DG Rangers re­jects claims of ‘po­lit­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing’

Saeed says the in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and LEAS con­tact all po­lit­i­cal par­ties for peace in Karachi and such con­tacts are a mat­ter of rou­tine since the op­er­a­tion in the Sindh cap­i­tal was launched in 2013

The Gulf Today - - 13 - BY TARIQ BUTT

Islamabad:thedi­rec­tor­gen­eral of the Sindh Rangers Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­mad Saeed has re­jected al­le­ga­tions of po­lit­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing in Karachi.

“Peace­has­been­estab­lishedinkarachi due to an op­er­a­tion in which law en­force­ment agen­cies (LEAS) ren­dered sac­ri­ices, there­fore,we­donot­want­themetropoli­tan to re­turn to the sit­u­a­tion pre­vail­ing be­fore Septem­ber 2013,” he told a TV chan­nel.

Saeed said in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and LEAS con­tact all stake­hold­ers (po­lit­i­cal par­ties) for peace in Karachi and such con­tacts are a mat­ter of rou­tine since the Karachi op­er­a­tion was launched in 2013. “Rangers are work­ing only for peace.”

He said the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment-pak­istan (MQM-P) and Pak Sarza­meen Party (PSP) were in con­tact with each other for eight months. “It is now up to them to do pol­i­tics to­gether or sep­a­rately, there should not be vi­o­lence.”

On Satur­day, PSP Chair­man Mustafa Ka­mal said he held talks with MQM-P chief Dr Fa­rooq Sat­tar at the be­hest of the es­tab­lish­ment, re­ject­ing the im­pres­sion that he was not the one who asked for talks.

The Rangers chief said the mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment has not sup­ported any par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal party in Karachi and that the armed forces had no part to play in the for­ma­tion of al­liance or the sub­se­quent breakup be­tween the MQM-P and PSP.

He said that the es­tab­lish­ment had noth­ing to do with the merger of PSP and MQM, “we just don’t want a clash be­tween them.”

Saeed did agree that MQM-P and PSP lead­ers had mul­ti­ple meet­ings with Rangers and LEAS, how­ever, he negated the claim that the armed forces had bro­kered an al­liance be­tween the two.

He said that dur­ing the meet­ing be­tween MQM-P, PSP and LEAS a mil­i­tary ofi­cial might have shared an opinion that an al­liance would be in the in­ter­est of Karachi “but this is not our in­sti­tu­tional pol­icy. “We don’t want Karachi’s law and or­der sit­u­a­tion to de­te­ri­o­rate, as it was be­fore 2014.”

The Rangers chief re­jected the no­tion that MQM-P came to life dur­ing his pre­de­ces­sor’s ten­ure. “If MQM was cre­ated by the armed forces, would we still be pur­su­ing cases against them?”

He said the cases reg­is­tered against MQM-P lead­ers Sat­tar, Amir Khan and oth­ers, fol­low­ing the events of Aug.22, 2016, were still go­ing on and the Rangers’ lawyers still ap­pear be­fore the court to pur­sue them.

Muham­mad Saeed

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