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Appeal from Karachiites to stay united

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Karachi has been volatile city and this fresh wave of ethnic violence in different part of the Karachi has made worried every Pakistani. All political leaders along with civil society have strongly condemned the incidents of violence that resulted in loss of precious lives, property and disrupting peace in the city. Everyone feared over the conflicts between ANP and MQM on Nizam-e-Adl issue and it is evident that any incident in Karachi can be an attempt to weaken the country and disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of the city.

Whole Pakistan are concerned and call for a probe to know the hidden designs of the perpetrators and law enforcing agencies to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice. Besides grief over loss of precious lives and sympathized with the families of the victims it is important appeal to make that in this crucial time people need to shun their difference, forge unity among their ranks and remain peaceful.

After the Wednesday violence Karachi remained tense on Thursday, however Rangers were on the patrol on Thursday and shoot-at-sight orders were in place in the city. Tension and panic gripped parts of the city as unidentified attackers went on a shooting spree, killing most of the victims at point-blank range.

In this regard Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah chaired a high level meeting to review the terror incidents and law and order situation in Karachi sources told Pakistan Times. The representative of Muttahida Qaumi Movement(MQM), Awami National Party(ANP), Peoples Party and law enforcement agencies attended the meeting. Provincial Interior Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, IG Police Sindh, DG Rangers and officers of other law enforcement agencies were also present in the meeting.

Sources said meeting have reviewed the killings in terror incidents, property losses and different proposals to restore law and order in the city. The meeting suggested MQM, PPP and ANP to organize a rally for the restoration of harmony. He has ordered to take stern action against the miscreants. He further directed the police and rangers to go after the elements taking law into their hand and show no leniency to those disturbing the peace of the city.

Meanwhile Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Rehman Malik has directed the concerned authorities to submit report on the loss of lives in Wednesday’s unrest in Karachi. According to the spokesman of Interior Ministry, Rehman Malik has ordered DG Rangers Sindh to deploy additional force in those parts of the city which are most affected by violence. The Minister also said that strict action will be taken against the alleged land mafia for what it was said the involvement in the violent incidents.

Situation is deteriorating as day is passing; earlier this day aerial firing by unknown miscreants near a funeral procession of two political workers created rampage and tension in Karachi, according to sources. However, no loss of lives or injuries were reported. Incident fueled panic and tension among the attendees of the funeral and area residents.The incident occurred at Khwaja Ajmer Nagri area where hundreds of people were gathered for the funeral of two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers, killed in yesterday’s deadly violence in the metropolis that claimed 31 lives.

Everyone in Pakistan shares the same point of view that Nation could ill afford violence in Karachi at a time when Pakistan is already dealing with the militants in northern parts of the country. The on-going fight against militants called for a national consensus and for all political parties to join hands. Hopes are still alive; Prime Minister and President have themselves taken the notice of recent violence. President Asif Ali Zardari has said that 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. He was determined

“We will foil the designs of those who want to exploit the situation by creating and promoting political and ethnic differences”.

Along with all Pakistanis it is dire wish of Karachiites to arrive at early national unity because 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.

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Rubab Saleemhttp://www.rubabsaleem.com
Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times
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