Sindh Rangers Director General Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed on Monday clarified that the military establishment has not supported any particular political party in Karachi and that the armed forces had no part to play in the formation of alliance or the subsequent breakup between Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).

Talking to Dunya TV, the DG Rangers said that the establishment had nothing to do with the merger of PSP and MQM, "we just don't want a clash between them".

The DG Rangers did agree that MQM and PSP leaders had multiple meetings with Rangers and law enforcement agencies, however, he negated the claim that the armed forces had brokered an alliance between the two.

"Since September 2013, we have had an intense interaction with all political parties that were allegedly involved in committing violence in Karachi. However, we have not dictated any organisational policy for the political landscape of the metropolis.”

Saeed went on to say that during the meeting [between MQM, PSP and LEAs] a military official might have shared an opinion that an alliance would be in the interest of the city, "but this is not our institutional policy."

"We don't want Karachi's law and order situation to deteriorate, as it was before 2014," Saeed maintained.

Also read: MQM-P leadership rejects as ‘ridiculous’ Kamal’s call to join PSP

He also rejected the notion that MQM Pakistan "came to life in former DG Rangers Bilal Akbar's office".

"If MQM was created by the armed forces, would we still be pursuing cases against them?" he questioned.

"The cases registered against MQM leaders Farooq Sattar, Amir Khan and others, following the events of August 22, 2016, were still ongoing and our lawyers still appear before the court to pursue these cases," the DG Rangers said.

When asked about PSP chief Mustafa Kamal's claim that 70 "missing persons" were released on his request, Saeed explained that normally multiple arrests are made at the start of any investigation. However, as the probe proceeds the suspects are cleared and released after a certificate is signed by their families or leaders of the political parties they belong to.

Opinion

A crisis of trust?

A crisis of trust?

Most damaging fallout of the constant demonisation of opponents by political leaders is erosion of public trust in politicians.

Editorial

An unseemly dispute
08 Aug, 2022

An unseemly dispute

THERE is clarity, but perhaps not of the kind that Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial hoped to achieve when...
Unfair on taxpayers
Updated 08 Aug, 2022

Unfair on taxpayers

Unfair move has drawn valid criticism as it coincides with drastic increase in income tax on salaried people and corporates.
Polio nightmare
08 Aug, 2022

Polio nightmare

AS if the resurgence of polio in southern KP were not enough, officials and international monitoring bodies must now...
Political stunt
Updated 07 Aug, 2022

Political stunt

The former PM is attempting to make a very expensive point with his decision to contest all 9 NA seats going up for by-election.
Monsoon emergency
07 Aug, 2022

Monsoon emergency

AS another wet weather system has entered Pakistan, and the federal government has declared a “monsoon...
Taliban’s denial
07 Aug, 2022

Taliban’s denial

THE Afghan Taliban’s recent statement denying any knowledge of the now deceased Al Qaeda chief Ayman...