Political will needed for Karachi peace: Shahi Syed

KARACHI: Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh leader Senator Shahi Syed Said on Wednesday that peace could not be maintained in Karachi until the government, law enforcing agencies and all political parties show a strong will and honesty.

Talking to PPI, he said that a double game was being played in Karachi and everyone was making compromises. He said this is why target killing and other crimes in the city could not be stopped. “To maintain law and order in the city all stakeholders should have to think above political compulsions.

Regarding objections from some sides on the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi, he said that though his party was supporting actions against criminals but being a democratic party they are not in favour of extrajudicial killings and others unconstitutional actions. “We strongly condemn extrajudicial killings,” he said and demanded legislation for stopping such incidents.

To a question, Syed said that ANP does not support any demand for imposing emergency in the county, “We cannot support any unconstitutional demand of any party or politician,” he added.

Responding a question regarding government-Taliban dialogue, he said that ANP had given mandate to the government to maintain peace in the county whether by talks or by use of power. “We support the dialogue process and also will support the operation if government decides it,” he said.

To a query, he said that his party wanted local bodies’ elections immediately but it seems that the Sindh government was not in favour of holding them. However, he said that ANP would not press the provincial government for the same as it was responsibility of those parties which have representation in the Sindh assembly.

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