Fed Govt monitoring Karachi operation, terrorists moving out of Karachi: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chauhdry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday told the National Assembly that the Federal government was monitoring the operation in Karachi and Muhajir Republican Army has no connection with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Speaking in the lower house of the parliament, the minister said that targeted operation in Karachi was launched at the behest of the federal government and it was monitoring the action in the metropolis.

He said that the Sindh government was holding consultation with the MQM and other stakeholders regarding the targeted operation in Karachi.

He said anti-state actors responsible for destabilizing the country will not be allowed to stay in the country. He said terrorists from Karachi have started moving to other places. He said since the start the targeted operation in Karachi over 250 terrorists in small groups have entered in North Waziristan. He said that the terrorists in Karachi are on the run but they will find no place to hide and will be brought to justice.

The Minister said the toll of target killing in Karachi has substantially been reduced to lower part of single digit‚ however‚ it is beginning of action against the outlaws. He said the first phase of the operation is going to end soon but the second and third phases are crucial. He lauded all political parties’ efforts to develop consensus on the operation being carried out in Karachi and said without the realization of collective responsibility success is not possible.

Ch. Nisar said the things are moving in the right direction under the captaincy of Chief Minister Sindh.

He said first phase of the targeted operation has not yet been completed and the Rangers have got remarkable successes in this phase. He said that the targeted operation will be further intensified in the second and third phases.
The Interior Minister said the Rangers have carried out four hundred targeted actions in Karachi and arrested a number of target killers and other suspects.

Referring to the recent tragic incident in Upper Dir‚ the Minister said that it has caused a setback to the proposed peace talks.

He assured the House that national sovereignty and dignity will be protected at any cost and requested political parties to not politicize Upper Dir incident.