Only 10% job done in Karachi; a lot more still to do: Nisar
20 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Referring to the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday told the National Assembly that so far only 10 percent of the work has been completed.
Nisar told the Lower House of parliament that the decision to conduct the operation in Karachi and peace talks with Taliban had been taken after thorough homework by the government. The interior minister said the government would take decisions on all important issues keeping in view national dignity, sovereignty and integrity. He said the people had given the federal government the mandate to initiate dialogue with Taliban militants.
"We will take everybody in confidence before we take a decision," he said. "The government should be given time and space, and we assure that consultation would be done with all the stakeholders, including the political parties and the army," he added.
The minister said the counter-terrorism operation by security forces in Karachi was started on the federal government's directives. "We are in a continuous process of consultation and are in close contact with all parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)," he said, adding that the operation was successfully progressing under Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah's "captaincy".
Nisar clarified that he had not stopped intelligence reports from being submitted in the Supreme Court because they included the Mohajir Republican Army's (MRA) name but because the report was not worth being submitted in the court. In the report, he said intelligence on the MRA pointed not in the direction of the MQM but elsewhere. "This report was not prepared recently but during the tenure of the former coalition government of the Pakistan People's Party and the MQM," he said.
Speaking further about the little-known organisation, he said the MRA had claimed responsibility for several terrorist acts through SMSs and other means. "We do not know who they are or where they operate from, but the MRA is not linked to the MQM," he clarified. "The Rangers have conducted 400 targeted operations and over 1,000 actions were done by the police," the interior minister informed. He said the first phase of the action had not yet been completed and the Rangers had so far achieved success.
The operation would be intensified further in the second and third phases, he said. "We believe that so far only 10 percent of the work has been completed. There is a lot more left to do," said Nisar.
"Terrorists are running out of Karachi and they would not find any place to hide and will be brought to justice. If we continue working like this then the day will come when anti-state elements will be completely wiped out," he said. The minister advised political parties not to give advises to the government in the meantime because it will sabotage peace talks with Taliban.