ANP calls for army deployment in Karachi
ISLAMABAD: During Friday’s session of the Senate, the Awami National Party (ANP) demanded that army be deployed in Karachi in order to improve the city’s security situation, DawnNews reported.
Speaking to media representatives after the session, Senator Haji Adeel of the ANP said law and order could not be established in the city without a military deployment, adding that an indiscriminate operation against criminal elements in the country’s financial capital was necessary.
Adeel said Karachi also needed to be rid of illegal arms.
The demand came in the wake of the killing of two teachers and a student of a seminary who were gunned down in a brazen attack on their hi-roof van on Karachi’s Sharae Faisal.
The attack follows Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s recent statement that Karachi could witness bloodshed in the coming days and that he had credible information about it.
Also during the session, senators from the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) staged a walk out from the parliament’s upper house in protest against the imposition of governor rule in Balochistan.
Senator Talha Mahmood of the JUI-F said if the governor rule in Balochistan was not soon replaced with a government of the province’s elected representatives, members of the JUI-F would stage a sit-in inside the parliament.
Governor ruled was imposed in Balochistan days after thousands of Hazara Shias began a sit-in in the freezing cold on Quetta’s Alamdar Road along with the bodies of dozens of people killed in bombings in the provincial capital.