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Army can be called into Karachi, says Malik

Army can be called into Karachi, says Malik

ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that if needed, the army could be called in to handle the Karachi in situation. He was talking to the media outside the parliament house. “There is no operation under way in Karachi and the government has no intention to take such initiative either”, he said.
He, however, did not rule out the possibility of calling out the army if the situation demanded so. He said that the law-enforcement agencies were only taking targeted

‘MQM must focus on rule of law in Karachi’

GUJRANWALA – Former Federal Minister and PML-N leader Ghulam Dastgir Khan has criticised the MQM for supporting martial law in the Punjab and added that the ethnic party should concentrate on the rule of law in Karachi and adopt better attitude to become a mainstream political party instead of promoting target killings.
While talking to PML-N USA chapter office-bearer Nasir Ahmad Butt, Khan expressed deep concern over target killings in Karachi and MQM’s alleged involvement in

Carnage in Lahore, Karachi claims 17

LAHORE/KARACHI – Two bomb attacks in Lahore and Karachi killed at least 17 people and left more than 80 injured on Tuesday. A teenage suicide bomber in Lahore blew himself up in Ghora Chowk Lohari Gate on the eve of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and Urs of Data Sahib, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 50, in the attack claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Fidayeen-e-Islam group.
About 90 minutes later a motorcycle bomb detonated in Kala Board, Malir

Karachi suicide blast claims 2 lives

KARACHI – A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden motorbike into a police van at Malir in Karachi, killing at least two persons and wounding four others, private TV channels reported on Tuesday.
The bomber targeted the police van of Saudabad Police Station which was deployed for the security of Shia procession. Triggering tension around the already tense city, the powerful blast can be heard far and wide, and caused damages to nearby buildings.
Soon after the attack, the

‘Karachi killings aimed at throttling MQM’s growing popularity’

LAHORE – The ‘hidden forces’ always instigate ethnic clashes in Karachi whenever Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) struggles to expand his ‘ideological movement’ to rural Sindh and Punjab. These ‘elements’ always tries to brand MQM an ‘ethnic and regional pressure group’ and the current spate of gun violence in Karachi was part of the ‘same conspiracy’.
Member of the MQM’s Central Coordination Committee Saif Yar Khan said this in an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today here on

Shujaat backs calling out army in Karachi

KARACHI – There is nothing wrong with calling out the army in Karachi if it helps restore peace in the city, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said on Sunday.
“There is no outside force involved in targeted killings in Karachi and it is the ‘home’ forces that are responsible for whatever is happening in the city,” he told journalists at a luncheon.
His statement came a day after PML-F chief Pir Pagara said that as the government has failed to maintain law and order in

Pagara wants martial law-like measures in Karachi

KARACHI – The law and order situation in Karachi could be improved if martial law-like steps are taken in the city, spiritual leader of the Hurs and PML-F chief Pir Pagara said on Saturday.
“Impose martial law-like steps in Karachi and the situation will improve. The civil administration has failed [in maintaining law and order], and when this happens, the army comes in,” he said in his customary style while talking to journalists after meeting with a PML-Q delegation at his

Shujaat, Mushahid meet ANP, ST, JUP leaders ‘for Karachi peace’

KARACHI – PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat and Mushahid Hussain continued their meetings with different parties on Saturday for restoring
peace in Karachi. They called on leaders of the ANP, the Sunni Tehreek (ST) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) separately and discussed matters pertaining to the law and order situation in the city.
According to Mushahid Hussain, they would also meet the provincial government representatives in this regard. They are on a three-day visit

Khosa leaves for 3-day Karachi tour

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has left for Karachi on a 3-day personal visit on Saturday during which, sources said, he is likely to attend the dinner of Chief Minister Sindh and also have meetings with political leaders.
Earlier in the day, Federal Minister for Defense Ahmed Mukhtar and Minister for Information Technology Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali called on Punjab Governor Latif Khosa at the Governor’s House. Both leaders felicitated Khosa on his elevation as Punjab

APC on Karachi to be a milestone, says adviser to CM

KARACHI – All parties should speed up their efforts for maintaining peace in Karachi and participate in the All Parties Conference (APC) called for the law and order situation, which would be a milestone in the path towards peace, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information Sharmila Farooqui said on Friday.
Talking to journalists in her office, she said the PPP does not want a conflict with any party and was very serious about maintaining the law and order in the province,

SC moved for calling in army to secure Karachi

ISLAMABAD – In view of the volatile situation in Karachi, a constitutional petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Friday seeking direction to the federal government to issue a proclamation of emergency under Article 232 and call in armed forces under Article 245 to act in aid of civil power until negative elements were eliminated and the law and order situation became normal.
Tariq Asad advocate filed the petition under Article 184(3) making the federal government, the prime

Malik dashes to Karachi to mollify Mirza

KARACHI – Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday dashed to Karachi to assure the Sindh government, particularly Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza, of taking them on board on all steps being taken in Karachi to maintain

Pakistan denies Mullah Omar was treated in Karachi

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday rejected the media reports suggesting that the Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar was treated in a Karachi hospital after he had suffered a heart attack.
An ISPR spokesman, in a statement, strongly contradicted the news item appeared in local and international media about the medical treatment of Afghan Taliban Mullah Omar at Karachi. He said that news was ‘unfounded and concocted’ to serve vested interests’.
Foreign Office Abdul Basit also

Voices from Jamshoro reach Karachi

KARACHI – A painting exhibition titled ‘Tales from the Desert-4 – Voices from Jamshoro’ opened at the IVS gallery on Wednesday, showcasing the works of four young artists from Jamshoro.
The art pieces of Shafique Ahmed Tunio, displayed as the ‘Teeli Series’, depicted his childhood memories of playing with matchsticks and making toys with them.
He then found those matchsticks very close to his self and started expressing his inner self through these tiny, fragile and

Expats involved in Karachi killings

KARACHI – A third force involved in Karachi assassinations has been unearthed which turns out to be Pakistanis living in South Africa who, after achieving their goal, board the next flight home.
Sources said according to a report compiled by the three law enforcement agencies, the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA), Military Intelligence (MI), and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), external forces of Pakistani descent are involved in the targeted killings in Karachi.

PPP-MQM agreement – Only Karachi, Hyderabad city govts allowed to construct monuments

KARACHI – The Karachi and Hyderabad district governments have been allowed to establish community centres, and decorative gates and monuments after the PPP and the MQM reached an understanding over the issue in their recent reconciliation efforts, it has been learnt.
Reliable sources in the Sindh Local Government Department told Pakistan Today that the remaining 21 district governments, however, would have to seek prior permission before constructing any community centres or

Does Karachi need a ‘crimometer’?

KARACHI – Some might remember the early 90s when people were shocked to watch videos of bomb blasts, mass killings and curfews on the streets of Baghdad, Iraq on the state-run TV channel’s ‘Khabarnama’, however, the same have become a routine matter in Karachi.
The once famous city of lights has witnessed the worst form of violence in the recent past. From bodies found in gunny bags and ethnic killings, which are now called ‘targeted killings’, the situation is becoming worse