ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party yesterday asked the government to launch operation against the terrorists and banned outfits in the Punjab province.

PPP Senator Saleem Mandviwalla said that operation against the terrorists and banned organizations should start in Punjab at earliest claiming the province had become a hatchery of terrorists and their facilitators. In a statement issued here, Senator Mandviwalla said the Rangers operation should not be limited only to one city - Karachi and one province - Sindh. “This perception of Rangers operation should be removed for the national interest of Pakistan,” he added.

The lawmaker said all the political parties have demanded to start operation against the terrorists across the board but it has been confined to only Karachi, which was unfortunate. “This is promoting a sense of discrimination among the people of Karachi and Sindh which would be alarming,” he said.

Senator Mandviwalla claimed the Rangers issue was not at the agenda of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Visit to Karachi. “The PM came to inaugurate a power plant. Chief Minister of Sindh Qaim Ali Shah received the PM at airport despite his ill-health. The PM did not bother to appreciate the efforts of Karachi Operation Captain,” he said. He accused the government of telling lies in the parliament on important national issues like LNG, Euro Bonds, PIA and Steel Mills privatization. “This government cannot be relied more,” he maintained.–Shafqat Ali