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Nawaz Sharif takes notice of Karachi situation following MQM's demand to deploy army

Pakistan on 29 August 2013
Location : Islamabad, Pakistan | Source : The Express Tribune. Image Source: The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi on Wednesday, Express News reported. The notice comes after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) demanded that the army be deployed in Karachi.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain had demanded army deployment to protect the life and property of the Kutchi community in Lyari. He had clarified that the Constitution allows them to make such a demand.

It has been reported that Sharif has decided that a special cabinet meeting will be held on September 2 or 3 in Karachi to discuss the situation in the city and determine what parties are in favour of this demand.

The Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-General Zaheerul Islam as well as IGs will be called to attend the meeting.

Earlier, major political parties in Sindh rejected MQM’s demand to deploy army in Karachi to maintain law and order.

Imtiaz Shaikh of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) had said that his party would not extend any support if the forces are moved in Karachi for law and order. “Police officials should be appointed on merit and given full authority, otherwise no change will take place,” he said.

“It should be examined as to why the situation in Karachi reached a point where the MQM had to make this demand”, said PTI Deputy Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi. However, he did not subscribe to the demand.

Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi chief Mohammad Hussain Mehnati had said that calling the soldiers was not a solution to every problem. The provincial government should end its reconciliation policy and take action against the criminals.

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