KARACHI - Karachi Corps Commander Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar on Friday vowed to continue the operation against terrorists, criminals and their facilitators until the complete restoration of peace in the city.

Addressing a passing-out parade of Sindh Rangers, he said terrorists, their facilitators and financers were the target of the Karachi operation and they would spare no effort to achieve this objective.

He congratulated the new passing-out 1,030 troops in a ceremony held at Rangers Headquarters. “The Karachi operation is totally apolitical and indiscriminate. It is free from any compromise and pressure,” said the Karachi corps commander, while clarifying that the Rangers operation is not against any party. “The law and order situation in the city has improved due to actions of Rangers and other law enforcement agencies. The sacrifices given by the citizens of Karachi and by personnel of security institutions would not be allowed to go waste. Peaceful Karachi is a guarantee for strong Pakistan,” he averred. The corps commander lauded Rangers’ efforts for restoring peace in Karachi and said Pakistan Rangers was a laudable institution which was not only protecting the country’s borders but also playing the role of a vanguard in the operation against terrorists. Lt-Gen Mukhtar vowed the crackdown would continue until terrorism was completely eradicated.

The corps commander further remarked a massive public support had made this war successful and it was responsibility of every citizen to keep any eye on the activities happening in their surroundings.

Agencies add: Karachi Corps Commander Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar said the ongoing operation was completely impartial and apolitical. His remarks came following a spate of Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) accusations that its workers were being targeted in the Karachi operation and that the party was its main target.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain in several speeches in recent months criticised the military leadership of the country for their alleged bias against MQM.

The MQM leaders also wrote letters to 55 envoys in Islamabad about dozens of missing MQM workers, alleging they had been picked up by the law-enforcement agencies.