Qaim convenes APC on Karachi situation today

KARACHI — Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday invited 26 heads of Sindh provincial political parties to attend an All Parties Conference (APC) on Friday (today) over the law and order situation in Karachi.

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Published: Fri 26 Aug 2011, 11:51 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:37 PM

Amongst those invited are the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Awami National Party (ANP), all factions of Pakistan Muslim League, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI), Sindhi nationalist parties as well as religious parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and Sunni Tehrik.

When Khaleej Times contacted some of the political parties’ leaders and asked them whether they will attend the APC, most of them declined to comment saying “we will only decide after receiving the invitation and the agenda of the meeting”.

Shah has formed a committee comprising Taj Haider, Muzaffar Shujrah, Rashid Rabbani and Waqar Mehdi to contact the leaders of the parties who have been invited for the APC.

The PPP-led governments in Sindh and at the centre have been bitterly criticised by almost all the political parties of the province besides the civil society and the ordinary folks for its complete failure in protecting life and property of the people.

To restore peace in the Karachi, the Sindh government on Thursday gave Rangers special powers to conduct searches without warrants, end no-go areas and rid the city of target killers, arrest and detain people caught with illegal arms and extortionists.

A city lawyer was shot dead in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on Thursday, ending a brief lull in violence in the city following surgical operation launched in the troubled areas.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani arrived in Karachi on Thursday and was expected to be briefed on the situation of the city. Earlier, Gen. Kayani had hinted that the army was ready to help the government in restoring peace in Karachi if asked.

Political pundits are giving importance to Gen. Kayani’s visit amidst continuing violence in the city that has left more than 220 people killed and hundreds injured during the current month.

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