KARACHI: The Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA) on Friday said voiced against military operation in Karachi terming it against the national interests.
Handing over of Karachi to the Army or targeted operations will not work unless police and civilian intelligence agencies do their job, it said.
Extortion and kidnaping for ransom has dented the investment climate which must be eliminated as major business centres and leading entrepreneurs are the worst victims of extortionists, the former military leaders observed in a meeting chaired by PESA President Lt. Gen. Ali Kuli Khan.
The former military leaders appreciated Federal government’s plans to take nation into confidence over issue of terrorism through an All Parties Conference, however, they asked the rulers of announce their its policy of dealing with terrorism in advance so that they can get input and implications could be studied.
The meeting observed that entire nation wants a quick end to the on-going war on terror through peaceful means but it seems that government can offer nothing to the Taliban except amnesty.
The government must get approval from masses before accepting any demands of Taliban as the move could affect entire spectrum of our society and basic values, it was demanded.
Members expressed concern over employment of the Civil Armed Forces (CAF) like Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Corps on police duties for prolonged duration which is affecting their professional capabilities and morale and resulting in leaky borders paving way for smuggling of arms and ammunition, other items and free flow of terrorists.
Instead of relying on CAF, the provinces should increase strength of their police and give them better training and equipment.
Vice Admiral Ahmad Tasnim. SJ & Bar, Air Marshal Masood Akhtar, Lt Gen Naeem Akbar, Brig Mian Mahmud, Ambassador Mr Salim Nawaz Gandapur, Brig Simon Sharaf, Brig Masud ul Hassan Major Farouk Hamid Khan and others were also present in the meeting.