LAHORE - Any deweaponisation campaign in Karachi will increase terrorist activities there as the outlaws operating in the countrys biggest city will start targeting the innocent people without any fear of retaliation, says a former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Gen Ziauddin, while talking to TheNation on Saturday, said that those advocating recovery of weapons from the people were unaware of the dangerous consequences of the advice. He was of the opinion that people should be issued licensed arms to enable them to deal with terrorists. Such an experiment had yielded positive results in many countries facing situations like the one Pakistan has been through for the past several years, the former ISI chief said. He said when hundreds of people were being targeted every month in presence of an unspecified number of lethal arms in the city, nobody could visualise the likely situation that would develop once those weapons were taken back from the holders. Such a step, he said, would amount to leaving the people at the mercy of killers and outlaws. Gen Ziauddin was appointed as army chief on October 12, 1999 by then prime minister Nawaz Sharif. However, he stood removed along with the government as a result of a coup which brought Gen Musharraf to power. Before being appointed as COAS, Gen Ziauddin was heading the ISI. These days he is writing a book 'In the Line of Duty, which will be published in the near future. Answering a question, he said to arrest further deterioration in the situation Army should be called in the aid of civil administration, as was provided in the Constitution. A dusk-to-dawn curfew should be imposed in Karachi, disallowing free movement of people. Those violating the orders must be shot dead immediately, he proposed. Curfew in presence of the troops would be the most effective way to curb terrorism, he believed. Gen Ziauddin also proposed the establishment of summary trial courts to award quick punishment to those involved in criminal activities. Call in the Army legally before they come on their own, said the former ISI chief, implying that in case the situation was not controlled it could pose a serious threat to the democratic system. Asked what were the security agencies and the government supposed to do after serious allegations levelled by former Sindh minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza against MQM chief Altaf Hussain, he said people were better judge. No aggressive action is needed. Agencies know the factual position. Had the allegations been true, the agencies would have taken action by now. The former general said nobody could be stopped from expressing his views on any issue unless he worked against the countrys interests. Gen Ziauddin said Indian intelligence agency RAW was trying to exploit the situation in Karachi. India, he said, wanted the killings in Karachi go on to deflect Pakistans attention from the situation in Occupied Kashmir. This policy was called by India as 'K for K (Karachi for Kashmir). Asked who could be responsible for the killings in Karachi, the former ISI chief said opportunists and others wanting to make easy money were behind whatever was going on there. Similarly, he said it was also possible that one party acted for one side and then the same party acted for someone else to make money. He warned that a Beirut-like situation could develop in Karachi if urgent steps were not taken to restore normalcy. Already, he said, people of Karachi had started migrating to Punjab, which showed the gravity of the situation. About Dr Mirzas allegations against Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Ziauddin said the minister should explain his position through the media. In case he was not in a position to refute the charges, he should resign from his post. He said if the allegations were baseless, the minister could also take Dr Mirza to court. Democracy should stay at any cost as no other system will work in Pakistan. At present, the system is at stake.