August 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) supported calls for a targeted operation in Karachi on Thursday, Express News reported.

PPP leader Naveed Qamar was representing his party during the National Assembly today, where he said that an operation should be conducted without any discrimination. He further said that a targeted operation is the only solution to the prevailing violence in the city and the judiciary should also support this suggestion.

Earlier today, the federal interior minister proposed a targeted operation to counter the ongoing violence and killings in Karachi.

Background

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi on Wednesday. The notice came after 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.

Nawaz 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.

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, he said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/596923/ppp-supports-targeted-operation-in-karachi/

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Mosque Khateeb shot dead in Karachi

 August 29, 2013

KARACHI: A Khateeb of a Karachi mosque was shot dead inside his office on Thursday, Express News reported.

Two unidentified armed men entered Maulana Nadeem Ahmed Farooqi’s office – located inside the Rehmani Mosque in the Jamshed Quarters area – and shot him thrice.

Farooqi was immediately taken to a hospital, however he succumbed to his wounds on the way.

The attackers managed to flee the scene after the incident.

The Khateeb has left behind a wife and seven children.

Farooqi had been living in the area for around 40 years.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/596928/mosque-khateeb-shot-dead-in-karachi/

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Several, including political workers, arrested in Karachi search operations

2013-08-29

KARACHI: Law enforcement authorities on Thursday took several suspects into custody, including members of political parties, in search and arrest operations in different parts of Karachi.

During a crackdown in Kharadar and Meethadar areas of Karachi, police detained several suspects and also seized arms and weapons from their possession.

Separately, police carried out a search operation in the city's Garden area and detained four suspected individuals whereas a political party’s unit in-charge was taken into custody in Shah Latif Town.

In a separate operation conducted in an office of a political party in Lyari, police detained seven suspects.

The detentions invoked strong criticism from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the largest political party in Karachi, and the Awami National Party (ANP).

MQM chief Altaf Hussain said in a statement that the police raids were targeting his party workers and officials on a directive issued by the Pakistan Peoples Party-led provincial government in Sindh. The MQM’s Rabita Committee also criticised the police operations and said the provincial government was employing “high-handed tactics”. The MQM also staged a walk-out from the Sindh Assembly in protest.

ANP leader Bashir Khan also criticised the raids and said their party workers were arrested in Quaidabad and other areas of Sindh’s metropolis.

http://dawn.com/news/1039152/several-including-political-workers-arrested-in-karachi-search-operations

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Govt gives top priority to peace in Karachi, says Mamnoon

2013-08-29

KARACHI: President-elect Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said the present government gives top priority to peace and security in Karachi as it is essential for prosperity and the development of the country.

“Prosperous Karachi means prosperous Pakistan. Without taking care of Karachi's economy we cannot think of better economy and development of the country,” he asserted while addressing business community at a dinner hosted for him by Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here.

The president-elect underlined the need for joint efforts by all political parties/groups and other sections of the society for steering the country out of crisis.

These days in the world, he added, economy is given priority over politics.

Mamnoon Hussain assured that he would act as a bridge between the federal government and the business community for the resolution of trade and industry issues besides those of Sindh, especially Karachi.

He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was very serious and sincere in maintaining peace and security in the country especially in Karachi and addressing the energy crisis.

The president-elect advised the business community to guide the provincial and federal governments in coping with the law and order and energy enhancement.

He assured the KCCI members that he would take up their issues including that of SROs of Federal Board of Revenue with the federal finance minister and hoped that their genuine grievances would be resolved.

KCCI President Muhammad Haroon Agar, Chairman Businessmen Group (BMG) Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairman of BMG and Chairman of Sindh Board of Investment, Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, Vice Chairman of BMG and former president KCCI Muhammad Tahir Khaliq among others were present on the occasion.

http://dawn.com/news/1038972/govt-gives-top-priority-to-peace-in-karachi-says-mamnoon

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Altaf Gives Conditional Nod To Proposed Karachi Operation

2013-08-28

KARACHI: Showing some reservations on government proposed ‘apolitical targeted operation’ in Karachi, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain Wednesday night said an operation conducted with honesty and aimed at restoring peace will be welcomed by the party, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to members of MQM’s Rabita (Coordination) Committee in Karachi, he said the party will support any official action aimed at eradicating terrorism.

While opposing MQM’s demands of handing over the port city to Pakistani armed forces, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday evening had said that a non-political targeted operation will be carried out by civil armed forces to restore peace in the metropolis.

“The proposed operation should not turn into the 1992 operation, which was initiated with claims of capturing 72 big fishes and later switched towards targeting MQM,” said Hussain.

He said a durable peace in Karachi – termed as financial hub of the country – was the need of Pakistan.

Pointing towards Safari Park ‘encounter’ in Karachi, in which several high level police officials were killed and injured in an exchange of fire with terrorists, the MQM chief suggested that solving the case will be a ‘key’ to success of any targeted operation conducted in Karachi.

In a five-hour-long encounter inside Safari Park on August 15, two police officers and three suspects were killed while five policemen, including two station house officers, sustained gunshot wounds.

“Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan should treat the police encounter as a test case for himself,” said Altaf Hussain.

http://dawn.com/news/1038970/altaf-gives-conditional-nod-to-proposed-karachi-operation

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