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PTI fails to attend meeting on Karachi


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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Governor House in a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad and representatives of major political parties.—Photo by APP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Governor House in a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad and representatives of major political parties.—Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) abstained from the multi-party meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired in Karachi on the law and order situation obtaining there.

A press statement issued by the party’s central media secretariat in Islamabad quoted Imran Khan as saying:

“PTI was unable to participate in the meeting on Karachi’s security chaired by the prime minister because the leadership was not informed directly which would have enabled the party to send proper representation.”

However, PTI stood committed to working for peace and order in Karachi with all forces committed to achieving this, it added.

No further explanation was given in the statement whether PTI leadership wasn’t at all invited to the meeting or a message had been sent to some low-level party office-bearer.

It’s strange that the PTI, which has four members in the Sindh assembly, was missing from the meeting to which everybody who matters in Karachi was invited to give his or her input.

The information secretary of the party, Dr Shireen Mazari, wasn’t available for comments. Talking to a private TV channel, a spokesman for the PTI from Karachi, said the party wasn’t invited in an ‘honourable way’. He too failed to justify his party’s absence from the huddle.

Later, however, it emerged that organisers of the meeting from the PML-N’s Sindh chapter did forward an invitation to the PTI leadership in Karachi, but the invitation was only for the party’s elected members of the Sindh assembly, or Dr Arif Alvi, its lone member of the National Assembly from Karachi city.

None of them was present in the city. That’s why PTI’s Sindh chapter offered to send somebody else, but the move couldn’t be materialised in the end. As a result PTI, despite being part of the Sindh assembly, couldn’t give its suggestions which the prime minister was seeking from a cross-section of politico-religious parties of the city on his government’s proposed plan to rid the metropolis of criminal elements.

Meanwhile, the PTI spin doctors used the occasion to highlight how the party chief viewed the Karachi situation.

Quoting Mr Khan, a statement said he expressed grave concerns over the problems confronting the city of lights. Mr Khan said: “The successive governments have failed because they neither had the capability nor the political will to tackle and resolve these issues.”

According to the PTI chairman, the time has come to address the problems through a fresh and revolutionary approach. The PTI is prepared to give substantive proposals in this regard provided the government is willing to muster a resolute political will, leaving aside ‘political compulsions’ and tackling the problems with determination.

Amongst the proposals PTI has included: Depoliticisation of the police and de-weaponisation of city plus an immediate end to the militant wings of the political parties. This will include the implementation of the SC judgment calling for the same. All this requires strict implementation of the rule of law.

Comments (8) Closed

Dani Sep 04, 2013 09:40am

Where are all PTI elected members from Karachi? Why they are ALL out of the city from where they are elected??

Umer Farooq Sep 04, 2013 10:26am

It appears that PTI is content with hurling allegations on others' political will, making it an excuse of non-participation from key forums of national importance. If they have substantial arguments, let's hear it. There is no justification for non-participation in such important meetings.

sadia Sep 04, 2013 10:49am

As usual Mr . Khan and his party fails to attend an imp occasion . They dont try to become a part of solution rather go on to criticize every move .

Napier Mole Sep 04, 2013 10:51am

Three months after the elections, is PTI really relevant to Karachi any more !!! This may jolt any remaining PTI supporters but let them answer what tangible and sensible solution PTI has proposed to Karachi's ills other than put-downing MQM or mouthing inane statements about law and order. It is a fully strengthened local government system which is the call of the day - in fact for many years - which is what Karachi requires and PTI's lack of stance on this issue has been criminal.

Saghir Sep 04, 2013 11:11am

I am a supporter of Imran Khan and PTI. However, I cannot help but feel that he and his party have politicised the arrangement of this reported meeting regarding Karachi. Thus contradicting himself when stating that the government should leave party politics aside to bring solutions to the creation of stability and security to Karachi. Why cannot petty matters like this be put aside by the political parties in Pk? It's embarrassing!!

Iqbal Sep 04, 2013 11:38am

NA-250, are you listening? PTI did not even show up let alone taking a part in resolving Karachi issue.

NASAH (USA) Sep 04, 2013 06:26pm

PTI under Imran is a negative political force in Pakistan politics -- led by a Nattering Nabob of Negativity.

Shehzad Bandukda Sep 04, 2013 09:20pm

PTI has an elected MNA from Karachi, does he need an invitation to do his job, to address the woes of his electorates?