May 12 Karachi incident should be probed: Achakzai
19 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai on Wednesday asked the government to investigate the May 12, 2007 Karachi incident and said he will register an FIR.
He regretted that the city saw six hours of continuous firing on May 12, 2007 but neither the previous regimes nor any department held an independent enquiry of the matter. He noted that people were burnt alive. Taking part in the debate in the National Assembly, he said that on that fateful day, on one hand people were being killed in Karachi while on the other hand, in Islamabad, former dictator Pervez Musharraf was calling the violence use of power by people.
"I am ready to lodge an FIR of the incident and demand the authorities to hold investigations," he added. Achakzai said a large number of Baloch, Pathan, Punjabi and people of other ethnicities were living in Karachi but they had no representation in the National Assembly. He said the country cannot function properly if injustices are carried out in any part of it, and added that Karachi has became a centre of terrorists.
The PkMAP chief also criticised the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and said around 8,300 criminals were released through this ordinance. Achakzai said the government should respond effectively to allegations levelled in other countries about their country. He welcomed the statement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan wants cordial relations with all its neighbours.
He said no political leadership had emerged after the creation of Pakistan, which resulted in break-up of the country. The genuine leaderships were banned and opportunist politicians replaced it, he said. He further said that there are certain ministers in the present government who have remained in power in every government, and termed them "evergreen politicians". He said a province's resources should be utilised for its people, as it will help end sense of deprivation.
Achakzai said people should be given the right to directly elect their governor. Pakhtuns had rendered sacrifices for the independence of Pakistan, he said, adding that the country is facing a very critical situation and the nation should get united to steer it through crises. Meanwhile, the MQM reacted strongly to Achakzai's statement and demanded an apology from him on the floor of the House for terming Karachi a centre of terrorists.
The party's legislators said that everyone remembers the May 12 Karachi incident but forget thousands of other killings in the city. They also claimed that 14 MQM workers were killed during the May 12 incident and asked Achakzai to register a case of the incident and let the apex court rule over it. The lawmakers claimed that no one in Pakistan was ready to accept the mandate of the MQM and always implicated the party in fake cases.
Also, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad criticised the government's policies and said no important decision related to security, energy crisis, inflation and revival of economy has been taken. He said it is unfortunate that India has been given the MFN status on the directive of the IMF. MNA Jamshid Dasti said Pakistan has become a colony of the US and urged all politicians to unite and work for the welfare of poor. He demanded Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA locate al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden through a fake vaccination campaign, be hanged. He said the doctor had defamed Pakistan in the international community.