Pak Affairs

APC worried about Karachi violence

KARACHI: The All Parties Conference expressed its grave concern on recent disturbances, mischief mongering, terrorism and jalao and gherao in Karachi and condemned the same. The APC meeting held at Chief Minister House on Friday under the joint chairmanship of Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Advisor Interior Rehman Malik.

According to a declaration issued at the end of the APC, made public Saturday at a press conference by General Secretary, PPP – Sindh, Nafis Siddiqui, described these acts as inimical to people, democracy and a well planned and deep rooted conspiracy against democratic institutions and elected government.

It said that the objective of targeting Pakistan’s biggest city with economic destruction could be nothing else than to destabilize the country and, thus, fulfills the designs of those forces which are out to derail democracy and pave the way for dictatorship.

The declaration said that time has come that all the parties to give priority to city’s peace by keeping their mutual differences and group interests above everything else.

It said that blood of innocent people was shed as a result of last month disturbances and target killings and their properties set on fire. The terrorists did not spare of the houses of poor, hutments, tandoors, thellas, transport and minor trades, made them target of worst terrorism and trampled the sanity of chaddar and chardivari.

The declaration called for paying compensation for all those who lost their lives, get their trades reopened and cases be registered against terrorists. It said that in case an act of terrorism occurs in an area, the concerned SHO should be held responsible for the same,

The declaration said that all the parties which attended the APC were agreed and united that those playing the game of blood and fire would not be shown now any leniency and law and order will be maintained in the city at all cost while those spreading violence and hatred would be held accountable politically.

It said that terrorists do not have any religion, country or language and they are out only to destroy humanity. Therefore it is the foremost duty of every one to block the way of such elements.

It said that an inquiry of the last month’s acts of violence, terrorism and lawlessness be conducted through a judicial commission to be headed by a High Court judge.

The declaration said a survey of losses be carried out and the same should be fully compensated, those dislodged from their houses and trades be immediately rehabilitated, open display of arms be stopped legally and action be taken against those involved.

It called for establishing a peace committee at Karachi level to be headed by Provincial Home Minister besides peace committees at at the level of provincial constituencies with representation of all the participating parties.

Through the declaration sympathies were expressed with all those who lost lives and injured and affected families and government was exhorted to take such steps whereby such tragic incidents may not recur.

In the declaration an appeal was made to people of Sindh and specially Karachi not to pay heed to rumors and misleading propaganda and keep this city, which is citadel of peace since centuries, alive with traditions of brotherhood.

An appeal was also made to electronic and print media not to run unauthentic reports and publicize hearsay on television.

Leaders of all the parties congratulated Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Advisor Rehman Malik and Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza on holding this APC and said that such consultations and traditions should continue.

Addressing the press conference, Nafis Siddiqui, General Secretary PPP Sindh, described the APC a great success of the government which was attended by 31 political, religious and nationalist parties.

Advisor to Chief Minister Rashid Rabbani and his Special Assistant Waqar Mehdi were also present on the occasion.

He said that last months acts of terrorism and disturbances would be investigated through a judicial commission headed by a judge of High Court while a peace committee, headed by Home Minister will be setup at city level as well at thana and provincial constituencies levels.

In the conference, he said, the violent incidents of terrorism were vehemently condemned and the same were described a conspiracy against people, democracy, democratic institutions and elected government.

He said that in order to make Karachi weapon-free, 15 day time has been given to all those in possession of illegal arms to deposit the same while directive was issued to those in possession of legal weapons to get themselves registered at concerned police stations.

Nafis Siddiqui said that majority of parties in APC objected to establishment of Community Police by city government. To a question he said that no decision has been taken as yet to carry out operation for recovery of illegal arms and anything could be said in this respect after expiry of 15 day given timeframe. He said, if need, be house to house search could be carried out for maintenance of peace. He said that government has called for record of licenses issued during the last 5 years.

To a question, he said the APC proved successful but it was incorrect that three parties did not participate. However, he informed that PPP (SB) was not invited while Jiay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz could not attend.

Nafis Siddiqui said that whenever democracy comes in the country, conspiracies start to do away it with. He said after the disturbances, the Chief Minister took all the political parties and people into confidence and got the situation improved. He pointed out that peace in the city is in the country’s interest as it is the economic gateway of Pakistan, contributing 70 percent revenue to national exchequer.-SANA

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