KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) Karachi Organizer Ali Zaidi on Wednesday rejects federal government Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) over the appointment of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farogh Naseem as a member in committee.

Addressing a press conference at Insaf House Karachi along with party legislators and Karachi Chapter leaders, Ali expressed strong reservation and concern over formation of Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC).

He said, MQM’s claims that a few hundred of their workers are missing or been victims of extrajudicial killings during the recent Karachi operations conducted by the Pakistan Rangers and police. MQM demands that their grievances be heard, but what about the grievances of the families of the nearly 15,000 Karachiites killed since 2007? Who will hear their pleas for justice?, he questioned.

PTI leader said LEAs claim that Rs3 billion a month is being expropriated from the people and businesses of Karachi due to various criminal activities while daily wage earner suffered economic loss on numerous shutdown by MQM. Who will hear the grievance of Baldia Town Factory fire families, victims of property encroachment and others?

Zaidi pointed out that the environment in Karachi has changed significantly for the better and that the current report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan supports this as there is a drop in target killings and sectarian killings respectively. The drop in crime along with the absence of regular shutdowns has reduced the fear factor among the people of Karachi. Given these successes of the current operations, we don’t want to go back to the dark ages. He said government is trying to undermine the efforts and achievement of LEAs by establishing grievance committee.

“We reject the formation of a Grievance Redressal Committee. If a committee had to be formed to redress grievances is supposed to carry out their task objectively, then why is MQM leader Farogh Naseem appointed as the only member. Justice demands from the PMLN that such a committee must include all aggrieved parties, most importantly the family members of the victims of Karachi violence, representatives of LEAs and other political parties active in Karachi. The grievances heard by the committee shouldn’t be one-sided just against the LEAs by the MQM but must be a two-way street, where grievances against the MQM should also be heard. The government should also state for the public record if this GRC supersedes the court system or not,” said PTI leader.

Zaidi said the interior secretary has been made the secretary of this GRC and the party that with an MQM member on the committee, this could lead to the leaking of sensitive information regarding the operations which has been successful in restoring relative peace to Karachi.

The formation of this grievance committee shows PMLN government’s hypocritical attitude. All parties in the National Assembly decided to give special powers to LEAs and if the government decides to take back these powers, this would be strongly opposed by the people of Pakistan, he added.

PTI leader said that the main motivation behind the formation of the GRC by the PMLN was to save its own government. The acceptance of MQM’s resignations would open up a Pandora’s Box that would threaten the Sharif family’s grip on power and its ability to loot and plunder the taxpayers’ money.

PTI Karachi salutes LEAs those are still serving the people of Karachi in restoring some semblance of law and order and relative peace in. The upcoming Local Body Election will provide an opportunity to the people of Karachi to choose its leadership, concluded Zaidi.