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.