ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir Khan Tuesday urged the leadership of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to ensure peaceful conduct of the bye-polls scheduled to be held on April 23 in NA-246 Karachi.
Talking to PTV, he said PTI Chairman Imran Khan and MQM chief Altaf Hussain must play their role in defusing tension in the metropolitan, allowing the public to exercise their right to vote without any fear.
He said difference of opinion was the beauty of democracy and it should not be turned into a political violence or disorder.
He said the government would provide conducive atmosphere to the citizens of Karachi for the bye-elections and protect their life and property.
Law and order would be maintained at every cost as an important operation was successfully underway in Karachi against criminals for the last 17 months, he added.
The minister said the Karachi operation was launched in consultation with all political parties, including MQM, which first of all had demanded a needful action against the elements involved in terrorism, target killings, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
Khurram said the government was taking all political parties along in achieving the goal of complete peace in the Karachi city, which was a hub of business activities of the country.
To a question, he said it was the finding of the Supreme Court that some political parties had their militant wings, adding that it was need of the hour that political parties must ‘disown’ such wings, if there were any.