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MQM, Haqiqi and PSP assure Rangers chief of positive role in Karachi

MQM, Haqiqi and PSP assure Rangers chief of positive role in Karachi

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) assured the Sindh Rangers chief on Saturday that they would play a “positive role for peace in Karachi”.

The meetings took place against the backdrop of recent incidents of violence in Karachi and Hyderabad for which all the three parties blamed one another.

A Rangers spokesman said Maj Gen Bilal Akbar invited the delegations of the three parties to the headquarters of the paramilitary force where he met them separately.

“It was reiterated in the meetings that peace in Karachi is a result of sacrifices of the people and law enforcement agencies and it is our collective responsibility to maintain it and, therefore, an atmosphere of tolerance and harmony should be promoted,” the spokesman said.

He said that leaders of the three parties assured the Rangers chief of their positive contribution to maintaining peace in the city.

The PSP was represented by former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal. He told a press conference that his meeting with the Rangers chief lasted one-and-a-half hours. “Situation has become much better following the Rangers-led operation in Karachi, but the operation could not be successful with enforced disappearances of people,” he said.

“We have been told that a centre is being set up for the rehabilitation of held people,” Mr Kamal said, adding that he also talked to the Rangers director general about the death of MQM worker Aftab Ahmed in the custody of the Rangers.

According to an MQM-H spokesman, the Rangers chief had a one-on-one meeting with party chairman Afaq Ahmed that lasted 45 minutes.

A spokesman for the MQM was not available for comments.

Sources in the MQM said that its delegation comprised Aamir Khan, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Nasreen Jalil — all members of the MQM coordination committee — and Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izharul Hasan.

Published in Dawn, May 15th, 2016

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