NISAR MEHDI & RAMAZAN CHANDIO KARACHI - Political and religious parties on Tuesday proposed different strategies to bring peace in the metropolis and deweaponise the economic and commercial hub of the country. Some were of the view to smash arms production factories in tribal areas and strict vigilance at the entry points of Karachi to stop entry of illegal weapons inside the city, while some were of the view to recover the arms with the help of police and Rangers after announcing a month-long period of amnesty to surrender arms. Former senator and provincial General Secretary of ruling PPP Taj Haider while talking to TheNation said, We should start constant campaign to make city weapon-free. He opined to start this from declaring some places as weapon-free, which later could be spread out to the whole city. He cited that all the political parties and other stakeholders had recently signed a code of conduct to make Sindh University Jamshoro 'weapon free, which had proved successful so far. A monitoring committee was also formed to ensure the implementation on the agreement. Haider pointed out this model would be adopted in Karachi University and other educational institution of city, which later could be spread out to the whole city in phases. He was of the view that deweaponisation must be started from educational institutions of city as the same formula later could be adopted for other parts of the metropolis. The PPP leader underlined the need for cutting supply line of weapons because weapons do not manufacture in city, besides strict monitoring must be ensured at all the routes including sea and highways. He defended the policies of the PPP govt, saying that concrete measures had been taken by the govt to control arrival of the ammunition in the city, which could be gauged from law enforcement agencies action, seizing the weapons and ammunitions in city. He praised the peace campaign initiated by his party, saying that peace rallies would be taken out in all areas of city. He emphasised on all political parties to remain firm on code of conduct for across the board action against the criminals and exclude the criminals from their parties, who were found involved in such activities. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee member Waseem Aftab said that MQM had tabled the bill of deweaponisation from the country in the National Assembly and urged all the parties to support the MQMs bill to deweaponise the country. He said that the deweaponisation of Karachi was not possible until the government would not eliminate the production areas of the arms and weapons at tribal areas and keep vigilance at the entrance routes of Karachi to stop the arrival of illegal arms. He pointed out that the criminals and gangsters involved in the killing of innocent people in Karachi was not associated with any political party and said that the government should arrest these criminals. Waseem Aftab said that land, drug and ammunition mafias were involved in the criminal activities and killing of innocent people in Karachi, saying that every body knew that who patronised gangsters in Karachi. He said that the major issue was the wrong usage of weapons in Karachi, saying that criminals carrying weapons freely killed the innocent people but the law enforcement agencies had closed their eyes on the activities of criminals in Karachi. Commenting over the demands of some political parties about the deweaponisation of Karachi, he said that this was dual standard to recover weapons from commoners and businessmen in the name of deweaponisation but on the other hand some elements in the government were providing protection to criminal elements; and government wanted to leave the common man on the mercy of terrorists. Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh General Secretary Bashir Khan said that prevailing law and order situation of Karachi was a challenge for government and political parties, adding that criminal elements and gangsters were destroying the peace initiative of political parties by killing the people to foil the peace initiatives. He said that peace was a major issue of Karachi but the criminal activities and bloodsheds had damaged the peace process of political parties. He ruled out the involvement of the activist of political parties in the incidents of target killing and bloodshed. ANP leader said that ANP supported the deweaponisation bill of MQM and said that government would start this process of deweaponisation from Karachi, saying that entire country was badly affected due to unrest in Karachi. He suggested that the government would announce a month period to submit weapons in government announced offices and then start the search operation under the supervision of Rangers or police to recover weapons. Bashir Khan said that all the political and religious parties of the metropolis were united to restore peace in Karachi because peace in Karachi was essential for the stability of Pakistan. Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh President Asadullah Bhutto said that the government had failed to restore peace in Karachi, adding that terrorists were openly performing their criminal activities in Karachi in the presence of police, Rangers and FC. He suggested the government to summon an All Parties conference to deweaponise the metropolis and constitute a joint committee of the representatives of the political and religious parties to chalk out the strategy. He underlined the need to depoliticise the police, Rangers and law enforcement agencies, saying that the law enforcers remained silent on the criminal activities of the terrorists in Karachi. PML-F leader and lawmaker of Sindh Assmebly Nusrat Sehar Abbasi opined that police and Rangers had been failed in maintaining peace in the city and deweaponisation drive could never be successful through civilian force. She suggested that Pak Army must be called in to recover arms in city. PML-F leader, which is an ally of PPP in centre and province, said that their party chief Pir Pagara had already suggested to deploy army in the city. Nationalist leader and chairman of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mohaz Abdul Wahid Araisar suggested that supply line of the weapons into city must be eliminated. He opined that without cutting the supply line, the drive of deweaponisation would not prove fruitful. He believed that political interference in the police affairs was main reason for deteriorating law and order situation in the city. He emphasised on the government to stop interference in the police department and let them deal criminals according to law. He also proposed that police be equipped with modern facilities.