ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid has said that Karachi operation would continue without any discrimination.
Speaking in a Radio Pakistan’s programme Nuqta-e Nazar, he said there should be distinction between crimes and politics.
The Minister said the country was facing serious challenges and operation in Karachi is aimed at tackling these challenges.
He said the efforts to improve law and order and eliminate terrorists and hardcore criminals, are aimed at giving a peaceful and secure environment to people of Karachi.
“The operation is not directed against any individual or political party,” he added.
To a question, he said operation against terrorists was launched after taking all political parties on board.
To another question, he said the National Action Plan was formulated by political leaders and action against financing terrorist activities was part of the plan.
He said investigation against those arrested on charges of corruption are underway and their cases would be tried as per law.
Defense analyst Air Marshal (Retd.) Shahid Latif said that operation against terrorists, extortionists, kidnappers and land grabbers was going fairly well in Karachi.
There are certain reservations by political parties but operation is neither biased nor directed against any particular faction or political party, he added.
The Prime Minister has reiterated the resolve to eradicate the terrorism and restoration of peace in Karachi. Indian government has left no stone unturned to isolate Pakistan and prove it a fragile and failed state. However, the incumbent government has responded Indian rhetoric with equal vigilance.
Now, international community has started recognizing Pakistan’s sacrifices in war against terrorism, he further said.
Nevertheless, Pakistan must go to UN and take major powers into confidence about our efforts and sacrifices for global cause. “We must be aware of the fact that economic prosperity and internal stability of the states go hand in glove with each other and peace in Karachi is a first step towards economic developments,” said Shahid Latif.
Chairman, Pakistan Trade Development Authority S.M. Muneer said: “We must appreciate the efforts of the government, COAS and the Rangers for restoring peace in Karachi. The peace situation in Karachi is getting better and better after successful operation against militants. Business activities in Karachi gained momentum once again.”
IGP, Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali said fruitful results of ongoing Karachi operation against militants were coming to the fore. There were four main crimes including target killing, terrorism, kidnapping and extortion.
The people of Karachi were living in fear and business community was also disturbed. Now the condition in Karachi is under control to a great extent and business community has been carrying out their activities with full devotion.
Former IGP, Sindh Afzal Ali Shigri said that Karachi operation has been progressing successfully without any discrimination. Security forces have been continuing the operation without any political influence, he added.
Former IG, Sindh Shoaib Suddle said that Karachi operation was moving towards a logical end. “No one can eradicate the non-state actors over night but things are moving in right direction at least,” he added.
He said besides Rangers but Karachi police was also working tirelessly to improve law and order in Karachi.