ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemning the violence in Karachi, which caused loss of precious human lives, said Wednesday that it is time to exhibit national unity. Spokesperson former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President who is traveling on foreign visit to Libya has called upon the provincial chief minister to call a meeting of all stakeholders at the earliest to hammer out a solution and prevent the violence from spreading.
The President said that the nation could ill afford violence in Karachi at a time when it was already dealing with the militants in northern parts of the country. President Zardari said that the on-going fight against militants called for a national consensus and for all political parties to join hands. The violence as witnessed in Karachi on Wednesday would only give space to the militants and distract from the national effort aimed at defeating the extremists.
“We will foil the designs of those who want to exploit the situation by creating and promoting political and ethnic differences”.
Time has come for all and sundry to set aside political differences for a while and to give full support to the efforts underway to fight extremists and militants and to restore peace and normalcy in different parts of the country, the President said.
The President said that it was this underlying desire for arriving at national unity that the Party meetings held on Tuesday in Islamabad had deferred the decision to pullout of Punjab government and also called upon the PML-N to rejoin the federal government. National unity at this hour is the best way to demonstrate our will to keep Pakistan as moderate, modern and democratic state where the rights of all citizens are protected, the President said. The President also condoled with the families of all those killed and injured in the violence.
Political and religious leaders, expressing concerns over Karachi situation, strongly condemned the violent incidents that killed more than 20 people on Wednesday. Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif expressed grave concerns and profound grief over incidents of violence and unrest in Karachi. He called for immediate arrest of the culprits responsible for creating lawlessness in the city.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said that the government should take urgent measures for arrest of miscreant elements and bring them to the court of law. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Professor Ghafoor Ahmed also demanded immediate action against the persons involved in violent incidents.
Input from Agencies