IS­LAM­ABAD

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar said on Sun­day the pur­pose of MQM chief Altaf Hus­sain's speech on Satur­day night was to de­fame Pak­istan as well as its in­sti­tu­tions.

"Altaf Hus­sain's speech from Lon­don last night was a hu­mil­i­a­tion for the coun­try," the in­te­rior min­is­ter said, while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Is­lam­abad. Nisar said Altaf blamed the mil­i­tary for cre­at­ing rifts in the party, and in­vit- ed In­dia to in­ter­vene in Karachi's af­fairs.

Re­gard­ing the on­go­ing Karachi op­er­a­tion, Nisar said, "The op­er­a­tion is be­ing con­ducted with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion. All ap­pre­hen­sions of the MQM are be­ing ad­dressed with­out any re­quest by the party lead­er­ship." He added tar­get killings in Karachi de­creased dras­ti­cally, and that all par­ties ex­cept the MQM was not sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of LEAs. "All in­tel­li­gence in­sti­tu­tions, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, LEAs, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ment are on the same page," said Nisar.

Fur­ther, de­fend­ing the op­er­a­tion, Nisar said, "In Au­gust 2013, MQM's Fa­rooq Sat­tar re­quested the gov­ern­ment to han­dover Karachi's ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol to the mil­i­tary and in the same month he an­nounced that the op­er­a­tion would be con­ducted un­der civil law en­force­ment agen­cies and Sindh Rangers would su­per­vise it."

About the cases against Altaf and the MQM lead­er­ship in Lon­don, the in­te­rior min­is­ter said Pak­istan would con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with the UK.

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