Farooq Sattar says military in Karachi demand is lawful, democratic

Pakistan on 28 August 2013
Location : Karachi, Pakistan | Source : The Express Tribune. Image Source: The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) deputy convener Farooq Sattar has stated that his party’s military supervision in Karachi demand is lawful and democratic, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Sattar’s statement comes in response to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah.

He quoted numerous articles from the constitution while emphasising Article 149 Clause 4 stating that a demand military administration in Karachi is legal.

Sattar said that over the last 25 years, the provincial government in Sindh have imposed Rangers in accordance with Article 149. If military supervision is against democracy then the existence of Rangers in the province is also undemocratic since they are not a civilian force, he said.

He reiterated that the Sindh government had failed to control violence in the city and that military supervision in such a situation is necessary.

Commenting on the ongoing violence in the city, he said that Karachi residents are compelled to migrate to other areas as a result of extreme violence.

He further said that if police and rangers cannot provide protection then who else can be requested to control the situation.

He highlighted Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Kayani’s statement that the real threat to the integrity of Pakistan is not from abroad but from within. He mentioned that the former statement has been given multiple times and it is justified to say that rangers and police have failed to provide protection in the city.

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