KARACHI - The Karachi operation has strengthened the militant outfits in the port city as the law enforcers were reluctant to focus on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan during the whole operation, The Nation has learnt.
The political parties were urged to boost operation against the militant outfits operating and targeting law enforcers, media personnel and civilians in Karachi.
Awami National Party’s Bashir Jan who survived some six terror attacks said they informed the government of the attempts of the banned outfits, capturing the ANP-dominated areas in Karachi, but instead of taking the matter seriously, no action was initiated. Now the international media has pointed out the same versions in their reports. The threats of the banned outfits were visible as the law-enforcement agencies were under terrorist attacks. It seems there was a secret agreement between the government and Taliban as the government ruled the city at daytime while the governance in dark was handled by the Taliban.
The ANP leader said the party demanded an army operation in the city and when the federal government launched the Karachi operation under the captaincy of the Sindh CM, initially, it appeared that the operation would produce results, but during the last five mouths, the banned outfits emerged as more organised.
The Karachi police do not have capability and ability to counter the terrorists. On the other hand, some elements were still in the debate of good and bad Taliban, fooling the masses. This concept has also wasted time and now a further delay has been witnessed as a drama, “Taliban in dialogue with Taliban” has been staged.
Pointing out the presence of the banned outfits’ network in SITE area, he said Taliban had strengthened their network in the localities working under the umbrella of various religious parties. He said the government and law enforcers must have gone after the terrorists on priority basis in Karachi instead of targeting the criminals in political folds.
MQM Deputy Convener Engineer Nasir Jamal said years ago the MQM chief had pointed out presence of Taliban in the port city, but the authorities, despite taking the issue seriously, denied the reports on the existence of the Taliban in the city. Now the international media, in its reports, has confirmed the stance of the MQM and its chief. During the last year Taliban were largely responsible for the spike in the terrorist attacks in Karachi.
“The LEAs, tasked to eliminate terrorists and criminals, are chasing MQM workers. Unfortunately, police and rangers cannot enter the Taliban-controlled areas of Karachi. Whenever police and rangers try to enter Lyrai to take action against gangsters, they were attacked with rockets, anti-aircraft guns and sophisticated weapons. They have killed policemen in cold blood and slaughtered rangers after kidnapping them.
It is an alarming situation for the government that the international media is claiming that Taliban are ruling one-third area of Karachi. MQM wishes success of the peace talks. No positive results have, however, been witnessed as yet.
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) leader Imtiaz Sheikh said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, initiating the peace talks, hoped for positive results. He held the Sindh provincial government responsible for the situation, adding the federal government had given it full powers to carry out the operation in Karachi. Sheikh urged the Sindh government to boost the operation against the militants engaged in terrorist activities in the economic hub of the country.
Pakistan People’s Party leader Taj Haider said that dialogues and terrorism could not go hand in hand. Commenting on the presence of Taliban in Karachi, he said the banned outfits were strengthening across the country while the Punjab remained their safe haven. Militants were moving to Karachi from the safe camps of the Punjab and gaining ground in the city.
The situation requires zero tolerance against the Taliban, he asserted.
PTI spokesman Dawa Khan Sabir said his party was not satisfied with the progress of the operation in Karachi as there was decline in the incidents of terrorism, target killings and other crimes. He demanded operation against all groups involved in crime and terrorism.