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Qaim announces grand operation to restore peace in Karachi

January 31, 2013

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. — APP File Photo

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday announced to carry out a “grand operation” to wipe out terrorism and restore peace in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

The announcement comes as the city witnessed the killing of 10 people on Thursday, including Mufti Abdul Majeed Deenpuri, a top cleric of the Jamia Banuri Uloom Islamia.

Another religio-political leader showed his displeasure and called for protests against the targeted killings.

“We have no expectations of getting justice,” said Qari Mohammad Usman, the Karachi chief of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), one of the largest Sunni political parties.

“This entire nation, the citizens of Karachi, the students and clerics are exhausted from carrying the bodies of our elders... The time is near when we will give a call for everyone to come out into the streets,” he said.

After holding a high level security meeting at the chief minister house in Karachi, the chief minister ordered to call more police contingents from other districts of Sindh to be deployed in the metropolis.

Shah ordered a joint police-rangers targeted operation against the terrorists who have spread a deadly wave of violence in the financial hub of the country.

Expressing outrage at the additional inspector general of police in Karachi, he ordered him to restore peace and not to hesitate from taking any large scale action in the city.

He called for bringing more police force from interior Sindh and rid Karachi of the miscreants.

Speaking to media representatives after the meeting, provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said the operation will begin from today, adding that more security check posts will be built at all entry and exit points of the city.

He said that a conspiracy was being hatched to disrupt peace of the metropolis and hoped that the criminals would go on a defensive after the planned operation.

A high level delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is also meeting the chief minister in this regard.

Earlier today, members of the MQM had staged a walk-out from the Senate session protesting against the government’s failure to curb violence in Karachi.

Meanwhile, the party chief Altaf Hussain also assailed the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led provincial government for not controlling the law and order situation in the Sindh capital.

He condemned the killing of Mufti Abdul Majeed Deenpuri and declared it as a tragic incident.

Moreover, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif also condemned the incident and said there was no writ of the government in Karachi.

He assailed the government for not caring about the civilians and said the city has been left at the mercy of the killers.