Aitzaz sees no harm in deploying army in Karachi


Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan said on Monday that there was no harm in calling the army to restore peace in Karachi. Talking to journalists at an Iftar dinner hosted by him in honour of his constituency voters, the PPP leader said that nobody should be afraid of an army operation, as it would be carried out under the Sindh civil administration. He cited the example of the UK and India where army was called whenever civil rulers felt that only army could help out in resolving the problem. The army was a national institution and subordinate department of the federal government, Aitzaz said.
The renowned lawyer said that peace could not be restored in Karachi until an operation was conducted to de-weaponise the city. He said that politics and extortion had mixed up in Karachi owing to which economic problems were also emerging. Aitzaz said that Sindh Senior Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza’ statements must be given attention, as he had served as the home minister adding hat he did not agree with Mirza’s opinion about Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik.
The PPP leader said that Karachi was Pakistan’s economic hub and vital for the country’s progress and if there would be a law and order problem, it would disturb the whole country. Regarding a question about the demand of mid-term elections by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif, he said that time for mid-term polls time had gone and no such demand should be raised.