Karachi operation not MQM-centric: Nisar tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Monday categorically informed the National Assembly that the ongoing Karachi operation was not the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)-centric but against the criminals.

Responding to a point of order raised by MQM’s Parliamentary leader Dr Farooq Sattar, the minister said no one including Rangers, Pakistan Army, the Federal Government and the Parliament was against MQM rather the operation was to purge the metropolitan of criminal elements.

He said the operation was launched in consultation with all stakeholders and no political party was against it, adding that now all political parties except MQM were still in favour of the cleansing process.

Nisar said peace in the city had considerably improved due to concerted efforts of law enforcement agencies, and now from July the situation was much better as compared to last 20 years.

The minister said the government has no “missing persons policy” and it has clearly directed the Director General of Rangers that there should be no such happenings.

He said facts and figures presented by Farooq Sattar about their workers were “totally incorrect.” The government believed in resolving issues through dialogue, but provoking speeches of MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain from London were tantamount to adding fuel in fire.

Nisar apprised the House that he held a meeting with the Director General Rangers and heads of intelligence agencies but the way adopted by Altaf Hussain damaged it. “Now, it will take time to control the damage,” he said asking Farooq Sattar to suggest their leader to mend ways.

He said MQM should be answerable for whatsoever was recovered from the MQM’s headquarters – Nine-Zero- during the Rangers raid.

Nisar said the Karachi operation and the Kasur incident were two different issues and requested the MQM to avoid mingling them.

He said no one should dare to create division over the tragic Kasur incident as the entire nation was condemning it.

The House business was meant to be run in accordance with the constitution and law, he said, adding that the adjournment motion could not be taken up on provincial matters.

It was the track record of National Assembly that adjournment motions not meeting the set criteria were not taken up or entertained, he added.

However, the minister said, the matter like Kasur incident could be debated thoroughly in the House on points of order without adopting the adjournment motions, and as far as the Karachi operation was concerned, he was ready to share all details with the House.