KARACHI: If mass protest movement similar to the lawyers movement, which overthrew the government of a dictator, is started in the city, then peace will be restored in metropolis, said the speakers at a twoday peace conference held at the Art Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
The twoday moot entitled Wukla Aman Conference was organized by Sindh High Court Bar Association SHCBA, Karachi Bar Association KBA, Malir Bar Association MBA and other lawyers organizations. Speakers, including politicians, senior lawyers, civil society activists and civil rights campaigners, expressed grave concern over the worsening law and order situation in the city and stressed on the need to start joint efforts on all fronts to bring back peace in the city.
Anees Haroon, Leader of Aurat Foundation, said that peace does not mean absence of war but it really means social justice and reflection of every section of society. She held that law and order in the city is political issue, adding if all parties in the city slap ban on their militant wings, issue could be resolved.
She said that we are responsible for ongoing violence in the city as we tolerate the violent behavior.
Pakistan People’s Party leader Professor ND Khan said that not only city but also whole country is facing war. He held the stance that there is certainly involvement of foreign hands in the war like situation in the country. He called upon the lawyers to build pressure like the lawyers movement that ousted a dictator so as to bring lasting peace in the city.
He said that we don’t have proper mechanism to manage ongoing situation in the country, adding continuity of the democratic process would bring mechanism to deal situation.
Bashir Jan of Awami National Party suggested that Supreme Court judgment must be implemented in letter and spirit to bring sustainable peace in Karachi. He insisted that free and fair elections would be only possible in the city if electoral boundaries are redrawn as directed by Suprme Court Pakistan and voter lists are correctly verified.
Muqeem Alam, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement MNA ,said that local government system and local police could bring peace in the city. He said that mandate of people should be respected.